Doty Ravine Preserve renamed after Placer Supervisor Robert Weygandt
Recognize years of service and land conservation accomplishments
Auburn, California – Doughty Ravine PreserveLocated northeast of Lincoln, was renamed the Weygandt Doty Ravine Reservation in recognition of Placer County 2 Superintendent Robert Weygandt’s retirement and 28 years of public service.
The 427-acre reserve is owned and operated by Placer Land Trust, which recently voted to officially rename the property in honor of Weygandt for his commitment to land preservation, including his leading role in the Placer Legacy and Historic Program. Placer County Conservation Program.
“Placer County has a long history of balancing growth with the protection of natural resources, working lands and the scenic beauty of our region,” said Jeff Darlington, CEO of Placer Land Trust. “For nearly three decades, Robert Wiegandt has been the leading voice in creating that balance, ensuring that such a great county continues to live, work, play and thrive.”
The renaming of the reservation was introduced by Placer Land Trust Vice President Fred Yeager during a Placer County Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday, where board members also passed a resolution recognizing Weygandt’s public service.
“It is bittersweet to honor Robert and his legacy in Placer County,” said Cindy Gustafson, Placer County Board Chair and District 5 Supervisor. “I am absolutely grateful for all he has done for the county and all he has meant to me both professionally and personally. I will miss his guidance and friendship.”
Weygandt Doty Ravine Preserve
The preserve is located approximately 3 miles from the Weygandt family farm, which also contains a stretch of Doty Ravine.
“Naming the Weygandt Doty Ravine Preserve is an appropriate way to highlight Robert’s career and all of his land conservation accomplishments in Placer County,” said Jim Holmes, Placer County Board Vice Chairman and District 3 Supervisor. “His name and his vision for the county will live on forever. I am incredibly proud to call him my colleague and friend.”
Protected protected through Placer Land Trust’s Western Placer Habitat Protection Proloveincludes valuable vernal pool grassland and riverine habitats, ongoing restoration projects, grazing for livestock and other important species and ecological programs.
According to Darlington, Placer Land Trust and Placer County have collaborated directly with 15 landowners willing to protect more than 3,500 acres together permanently and have supported each other through public-private partnerships to protect several thousand acres.
“We are so grateful for Robert’s leadership in protecting our quality of life, and we are delighted to be able to name the Weygandt Doty Ravine Preserve in his honor,” said Darlington.
Salmon and steel
Doty Ravine also supports the migration of salmon and steelhead from the Pacific Ocean through San Francisco Bay, up the Sacramento River, to Raccoon Creek and eventually to Doty Ravine where they spawn.
The Placer County Conservation Program is expected to register a conservation easement on the preserve in the future along with the responsibility to fund monitoring and reporting on its conservation values in perpetuity.