The BLM begins hazard reduction work at Swasey, limiting trail access


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REDDING, Calif. — The BLM is beginning work to remove dead trees and brush this fall and winter in the Swasey Recreation Area to improve public safety and fire resiliency. Mountain bikers and hikers may find some trail access restrictions as crews work in the area.

Crews began this week, and are working along trails from the eastern parking area. Signs will mark trail segments affected by work and access limitations.

“The project will improve safety by removing hazardous trees and take out brush that could feed and intensify a wildfire,” said Jennifer Mata, manager of the Bureau of Land Management Redding Field Office. “While this could cause some inconvenience, there are plenty of trail opportunities in other parts of the Swasey Recreation Area, and in the nearby Clear Creek Greenway and Mule Mountain areas.”

The BLM is working in partnership with the Western Shasta Resource Conservation District on this project, now in its second year.  Work will cover about 80 acres along the Swasey trail system. The work is being funded under the federal Good Neighbor Authority which allows states, counties and others to complete improvement projects on lands managed by the BLM and Forest Service.

The Swasey Recreation Area, between Swasey Drive and Muletown Road in west Redding offers 30 miles of dirt trails for varying levels of hikers and mountain bikers.

More information is available by contacting the BLM Redding Field Office at 530-224-2100.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 western states, including Alaska, on behalf of the American people. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. Our mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.