By Bob Moffitt
The hills surrounding the Kanaka Valley are full of oaks, wild turkeys and five plants that are on the federal endangered species list. Conservation, hiking and hunting groups all have plans for the land. The Bureau of Land Management's Laura Fety says there is a lot of negotiating going on now…instead of litigating later.
FETY: "We all get together and try and have this sort of collaboration where we frontload the issues."
Some groups that would never ordinarily meet, are now educating each other.
FETY: "…hunters educating homeowners on their sport works and what would be an appropriate use for this piece of ground. And the homeowners are educating the hunters about their fear."
More meetings are planned through July. The land was acquired as mitigation for land used in the new Folsom Dam spillway and the Central Valley Water Project.