Update, April 8, 2016: Those intrigued by this cabin may be interested in the discovery of a second cabin, possibly created by the same individual. Read about it here. – Ed.
Kevin L. Hoover
Mad River Union
ARCATA COMMUNITY FOREST – The mysterious cabin in the woods has been dismantled and removed from its site off Trail 6 in the Arcata Community Forest. The cabin’s demolition is as inscrutable as its origins, with the city still unaware of who is responsible.
A photo taken at the site Sunday showed the structure gone, with some furnishings still there – including a hot wood stove. But by Monday morning, all that remained was the international "squatters" symbol emblazoned on the ground in charcoal from the stove.
The demolition and removal was consistent with the impeccably ethical, low-impact manner in which the cabin was created and maintained.
“That’s the cleanest camp cleanup I’ve ever seen,” said Michael McDowall, natural resources technician for the city’s Environmental Services department. “There wasn’t a nail, not even a gum wrapper left behind.”
McDowall said even the access routes to the site showed virtually no wear, nor had any forestgoers reported seeing anyone hauling heavy items down the trails.
Environmental Srvices Director Mark Andre was relieved that the matter had been resolved. “I just hope it’s not a modular unit that was moved to another public forest location,” he said.
Asked last week whether the city had heard from the cabin resident, Police Chief Tom Chapman said, “No, and I don’t think we ever will.”