This March, California State Senator Mike McGuire introduced the Great Redwood Trail Act (SB 1029) to simultaneously resolve the festering debacle of the North Coast Railroad Authority and advance a vision for a world class trail network for the Eel River Canyon and the North Coast.
Friends of the Eel River’s support for this bill is offered in the expectation that the people of California, through the legislature and relevant agencies, will do for the Great Redwood Trail Agency what we failed to do for the NCRA:
- Give the agency a real, meaningful mission that will make a difference for the North Coast;
- Make it clear that environmental stewardship and good neighbor relations are critical mandates to achieve the GRTA’s mission;
- Exercise the active oversight necessary to ensure the GRTA stays on track to achieve that mission; and
- Ensure the GRTA is funded to accomplish its mission.
For our part, we intend to help convene a group of stakeholders to support this effort — but also to watchdog the GRTA and ensure protection of the Eel River.
Friends of the Eel River are cautiously optimistic about the promise the GRTA holds. We will continue to be your advocate in Sacramento to ensure that the legislature provides a clear mandate, adequate funding, and a mechanism for enforcing timely cleanup as a critical part of the legislation.
Great Redwood Trail Resources
|Visit the Great Redwood Trail website to learn more about the legislation and sign a petition asking Jerry Brown to sign the bill.||California Legislative information for SB 1029|