23 June 2011, NEVADA CITY – California’s Resources Secretary John Laird was in town on Friday, June 3 to “cut the ribbon” officially opening the new Deer Creek Tribute Trail and the Chinese Tribute Bridge.
The Dedication Ceremony included a Chinese Dragon dancing across the bridge brought by the Community Asian Theatre Society, a song by Shelly Covert (Secretary, Nevada City Rancheria Tribal Council), presentations by project partners, and a short speech by Resources Secretary Laird. After the Ceremony guests were invited to feast on fortune cookies with specialty Tribute Trail fortunes, Chinese Tea Eggs, spring rolls, Szechuan cucumber slices and more.
The Dedication Ceremony was held on the banks of Deer Creek at the new Chinese Tribute Bridge on Bureau of Land Management land. Find a trail map and more information on Nevada County Land Trust’s website.
The photo to the left shows Marty Coleman-Hunt, Nevada County Land Trust; Izzy Martin, The Sierra Fund; Resources Secretary John Laird; Joanne Hild, Friends of Deer Creek; and Elizabeth Soderstrom, American Rivers. For more photos of the event, check out TSF’s Facebook album.
The Tribute Trail is a collaborative project of The Sierra Fund, American Rivers, Bureau of Land Management, Chinese Quarter Society, City of Nevada City, Friends of Deer Creek, Greater Champion Neighborhood Association, Nevada Irrigation District, Nevada County Land Trust, and Save Our Historic Canals. Funding for this project was from the California River Parkways Grant Program of the State of California Natural Resources Agency.