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Northern California District
Release Date: 04/17/12
Contacts: Dave Fuller , (707) 825-2300 or  
  Jeff Fontana , (530) 252-5332 (  
News Release No. NC-12-46

Final King Range Wilderness Management Plan Now Available

A management plan for wilderness within the King Range National Conservation Area (NCA) and the adjacent rocks and islands off Northern California’s Lost Coast is now available to the public.

Copies of the plan are available online at or by contacting the Bureau of Land Management Arcata Field Office at (707) 825-2300.

“We appreciate the public input we received through the planning process,” said Lynda Roush, manager of the Arcata Field Office.  “The comments we received helped us develop a blueprint for maintaining wilderness qualities and providing ample opportunities for the public to enjoy the King Range Wilderness.”

The management plan provides site specific objectives for the BLM’s management of 42,585 acres designated as wilderness under the Northern California Coastal Wild Heritage Wilderness Act of 2006.  The designation included two separate wilderness areas:  the lands within the King Range NCA and the rocks and islands offshore from the King Range beginning at the mean high tide line and extending three miles out to sea.

The King Range NCA, established in 1970, covers 68,000 acres and extends along 35 miles of coastline between the mouth of the Mattole River and Sinkyone Wilderness State Park. The remote region is known as California's Lost Coast, and is only accessed by a few back roads.

The recreation opportunities here are as diverse as the landscape.  The forested peaks attract hikers, hunters, campers and mushroom collectors, while the coast attracts surfers, anglers, beachcombers, backpackers and abalone divers.


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Last updated: 04-17-2012