|Thursday, Aug 4, 2005|
Fran Mainella, the Director of the National Park Service will visit Whiskeytown on August 8, 2005. Her visit is part of a multi-park tour that supports the director's efforts to visit and learn about all of the 388 National Park Service sites she oversees. National Park Service sites range from the Statue of Liberty in New York, to the Grand Canyon, to American Memorial Park on Saipan in the Pacific, to the great wilderness parks of Alaska.
Highlighting Director Mainella's visit to Whiskeytown will be the dedication of the James K. Carr Trail to Whiskeytown Falls at 10:30 a.m. The late James Carr, native son of Shasta County and former Undersecretary of Interior during the Kennedy Administration, is regarded as the creator of Whiskeytown National Recreation Area. A noted Conservationist and Public Servant, Carr's legacy of accomplishments stretches from creating national preserves like Whiskeytown, to preserving 23,000 forested acres around Crystal Springs Reservoir along the San Francisco Peninsula. Mr. Carr also chaired the California Water Commission, lead agency in the creation of the California Water Project. His three surviving daughters will join Director Mainella in placing a cornerstone at the Trailhead, while nephew Patrick Carr will join the Director in paying tribute to the memory and accomplishments of James Carr. A number of Carr family members are expected to be in attendance.
The public is invited to attend the dedication of the trail at 10:30 a.m. This event will be held at the trailhead parking lot, 3.8 miles up Crystal Creek Road, off Highway 299W at the northwest end of the recreation area. For those interested, equipped with hiking boots and prepared for a 3.4 mile round trip hike, a ranger-guided tour to Whiskeytown Falls will begin following the dedication ceremony. The route is incomplete and the route is steep, with steep drop-offs and narrow footing. After the dedication, Director Mainella will tour the park, concluding with one of Whiskeytown's popular, ranger-guided kayak interpretive programs.
Questions and requests for additional information may be directed to the Whiskeytown website at www.nps.gov/whis or by phone (530) 246-1225.