What are your thoughts and concerns about the proposed community forest?
A community forest is being planned for a portion of the McKay Tract located southeast of Eureka. State and federal funds are being pursued by the Trust for Public Land (TPL) for acquisition of the land from Green Diamond Resource Company. TPL proposes 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, 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 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 Trials.
FUNDING AND SIZE
A total of $2 million in federal and state funds have been secured for land acquisition, and an additional $4.5 million is expected to be secured by the end of 2013. Depending on the amount of funding available, the community forest could range from approximately 775 to 1,415 acres. The land for the community forest is located along the urban interface with Myrtletown, Cutten, and Ridgewood Heights.
Efforts to secure funding for land acquisition are expected to continue through 2014. The Board of Supervisors could make a decision whether or not to accept the property by the end of 2013, and the forest could be accessible to the public by early 2014. Trail development and other improvements would follow over time.
Humboldt County plans to develop a management plan that will address:
- Desired benefits, services, and facilities
- Public access and recreation
- Public safety and law enforcement
- Sustainable forest management
- Operational Funding
- Community involvement
- Humboldt County
- Green Diamond Resource Company
- The Trust for Public Land
- City of Eureka
- City of Arcata
- University of California-Cooperative Extension
- Redwood Community Action Agency
- Redwood Acres
- California Coastal Conservancy
- California Department of Fish & Wildlife
For more information, visit the project web page here.
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