County seeking input on nature preserve’s visitor center

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Yolo County Special to the Express Yolo County, in partnership with the Cache Creek Conservancy, will host a virtual meeting to inform the public of the current design plans for a new visitor center and trail extension at the county-owned Cache Creek Nature Preserve. At this meeting, the county will also solicit input regarding how this design can better serve the needs of residents in the county and visitors from outside of the region. Attendees of this meeting will have direct interaction with the project design team to discuss features and amenities they would like to see included in the project to improve recreation and education opportunities at the Preserve. The meeting run virtually via Zoom from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 23. Register at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAtd-2urT4rGNQQQegrSi_-50hVyg7MHlh0. Those unable to attend the meeting but can add their input through an online survey by 9 p.m. on Aug. 23 online at: English: https://forms.gle/DAZSF4UuHSBepttk6. Spanish: https://forms.gle/BorxrReMz3GFA4Rz6. All meeting attendees and survey participants will have the opportunity to attend an invitation-only sunset bird-watching tour at the preserve. The Cache Creek Conservancy was established in 1996 to preserve, restore and enhance the Cache Creek Watershed. Opened in April 2000, the Cache Creek Nature Preserve is one of the first restoration projects undertaken by the Conservancy and is a favorite spot to experience nature in Yolo County. The new visitor center and trail extension will build on this long history of commitment to environmental education, restoration and outreach. “We have been working to design a new visitor center and trail extension that will enhance the experiences of our visitors and attract new visitors seeking recreation and educational activities in the region,” said Nancy Ullrey, Executive Director of the Cache Creek Conservancy. “We received great feedback from the public during the preliminary design phase and are now ready to get additional input on the design so far.” The county and conservancy has been working with NORR, an architecture and engineering firm, on design plans for the visitor center, which could include exhibit space, expansion of event space, better utilization of the working barn, interactive displays, and specific areas to feature local Native American heritage. “The new visitor center and trail extension will offer new experiences to the county’s residents and visitors alike. It is important to the county to ensure the opinions and needs of our residents are being considered as the design continues to develop,” said Elisa Sabatini, the Yolo County manager of natural resources. “We know that with our community’s input, this project will provide new opportunities to explore and learn about nature.”

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