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Sierra Fund Update

Sierra Fund Update

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Tribute Trail Bridge and Property Acquisition Projects
Tribute Trail Bridge and Property Acquisition Projects

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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
Update from The Sierra Fund on Resources Agency Funded Projects
Acquisition of a Key Parcel on Deer Creek
This project involved the appraisal and acquisition of approximately 32 acresof land on the border of the City of Nevada City. The parcel is currentlyowned by private property owners who have indicated willingness to sell theland to the City. The land is on the north side of Deer Creek, and goes fromthe creek to Old Downieville Road. This 32 acre parcel link the upstreamsections of the Tribute Trail near the City, across property that is nowprivately held, with the downstream parts of the Tribute Trail and public landowned by the Bureau of Land Management.By acquiring this parcel the City will ensure that this beautiful riparianenvironment will remain undeveloped and intact for open space and habitatpurpose, while also closing the loop on the Tribute Trail and making it easierto gain access to public land. Acquiring the property on the north side of Deer Creek allows the existing Tribute Trail to be moved entirely off of Champion Road and down closer to the Creek. This will vastly improve thetrail system by taking hikers, bikers and runners off of a main county road.The property includes the area
where the planned “peace park” 
is proposedfor development by the City.The intent would be for the City to take title to this property, and for it to bepurchased at the price determined by the state appraisal, once the propertyhas been appraised and due diligence performed. The property has someabandoned mine features that we plan to assess and, if necessary, suggestremediation activities.
Implementation Milestones for this project include:
May 1 Begin assessment design and preliminary escrow workSeptember 1 Complete assessment and appraisal, submit to State CityNovember 30 State finalizes their independent appraisal, escrowopensFebruary 28, 2014 Escrow closes, property transfers to City
Due Diligence
The Sierra Fund will work closely with the City to ensure that appropriateenvironmental review and planning protocols are observed, and tocoordinate approval of designs with the State. We will ensure that everyoneworking on the project has appropriate contracts, credentials and insurance.We will report to the City Council as we achieve milestones or as requested.There will be a celebration at the end of the bridge building project thateveryone in the community will be invited to attend.

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