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Northern California District
Release Date: 08/13/09
Contacts: Jeff Fontana , 530-252-5332  
News Release No. CA-N-09-76

Bizz Johnson Trail Tunnels to Reopen Saturday, Aug. 15

Work to improve two historic railroad tunnels on the Bizz Johnson National Recreation Trail has been completed a month ahead of schedule, and the tunnels will be reopened to the public on Saturday, Aug. 15.

Work crews repaired old timbers, sealed concrete, improved drainage and sealed cracks in the tunnels that were built in 1914, according to Stan Bales, outdoor recreation planner with the Bureau of Land Management’s Eagle Lake Field Office.

“The tunnels are the signature landmarks of the Bizz Johnson Trail,” Bales said.  “We are pleased that the contractor, Erick Ammon, Inc. of Salyer, California, completed the work ahead of schedule.  There was no alternation of the tunnels’ historic appearance.”

Hikers, bicyclists and runners now have the option of using the tunnels or trails that bypass them.

The Bizz Johnson Trail follows the route of the old Fernley and Lassen Railroad that was used to haul logs, finished lumber, passengers and freight.  Use of the line ceased in 1956 and it was legally abandoned in 1978, clearing the way for establishment of the recreational trail connecting Susanville and Westwood.

Trail information is available from the BLM Eagle Lake Field Office, (530) 257-0456, or online at


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Last updated: 08-13-2009