About $1.3 million in projects for expansion of the Deer Creek Tribute Trail in Nevada City has received funding from the California Natural Resources Agency, Sierra Foothills Report has learned.
An official announcement is expected on November 28, Clark Blanchard, associate director of communications for the California Resources Agency in Sacramento, told me. “These projects have been awarded. It is public information. The plan is for a big rollout of all the awards on November 28.”
(We have a good relationship with staff members in the Brown administration — both for Sierra Foodhills Report and our magazine, Sierra FoodWineArt — both promoted at SacBee.com. Sierra Foothills Report had the “scoop” on John Laird being named Resources Secretary in 2010).
The projects submitted by Sierra Fund on behalf of Nevada City (for Phase II) is a coup for the city and its Tribute Trail, which starts in downtown Nevada City and explores the area above, beside and through Deer Creek.
This summer Nevada County Arts was awarded a $25,000 matching grant from the prestigious National Endowment for the Arts in Washington, D.C., to support an art exhibit that celebrates the history, culture and ecology of the Tribute Trail, as reported in the current issue of our magazine, Sierra FoodWineArt and its companion website, SierraCulture.com.
This ART-onSite/Tribute Trail project highlights the new generation of artists (along with chefs, farmers and winemakers) who are re-settling the region. They are adding new energy while honoring the region’s rich history. (This topic is a “special report” in our current issue).
Now the Tribute Trail is getting another boost with the money from the California Natural Resources Agency’s “River Parkways Program.” The agency first funded the Tribute Trail in 2005.
The projects that survived the winnowing process are:
•Building the Nisenan Tribute Bridge across Deer Creek just downstream from the city on the city’s “environs” property. The Nisenan are receiving more honors with the recent Nisenan Heritage Day at the Miners Foundry in Nevada City.
•Acquisition of land on the city’s border now owned by the Gallelli family to be transferred to the city for recreation and open space.
“The Resources Agency recently travelled to Nevada City to get a tour of these projects,” according to a August 30 memo to Nevada City Council from Sierra Fund Chief Executive Elizabeth “Izzy” Martin. (Martin declined comment for this story).
“They met with project proponents including folks from Nevada City, The Sierra Fund, American Rivers, Nevada City Rancheria and Bear Yuba Land Trust, and toured the parcel to be acquired and the location of the bridge site.”
The Nevada City Council also wrote letters of support for the project.
The group worked hard to bring the cost of the parcel acquisition and bridge building down in order to make it possible for the Resources Agency to fund both projects. The two came to a total price-tag of $1.3 million.
Since 2010, The Sierra Fund has served as fiscal sponsor and project coordinator of the Deer Creek Tribute Trail project.
Phase I of the project, now complete, has provided Nevada City with miles of new trail, a new pedestrian footbridge, and over 100 acres of restored vegetation in the Deer Creek Watershed.
Funded in 2005 by the California Resources Agency with Proposition 50 bond funds, the project is a unique collaborative effort of local organizations including: Sierra Streams Institute, the City of Nevada City, the Tsi-Akim Maidu Tribe, the Natural Heritage Institute, the Bureau of Land Management, Yuba Bear Land Trust, Greater Champion Neighborhood Association and the Chinese Quarter Society and Save Our Historic Canals.
Filed under: Uncategorized