Mad River Union Staff Report ARCATA – Once the Sunny Brae Forest is public-ready, with new trails and repaired crossings, users will flood in to take advantage of the forest they worked to hard to acquire, preserve and enjoy. With the influx of users will inevitably come situations, even emergencies. Arcata Fire will likely be…
Help build the Arcata Ridge Trail’s Beith Creek multi-user loop trail in the Arcata Community Forest’s Sunny Brae Tract on Saturday, June 1 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Volunteers will meet near the corner of Margaret and Buttermilk lanes in Sunny Brae.
“It could be a real positive for Humboldt State and the City,” said Frank Whitlach, HSU associate vice president for Marketing & Communications.
“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.
“From what I saw up there, some of the finest trails in Arcata will be in the Beith Creek area, for quality of experience,” said Environmental Services Director Mark Andre.
Third District Supervisor Mark Lovelace, who lives just downhill from the forest, was drawn into activism by what was to be an aggressive timber harvest by Sierra Pacific Industries.
Admittedly a NorCal girl at heart, summers were spent in Laytonville with her grandparents, and she said, “Coming back is like returning home. The forest is my sanctuary, it restores my soul… I feel strongly we must protect and sustain our forests for future generations. My hope for my next four years as a Senator is that I can, in some small measure, contribute to the long-term sustainability of our forests.”