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Previous Work Days and Events:

November 14, 2015   PHOTOS

July 11 PHOTOS            June 13                            May 9

April 11  PHOTOS            March 14  PHOTOS         February 14  PHOTOS

During our work day February 14, the Hikshari’ Volunteer Trail Stewards and a group of CCC's started eradication of Vinca major on the trail. We “whacked” it back to the soil, covered it with weed fabric and mulched it all with wood chips. The cover will remain on the vinca for 1-2 years before it dies back. At that time we’ll remove the fabric and mulch and start restoration on that site. We’ll then move the fabric and mulch to another patch of vinca.

We had our stellar cleanup crew who every month cleans old camps and picks up litter along the entire trail!

We also started removal of Bermuda grass which involves a lot of digging and is a slow process but we made great progress!  

Thanks for giving your time and energy to continue restoration along the trail!

January 10  PHOTOS

Thanks to the Hikshari’ VTS who participated in our January 10 work day. We accomplished all we set out to do and more! Thanks to the CCC for all their hard work and energy and thanks to the North Coast Chapter of the California Native Plant Society for their generous donation of coastal prairie plants.

December 13  PHOTOS

Mucking in the mud of a salt march became a fun and interesting morning for the Hikshari' Volunteer Trail Stewards Saturday, December 13. Members of the CCC worked with us and we had guidance from consultant, Greg O'Connell. We dug young spartina plants and replaced it with native marsh plants. A very satisfying morning!

November 8  PHOTOS

The Hikshari' VTS and a group of CCC's, 30 of us, worked together to add more plants to the northern part of the trail. We planted Sitka Spruce, Red Alder, Shore Pine, Wax Myrtle, Gumplant, Angelica and native dune starts. It was another fun day on the Hikshari' Trail!

Sunday 9/28 & 10/19  Explore the Coast! A Family Friendly Event on the Hikshari’ Trail   * poster *

October 11

We received a big “thank you” from Miles Slattery, Parks and Recreation Director, and his staff for supporting Eureka and its developing trail system.  Our VTS work on the Hikshari' Trail is very much appreciated!

September 13

Our main objective was to finish cutting invasive shrubs from the southern section of the trail. AFS students joined us – a fun group to work with.

This workday was the Hikshari' VTS first anniversary!  We want to get your feedback about our first year. What are we doing right and what would you like to see changed? Many people on our email list showed an interest in participating at one time but haven't come to a work day. If you still have some interest, please join us to see what we're about.

August 9

Along with our usual work we'll remove Cotoneaster and Laurel from the southern part of the trail. Both are invasive plants. If you're committed to continue fennel removal, work on the triangle by the parking lot, or clean encampments we will do that, as well.

July 12

This month, along with the usual litter pick-up and graffiti removal, we'll be removing invasive thistle and hemlock. We'll also be picking up the smaller chunks of concrete along the trail and if you're committed to weeding the triangle by the Sanctuary parking lot, there's still lot's to do there.

We have another option for you to become involved in our work. We would like to plant native plants on the trail this fall so will be starting them from seed within the next month. It's quite easy with little time commitment, so if this interests you, please contact Jane or Susan for more information. We have the seeds,supplies and instructions to help you raise these plants successfully. 

  1. PHOTOS from May 10, 2014

  2. PHOTOS from April 12, 2014

  3. PHOTOS from March 8, 2014

  4. PHOTOS from February 8, 2014

  5. PHOTOS from January 11, 2014

  6. PHOTOS from December 14, 2013

  7. PHOTOS from November 9, 2013

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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

Hikshari Trail Stewards will meet and work on the 2nd Saturday of every month, at the Elk River Wildlife Sanctuary parking lot at the end of Hilfiker Lane, 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m.

For more information, contact Jane Stock


Eureka Hikshari’ Trail

Volunteer Trail Stewards

Saturday, October 12, from 9:00-11:00 a.m.

First, thank you to the 24 volunteers who worked on September 14.  Under a heavy drizzle we removed lots of graffiti, cut back fennel and picked up litter from the entire trail. We removed enough fennel to open views of the bay in many places and since we removed the graffiti we've noticed very little new.

Our work continues Saturday, October 12 from 9:00-11:00 a.m. with more brush cutting and removal, European Beach Grass removal and litter removal. Come rain or shine! Waterfowl are beginning to return and the bay will be at mid tide so the trail will be a lovely place to be.

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The Eureka Hikshari Trail Stewards held their first recruitment meeting on August 29.

Thanks to all of you who made our October work day so successful.

We filled a green waste bin with brush and made good progress removing European Beach Grass. Thanks to all of you who pick up litter as you walk the trail. What a positive difference you make!

Ecology & Birdwatching

Sandra Lingle, a Volunteer Trail Steward, will be leading 2 walks per month focusing on the ecology along the trail. She reports bird watching is very good so bring binoculars. The first walk will be Wednesday, November 6 at 9:00 a.m. Meet at the Truesdale access parking lot. The second walk will be Sunday, November 24 at 9:00 a.m.

Weekday Work Day!

Several people have voiced an interest in having 2 work days per month. The second work day would be held on a weekday between our regularly scheduled second Saturday work days. Contact Jane at if you're interested.


The midweek group has started and we pulled blackberries in preparation for the planting this month. Our second Wednesday after our second Saturday work day in December is Christmas day so an alternate date hasn't been set yet. If you want more information, please contact Jane.


Sandra Lingle will be leading a birding/ecology walk Monday, December 9th. Meet at the Truesdale trailhead parking lot at 9:00 a.m. - bring binoculars if you have them.

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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.


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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Our NEXT work day:

Saturday, December 12, 9am-11am

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