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Lassen Land and Trails Trust Receives Grant to Restore Bizz Extension

Off-highway Vehicle hill climbs on the north cut behind the Susanville Railroad Depot. ~LL&TT photo
Off-highway Vehicle hill climbs on the north cut behind the Susanville Railroad Depot. ~LL&TT photo

llttThe Lassen Land and Trails Trust recently received a grant from the California Department of Parks and Recreation, Off-highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division to restore the seven acre property behind the Historic Susanville Railroad Depot.

LLTT acquired the property in March 2015 from a willing seller with another grant from the California Department of Parks and Recreation. This purchase will allow LLTT to extend the Bizz Johnson National Recreation Trail to Alexander Avenue.

The trail will then connect to Lassen County’s proposed Skyline South multipath and the envisioned 23 mile rail-trail to Wendel and the Modoc Line rail-trail.

“Over the years, the cut banks along the abandoned railroad grade were used as a play area by operators driving quads, dirt bikes or SUVs,” said Elizabeth Norton, Vice President of LLTT.

“This restoration grant will allow us to restore and seed the hill climbs with native grasses, to fence the perimeter of the property, and to post signs showing the area is managed for non-motorized recreation.”

“Restoration of the Depot property is a two-phase project under this new grant,” explained Amy Holmen, LLTT Lands Manager. “Phase 1 will fund the completion of a site design and environmental analysis prior to restoring the hill climbs. Phase 2 will then launch the actual restoration work. Vehicle tracks will be filled in, seeded and waddles placed along the cut banks to prevent further erosion until the area is revegetated.”

“The entire project will be completed by fall 2017 and then we’ll focus on building the Bizz Extension, mentioned Norton. We’d like to thank Jeff Morris of NST Engineering and Norm and Phillip Shepherd of Pee Wee Enterprises who donated their services to help us prepare the grant application. The community really supports improvement of the Depot property and the new trail. We’re grateful when partners volunteer their time to help us create a public space for all to enjoy.”

Jeremy Couso
Jeremy Couso
SusanvilleStuff.com Publisher/Editor
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