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News.bytesNews.bytes Extra, issue 360

Clear Creek site dedication

A crowd of about 100 turned out on a drizzly day near Redding Nov. 20, to celebrate completion of the latest improvement project on Lower Clear Creek. The Western Shasta Resource Conservation District hosted the ribbon cutting event to mark the opening of a new trailhead and salmon viewing platform on the Clear Creek Greenway, which traverses BLM-managed public lands along the creek.

Below, participants prepare to cut a ceremonial ribbon to "open" the salmon viewing platform:

Participants gather around for the ribbon cutting

Adding to the celebration, local artist Marti Weidert, photo below, unveiled her painting of Clear Creek and presented it to the Western Shasta RCD in appreciation for the organization's leadership in Clear Creek restoration projects.

The artist in a hat and overcoat next to her bright-colored painting

Speakers included representatives for Congressman Wally Herger, Shasta County, and numerous California state agencies including the Department of Boating and Waterways, Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, the Resources Agency, the Water Resources Board and Department of Fish and Game. Representatives from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) National Marine Fisheries Service, U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Bureau of Land Management's Redding Field Office also participated.

After the ceremony, participants enjoyed the view from parts of the new trail that leads out from the salmon viewing platform and trailhead. Sights along the trail include the dramatic Clear Creek Gorge, a small waterfall and a distant overlook (below).

Looking out amid the trees at the water flowing in Clear Creek Gorge
Water falls over rocks in Clear Creek
A more distant view of the creek flowing through stands of trees

The Clear Creek Greenway Project is a cooperative effort involving the BLM, Western Shasta RCD, the California Department of Fish and Game and the California Conservation Corps. About $1.3 million of the $2 million project was funded California Proposition 50 bond funds. When all work is completed, the greenway will include 12 miles of hiking trails, four trailheads, interpretive signing and exercise stations.

The greenway project is the latest success in a decade of improvement work at Lower Clear Creek. With the Western Shasta RCD coordinating the effort, more than two-dozen local, state and federal agencies have worked to restore the stream that has suffered from historic gold and gravel mining. Over the years the team has worked to restore the stream's natural meandering course, replant trees and restore salmon spawning areas. The result has been a large increase in spawning salmon and the return of numerous bird species. Public use and appreciation of the creek is on the increase as well.

- J. Fontana, 12/1/08

BLM-California News.bytes, issue 360

Last updated: 12-04-2008