City of Roseville works to help the environment

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Roseville has an open space department managing more than 4,000 acres of land. Most Roseville open space is around the dozens of miles of streams. Roseville has kept flood plains as open space. Open space surrounding streams provides free flood protection. Wetlands, soil and vegetation absorb rain. Reason Farm, a 2,000-acre open space preserve in Roseville, acts as a flood control basin. Roseville is currently working on a bicycle plan that envisions more than 30 miles of bike trails through open space along streams. The city of Rocklin and Sierra College have the opportunity to link with the miners and Secret Ravine bike trails. Roseville is working with the Placer Land Trust to protect land. The Placer Land Trust has protected 5,000 acres throughout the county, including open space adjacent to Miner’s Ravine and Reason Farm in Roseville. Roseville is involved in land restoration. Roseville has an urban forest department that has planted 8,000 blue, valley and interior live oaks throughout open spaces in Roseville. The oak trees were raised from locally gathered acorns. Boy and Girl Scouts, students and volunteers planted some of the acorns and trees. Because Roseville is creating forest, we are cleaning the air. Filtration of the air, oxygen production and carbon dioxide absorption are benefits derived from forests. The challenge for Roseville remains to only approve responsible development and protect as much land as possible. The challenge for Roseville and all cities adjacent to rural land is how to generate revenue without expanding development over natural and food producing land. Mike Lee, Roseville