Nevada County nonprofit strings first cables for new bridge |

Nevada County nonprofit strings first cables for new bridge

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Forest Trails Alliance, a local nonprofit trail building organization, has completed the first trail segment on the North Side of Deer Creek.

The trail is part of a larger effort of several local nonprofits to enhance the Deer Creek Watershed within the Nevada City community.

Phase II of the Tribute Trail Project is funded by a grant from the California Resources Agency. The grant will be used to reduce fire fuels and invasive plant species, creek restoration, build connecting trails and construct a 145-foot pedestrian suspension bridge.

The trail project is on its 43rd day of construction and has so far produced results far beyond what was anticipated.

The trail has been developed to showcase sustainable design incorporating creative and craftsman-style features.

A nonprofit trail organization can produce results for a fraction of the cost. The almost 5-mile-long Scotts Flat Trail recently completed by Forest Trails Alliance showcases this economic value. The trail was planned, developed and constructed for $15,000.

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The first segment of trail on the north side includes many eye-popping features including an 18-inch culvert masked under a plastered log façade, 168,000 pounds of local basalt stone and materials shaped into curving walls with mosaic burgundy strata running through it, a stone-arched culvert with artistic niches built into walls adjacent and massive moss-covered boulders incorporated into walls utilizing special rigging and talent.

"Trails are best when they reflect the personal character of both the environment and the locals who care for them," said Shared Zachi Anderson, projects manager for Forest Trails Alliance.

Recently, volunteers and crew from the alliance, along with assistance from Acton Tree Service and Bridge liaison Keith Moran, shifted the effort to the south side of the creek by zip-lining a 3,700-pound excavator to a small bedrock perch.

Forest Trails Alliance will be working with Holdredge and Kull and Nevada City Engineering to build the trail and bridge abutment. The south side has no logistical access, so all materials will be transferred in this fashion while building the trail across the steep boulder-strewn slope.

The trail organization's goal is to develop a connective system of non-motorized routes to support the community's healthy and vital lifestyles. They are currently seeking help from individuals and organizations to advocate this vision and build a broader base of support to achieve these goals.

To get more involved or make a contribution, visit To watch a time lapse video of this event and follow other FTA projects, visit their Facebook page at

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