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Northern California District
Release Date: 06/14/13
Contacts: Bill Kuntz , 530-224-2100  
  Jeff Fontana , 530-252-5332  
News Release No. CA-N-13-72

New Clear Creek Pedestrian Bridge to be Dedicated

A ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating completion of a new Clear Creek Greenway pedestrian bridge is set for Thursday, June 20, at 9 a.m., at the project site on Clear Creek Road, seven miles east of Highway 273.  The public is welcome.

 The bridge is the latest improvement in the Clear Creek Greenway recreational trail system, providing a safe connection between the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Piety Hill Loop Trail and about 12 miles of trails in the Clear Creek Greenway. It is adjacent to the Horsetown Clear Creek Preserve’s parking area.

 Completion of the walkway was the final task in a $1.2 million grant from the California Natural Resources Agency’s River Parkways Grant Program (Prop 50).  This grant was awarded to the Western Shasta Resource Conservation District (WSRCD) in February 2007.  The funds provided for construction of 12.5 miles of trails, a hillside shaving for safety at the Horsetown Clear Creek Preserve (HCCP), several trailheads with restrooms, a salmon viewing platform and interpretive center at the Gorge Overlook, a 15-station par-fitness course, several view points with picnic tables, and a pedestrian walkway.

 In addition, Shasta County provided $50,000 to help complete the pedestrian walkway and $105,000 to help fund the hillside shave, which greatly improved the safety.  The McConnell Foundation and the City of Redding each contributed $5,000 to help complete the walkway, and the California Conservation Corps contributed $175,000 in trail construction labor.

 Additionally, the California Department of Boating and Waterways contributed $150,000 for Gorge Overlook facilities and a kayak portage trail.   The BLM contributed staff time and equipment for the trail design and construction.  The HCCP provided in-kind hours assisting with design, and CAL FIRE inmate crews helped build portions of the trail. The walkway was engineered by Omni Means, Ltd. and Morrison Structures, Inc. and built by RTA Construction, Inc.
 This project is part of the BLM’s long-term program of consolidating ownership along Lower Clear Creek for fisheries habitat restoration and recreation development.  Restoration projects have returned Lower Clear Creek to a healthy environment for salmon and people.

 For more information, contact Ryan Teubert, senior project manager, WSRCD at 530-365-7332 x 209 or Bill Kuntz at the Redding BLM Field Office, 530-224-2157.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

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Last updated: 06-20-2013