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Great Redwood Trail Bill Passes Senate, But Money Woes Cause Delay

The proposed 319-mile-trail will have to wait until a $9 million debt is settled.

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State Sen. Mike McGuire’s bill to create a Great Redwood Trail passed last week, setting the state for the transformation of a 319-mile-long old railbed into a trail winding through old-growth redwoods along the Russian and Eel Rivers. But first, the state must settle the $9-million-plus debt owed by the North Coast Railroad Authority, which maintains the railbed.