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Trail Easement Decision Delayed

It’s an issue the Nevada County Board of Supervisors has been dealing with for decades, and now a few more months at least. Six miles of easements through the Golden Oaks, LodeStar and Sunshine Valley subdivisions in the southern part of the county were supposed to allow for a trail, along the same route that brought pioneers here prior to the Gold Rush. There are remnants of the Emigrant Trail, as one speaker pointed out during the public comment portion of yesterday’s (Tuesday’s) board meeting…

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No trail was ever built through those easements, and after access has been restricted for more than two years, several groups want that area opened up again…

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Property owners, like this woman who says she’s lived in the area for 30 years, however, have a different point of view…

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The board is considering several options, including changing the nature of the easements from ‘public trail’ to ‘historical preservation’, which would likely limit access to the area, and essentially be a victory for the property owners. The Supervisors decided for now, though, to let the two sides work it out between themselves…

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The board will re-visit the issue in August.

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