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$14,700 sought for extension of Litton Trail

The Nevada County Land Trust will seek the stamp of approval Tuesday from the Nevada County Board of Supervisors to make the popular Litton Trail about half a mile longer.

The Land Trust hopes to make it easier for trail users to reach Ridge Road.

The plan is to extend the trail from Sierra College through the Eskaton Village property (which gave an easement to the Land Trust) to Via Colina, a street that connects to Ridge Road.

The Land Trust seeks $14,700 in grant money to buy gravel for the proposed trail extension from the Northern Sierra Air Quality District. The funds are from fees motorists pay as part of vehicle registration fees.

“You pay a little bit into this mitigation … which is supposed to lessen air pollution,” said Cheryl Belcher, Land Trust executive director. The money can be used to help fund “trails that can be demonstrated to provide an alternative route to school or work … by foot or bicycle.”

Extending the Litton Trail could make getting around without a car easier for students at Sierra College and Nevada Union High School.

The grant would only pay for the gravel itself, not for construction work or administration. Volunteers would put the gravel on the trail, Belcher said.

Supervisor Bruce Conklin on Tuesday will propose a resolution supporting the Land Trust’s grant application.

The Land Trust won’t know until June whether it gets the grant from the Northern Sierra Air Quality Management District.

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