The committee usually meets the first Tuesday of the month at 102 Meadowbrook Loop, Chester, CA at 5:30 pm. To receive updates on Trail Committee activities enter your email address in the "Subscribe" box below.
This committee is coordinated by the Almanor Recreation and Park District (ARPD) under Carlos Espana as Trails Coordinator (916) 416-7970; firstname.lastname@example.org). For over 4 years, Almanor Basin community members interested in the improvement of local trails and trailheads have been meeting at the ARPD office to identify potential related projects and possible funding sources. The members call themselves the Caribou Alliance for Trails (CATS). Members come from different areas within the Almanor Basin and have different experiences and professional backgrounds related to aspects of outdoor recreation.
We focus on concepts for trail improvement and creation, trailhead enhancement, trails cleanup and maintenance. Our immediate committee membership varies from 6 to 9 members, but we have commitments from more volunteers who can be rallied for our Trail events and programs. Most members of the ARPD Board, and its separate volunteers for Community Events and Programs, can be counted on for such Trail activities also. Our committee members have years of experience with hiking, mountain biking, snow shoeing, cross country skiing and backpacking in the area.
Our recent member activities include:
Received ok on Phase 1 Work Plan and the Long Term Conceptual Plan for enhancing Collins Pine Trail
The committee is actively working with the County to input on future walking and bicycling trail goals, objectives and strategies, as well as evaluation criteria, for the Almanor Basin. The overall objective is for new conceptual trails to be formally listed as part of the County Transportation Commission's Active Transportation Plan. Such a formality is needed to actively pursue grant funding for trail acquisition, design and construction. In essence, if a proposed trail is not on an official County map, then funding opportunities are remote.
The coming Plan will form the basis of future additions to walking and biking trails in our Basin. The ARPD Trails Committee is proposing regional trails to form "Trails Around Lake Almanor" as well as more local trails to promote safe routes to schools, community connections, and expanded alignments for nearby recreation and nature trails.
2. "Adopt a Trail" Program for Trail Enhancement and Community Involvement
Major landholders in the area have trails in our area that are in need of upgrading, consistent maintenance, and promotion of their availability to community members as well as tourists. In some cases existing portions of trails can potentially be connected to adjacent trails for providing a more continuous trail system between our Basin's communities. A continuous Trail Around the Lake is an actual possibility with some planning, cooperation, and community support.
Our ARPD Trails Committee is in the process of contacting major landholders and corridor owners about "adopting" some of their trails. The goal is to enhance what exists, promote its availability to community members and tourists, and provide ideas and funding for trail enhancements. In addition, we hope to expand and/or connect existing alignments for future regional events and broader regional connectivity. For example, in the fall of 2016, ARPD President Colleen Garrett signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Collins Pine Company. The document allows ARPD to enter the Collins property north of Chester Park to upgrade the nature trail and to expand the trail system to make it easier to access and use for both community members and seasonal visitors.
Through enhancement of regional and local trails, our goal is to improve availability to more activities not only during the summer tourist season but also into the shoulder seasons and potentially the winter months. Such activities would include walking, hiking, bicycling, snow shoeing and cross-country skiing and potentially snowmobiling.
3. Trail Clean Up for Promotion of Community and Tourist Use of Area Trails
Area trails are covered with debris after the winter storms and become difficult to follow and sometimes are blocked by fallen trees. Fall and spring cleanup efforts improve the attractiveness and accessibility to area trails and improve the overall image to both community members and tourists visiting our area.
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Almanor Recreation and Park District 102 Meadowbrook Loop Chester, CA 96020 Mailing: P.O. Box 325 Phn: (530) 258-2562 Fax: (530) 258-4157 email@example.com