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BLM California News.bytes
News.bytes Extra, issue 496

BLM and partners bolster recreation, economy in Redding area 

a bicycle rider takes a break on a bench at a river overlook

Living a healthy lifestyle in Redding, California and the surrounding areas has gotten dramatically easier over the last several years, as the Bureau of Land Management and its partners have vastly expanded a recreational trail network.

And, operators of local bicycle shops have told staff from the BLM that the efforts have been good for their bottom lines.  Sales are brisk as opportunities to enjoy the beauty of northern California from two wheels continue to grow.

Perhaps the most noticeable efforts were focused on the Sacramento River, California's most iconic waterway.

Working with the City of Redding, Shasta County, the McConnell Foundation, the Redding Foundation and the U. S. Bureau of Reclamation, the BLM has taken part in efforts to add more than 150 miles to a trail network that ranges from smooth and gentle paved city trails to challenging single track routes in the rugged hills surrounding the city.

The BLM, in partnership with the Bureau of Reclamation has been working for years to improve the Sacramento River Rail Trail, a recreational route that follows a former railroad along the west banks of the Sacramento River to the imposing Shasta Dam.  At the same time, the city of Redding and McConnell Foundation were putting the final touches on the Sundial Bridge, an ulra-modern span over the river within the city limits.  And, the Redding Foundation was working with the BLM to build an entirely new network of mountain bike trails along the Sacramento's east banks. (text continues below)

two men wearing backpacks look over a small waterfall in a stream before crossing a footbridge

A new shot of funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act helped the BLM projects along last year.

And now, cyclists, hikers and runners are enjoying the benefits of the many months of planning, brush clearing and trail building.  They can travel from the heart of the city to the dam and back, using both banks of California's most iconic river and covering more than 40 miles in the process.  Eight new bridges have been constructed on BLM trails, crossing creeks that course through the rugged region surrounding the city.

"In addition to providing for healthy lifestyles for our residents, these trail improvements are helping to build Redding as a tourism attraction for travelers looking for outdoor adventure," said Steve Anderson, manager of the BLM Redding Field Office.  "Our regional tourism organization is at work on new promotional materials featuring our trail opportunities.  We hear regularly from visitors who were attracted to this area because of the wide variety of outdoor adventures they can enjoy.  Some have even

Redding for years has benefitted from tourism based on outdoor recreation such as boating, fishing, off highway vehicle driving and hunting.  The continuing recreational trail expansion is providing exciting new diversity for local and visiting outdoor enthusiasts and the businesses that serve them.

The Redding partners have also completed trails linking the west Redding area to Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, vastly expanding Sacramento River access in the Bend area of northern Tehama County, and providing new recreation opportunities along Clear Creek, a Sacramento River tributary that has been the focus of its own remarkable restoration partnership.

More information on these new and ever expanding recreation opportunities is available by contacting the BLM's Redding Field Office.

a mountain biker crosses a flattened log across a low area

a rail-to-rail crowd crosses Redding's famous Sundial Bridge at its opening
A rail-to-rail crowd crosses Redding's Sundial Bridge at its opening.  The bridge is a gateway to the numerous new trails near the Sacramento River.

- Jeff Fontana, BLM Northern California District public affairs officer, 8/25/11

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Last updated: 08-30-2011