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News.bytesNews.bytes Extra, issue 452  

Big weekend on the Bizz

Lassen County residents and athletes from across the country celebrated the long-awaited reopening of the Devil's Corral Trestle on the Bizz Johnson National Recreation Trail near Susanville over the Columbus Day weekend.  Restoration of the 1913-era bridge was made possible by about $1.4 million in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment ACT (ARRA). The trestle, an icon of the trail, stretches 270 feet across the Susan River canyon.  It is 70 feet tall.

 group of men holding recently-cut red ribbon on bridge
Stan Bales,center,  outdoor recreation planner for the BLM Eagle Lake Field Office, was given the honor of cutting the ribbon to "open" the bridge.  Joining him were, from left, Lino Callegari, mayor of Susanville; Jesse Holland, CEO of Abacus Construction, Redding (bridge decking contractor); Erick Ammon, of Ammon Construction, Redding, (general contractor); Nate Allen, Federal Highways Administration (contract administrator);  Micah Leadford, project inspector, Federal Highways Administration; and Jim Chapman, Lassen County Board of Supervisors and BLM Northeast California Resource Advisory Council.

bicyclists stop just short of a long wooden bridge
 These mountain bikers from the Susanville Area Bicycling Association (SABA) rode up the trail from Susanville to be part of the celebration.

 Smiling group makes its way on foot across a wooden bridge, as others line up behind them
Leading the first group of walkers across the span was Zelamae Miles, left, president of the Lassen County Historical Society.

A runner makes a tight turn onto a dirt trail at the end of a wooden bridge
The first marathoner  to cross the refurbished bridge was also the marathon winner, Josh Nordell, of Mt. Baldy. A total of 213 runners crossed the trestle at about the 19-mile mark of the 26.2-mile race.

The ribbon cutting and  marathon (and associated half-marathons and 10K run) were on the same weekend as the 18th annual Rails to Trails Festival, a community celebration of the Bizz Johnson Trail.

Two women taste chili in bowls
These two festival-goers tasted chili as part of a popular chili cookoff.

young ladies dance on a street lined with spectators
Members of a local dance troupe performed at the Susanville Depot visitor center as part of the festival entertainment.

- Jeff Fontana, BLM Northern California District, 10/12/10

BLM-California News.bytes, issue 452

Last updated: 10-14-2010