Arcata City Forests
Arcata offers many ways to explore our forests, marshes and community through recreation programs for all ages. Learn more about the opportunities and sign up today.
The Arcata Community Forest, established in 1955, is comprised of 2,350 acres of second growth redwood forest in Humboldt County, California. Community Forests are relatively rare in the western United States but recently there has been an increasing interest and effort to establish community forests. Timber harvest revenue funds forest operations, habitat restoration and management of the forest for recreational uses. A combination of working forest areas, special management areas and ecological reserves create a balanced management approach. Community forestry in Arcata is designed to provide local residents the opportunity and responsibility to manage their natural resources.
The Arcata Community Forest has served as an example for other communities that have wished to acquire and manage community forestlands. For those interested in doing this, click on this link to read a publication of the Communities Committee, Acquiring and Managing A Community-Owned Forest: A Manual for Communities.
The forest forms the visual backdrop of the town and provides extensive passive recreational use (i.e. hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding and nature walks). Although the 16,000 town residents own the Arcata forest, stakeholders include the surrounding communities and the greater Humboldt County area.
The forest is a recreational draw in the region due its extensive trail system that supports hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding.