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August 26, 2013
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Emigrant Trail in front of Nevada County supervisors


People on both sides of a sharply controversial issue relating to the historic Overland Emigrant Trail are scheduled to be in front of the Nevada County board of supervisors during Tuesday’s regular meeting.

The battle over a 6-mile portion of the Overland Emigrant Trail that travels through three South County neighborhoods has occupied decision-makers and Nevada County planners for several years.

The segment of the trail crosses through three subdivisions — Golden Oaks, Lodestar and Sunshine Valley — built in the 1970s.

A vigorous debate emerged over whether the public easements included in the original development plan should be developed as a multi-use trail open to the general public or abandoned due to the disjointed nature of the easements.

Historians said the Stephens-Townsend-Murphy party — the first overland pioneers to bring wagons over the spine of the steep Sierra in 1844 — advanced through the current site of the three neighborhoods on their way to settle the Central Valley.

County planners recommended the board approve a resolution reaffirming the existence of the public easements and begin the process to open them for pedestrian use.

Staff also advocated restricting trail use to foot traffic and including prohibitions of walking a horse, dog, bicycle, stroller, etc.

“Such a policy would address a number of existing issues associated with trail development,” the report states.

The board of supervisors is slated to hear the issue in the afternoon session of its regular meeting at 1:30 p.m.

To contact Staff Writer Matthew Renda, email mrenda@theunion.com or 530-477-4239.


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