New film spotlights Downieville Classic organizer

"Trail Stewards of the Lost Sierra" premieres Friday night at the Yuba Theatre in Downieville

If you’re heading to the Downieville Classic this weekend, then you probably already know how rad the trails are in and around the small town in California’s Northern Sierra. But do you know how they got that way?

For $5 you can find out. Coldstream Creative documented the story of the volunteer-driven Sierra Butte Trail Stewardship in a 27-minute film called “Trail Stewards of the Lost Sierra” premiering Friday night at 8:30 at the historic Yuba Theatre. Your green Lincoln also gets you a seat for the headliner, Bruce Lee’s martial-arts masterpiece “Enter The Dragon.”

The Stewardship organizes the wildly popular Classic, as well as the Lost and Found gravel grinder and a 50-kilometer endurance run. In its decade of existence, the Stewardship has thrived through fundraisers like the Classic and creative corporate sponsorship events, and now employs a full-time trail crew in Plumas County, one of the poorest economies in the state. Its crew maintains 150 miles of multi-use trails and has built more than 50 miles of new trails in Sierra and Plumas counties. The Stewardship also runs a nationally recognized student trail building program.

Through interviews with Greg Williams, the heart and soul of the Stewardship, Tara Stone, its program director, and various other staff members, the film details the many components that have helped turn the Stewardship into a model program for trail groups all over the country.

It’s an inspiring story and definitely one worth knowing.

The film will make various stops at events throughout the fall, although the schedule hasn’t been finalized yet. For more information, go to www.sierratrails.org.

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