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McKay Tract Community Forest

Meetings in April 2014 for decision on the proposed McKay Tract Community Forest

A series of meetings is scheduled in April 2014 regarding the proposed community forest within a portion of the McKay Tract:

April 1, 2014 (6:00 pm) Eureka City Council (presentation)
April 7, 2014 (6:00 pm) Public meeting at Redwood Acres (presentation and question/answer)
April 8, 2014 (10:00 am) Humboldt County Board of Supervisors (presentation)
April 15, 2014 (time TBD) Humboldt County Board of Supervisors (decision whether to accept the grant funds for land acquisition).


Establishment of a 1,000-acre community forest is proposed for timberland located southeast of Eureka near Myrtletown, Cutten, and Ridgewood Heights. State and federal funds are available to acquire a portion of the McKay Tract which is owned by Green Diamond Resource Company. The Trust for Public Land has worked with Green Diamond to facilitate the acquisition funds and develop the proposed project. On April 15, 2014, the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors will decided whether to accept the grant funds for land acquisition and become the owner and manager of the community forest.

Humboldt County and the City of Eureka are coordinating for the proposed community forest as a cooperative, multi-jurisdictional initiative due to the size and complexity of the project and because residents of the greater Eureka area are expected to benefit. The vision is an economically self-sustaining community forest that meets the community’s desires and interests. Community forests (like the Arcata Community Forest) are managed for multiple objectives including public access and recreation, watershed and resource protection, and sustainable timber harvest.

On May 22, 2014, the California Wildlife Conservation Board will consider awarding the third of three grants for the land acquisition funds. Transfer of ownership would likely occur in June 2014. The property would not be accessible to the public until access points and trails are developed. Trails are expected to be developed with volunteer support from the community.


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Contact for Further Information

Hank Seemann
Deputy-Director, Environmental Services
Humboldt County Public Works
(707) 445-7741

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