McKay Tract Community Forest
A community forest is being planned for timberland located southeast of Eureka near Myrtletown, Cutten, and Ridgewood Heights. State and federal funds are being pursued by The Trust for Public Land (TPL) to acquire a portion of the McKay Tract which is owned by Green Diamond Resource Company. TPL is working with Green Diamond in order to convey the land acquired for the community forest to Humboldt County who would become owner and manager of the forest.
Humboldt County, in coordination with the City of Eureka and other stakeholders, has started the process of developing a management plan to provide the framework for an economically self-sustaining community forest that meets the community’s desires and interests. Community forests (like the Arcata Community Forest) are typically managed for multiple objectives including public access and recreation, watershed and resource protection, and sustainable timber harvest.
The Humboldt County Board of Supervisors will make the ultimate decision whether to accept and manage the land for a community forest. If brought to fruition, the proposed community forest would be managed by the Humboldt County Public Works Department in conjunction with County Parks and Trails.
Funding and Size
A total of $2 million in federal and state funds have been
Planning and evaluation for the proposed community forest are currently in progress. The Board of Supervisors could make a decision whether or not to accept the property by January, 2014 and the forest could be accessible to the public by early spring, 2014. Trail development and other improvements would follow over time.
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Hank Seemann Deputy-Director, Environmental Services Humboldt County Public Works firstname.lastname@example.org (707) 445-7741