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Northern California District
Release Date: 09/01/10
Contacts: Jeff Fontana , 530-252-5332  
News Release No. CA-N-10-101

Three Day Celebration Marks 40th Anniversary of King Range NCA

Hikes, mountain bike rides, tidepool walks and a birthday party complete with live music will highlight King Range Days, a three-day celebration marking the 40th anniversary of the King Range National Conservation Area on California’s north coast.

Everyone is invited to participate in the events that begin Friday, Sept. 10, and culminate Sunday, Sept. 12, with a barbecue and entertainment at the Clubhouse in Shelter Cove. 

“The King Range was the nation’s first National Conservation Area, established by Congress in 1970,” said Lynda Roush, manager of the U. S. Bureau of Land Management Arcata Field Office, which manages the King Range.  “King Range Days is a great way to look back on our accomplishments and the contributions of partners and to celebrate the beauty of the King Range and its inclusion in the BLM’s National Landscape Conservation System.”

Events on Sept. 10 include a hike to King Peak, a wilderness restoration project and hike, and a beach hike to the Punta Gorda Lighthouse.  Participants should meet at 10 a.m. at the King Range Office in Whitethorn.  Punta Gorda hike participants will meet at 10 a.m. at the Mattole Campground near Petrolia.

On Sept. 11 a tidepool discovery walk begins at 7:30 a.m. at Mal Coombs Park in Shelter Cove.  Other events include a hike to study stream flows and fish habitat in the Mattole River, a wilderness restoration and project hike, and a mountain bike ride and trail-building workshop on the Paradise Royale Mountain Bike Trail.  Participants will meet at 10 a.m. at the King Range Office.

On Sept. 12, a bird watching walk begins at 8 a.m. at the King Range Office.  The 40th birthday celebration runs from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Clubhouse in Shelter Cove.  Entertainment will include the Lost Coast Marimbas, ShinBone and Stargazer Luna.

The King Range NCA covers 68,000 acres and extends along 35 miles of coastline.  Known as California’s Lost Coast, the area provides diverse recreation opportunities.  The Douglas-fir peaks attract hikers, hunters, campers and mushroom collectors, while the coast beckons to surfers, anglers, beachcombers, and abalone divers.  Mountains seem to thrust straight out of the surf; a precipitous rise rarely surpassed on the continental U.S. coastline.   King Peak, the highest point at 4,088 feet, is only three miles from the ocean.


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Last updated: 09-01-2010