News Release

For Release:  April 20, 2007          
Contact:  Lynda Roush (707) 825-2300 or Jeff Fontana (530) 252-5332
CA-N-07-46

Public Welcome to Share Ideas for Lacks Creek Management

The Bureau of Land Management is welcoming public comments and ideas on the best ways to manage the forests and prairies at Lacks Creek, an important part of the Redwood Creek watershed about 30 miles northeast of Arcata.
 
Anyone interested can get answers to questions and provide suggestions at a public meeting set for Wednesday, May 16, at 6 p.m. at the BLM Arcata Field Office, 1695 Heindon Rd., Arcata.
 
Those unable to attend can send comments by email to rwick@ca.blm.gov.  Comments will be accepted through June 9.
 
The Lacks Creek area consists of about 8,900 acres of public land. It includes 4,500 acres recently donated to public ownership by the Save the Redwoods League and the Resources Legacy Foundation Fund.
 
“The area is important because it forms the upper part of the Park Protection Zone (PPZ) for Redwood National Park,” said Lynda Roush, manager of the BLM Arcata Field Office.  “This zone was designated by Congress to provide additional protection for the downstream resources in the national park.”
 
Lacks Creek supports Chinook and coho salmon and steelhead, while the surrounding Douglas-fir forests, oak woodlands and prairies provide habitat for Roosevelt elk, bears, fishers, northern spotted owls and marbeled murelets.
 
Roush said the management plan now being developed will detail actions to protect species and habitat, while developing opportunities for hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking.   Planners will be discussing restoration of un-needed roads as a way to reduce stream sedimentation, and consider conversion of some roads into recreation access trails.
 
Planners also will look at methods to improve forest health and to reduce wildfire threat.
 
More information is available by contacting the BLM Arcata Field Office at (707) 825-2300.

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Arcata Field Office    1695 Heindon Rd.  Arcata, CA  95521