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News.bytesNews.bytes Extra, issue 300

Northwest RAC members see partnership successes with Redding Field Office 

Members of the BLM's Northwest California Resource Advisory Council last week  got a close look at the partnership successes in the Redding Field Office.  The council toured areas along the Sacramento River northwest of Redding, where the BLM's work with the city of Redding, the McConnell Foundation, the Redding Foundation and the Bureau of Reclamation is resulting in a rapidly growing recreation trail system.  Below, Redding BLM Field Manager Steve Anderson points out details of the trail system to RAC member Michael Kelley, who represents recreation interests on the RAC.

Redding BLM Field Manager Steve Anderson points out details of the trail system to RAC member Michael Kelley, who represents recreation interests on the RAC 

RAC members visited the Chappie-Shasta Off Highway Vehicle Area, managed jointly by the BLM and the Forest Service, to see how projects are creating new access and new opportunities for motorcyclists, ATV enthusiasts and four-wheel-drive owners.  Some projects improved recreation access that was restricted because of security needs at Shasta Dam, while others provided better vehicle staging areas and separation of the areas used by motorized and non-motorized visitors.  Below, members looked at a recently installed "bottomless" culvert constructed by BLM crews.

RAC members view a "bottomless" culvert recently installed by BLM crews

After viewing the completed road construction projects, the council members saw the "gentler" side of the Interlakes Special Recreation Management Area, walking  parts of the recently-completed Hornbeck Trail, and taking in some scenic views of Keswick Reservoir. (story continues below photos)

RAC members on a hike
Keswick Reservoir

In what McConnell Foundation Program Manager Brian Sindt called a "perfect storm" of agencies and interests coming together, the Redding Field Office and its partners are building a trail system that will connect Redding's city trails with a network that will allow recreation visitors to travel from the city to Shasta Dam and back, using trails on the east and west side of the Sacramento.  The system will include the Sacramento River Rail Trail and the city's landmark Sundial Bridge.

Other trail projects would connect the Redding area with Whiskeytown National Recreation Area on the west side, provide new access to Clear Creek on Redding's south side and expand trail opportunities in the Sacramento River Bend area near Red Bluff.

- Jeff Fontana, 9/07


BLM California News.bytes, issue 300


 
Last updated: 09-26-2007