Save the Cascade Canal

If you donate between now and the end of October, your contribution will be doubled! Ed Sylvester, who has trained for many a marathon on the Cascade Canal Trail, has generously offered to match any donation up to $10,000.

Cascade Canal History

In 2016 a new landowner acquired the property near the trailhead of the Lower Cascade Canal Trail along the Nevada Irrigation District (NID) ditch.  In spring of 2017 the landowner put up two gates, one at the trailhead and another about one-quarter mile upstream.
FBM, a non-profit, all-volunteer organization whose mission is to: “to protect Banner Mountain and its natural and cultural resources for the benefit of residents, visitors, and future generations” met with the landowner, and offered to assist with building a fence to address the landowner's concerns about privacy and security.  The offer was rejected, as were all subsequent efforts with mediation and negotiation, so in September 2017 FBM filed a complaint with the Nevada County Superior Court challenging the landowner’s right to exclude the public from this portion of the trail.  For more information about 

After more than a year of effort, FBM has been successful in securing a public easement on the Cascade Canal Trail!   On March 21, 2019, Judge Tice-Raskin signed a stipulated judgment declaring the public has the right to walk, jog, ride bikes, and fish on the gated portion of the trail starting at the Gracie Road trailhead.

The judgment requires that on or before April 2, 2019 the northeasterly gate must be removed, and the Gracie Road trailhead gate remain unlocked. You can view the stipulated judgement here .  This is a great victory for all of us who seek to keep trails open to the public, especially along the Cascade Canal Trail. You can view a summary of the legal action to restore access here. 

Even though FBM's superb attorneys provided their services at a reduced rate, FBM still has a big legal bill to pay.  Your financial support is desperately needed!  If you haven't already made a donation, please consider doing so now, when your donation will be doubled!.  Any amount helps, and is greatly appreciated.

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