News Release

For Release:  Aug. 5, 2008       
Contact:  Bob Wick (707) 825-2300 or Jeff Fontana (530) 252-5332

BLM Seeking Comments on Lacks Creek Plan

The U. S. Bureau of Land Management is seeking public comments on a preliminary plan to conserve natural resources and provide public recreation opportunities in the forests and prairies of the Lacks Creek watershed northeast of Eureka.
The BLM's Arcata Field Office will accept comments until Tuesday September 9, 2008. Comments can be sent by email to BLM Planning Coordinator Bob Wick at or mailed to: Bureau of Land Management, 1695 Heindon Rd., Arcata, CA 95521, Attention: Lacks Creek Plan Coordinator.
Copies of the preliminary plan, which include proposed actions and alternatives, have been mailed to requesters. It can be viewed on the internet at  Printed copies are available at the Arcata Field Office, 1695 Heindon Rd., Arcata, or by calling the office at (707) 825-2300.
"We look forward to hearing comments on this plan to protect and restore significant natural resources while providing Humboldt Bay residents and visitors with new recreation opportunities," said BLM Arcata Field Manager Lynda Roush.
The preliminary plan focuses on protection and restoration of natural resources and calls for compatible recreation uses.
The plan calls for a variety of actions including forest and watershed restoration treatments, improving oak woodlands, prairies and wildlife habitat, and continuing an inventory of sites important to Native American tribes and to local history.  Other proposed actions include removal of some roads, improving roads for recreation access and developing a trail system for hiking, equestrian use and mountain biking. Camping would be limited to designated sites.
The Lacks Creek Management Area includes 8,673 acres of public land managed by the BLM upstream from the Tall Trees Grove at Redwood National Park.  It is within the "Park Protection Zone," an area established by Congress to be managed for protection of national park resources downstream.   It provides important fish and wildlife habitat in the Redwood Creek basin, including fish spawning areas.  It also contains forests that support spotted owls, marbeled murrelets and Pacific fishers.

For more information on the plan and opportunities to comment, contact Planning Coordinator Bob Wick at (707) 825-2321.


Arcata Field Office     1695 Heindon Rd.     Arcata, CA  95521