Skunk Train’s bid for Great Redwood Trail tracks rejected, says Mike McGuire – Times-Standard

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State Sen. Mike McGuire (D-Healdsburg) reported that the Great Redwood Trail had cleared another hurdle in a news release Friday.

“This is a momentous day for the future of the North Coast and the Great Redwood Trail,” McGuire said in a prepared statement. “With this proposal firmly rejected by the Federal Government, I am delighted that we are once and for all beginning to move earth and build large swaths of the Great Redwood Trail.”

He called the decision a critical step in creating the Great Redwood Trail.

“The Federal Surface Transportation Board has firmly rejected the Mendocino Railway (also known as The Skunk Train) Company’s offer to take over 13 miles of the Great Redwood Trail, (opening) the way for one of the most significant to the Great Redwood Trail to date – to protect and preserve 175 miles of rail line forever through the rail bank process,” McGuire said. to ensure that the old railway right-of-way remains public property in perpetuity.”

McGuire noted that the timing of the council’s decision “couldn’t be better” as it is hosting a town hall on Monday to “review the process for the Great Redwood Trail Master Plan.” The public is encouraged to join and be part of the online event. Some of the country’s top trail designers and experts will be taking part in this highly anticipated kickoff.

The completed trail would stretch 320 miles on the old railroad from San Francisco Bay to Humboldt Bay, “through and near some of the most spectacular scenery on earth, including ancient redwoods, state and national parks, rolling hills dotted with golden oaks, lush vineyards and along the banks of the Eel and Russian Rivers,” McGuire said.

On Monday, McGuire said, “we will discuss all aspects of the master planning process which is expected to take 24 to 36 months. We’ll go into all the details, including trail construction and alignment, schedule, budget, wildfire prevention and safety, community and neighbor engagement, and all other steps. important ones that will be advanced in the months to come.

Town Hall will begin at 6:30 p.m. Monday and you can attend by clicking this link to confirm your attendance: https://sd02.senate.ca.gov/october-24-great-redwood-trail-master-plan- kick- town hall

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