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Headwaters Forest Reserve

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The Headwaters Forest Reserve is 7,472 acres of public land located 6 miles southeast of Eureka, CA. The reserve is set aside to protect and preserve the ecological and wildlife values in the area, particularly the stands of old-growth redwood that provide habitat for the threatened marbled murrelet, and the stream systems that provide habitat for threatened coho salmon.

Since Headwaters Forest Reserve is part of a sensitive ecosystem, visitors should access this area appropriately. You are invited to take some time and enjoy the natural and historic values of this unique area. Learn more about hiking opportunities on the Visit Headwaters page.

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Visitor Information:

Bureau of Land Management
Arcata Field Office
1695 Heindon Road
Arcata, CA 95521-4573
Phone: (707) 825-2300
Fax: (707) 825-2301
Office Hours: 7:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., M-F

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The BLM, Humboldt State University and Redwood Parks Association reached an agreement in 2014 to work together as partners towards the understanding, enjoyment and stewardship of Headwaters. Check out this press release for more information about the agreement.

As part of this agreement, the BLM's partners created a Friends of Headwaters Facebook Page.

  A vintage poster depicting a hiker in the Headwaters Forest Reserve

Headwaters Vintage Poster!

In celebration of Earth Day 2014, the BLM introduced a vintage poster depicting the Headwaters Forest Reserve. Stop by the BLM Arcata Field Office to pick up a free copy!

This poster is part of a series that depicts some of the spectacular landscapes of the BLM's National Conservation Lands. The purpose of the campaign is to highlight these ruggedly beautiful and culturally rich places that belong to all Americans.

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The Headwaters Forest Reserve is a component of our National Conservation Lands.

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