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Arcata Field Office
Release Date: 06/18/10
Contacts: Chris Heppe , (707) 825-2300  
  Jeff Fontana , (530) 252-5332  
News Release No. CA-N-10-74

Improvement Project will Cause Temporary Access Limits on Headwaters Trail

The Elk River Trail in the Headwaters Forest Reserve will be temporarily closed beyond the two-mile mark while workers improve drainage and stabilize the trail.  Work begins Monday, June 21, and will last no later than July 15.    The closure is necessary for public safety and to allow work to proceed efficiently.

The first two miles of the Elk River Trail will remain open and accessible for those with limited mobility.  This section includes interpretive signs with information about the unique cultural and natural history of the reserve.  Bicycles and dogs (under owner’s control) are allowed on this stretch of the trail.  There is no fee.  Access is allowed during daylight hours.

The work is part of a series of projects designed to improve trail conditions and to reduce sediment in the South Fork Elk River.

In the project, crews will improve structures that are designed to control drainage and keep sediment from the river.  Work will improve stability of the trail, improve watershed conditions and protect fish habitat.

Headwaters visitors can enjoy the southern part of the forest near Fortuna by reserving space on a guided hike along the Salmon Creek Trail.  BLM park rangers lead the hikes and explain features of the forest, including groves of 1,000-year-old redwood trees. To reserve space for a weekend hike or to arrange a special outing, call the BLM Arcata Field Office at (707) 825-2300.

The Headwaters Forest Reserve is 7,472 acres of public land near Eureka.  The BLM, in partnership with the California Department of Fish and Game, manages the area to preserve the ecological and wildlife values, 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.


Arcata Field Office   1695 Heindon Rd.      Arcata, CA 95521  

Last updated: 06-18-2010