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Sunday June 12 at 10 AM, Volunteer Trail Steward Day - join the BLM, Friends of Headwaters and EPIC for a volunteer day on the Elk River Trail. We will meet at the Elk River Trailhead at 10 AM. All ages and abilities welcome!
Saturday June 18, 10 AM, Jerry Rhode Logging History - Join the BLM in welcoming historian Jerry Rhode to the Headwaters Education Center for a discussion about Humboldt County logging history. Meet at the Headwaters Education Center at 10 AM.

Wide shot of an event from the 2013 Headwaters Lecture Series

For directions to the Headwaters Education Center, visit our Directions page. 

2014 Headwaters Managers Report

Picture of old-growth redwood forest in the Headwaters Forest reserveThe 2014 Headwaters Managers Report is now available online. This report summarizes the BLM's activities in 2014 in Headwaters. A 2015 Managers Report will be completed in the winter of 2016.

BLM Seeks Comment on Proposed Headwaters Plan Amendment

In August 2015, the BLM asked for public comment on issues that should be addressed when it develops an environmental assessment analyzing potential environmental impacts associated with amending the plan that guides management of the Headwaters Forest Reserve.

See the full press release on the BLM newsroom website.

For a list of helpful documents related to the amendment, please visit the Headwaters Management and Planning page.

Logo for Redwood Parks Association Friends of Headwaters

In 2014, the BLM, Humboldt State University and Redwood Parks Association formed a partnership to foster the understanding, enjoyment and stewardship of Headwaters. Check out this press release for more information about the agreement.

As part of this agreement, the BLM's partners created a Friends of Headwaters Facebook Page.

Headwaters Vintage Poster

A vintage poster depicting a hiker in the Headwaters Forest Reserve

In celebration of Earth Day 2014, the BLM introduced a vintage poster depicting the Headwaters Forest Reserve. Stop by the BLM Arcata Field Office to pick up a free copy!

This poster is part of a series that depicts some of the spectacular landscapes of the BLM's National Conservation Lands. The purpose of the campaign is to highlight these ruggedly beautiful and culturally rich places that belong to all Americans.




Headwaters Headlines

The BLM periodically releases updates on Headwaters management via Headwaters Headlines. The most recent edition was released in Winter 2014. To receive these updates via email, contact the BLM at headwaters@blm.gov.


Winter 2014 Edition

  • 2013 Year in Review
  • Meet the Headwaters Forest Ecologist
  • BLM Completes First Round of Restoration Thinnings
  • Update on Junior Explorer Activity Books

Image of the Front Cover of Headwaters Headlines Winter 2014

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Redwood Edventures

Image of the front cover of the Headwaters Quest. The text on the cover reads Redwood Edventures Quest Headwaters Forest Reserve Headwaters Through Time. The cover has a picture of a banana slug named Slick.

The BLM is part of a partnership called Redwood EdVentures. Key partners include the Humboldt County Office of Education, the US Forest Service, and California State Parks. This group recently updated the BLM's Quest for Headwaters, which provides a great way to explore Headwaters with the whole family. Visit the Redwood EdVentures website to find a Quest near you!

Falk: A Town Disappeared

The abandoned craft house in the former town of Falk

Check out the new film Falk: A Town Disappeared. This film was produced by Ethan Cardoza, a student in the Humboldt State University Film Program. It provides an excellent overview of the town of Falk and Headwaters.





May 8, 2013 BLM Announces Trail Reopening in Headwaters Forest Reserve

March 18, 2013 BLM Announces Temporary Closure on Little South Fork Elk River Trail

May 30, 2012, Fortuna's East High School Receives National BLM Recognition.

Headwaters Forest Reserve Manager's Report 2010 (PDF)


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