News.bytesNews.bytes Extra, issue 205

Parcel adds a key link in planned San Joaquin River Trail

The BLM Bakersfield Field Office recently acquired a key link in the land base for the planned San Joaquin River Trail. The 70-acre parcel is in the canyon of the San Joaquin River. When completed, the San Joaquin River Trail will allow recreationists to cross the Sierra on a continuous trail, on a 100-mile trip from Fresno to Devil's Postpile. The trail will cross multiple jurisdictions including California State Parks (Millerton Lake), BLM, and the Forest Service.

Funding for the acquisition came from the Land & Water Conservation Fund and the San Joaquin River Trail Council. The acquired land will be accessible to the public when the Trail is constructed. About 96 miles have already been secured and trail built, mostly on the Sierra National Forest. Two more land acquisitions are now needed in order to complete BLM's portion of the land base for the Trail.

The trail is planned for hiking, mountain biking and equestrian uses -- no motorized vehicles or motorcycles.

The acquired land is in the rugged canyon of the San Joaquin River, just west of the Sierra National Forest:
The acquired land is in the rugged canyon of the San Joaquin River, just west of the Sierra National Forest.

News.bytes, issue 205

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