Interview with Ross Valley Fire Captain, Todd Standfield in the Elliott Nature Preserve
The Elliott Nature Preserve, also known as Cascade Canyon Open Space, is a pristine wildlife sanctuary located in Fairfax California. It is the home to the endangered Northern Spotted Owl, Foothill Yellow Legged Frog, Dusky Footed Wood Rat, 11 native bat species and many other native plants not found elsewhere. It was acquired by the town of Fairfax in 1976 from Mr. Floyd Elliott to be used exclusively as a nature preserve dedicated to passive recreation.
The Marin County Parks proposes a series of ‘improvements’ to the Preserve, including the construction of two wide multi-use bridges, a change in use to allow bikes on the Canyon trail segment previously closed to bike use, also know as the nature corridor of the preserve. They also propose the closure of a single track High Water hiking trail. The project was endorsed by the Marin County Bike Coalition (“MCB”) and accepted by MCP as a way to increase biker access to this segment of the Preserve, which connects to more heavily used fire roads along the Bolinas ridge. In addition, allowing bikes on the Canyon Trail will make illegal riding easier.