Thank you to the 634 open space volunteers of 2013!

Thank you to the 634 open space volunteers of 2013!

Arcata Ridge Trail Volunteers

Together, you put in 2,455 hours of hard work building sections of the Arcata Ridge Trail, pulling out creek-clogging reed canary grass and trash from waterways and stream sides, and planting salt grass starts to restore wetlands. The City sends out a huge thank you for making Arcata's open spaces beautiful and better for all of our human, animal and plant neighbors!


December 27, 2013 



In 2013, 634 Arcata volunteers got involved in their community by getting their hands dirty. The volunteers, members of 14 different community groups as well as individual Arcata residents, took part in volunteer workdays organized by the City of Arcata’s Environmental Services Department. In 23 workdays, during which people worked 2,455 volunteer hours, the volunteers did everything from building the Beith Creek Loop Trail and the mountain bike downhill sections of the Arcata Ridge Trail, pulling and smothering creek-clogging reed canary grass on long sections of Janes Creek, restoring a salt marsh at McDaniel Slough and cleaning out truckloads of trash from Jolly Giant and Janes Creeks.

The City of Arcata sends out a huge thank you to the following workday partners for their enthusiastic commitment to enhancing Arcata’s open spaces: Humboldt Fish Action Council, Humboldt State University’s Natural Resources Club, Arcata Elementary School, Arcata High School, Friends of the Arcata Marsh, Bigfoot Bicycle Club, United Way of the Wine Country/Humboldt-Del Norte Counties, Volunteer Trail Stewards, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, AmeriCorps’ Watershed Stewards Project, the California Conservation Corps, Humboldt State University’s Center for Service Learning and Academic Internships, the Volunteer Center of the Redwoods/RSVP, the Northcoast Environmental Center, Six Rivers National Forest and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

The Environmental Services Department and different community partners will host 24 volunteer work days in 2014, starting on Saturday, January 25. Everyone is invited to help the Volunteer Trail Stewards build the Samuels Loop Trail in the Arcata Community Forest. Volunteers will meet at 9 a.m. at the upper Diamond Drive Community Forest entrance and work until 1 p.m. Gloves, tools, food and beverages will be provided. Please wear a long sleeve shirt, work pants and boots and bring rain gear and water.

For more information on how to help take care of Arcata’s open spaces, call (707) 825-2163, or check out a list of 2014 volunteer workdays at