In the 1970s an idea was initiated to use the abandoned Hammond Railroad as a trail through McKinleyville. In the mid 1980s, Steve Madrone, working at the Redwood Community Action Agency, worked with county Public Works staff to plan the Hammond Trail northward from Knox Cove. Mr. Madrone secured easements and grants to build the trail in 1994-1995.
Thanks to the groundwork done by Madrone, RCAA subsequently secured grants to build the Widow White Creek Interpretive Trail and the Multiple Use Trail along Highway 101 and the Vista Point section from Letz Avenue to Strawberry Creek. Madrone was also instrumental in securing a grant from the State Coastal Conservancy to fund the Little River Trail Feasibility Study (2014) which would extend the Hammond Trail north of Little River. These projects demonstrate the kind of leadership, expertise, patience, and persistence required to get things done for the community. It required having the ability to negotiate a complex pathway to achieve one of McKinleyville’s crown jewels.
Madrone’s work in watershed restoration, from on-the-ground large scale restoration projects, to networking with practitioners from around California and around the country, led to him receiving two awards (2007 and 2016) for restorationist of the year.
Steve Madrone has always advocated for community interests and sound environmental policies. He will bring that expertise and ability to the Board of Supervisors. He is not controlled by developers or big cannabis, he will work for the community. He will be an excellent supervisor for the Fifth District.
Don Allan, Westhaven