ARCATA THEATRE LOUNGE – This Saturday, you can enjoy entertainment, bid on auction items to benefit the Ridge Trail and in doing so, save a tree at the Arcata Theatre Lounge during the 16th Annual Arcata Eye Ball. You may also choose to enjoy a nourishing beverage and nosh.
“From the beginning, the Arcata Ridge Trail project required broad-based community support to be a success and this community has really stepped up and supported this project with funding, enthusiastic support and on the ground volunteer sweat and labor,” Andre said. “Strong community support and local financial contributions makes it so much easier for the City to leverage additional state and federal funding to make a project like this a reality.”
There have been attempts to establish a comparable Friends of the Arcata Forest organization at times, but the concept never caught on. Now, though, the well-established Humboldt Trail Council (HTC) has taken the Arcata Community Forest (ACF) under their wing.
A $180,000 grant is anticipated, leaving an estimated $10,000 gap. Those wishing to assist with closing that funding gap may make a donation via the Humboldt Area Foundation website, make a check out to the City of Arcata Forest Fund and send or deliver it to City Hall, or donate auction items to and attend the Arcata Eye Ball on Saurday, March 9.
FMC member Danny Hagans noted that miles of road have been decommissioned in the Sunny Brae Forest. “It may look startling that things have been uprooted, but that’s the process of restoring hydrologic processes,” he said.
Over the past several weeks, contractors, restoration experts and City personnel have been preparing the Ridge Trail for use by forestgoers, and elsewhere, doing the opposite – making old logging roads disappear forever by turning them back into forested hillsides.
“It’s really a strange, U-shaped thing we have here, but without it, the Ridge Trail wouldn’t be able to keep on going” said Andre.
That leaves just two parcels to be acquired until the 4.3 mile Ridge Trail is fully owned by the citizens of Arcata.
This charity softball game will benefit the Arcata Ridge Trail Project and is a collaborative effort between the Eureka Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Queer Humboldt, the Humboldt Trails Council and many community members and is the kick off event for Humboldt County Pride weekend.
“Friend” the Arcata Ridge Trail Project on the Facebook and if you wanna see pictures that were taken at last year’s event go to queerhumboldt.org/