U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
News.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. 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.
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 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
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