Update from The Sierra Fund on Resources Agency Funded Projects
April 24, 2013To: Nevada City CouncilFrom: Izzy Martin, The Sierra Fund 25-8454 x 211Re: Update on Resources Agency Funded ProjectsThe California Natural Resources Agency has awarded The SierraFund two grants as part of the
“River Parkways Program” from
bonds passed by voters in 2002:1.
$563,000 for building the Nisenan Tribute Bridge across Deer
Creek just downstream from the City on the City’s “environs” property.
$739,111 towards assessment and a
cquisition of land on the City’s
border, to be transferred to the City for recreation and open space.These projects are a collaborative effort between the City, The Sierra Fund,American Rivers, the Nevada City Rancheria, and other partners, building onthe work of newly completed portions of the Tribute Trail including theChinese Tribute Bridge and associated trails.
Nisenan Tribute Bridge across Deer Creek
The proposed Nisenan Bridge and trails network links two sides of aneighborhood now divided by a creek, completing a loop trail that will bringnew opportunities for public recreation on public land. In addition to thebridge
spanning the City’s property,
the project includes thinning of vegetation and removal of non-native plants, allows for interpretive signageabout the indigenous people of the area, and builds new trails that connectto new or existing trail networks. We believe that this project will be alasting gift to our community and our watershed. The bridge and trails thatlink it to the larger Tribute Trail will be built entirely on City owned landinside of Nevada County.
Implementation Milestones for this project include:
April 1 Identify trail location, bridge site and vegetation planMay 1 Send out RFP for bridge design and build contractJune 1 Sign contact for the bridge design & buildFinalize trail alignment & design and vegetation plan;submit to City & State for approvalAugust 1 Submit bridge design to City & State for approvalSeptember 1 Approval of trail design/veg plan by City & State, begin workOctober 1 Approval of bridge design by City & State, begin buildingMay 1, 2014 Project complete