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News.bytes Extra, Issue 602

Volunteers Help Redding Field Office Improve Clear Creek Area

A group of volunteers hold up National Public Lands Day and City Project banners.
Volunteers pose with BLM employees for a group photo.  Photo by Eric Coulter, BLM

A group of 30 volunteers donated their time and muscle power Nov. 15, to help the BLM Redding Field Office improve recreation areas along Lower Clear Creek, south of Redding.  Projects were part of the annual National Public Lands Day observance.

A group of volunteers clean up a recreation area.A Volunteers plant native species to restore an abandoned roadway. Photo by Eric Coulter, BLM

Taking advantage of beautiful fall weather, the group from City Church continued a tradition of helping with community projects.  Working in teams with BLM staff members, they spread gravel on a new parking area, removed an old barbed wire fence, picked up trash and put in plants to help rehabilitate an old road, all in the China Gardens recreation site.

A group of volunteers clean-up and repair a parking lot.
Employees teach volunteers how to properly rake and compact shoulder backing.  Photo by Eric Coulter, BLM

Two volunteers clean up an area thick with vegetation.
Volunteers disasssemble an old hazardous barbed wire fence along Clear Creek. Photo by Eric Coulter, BLM 

After the environmental impact created by the historical gold mining era, Clear Creek has gone through over a decade of restoration by various partnering agencies and groups. An important salmon spawning area for spring and fall-run Chinook salmon, the Clear Creek Greenway is also habitat for other wildlife and native plants.
Clear Creek has been a popular recreation area for swimming, fishing, hiking, kayaking, and wildlife viewing. The Redding Field Office has made improvements to various trailheads one by one. Construction of the China Gardens Trailhead is the latest project on the Clear Creek Greenway, which made it a perfect candidate for our 2013 National Public Lands Day volunteers to put on the final touches.

Volunteers gather around picnic tables for lunch.
Volunteers celebrated a successful day with a barbecue lunch.  Photo by Eric Coulter, BLM

-- Eric Coulter, Redding Field Office (November 2013)

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