For Immediate ReleaseJune 23, 2016
Marin County Parks to continue with trail upgrades, rerouting, decommissioning
San Rafael, CA – Five major projects, all aimed to improve trails and restore natural habitat, are about to get underway as part of the busiest season of road and trail work in the 44-year history of the Marin County Open Space District.
Jon Campo, Parks’ Senior Natural Resources Planner, said, “After a year of design, environmental review and permitting, it is a very exciting time as we are about to break ground on many road and trail projects that are the direct result of our collaborative public process.”
The five projects starting this summer are:
“The RTMP helps us establish and maintain clear internal priorities for maintenance and system improvements,” said Carl Somers, Parks’ Chief of Planning & Acquisition. “By the time the plan is fully implemented, the open space trails will be consistently signed and maintained. The result is going to be a better experience for our visitors and reduced impacts on the natural environment.”
The RTMP provides Marin County Parks with its first-ever science-based, comprehensive plan to address the complex challenges of the road and trails within open space preserves. As a key component, the RTMP establishes a fair and transparent public inclusive process that guides the Parks in its efforts to protect natural resources and provide recreational enhancements while ensuring the public lands are conserved for the future.
With the benefit of funding from voter-approved Measure A (a quarter-cent retail transactions and use tax approved by voters in November 2012), Marin County Parks has a 2016-17 budget of $1.9 million for road and trail work.
Those interested in helping implement these five projects have an opportunity to volunteer. Anyone interested in donating time and effort may contact Volunteer Coordinator Greg Reza at 415-473-3778 or GReza@marincounty.org.
Carl SomersChief of Planning and AcquisitionMarin County Parks
Marin Civic CenterSuite 260San Rafael, CA 94903(415) 473-2820Email: Carl SomersMarin County Parks website