On January 30, 2019, Humboldt County Public Works released the draft McKay Community Forest Trail Plan for public review. The purpose of the Trail Plan is to provide a blueprint for the development of trails, access points, and amenities to support recreational and educational activities within the Community Forest. Comments on the draft plan can be submitted by 5:00 pm, March 1, 2019, to Hank Seemann via e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) or hard-copy (1106 Second Street, Eureka, CA, 95501).
On August 21, 2014, Humboldt County purchased 1,000 acres of forestland southeast of Eureka to establish a community forest. The property was acquired from Green Diamond Resource Company in collaboration with The Trust for Public Land, with funding from the California Natural Resources Agency, State Coastal Conservancy, and California Wildlife Conservation Board. The community forest will be managed for multiple purposes including public access and recreation, timber harvest, and watershed and resource conservation.
Humboldt County is working with The Trust for Public Land and Green Diamond to consider a potential Phase II acquisition of 197 acres that would expand the southern portion of the McKay Community Forest. Depending on available funding and appraisal results, this Phase II expansion could be completed in mid-2019.