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SACRAMENTO FWO: Joint Agency Effort With Rail Extension Funded by Mine Restoration Project
Region 8, October 10, 2008
Hikers enjoy the new Sacramento River Trail extension at the Keswick Dam Trailhead. (photo: Steve Martarano, USFWS)
Hikers enjoy the new Sacramento River Trail extension at the Keswick Dam Trailhead. (photo: Steve Martarano, USFWS) - Photo Credit: n/a
Congressman Wally Herger, (CA-2), and other representatives of the Iron Mountain Mine Trustee Council complete the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Sacramento River Rail Trail Extension.(photo: Steve Martarano, USFWS)
Congressman Wally Herger, (CA-2), and other representatives of the Iron Mountain Mine Trustee Council complete the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Sacramento River Rail Trail Extension.(photo: Steve Martarano, USFWS) - Photo Credit: n/a

by Steve Martarano, Sacramento FWO
Ccongressman Wally Herger called it “a great day,” and indeed it was. Approximately 75 agency representatives, including Rep. Herger, stakeholders and other members of the public gathered on Friday, Oct. 10 on a beautiful fall morning to dedicate the Rail Trail Extension, a three-mile paved trail that links Redding’s Sacramento River Trail with the Sacramento River Rail Trail – a unique 13 miles along one of California’s most scenic hiking/biking paths going all the way to Shasta Dam.

 

The effort, which includes a parking lot and rest rooms, took several years to finish. The project was made possible, in large part, by Natural Resources Damage Assessment funds received for restoration of natural resources damaged by releases of acid mine drainage and heavy metals (copper, calcium and zinc) from the Iron Mountain Mine Superfund Site. Five agencies – U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, California Department of Fish and Game, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Bureau of Land Management and the Bureau of Reclamation – formed the Iron Mountain Mine Trustee Council to oversee the $9 million Restoration Plan approved in 2002. Speaking at the event and representing the Trustee Council at the dedication ceremony was Dan Welsh, chief of the Environmental Contaminants Division in the Sacramento Fish and Wildlife Office.

 

Contact Info: Steve Martarano, 916-930-5643, steve_martarano@fws.gov