This spring a Quincy-based nonprofit organization is breaking ground for a new trail which is part of a larger project called Connected Communities. This project aims to connect over 15 rural Sierra Nevada communities to 600 miles of multi-use trails. Continue reading to get the highlights of what this plan will look like. If you would like to read the entire article which was brought to the communities attention on KSBW News click here.
Why Connect Trails to the Lost Sierra Towns
In recent decades, as the logging industry faded, tourism in the Lost Sierra grew. Last summer, the Dixie fire burned an entire town, Greenville, and went on to become the largest single-source wildfire in California history. In total, the Beckwourth Complex and Dixie fires burned about 272 miles of the proposed Lost Sierra Route. (Source)
Connected Communities is a far-reaching $40 million vision. Since 2003, SBTS (Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship) has built 114 miles of new trails, maintained nearly 1,500 miles of existing trails, and logged more than 100,000 volunteer hours. To date, the list of completed projects throughout the Lost Sierra numbers 121. (Source)
Instead of a single line running north to south, the Connected Communities trails will be a network sprawling across some 600 miles, from Truckee and Reno to Sierraville, Portola, Downieville, Quincy, Greenville, Chester, Susanville — with more towns between.
Sources: Julie Brown, SFGATE. “A New Trail Will Connect Tahoe Truckee with 14 Lost Sierra Towns in a 600-Mile Network.” KSBW, KSBW, 17 Apr. 2022, https://www.ksbw.com/article/a-new-trail-will-connect-tahoe-truckee-with-14-lost-sierra-towns-in-a-600-mile-network/39744603#.
Image by Courtesy of Sierra Buttes Trail Stewardship