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Deer Creek Tribute Trail

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Since 2010, The Sierra Fund has served as fiscal sponsor and project coordinator of the Deer Creek Tribute Trail project.

Phase I of the project, now complete, has provided Nevada City with miles of new trail, a new pedestrian footbridge, and over 100 acres of restored vegetation in the Deer Creek Watershed. Funded in 2005 by the CA Resources Agency with Proposition 50 bond funds, the project is a unique collaborative effort of local organizations including: Sierra Streams Institute, the City of Nevada City, the Tsi-Akim Maidu Tribe, the Natural Heritage Institute, the Bureau of Land Management, Yuba Bear Land Trust, Greater Champion Neighborhood Association and the Chinese Quarter Society and Save Our Historic Canals.

We are currently seeking funding for subsequent phases of this project, including acquisition of a key parcel for a connecting trail and park, and construction of a second pedestrian bridge closer to town, that will connect to trails on the south side of Deer Creek.

The Sierra Fund has worked with community members to provide the cash flow necessary to finance Phase I of this project. “We have been pleased at the response to our appeal for bridge loans to finance the up-front costs of this project while waiting for state reimbursement,” notes Elizabeth “Izzy” Martin, CEO of The Sierra Fund. “Many members of the community stepped forward to provide short-term loans to help build the Tribute Trail. This is a unique investment opportunity—there aren’t a lot of places where the return on your investment includes a new trail! The Sierra Fund is looking forward to building on this model in the future.”

For more information about the Tribute Trail project, visit the Bear Yuba Land Trust website.