Mather Community Celebrates Successful Partnership with County

Mather, CA (MPG)  |  By Joy Nahigian, Mather Alliance
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The Mather Alliance presented Ranger Luevano his award for superior public service to steward and protect the Mather preserve’s natural resources. Photo courtesy of Mather Alliance

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Park Ranger Luevano and his Sergeant Elmer Marzan arrived in style on their sport utility vehicles to join their Commander Wade Derbe and Chief Michael Doane in the celebration. Photo courtesy Mather Alliance

MATHER, CA (MPG) - On Thursday, September 26, 2019, the Mather Alliance (a neighborhood group who advocates for responsible use and management of Mather Field resources) hosted a community celebration to publicly acknowledge the extraordinary efforts of Sacramento County Regional Parks staff and their Rangers to protect the natural resources of the Mather Vernal Pool Preserve in southeast Sacramento County. 

Earlier this year, the Mather Alliance submitted a proposal to County Park Rangers for the County to install strategically placed signage and vehicle access control points. Sacramento County Park Ranger Luevano championed the proposal and within a few short months, County Regional Parks created a project plan, purchased materials, and started sign and gate installations.

Regional Parks Director, Liz Bellas, and Regional Parks Superintendent, Cid Nieto, commemorated the incredibly effective project execution by their project manager, Marie Swehla, with a dramatic ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Present also at the preserve was Sacramento County Supervisor Don Notolli who acknowledged the ongoing successful partnership of Sacramento County and the Mather community to protect the Mather preserve and all it offers now and forever. These thriving habitats provide an outstanding outdoor classroom for elementary school children through Sacramento Splash’s effort to teach children to value their natural world through science education and outdoor exploration.

The Mather Alliance works with stakeholders to advocate for responsible use and management of historical buildings and artifacts, precious wetlands, vernal pools, rare species and their habitats, and natural resources on which life depends.

For more information on the Mather Alliance call (916) 812-4099 or visit www.matheralliance.org

The Mather Alliance presented Ranger Luevano his award for superior public service to steward and protect the Mather preserve’s natural resources. Photo courtesy of Mather AlliancePark Ranger Luevano and his Sergeant Elmer Marzan arrived in style on their sport utility vehicles to join their Commander Wade Derbe and Chief Michael Doane in the celebration. Photo courtesy Mather AllianceRegional Parks Director, Liz Bellas, and Regional Parks Superintendent, Cid Nieto, commemorated their incredibly effective project execution by their extremely competent project manager, Marie Swehla, with a dramatic ribbon-cutting ceremony. Photo courtesy Mather AllianceSacramento Splash proudly showcased samples of their outdoor classroom activities while their founder and director, Eva Butler, expressed her excitement over her fulfilled vision to teach children about nature in an outdoor classroom. Photo courtesy Mather Alliance