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Trail Extension in Redding, California, Funded by Mine Restoration Project
Date Posted: October 12, 2008Congressman 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, October 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.