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Redwood Forest Foundation

Spring 2010 Newsletter

RFFI Reaching Out for Recreation Through Prop 84
by Lin Barrett, Development Director
& Don Kemp, Vice President

RFFI is pursuing a conservation easement for the Usal property that focuses on protecting ecological values while maintaining it as a working forest that can offer compatible public use.

Hiking the Lost Coast Trail In line with these goals, community members from Mendocino and Humboldt Counties are developing plans for a variety of activities including natural history, cultural studies and vocational education. The intent is to develop recreational opportunities on the Usal that are in line with the protection of ecological and archaeological attributes as set forth in the proposed conservation easement.

In order to develop capacity for compatible recreation, RFFI is pursuing a variety of opportunities and has submitted a request for $5,000,000 of Prop 84 funds from the California State Parks and Recreation Department for recreational facilities. This application proposes development at a site off of Highway 101 near Piercy at McCoy Creek that would be concentrated in one of the five 10-acre "Designated Improvement Areas" to be permitted under the proposed easement.

Consistent with the permitted recreational activities, this site would offer: (1) recreation for the local community; (2) summer family and group camp rentals and off-season professionally run health, outdoor education, art and vocational training programs; (3) a Native American and Nature Study Center with exhibits and trails; and (4) low-intensity, daytime public access to the forest, trails and river. Proposed amenities include: a dining and recreation hall, classrooms, play-fields, trails, corrals, group camping opportunities in both tent and rustic cabins with nearby restrooms and showers.

The facilities, outdoor exhibits and self-guiding nature trails would provide new outdoor recreational, and vocational education opportunities to local residents and visitors. Swimming, canoeing, kayaking and rafting could also occur on the South Fork of the Eel River. The proposed facilities would offer valuable opportunities to learn about Native American traditions, natural history, sustainable forestry and RFFI's unique vision for Usal forest.


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