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News.bytesNews.bytes Extra, issue 376

Advisory Council lauds BLM field office, tours trail improvements 

Members of the BLM's Northwest California Resource Advisory Council were on hand March 26, to congratulate the BLM's Redding Field Office for awards they received for efforts to improve public health in Shasta County. (text continues below)

From left, RAC members Diane Beck and Kendall Smith look over the awards with BLM staff members Bill Kuntz and Francis Berg

From left, RAC members Diane Beck and Kendall Smith look over the awards with BLM staff members Bill Kuntz and Francis Berg.  The Shasta County Public Health Advisory Board (PHAB) recognized the Redding Field Office and Kuntz for "going the extra mile" to improve public health and quality of life in Shasta County.  The commendations recognized the BLM's partnerships with numerous organizations in developing a recreational trail network. The PHAB recognized 23 individuals, 3 youth and 11 organizations in the seventh annual Excellent in Public Health Awards.

Prior to their business meeting, RAC members got the chance to see some of the recent recreational trail improvements on BLM-managed public lands in the Redding area.

RAC members look over an outdoor display including a map of the Sacramento River Trail

Above, one of the newest trailheads is near Keswick Reservoir, west of Redding.  The BLM facility connects the city of Redding's Sacramento River Trail with the BLM's Sacramento River Trail.  The connection provides the opportunity for outdoor enthusiasts to travel from the heart of Redding to Shasta Dam, a distance of about 15 miles each way.

The dirt Salt Creek Trail passes among trees, alongside the flowing creek
Two bicyclists cross the Salt Creek Bridge over the flowing creek
Above, RAC members took the opportunity to hike and bicycle on the new Salt Creek Trail west of Redding.  The trail parallels a seasonal creek, crossing it on three bridges.  In the second photo, RAC member Rondal Snodgrass and BLM Arcata Field Manager Lynda Roush pedal across a new bridge.

RAC members tour the newly-built Clear Creek salmon viewing plaza
RAC members discuss issues between the rock walls and flowing stream of Clear Creek Gorge

The council also stopped at the newly constructed Clear Creek salmon viewing plaza, top photo, and climbed into the Clear Creek gorge to discuss developments at the recreation area south of Redding.  The plaza and a 10-mile recreation trail network were built in partnership with the Western Shasta Resource Conservation District and other partners.  The City of Redding donated the parcel on which the viewing platform was constructed.  Construction of the recreation developments was the latest project in a 10-year partnership to restore lower Clear Creek and its salmon spawning habitat.  The work has involved more than two dozen partners and resulted in a five-fold increase in fall run Chinook salmon.

- Jeff Fontana, BLM-California Northern California District, 3/09

BLM-California News.bytes, issue 376

Last updated: 04-01-2009