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Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in where nature may heal and cheer and give strength to the body and soul.              

        ~ John Muir

2014

Saturday, March 22nd

For the March 22 volunteer workday we will be meeting in the Redwood Park parking lot located about one half mile up from the corner of 14th& Union Street (take 14th street on east).  As usual, we will start at 9 a.m. and end by 1 p.m. (you are always welcome to leave early . . . you just miss the pizza).

The work will be to restore areas in the Arcata Community Forest (ACF) impacted by illegal camping and most of the sites will be a 10-15 minute walk from the parking area.  We will also have a small crew to walk the lower ACF trails to scrape duff off the bridges and steps.  The City will provide all tools, pizza & water.

Contact Rees at 826-0163 if you have questions.

Saturday, January 25

We will be working again on the Samuels Loop off of Trail 10.  

Saturday, November 16

We will again be meeting at the Diamond Drive. The focus of the work will be on construction of the Samuels Loop Trail, which is a side trail off of the main Arcata Ridge Trail.  

More Detailed Directions to the Diamond Drive Trailhead:

Last time, several volunteers mentioned that they were unfamiliar with the Diamond Drive Trailhead.  Near the very north end of L.K. Wood Drive, take a right (east) turn on Diamond Drive. Follow Diamond, which proceeds steeply up, for nearly two-thirds of a mile to its crest (just before it makes a sharp left turn north). The access to the Community Forest is at that crest and turn.  For those of you who are driving, park along the street in that area.

  1. Saturday, October 19, 9am- 1pm

  2. We will meet at 9 a.m. at the Diamond Drive trailhead to the Arcata Community Forest, at the top of Diamond Drive. Dennis has a more pressing need for many hands there. If you need directions, just ask. And we still ask you to report in from your walks or runs or rides on the trails: http://tiny.cc/0hcqrw

Saturday, June 29, 9am-1pm

We’ll be brushing, clearing, and working on some drainage issues on Trail #15

Saturday June 1, 9am-1pm

Please join the new Trail Stewards project in the Arcata Community Forest for the Saturday, June 1st work day on the Arcata Ridge Trail.  Meet at 9 a.m. at the Margaret Street entrance in Sunnybrae. New volunteers welcome. We will again meet at the southern end of the Arcata Ridge Trail at the top of Margaret Street (it can be reached by driving east on Buttermilk and turning left on Margaret which intersects Buttermilk just before Buttermilk makes its big turn).  For those of you yet to complete Volunteer Trail Steward paperwork, we will have release forms and training materials available on the 30th. We will again be working with City of Arcata staff. This is a strenuous work site. Reaching the work site will involve a steady climb of as much as a half mile and working on uneven terrain. Please keep that in mind.  Call Rees if you have questions - 826-0163.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

We had a strong turnout for what was essentially our 3rd Trail Stewards work day in the Community Forest. Thank you to Rees Hughes, City of Arcata staff Darius Damonte and Dennis Houghton for organizing. And of course a huge shout out to the 45 other community members for all their hard work. Using only hand tools, the group removed an old section of logging road and replaced it with a brand new stretch of single-track. A great, fun day of work, excellent new trail sections and pizza!

Arcata/Sunny Brae Community Forest

Volunteer Trail Stewards

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After every Arcata Trail Steward experience, and when you are out running, walking, or riding, please take a moment to fill out the online form or use the call numbers we have provided (822-8184 for Environmental Services and 822-2428 for the Arcata Police Department) as appropriate. This information will be used to improve the maintenance conditions of the Arcata Community Forest trails. 
 

Arcata’s Trail Stewards are building the future of our community trails. In addition to building new sections of trails, the Trail Stewards will help monitor, pick up litter, and assist with restoration along Arcata Community Forest Trails. Please join us!

The Arcata Community Forest Trail Stewards will meet on the 4th Saturday of every month, with the exception of December. Dates and specifics will be posted below. Contact Rees Hughes at (707) 826-0163 or hughes@humboldt.edu with your questions.

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On March 22, about thirty Arcata Community Forest Trail Stewards cleared an illegal camp and restored the area to a more pristine condition. A big thank you to Maureen McGarry for this video, and Todd Krider for the music.

Previous Saturday Work Days: (we missed a few!)

Saturday, June 27

We will again meet at the south trailhead for the Sunny Brae Forest on Margaret Avenue (at the base of the cement stairs up from the corner of Buttermilk and Margaret Lanes).  From the Buttermilk roundabout on Old Arcata Road in Sunny Brae, drive east 0.9 mile on Buttermilk Lane. Just before Buttermilk turns to the right, turn left on Margaret Lane for one block. The tentative plan is to begin work on the Beith Creek crossing (subject to change).


Saturday, June 6

The first Saturday of June is not one of our scheduled work days. However, because it is National Trails Day, there will be a group of volunteers working in the Sunny Brae Forest on Saturday, June 6th, 9 a.m.  The focus will be on the new connector trail between Panorama Court and the main Ridge Trail.  It is not slated to be another rock moving day (phew).


Meet at the south trailhead for the Sunny Brae Forest on Margaret Avenue (at the base of the cement stairs up from the corner of Buttermilk and Margaret Lanes).  From the Buttermilk roundabout on Old Arcata Road in Sunny Brae, drive east 0.9 mile on Buttermilk Lane. Just before Buttermilk turns to the right, turn left on Margaret Lane for one block.


Bring a water bottle and gloves. Remember to mark your calendar for the regular work day on Saturday, June 27th. I'll send out details closer to the date. And thanks to all of you who worked so hard this past Saturday on the South Fork Janes Creek Trail . . . amazing!


March 28

We will be brushing and preparing the site, possibly doing some construction of a new section of trail that goes behind the future water tank site up towards Panorama Court.

February 28

We will meet at 9 a.m. in the Redwood Sciences Lab parking lot at the very upper east end of 17th Street (officially the address is 1700 Bayview Drive). Plan to work until 1:00 (although if you need to leave earlier, that is certainly OK.)  From Union Street turn east on 17th climbing steeply up to a T-intersection.  Make a left turn at the T and follow that road to its end (about 0.1 mile). We will be rehabilitating some camps and removing trash from illegal camps . . . no moving gravel! As always, we will work rain or shine and new volunteers are welcome.

January 24 PHOTOS

November 22

We will meet at 9 a.m. at the south trailhead for the Sunny Brae Forest on Margaret Avenue (where we met in September and October -- at the base of the cement stairs up from the corner of Buttermilk and Margaret Lanes).  From the Buttermilk roundabout on Old Arcata Road in Sunny Brae, drive east 0.9 mile on Buttermilk Lane. Just before Buttermilk turns to the right, turn left on Margaret Lane for one block.

I do want to say how appreciative I am of all the fantastic support we have received this year (at least 274 people have attended the ten work days in the Community Forest in 2014) and the incredible amount we have been able to accomplish. Thank you!    -Rees Hughes

October 25

We will be working on a different section of the Beith Creek Loop trail than we have before. We will be doing the initial trail brushing for a series of switchbacks on the outermost part of the Beith loop . . . this will involve a nearly 30-40 minute (very pretty) hike with tools to the project site. We will again meet at 9 a.m. at the south trailhead for the Sunny Brae Forest on Margaret Avenue (where we met in September -- at the base of the cement stairs up from the corner of Buttermilk and Margaret Lanes).  From the Buttermilk roundabout on Old Arcata Road in Sunny Brae, drive east 0.9 mile on Buttermilk Lane. Just before Buttermilk turns to the right, turn left on Margaret Lane for one block.

September 27

We will be back working on the Beith Creek Trail loop in the Sunny Brae Forest, on the Big Rock stream crossing of the lower Beith Creek Loop trail clearing brush, transplanting ferns, moving larger trees limbs, and preparing for trail construction.

August 23

We will be back working on the Beith Creek Trail loop in the Sunny Brae Forest.  We will again meet at the upper Fickle Hill Road parking area (where Trail #9 begins) for the Community Forest.  This is past the Shirley and Park Place intersections with Fickle Hill Road. Let me know if you need more specific directions.

From there, we will carpool up Fickle Hill Road to the road into the Sunny Brae Forest (that enters from the top). We are hoping for a good crowd in order to make  ample progress on this remote section of trail. We will continue our work on the stream crossings and general trail improvements that were started in June.

We will work as late as 1 p.m. although we will do our best to facilitate earlier departures for those who cannot work the entire time.

July 26

We'll be back in the Sunny Brae Forest once again working on the lower portion of the Beith Creek Loop, beginning at 9 am. We will have about a 10 - 15 minute walk into the work site. 

June 28

We will be working on the Beith Creek Trail loop in the Sunny Brae Forest.  

May 24

We will begin as usual at 9 a.m. and meet at the upper Fickle Hill Road parking area (where Trail #9 begins). We will be working on Trail #7 in the upper portion of the Forest doing some basic maintenance on the water bars, bridge, and moving some logs into position to help reinforce an eroding section of trail.

April 26

This work day was included as one of the Humboldt Green Week (April 19-27) activities built around Earth Day, and was a little bit different.

  1. 1)The City of Arcata and Arcata Elementary School has been working for the past month to finish a trail through the extensive east side grounds of the school. The final section to be 'rocked' happened on 26th. Some parents, members of the California Conservation Corps (CCC), and Volunteer Trail Stewards helped. The school is located at 2400 Baldwin Avenue (off of Sunset Avenue).

  2. 2)Most of us gathered at the Arcata Community Forest/Redwood Park. We removal of trash from illegal camps, dug up Scotch broom from along Trail 18 (parallels Fickle Hill Road), and continued to rehab popular illegal camp sites. See the short film Maureen McGarry made of the amazing rehab efforts at the March work day below.

The Volunteer Trail Stewards is a project of the Humboldt Trails Council, Friends of the Dunes, City of Arcata, City of Eureka, and the County of Humboldt.

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Volunteers 55+ years of age might be interested in joining a new VTS effort with RSVP, a program of the Volunteer Center of the Redwoods and the Area 1 Agency on Aging...  RSVP is a national volunteer program providing the following benefits to those 55+ who sign up and report monthly hours: limited mileage reimbursement, supplemental volunteer insurance, invitation to their annual Recognition event, and support from RSVP staff to get the word out about Volunteer Trail Stewards.

If you are interested, please contact Stacy or Rees.

 

Get Your VTS Vest!

Volunteer Trail Steward vests are available for $30 or with regular and devoted service, you may earn one, or discounts are available.  VTS are encouraged to wear these whenever you are on the Hammond, at the Friends of the Dunes Nature Center or in Arcata’s Community Forest.  Not only do they provide some protection against the weather but they help us be more visible.   

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VIDEO

Maureen McGarry has compiled some of the footage she has taken  at a number of Community Forest work days and made a 5-minute video. I think that you will find it to be of interest (as some of you will see yourself in it). See this link:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-w-NFS2PM7Q

Our NEXT Work Day:

Saturday, November 28

For our last work day in the Community Forest until January 23, 2016, we will have a great opportunity to work off some of our Thanksgiving excesses. No rock moving.  We are going to rehabilitate a broad swath of land that has been added to the south edge of the Sunny Brae Forest near the southern trailhead.  It is a rather large parcel that could use many hands naturalizing the area. We will be loosening compacted soil, relocating ferns, bringing in duff, and removing some of the non-native plants.  We will also send a crew up to the area near the new water tank to do some similar work.

We begin at 9 am and finish no later than 1 pm with lunch.

We will meet at the south trailhead for the Sunny Brae Forest on Margaret Avenue (at the base of the cement stairs up from the corner of Buttermilk and Margaret Lanes).  From the Buttermilk roundabout on Old Arcata Road in Sunny Brae, drive east 0.9 mile on Buttermilk Lane. Just before Buttermilk turns to the right, turn left on Margaret Lane for one block.

Bring a water bottle and gloves if you have them (you know what our supply looks like). Of course, we always welcome new volunteers (this could include family or guests visiting from out of town for Thanksgiving) and don't worry if it has been a while since you have been able to attend. We'll work rain or shine.

Thanks again to Dan Calderwood and Maureen McGarry for covering for me while Amy and I took our road trip.   - Rees

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