Coastwalk’s CCTA Moves Coastal Trail Forward

All 15 coastal county governments have joined Coastwalk’s new California Coastal Trail Association (CCTA) program.  The CCTA will provide a forum for city and county governments to collaborate with State and federal agencies in the quest to complete, maintain and promote the California Coastal Trail (CCT).  “Since the CCT is owned by over 100 individual jurisdictions it is essential that there is an organization to facilitate collaboration and communications between these stakeholders,” said Una Glass, Executive Director of Coastwalk/the CCTA.  “The CCTA will provide a forum where all stakeholders are working together to guide the CCT’s future.  This includes government, NGOs and, most important, the public”.  Coastwalk is now working to recruit more coastal cities into the organization.

Coastwalk/CCTA Executive Director, Una Glass, recently met with State transportation leaders in Sacramento.  Brian Annis, Undersecretary of the California State Transportation Agency, Kome Ajise, Chief Deputy Director of Catrans and other State transportation leaders met with Glass in Sacramento to discuss Caltrans strategic goal of significantly increasing bicycle use and pedestrian opportunities.  The group plans to hold ongoing meetings to ensure that the CCT becomes a regular part of Caltrans’ planning process.  “Having Caltrans on board with the trails, and in particular with the CCT, is huge”, said Una Glass.  “Caltrans commitment to pedestrian infrastructure and bicycles will make a tremendous difference in outcomes.  I look forward to working with State Transportation officials as we look for ways to partner and collaborate on the CCT”.

National Trails Day Hike- Mendocino County

little river with davidJoin David LaFollette for this special National Trails Day Hike along the Mendocino Hike. This gem of a hike begins at Little River Beach in Van Damme State Park and travels north along the California Coastal Trail. This trail passes through grasslands, where you might spot black-tailed deer, to a bluff top with access to a sandy beach and rocky benches usually populated with harbor seals and the noisy American black Oystercatcher. David will take you through a Bishop Pine forest to his favorite spot on the CCT, overlooking the rugged coast and a grand view, from which he has seen many gray, humpacked, and blue whales, harbor seals, sea lions, and many more birds and mammals! This hike is great for the first time hiker or experienced CCT hiker!

Pack water, layers and a lunch with snacks. Be sure to wear sturdy hiking shoes.

Meet at 10:00 am at Little River Beach
David will contact you prior to the hike with his information.

 

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In Memorium: Tammie Fraser

In Memorium: Tammie Fraser

A note from Linda Hanes- My Coastwalk friend Tammie Fraser died on December 26 in Los Osos. I read the notice in the Press Democrat and immediately pictured the lovely and elegant woman I met through my volunteer work with Sonoma County summer Coastwalk trips. She was always “Tammie”, though according to the paper her official name was Tamsen Lee Kopp Fraser.

I first met her in 1994, when she brought a meal out to the Sonoma Coastwalkers at Stillwater Cove County Park. Up to the Chuckwagon drove a vehicle, just before dinnertime, and an elegant woman with a blonde French Twist disembarked with a big pan of food. More and more food kept appearing. She was a wonderful cook, and she cooked for the Sonoma Coastwalk for several years when she was in the area and not travelling up and down the state.

She cooked for some other county walks also. In 2006 I organized a Family walk in San Luis Obispo County. Not being from there I was casting about for volunteers . She mentioned that her son lived near Morro Bay (still does) and she volunteered to bring in a meal. It was a grand meal. She went to the local Farmers’ Market and made up a menu with what she found there, cooking some of it on the chuckwagon.

She was a multifaceted and wonderful person with many friends. She generously gave of her time and talents, in Sonoma County especially for events which concerned her beloved Russian River. Coastwalk was a minor recipient of her largesse, and I know many Coastwalkers remember her fondly.

The Press Democrat mentions that a celebration kayak and picnic will be held in her honor in the spring. For information please contact her son, Alan Fraser. In the meantime, consider contributions in her name to Russian River Keepers, Guerneville School Garden or Worth Our Weight. I will be giving a contribution to Coastwalk California in her name.

-Linda Hanes, Sonoma County