Bahia Ridge Fire Road and Trail Improvements

A proposal to improve roads and trails in the Bahia area of Rush Creek.

Parks and Open Space Commission

On January 21, 2021, MCOSD staff presented an update on the proposed Rush Creek Open Space Preserve Road and Trail Improvement Project at the Parks and Open Space Commission public hearing. 

Tribal Consultation

On November 20, 2020, MCOSD staff and Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria (FIGR) conducted an initial tribal consultation meeting. The Ione Band of Miwok Indians (IBMI) were also provided notification of the project in fall 2020..  

Environmental Roundtable Meetings

The proposed project was regularly presented at Environmental Round Table meetings through January 2020, after a site visit on March 26, 2018, organized by MCOSD staff.  The Environmental Round Table has expressed general support for the proposed project because the improvements would support the road and trail management objectives.  

Connectivity Concepts Discussion

  • On February 11 and on April 2, 2019, MCOSD staff met with Novato Horsemen, Inc. to discuss concepts to improve trail connectivity.
  • On January 21 and 27, 2020, MCOSD staff met again with members of Novato Horsemen, who were generally supported the proposed trail changes.
  • On June 20, 2020, MCOSD staff met and collaborated with Novato Horsemen, Inc. to identify and designate safe and sustainable equestrian access, including the Blue Oak Trail realignment, Iron Gate Road to Trail Conversion, and the Horsemen's Spur Trail.

Fire Safety Meeting

On February 5, 2020, the Novato Fire Department met with MCOSD staff. Fire department staff agreed that the Iron Gate Fire Road does not provide public safety value because emergency access occurs along the Bahia Ridge Fire Road.

Region 4 Designation

On April 13, 2017, MCOSD staff conducted a public meeting to present the proposed conceptual Region 4 designation map, which included a proposal to convert Iron Gate Fire Road to a multiuse trail. The public meeting informed stakeholders about the potential road-to-trail conversion, and collected public comments about potential road and trail improvements. This included feedback from a prior meeting on April 2, 2017 with Novato Horsemen.