Community forest before MCSD board tonight

Mad River Union

McKINLEYVILLE – A proposal to create a community forest and protect thousands of acres of timberland from development will be discussed tonight, Dec. 2, by the McKinleyville Community Services District (MCSD) Board of Directors. The MCSD’s monthly meeting begins at 7 p.m. at Azalea Hall, 1620 Pickett Rd., McKinleyville.

Craig Compton of Green Diamond Resource Co. is scheduled to give the board a PowerPoint presentation similar to the one he presented to the McKinleyville Municipal Advisory Committee on Nov. 18.

Green Diamond is working with The Trust for Public Lands to obtain grant funding for the project. The community forest would range from 426 to 626 acres and be located on the west side of town. Green Diamond is also seeking a conservation easement for 2,744 to 2,944 acres, which it would continue to own and manage for timber.

The easement would protect the area from being developed into residential housing. The project would also include 274 acres designated for residential development.

Also at tonight’s meeting, the board will discuss a proposal to have the Boys & Girls Club of the Redwoods manage the teen center, now under construction at Pierson Park.

In a related matter, the board is scheduled to consider change orders to the teen center building contract. Minor changes to the $1.9 million project have resulted in about $20,000 in increased costs.

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