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Northern California District
Release Date: 10/29/13
Contacts: Julie Clark (707) 825-2300    
  Jeff Fontana (530) 252-5332    
News Release No. CA-N-14-7

Author to Lead Guided Hike through Historic Falk Town Site

The history of the former Humboldt logging town of Falk will be featured in a free guided walk led by author Jon Gates, Saturday, Nov. 9, at 10:30 a.m., on the Elk River Trail in the Headwaters Forest Reserve near Eureka.

The hike will begin at the Headwaters Education Center, a half-mile hike from the Bureau of Land Management's Elk River Trailhead. The trailhead is six miles southeast of Eureka at the end of Elk River Road.

Falk was built in the 1880s, and its saw mill operated through the 1920s as the Elk River Mill and Timber Company. The former town site is within the BLM-managed Headwaters Forest Reserve. Gates' book, "Falk's Claim," explores the history of the town and its founder, Noah Falk.

The Headwaters Forest Reserve is 7,472 acres of public land set aside to protect and preserve 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.

For more information about the Headwaters Forest Reserve contact the BLM Arcata Field Office at (707) 825-2300, or visit


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Last updated: 10-29-2013