Wednesday, September 14
All tours will depart from and return to the Redwood Acres Fairgrounds in Eureka, leaving by 8:00 AM and returning around 5:00 PM.
1. North Tour. Join Redwood National and State Parks and Green Diamond Resource Company on an exploration of redwood thinning practices. The tour will travel north to the Orick area of Redwood National and State Parks to look at restoration forestry practices designed to enhance structural diversity of younger even-aged forests. Depending on schedules, lunch may include a stop at the Park’s old-growth. The afternoon will be spent with Green Diamond in the Korbel area exploring their commercial thinning of third-growth forests and wildlife management strategies in managed landscapes. Plan to walk and talk and take in some of the best of both public and private redwood forest management. Space is limited to 50 participants.
2. Humboldt Bay Tour. Join the City of Arcata, the County of Humboldt, and several private landowners to view modern conservation and community forestry efforts. The tour will include a visit to the City of Arcata Community Forest—the oldest community forest in California—where the community and active forest management interact on a daily basis through an extensive trail system through managed stands; a visit to the newly established McKay Community Forest near Eureka; and several private properties with leading innovative land management strategies. This tour will showcase uneven-aged redwood silviculture, funding for conservation activities, techniques to maintain social license within a community, and provide a discussion of the benefits and liabilities of managing bigger and older trees.
3. South Tour A. Join Humboldt Redwood Company for a look into its wildlife, forestry, and milling operations. In the morning we will depart for the historic lumber town of Scotia for a mill and experimental forest tour, a visit to Humboldt Redwood Company’s 40,000 gallon freshwater aquarium, and lunch. In the afternoon we will explore active forest management and habitat conservation strategies for the protection of sensitive and endangered species such as the Marbled Murrelet, Pacific Fisher, and Coho, Chinook, and steelhead salmon.
4. South Tour B. The afternoon will be the same as South Tour A and will join Humboldt Redwood Company for a look into conservation planning on industrial timberland. In the morning we will depart for Humboldt Redwoods State Park to hike through the 2003 Canoe Fire, the largest wildfire in old-growth redwood during the last 50 years. Tour leaders will take participants on a summer bridge over the South Fork Eel River to explore fire effects and fire history of the region. The afternoon will explore active forest management and habitat conservation strategies for the protection of sensitive and endangered species such as the Marbled Murrelet, Pacific Fisher, and Coho, Chinook, and steelhead salmon.