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6A Wednesday, April 7, 2010 Feather River Bulletin • I M. Kate West Thrall and Sheehan have Chester Editor been involved in dialogue chesternews@plumamews.comwith the Collins family and employee representatives It was definitely a coming from the onset. together of purpose when the Other orgfinizational repre- Chester-Lake Almanor sentatives at the table includ- Chamber of Commerce con- ed Sierra Pacific Industries ference room hosted a packed District Manager Mike Mitzel meeting March 22. and Dick Daniels of the A1- The drawing card was dis- manor Basin Watershed Ad- cussion about the potential visory Committee. While for conversion .of the A1- Mitzel is also a member of manor Railway (Collins Pine ABWAC, his stated focus for Company railline) to a multi- the meeting was the two purpose recreational trail, miles of SPI land that the Paul Hardy of the Feather rails run through east of River Land Trust and Eliza- Plumas County Road A-13. beth Norton of Lassen Land The remainder of the par- and Trails Trust hosted the ticipants were local residents meeting, who had a myriad of reasons. Plumas County District 3 for attending. Supervisor Sherrie Thrall During introductions, and John Sheehan of Plumas some stated their purpose for Corporation were also heavi- attending was curiosity; and ly involved in information others said they were cyclists sharing during the meeting, interested in the potential of at Y6 • • • on Gold, Blue Red, White, Yellow lb Walla Walla by the bunch Great selection of Fruit & ShadeTrees, Shrubs, Flowering Plums, Dogwoods & Quaking Aspens... just to name a few! 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Project raises questions • about the need to bring the agency has all the property Some represented the In her opening comments, vision before the community, rights held by the railroad in- snowmobile community and Norton posed two primary "There are decisions to becluding easements for rail said they were specifically in- questions that drove the made about the potential use. The line is not officially terested in a multiuse trail meeting: "Who will take the trail, such as should it be mo- abandoned, and irreplaceable for winter and summer. An-lead in managing and main- torized, non-motorized by infrastructure is preserved: • other said his interest lay in taining the trail?" and "is season? These are questions Talking about the local tourism and the local econo- there enough-momentum to to be decided by communityline, Paul Hardy provided my. take this forward?" input," Norton said. background and said the Also mentioned was the She said for this type of col- Collins Pine Company filed to "need for something on this laborative envisioning she abandon the railline in early side of town (Chester)." Dur- could see two types of work February. ing that part of the dialogue groups would be involved. He explained the process it was noted an extensive "The project would need a and said the STB was the fed- trail exists on the West Shore core planning team of five to eral agency in charge of over- of Lake Almanor and most of six people that could meet sight. thelake access and developed monthly and an extended • He said once the Collins' recreation is owned and oper- project support team that filing had taken place, any in- ated by private communities would meet quarterly," Nor- terested persons then had 30 and resorts, ton said. days to write a letter of inter- She anticipated the support est to the company. ................. ........... ............................... team would be a large group He said because of time : .......... .............. that might include represen- constraints, FRLT stepped up tatives from local, state and and filed that letter of inter- .... fede?al agepcies. 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Gold Margarita" Looking forward Norton said the current vi- sion is "quite broad." In addi- tion to the Collins Rail Line, it also involved taking the West Shore trail to Canyon Dam, around the East Shore to meet the Collins to travel onward and eastward to Westwood and further to the Bizz Johnson Trail. Continuing, she also spoke about the potential of con- necting the BJT to the Modoc Line Rail tO Trail corridor. • She said LLTT a qmred .ti- tle to the Modoc Line Rail to Trail corridor from Union Pacific Railroad of Omaha, Neb., Sept. 5. According to the LLTT website, the "Modoc line runs 86 miles north and south from Wendel, Calif., to McArthur Siding, Calif., and traverses a large portion of hard-to-access Bureau of Land Management property as well as valuable wildlife and game habitat." An announcement was made during the meeting that very recently, an easement ti- tle had been granted to LLTT by the BLM for the lands as- sociated with the Modoc Line Rail to Trail corridor. Rail banking Opening the topic of rail banking, Norton said, "Rail, banking is a federal law ad- ministered by the Surface TranSportation Board. It al- lows agencies to acquire rail- road rights-of-way from an operating railroad and 'bank' it until future rail use is ap- plied for at the STB." She also said the purchasing est ......... : , , ,, , ':';In the' next step, Collins h'ad i'0 da'ys= t6' tile an d SaY whether or not they were willing to work with a group," Hardy said. Hardy said all discussions and correspondence with Terry Collins about the trail conversion and rail banking has been very positive. Thrall and Sheehan, who were involved, concurred. Hardy said a letter from corporate headquarters ob- jecting to the rail banking idea had been sent to the STB. "However; the Surface Transportation Board found value in pubic use and have allowed us 180 days to pursue this," he added. He said the 180-day period began March 11. 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