Canyon Loop Trail Project Update
As of February 8, the first and most significant phase of the project was complete which is a week prior to the nesting season for native birds such as the California Gnatcatcher and Cactus Wren. The improvements on the hardpan trail were successful thanks to the efforts by several City departments, landscape architects, project engineers, biologists, grant managers, Native American monitors, US Fish and Wildlife and CA Fish and Wildlife.
The trail now includes a safer trail experience and improved amenities such as three benches, a new stairway, gabion walls, water diverters to protect the trail from erosion, V-swales, a water velocity reducer to protect the blue line stream, timber fencing, directional trail markers, and overall trail compaction to ensure a safe experience for residents. In addition to those amenities, City staff will install two site maps and one flora/fauna interpretive panel over the next several weeks and then return in September (after the nesting season) to install three shade structures over each bench. Despite the heavy rains over the project period, the team took advantage of these weather events which led to real time adjustments and the placement of additional water diverters to further minimize erosion and meet the actual trail needs.
Plans, specifications, and actual trail conditions change over time and the project team made every effort to be proactive when considering the long-term viability of the trail and surrounding habitat. The team will continue to work with all consultants at US Fish and Wildlife and CA Fish and Wildlife as staff prepares the Habitat Mitigation and Monitoring Program (HMMP). In short, this program addresses the environmental impact this project included and will provide a five-year plan which includes on-site vegetation restoration to ensure the revegetation of the habitat is at a greater amount than the take during the project.