For Release: Thursday, April 12, 2007
Contact: Kathy Stangl (707) 825-2310 or Jeff Fontana (530) 252-5332
BLM Offers Free, Guided Hikes at Headwaters Forest Reserve
Outdoor enthusiasts can experience the grandeur of an old-growth redwood forest and learn about natural history of the Headwaters Forest Reserve, in free, guided hikes offered this spring and summer by the Bureau of Land Management.
Beginning Saturday, May 19, BLM natural resource specialists will lead hikes into the southern part of the reserve. The outings will be offered on Saturdays and Sundays, weather permitting, until Nov. 11. Weekday hikes may also be scheduled, depending on availability of leaders.
Reservations are required and can be made by contacting the BLM Arcata Field Office,
(707) 825-2300. Hikers can reserve dates for the current and following month. Each outing is limited to 20 hikers and 10 vehicles (the capacity of the parking area).
BLM Headwaters Reserve Manager Kathy Stangl said the two-mile hike takes about three hours. It is moderately strenuous and has some steep climbs. Participants should bring water and wear hiking boots.
The route follows an old logging road along Salmon Creek, where hikers may see ongoing restoration projects. The trail then loops into an old-growth redwood forest. Tour leaders will discuss the natural history of the reserve and explain the restoration work.
Participants will meet at 10 a.m. at Newburg Park in Fortuna, and in their own vehicles, follow the tour guides to the parking area. The three-and-a-half-mile drive on Felt Springs Road is narrow, steep and winding and not passable for trailers, motor homes or fifth-wheel trailers. Hikers will return to Newburg Park by 1 p.m.
The BLM provides the guided hikes as part of a long-term management plan for the Headwaters Forest Reserve. The plan provides for public recreational access, while protecting the reserve’s natural resources.
Arcata Field Office 1695 Heindon Road Arcata, CA 95521