In 2020, the California Rangeland Trust conserved 87 acres of open space in West Roseville, known as the Creekview Northern Preserve. The Rangeland Trust partnered with the land development and homebuilding company Anthem United who funded the conservation easement on the property to mitigate potential environmental impacts associated with the development of the 500-acre Winding Creek Community, a new residential area being constructed nearby.
Anthem United will manage the preserve as a working landscape until development of the Winding Creek Community is complete. After that, the City of Roseville will assume the management responsibilities for the landscape. To protect the area’s natural resources and maintain the health and biodiversity of the ecosystem, the preserve will continue to be grazed by cattle.
The preserve is filled with oak trees, an intermittent stream, seasonal wetlands and vernal pools which provide potential habitat for the federally listed branchipod species, as well as migrating birds. Though cattle and wildlife are the primary beneficiaries of this conservation agreement, the public will also benefit from the protection of this area of open space.
Conservation of this property ensures the community will be able to have a relationship with nature and the land for years to come. Walking and biking trails will surround the preserve and provide abundant opportunities for community members to experience the outdoors without disturbing the land’s natural habitat.
Meeting the infrastructure demands of this growing community while protecting valuable open space in the process perfectly demonstrates what is possible when developers and conservationists come together to provide homes and habitat for people and wildlife alike. This project represents a model for thoughtful development, innovative land management, and responsible stewardship.