Newsletter: Fall 2006


Keeping Our Focus: Clover Valley Heritage Preserve

Photo Flight Grant = Fantastic Film Event

In April, Clover Valley Foundation received exciting news: A helicopter photo flight as a grant from LightHawk Foundation — a philanthropic non-profit aviation service that offers aerial perspectives on critical environmental campaigns.

LightHawk's missions address a broad range of issues on the premise that a view from above speaks for itself, providing breathtaking clarity of understanding. This is exactly what Clover Valley Foundation gained from LightHawk — to be able to photograph the lush splendor and uniqueness of Clover Valley, from steep, oak-studded hillsides to riparian corridor and wetlands. Even historical rock walls and ancient grinding stones were visible and easily photographed.

In October, after many months of time and effort, LightHawk's two-hour photographic helicopter flight culminated in a wonderful film premier at Sierra College's Dietrich Theatre. Environmental photographer Randy Smith shot both still footage and video footage. Ken Adelman (of California coastline photo fame) took almost 400 stills, and Gabrielle Adelman handled the pilot duties.

From there, Sean Booth, Sierra College Geography professor filmed, edited, and produced the documentary, "Clover Valley-Last of Its Kind." Booth, as well as other members of the faculty, and ECOS Club hosted the film premier and discussion for the community. The film was widely applauded and a great boost to both the Foundation and the Save Clover Valley Coalition's community-awareness campaign.

We are extremely grateful for all the time and effort that went into this enormous undertaking.

The Save Clover Valley Coalition will continue to show the film throughout the region. Organizations interested in hosting a viewing can contact the Coalition via their hotline phone number: 916-435-3828 or at

Another View

The terms "free enterprise," "capitalism" and "private property rights" are solidly ingrained in American culture. However, at one time there was a balance between these concepts and the "public good" or "common wealth." As difficult as it is to accept, we have now privatized and commercialized most parts of our lives and have allowed pecuniary values to dominate our culture.

How do we balance Clover Valley's wetlands, creek, wildlife habitat, oak and riparian woodlands, scenic ridges, meadows, historic and prehistoric sites that are a part of everyone's legacy with unnecessary development that will destroy our heritage and bring the ravages of negative environmental impacts to our community? It is not an easy question to answer, but we are pursuing it. Stay tuned ….

Short- and Long-Range Plans

The now over-six year effort to save Clover Valley from unnecessary development destruction can be perceived in phases, each of which brings special challenges and possibilities.

The first phase is to stop the development. This has been, and continues to be, a monumental, multifaceted task. With constant public outreach activities to educate and raise public awareness of what's at stake (preserving rare natural and cultural resources; providing educational and passive recreational opportunities), we have worked to garner support for our position-Clover Valley must be preserved. We have retained consultants and professionals who will analyze the Final EIR the moment it is released. Fundraising for this phase is critical.

The second phase is to secure Clover Valley's protection in perpetuity. One option is to purchase the 622 acres through a consortium, including, but not limited to, public agencies and private organizations.

A third phase is to visualize, design, and create a heritage preserve, wildlife sanctuary, open space buffer, educational and interpretive center, non-- invasive trails, and all the other opportunities that a preserve of this quality can provide for the region.

A fourth phase will involve ongoing management and maintenance decisions.

For those who value protecting all of Clover Valley's rare resources, concentrated in such a small, secluded place on earth, it's obvious that preservation is the only viable course. Even though there are no guarantees, there is a public conscience. When a mistake is realized (re-zoning, developer agreement, etc.), the correct action is to right the wrong.

Burning Issue

We are constantly asked, "How can we afford to save it?" The answer involves doing the math for numerous scenarios. First, a fair price tag must be agreed upon. Whether it's $6 million or $40 million, one only needs to refer to any amortization table (many on line) to figure the costs.

For example, to make the preserve a Rocklin endeavor only, the annual payments on a 30-year bond, at a realistic municipal bond interest rate, divided by the number of parcels in Rocklin (est to be 25,000 by 2010), the ANNUAL cost to homeowners would be anywhere from $15 to $105, plus minimal management costs. It must be noted that a regional park or preserve would ADD value to all homes in the vicinity.

Do not be snookered or discouraged by highballing or bogus inflated price tags. Contact us for more details, and/or to express yourself! Conclusion: We must keep a sharp focus on all the goals and tackle them in logical order. We need your support (letters, donations, volunteer time) to achieve the most important first step: To STOP the proposed development and Save Clover Valley.

An Idea Whose Time Has Come

Can't decide on a gift for that dear one who has everything? Dread the thought of holiday shopping? Spare yourself and treat your gift list recipients. Please consider a tax-deductible donation in lieu of a gift. Acknowledgement will be by letter and special announcement in our next newsletter.


We thank all the good folks who have given so freely of their time: tabling at events, distributing flyers, donating to our rummage sale, attending meetings, writing letters, creating handouts, and numerous other vitally important tasks.

We heartily thank those of you who give much-needed contributions to help save Clover Valley.

In Celebration

A Happy Birthday donation with best wishes was received on behalf of Dave Bennett.

In Memory

We gratefully acknowledge recent donations in memory of Brent M. Smith, and Mary Bernice Dunlap Fitzer. May they rest in peace.

Please send your tax-deductible donations to:

Clover Valley Foundation
P.O. Box 713
Loomis, CA 95650

To donate to "Save Clover Valley," please send your donations to 3031 Stanford Ranch Road, Ste 2-201, Rocklin, CA 95765-5537.

Any amount, large or small, is welcome. Questions, ideas, suggestions? Please email or call (916) 652-7005.