McKay Community Forest

The McKay Community Forest contains approximately 1,194 acres and is located southeast of Eureka within the watershed of Ryan Creek, a tributary of Humboldt Bay (overview map). The Community Forest is situated along the urban interface with residential and commercial areas of Myrtletown, Cutten, and Ridgewood Heights. The Community Forest was established in 2014 for multiple purposes including public access and recreation, timber harvest, and watershed and resource conservation.

The Community Forest is envisioned as a place for Humboldt County residents and visitors of all ages and abilities to enjoy walking, hiking, mountain-biking, wheeling (on approved mobility devices), horseback-riding, learning, and connecting with the natural world. The Community Forest is envisioned as a place that enhances the quality of life by providing opportunities to experience a diverse, dynamic, and productive forest.

Trail building within the McKay Community Forest is expected to start in the summer of 2022 after the environmental report for the Trail Plan is adopted.

Forest Stewardship Plan

On April 22, 2022, Humboldt County released a draft Forest Stewardship Plan for public review and comment. The Forest Stewardship Plan is the County’s guidance document for managing the McKay Community Forest through the next ten to fifteen years. The Stewardship Plan describes describes how silviculture, fire risk reduction, habitat restoration, carbon sequestration, monitoring, and adaptive management will be implemented through the next ten to fifteen years.

Comment on the draft Forest Stewardship Plan are invited through May 31, 2022.

In December 2020, Humboldt County released the McKay Community Forest Trail Plan. The Trail Plan provides a blueprint for the development of trails, access points, and amenities to support recreational and educational activities within the Community Forest. The Trail Plan describes the overall goals, objectives, guiding principles, design standards, and construction practices for building sustainable trails to support outstanding outdoor experiences for a diversity of trail users. The Trail Plan proposes a trail network with 31 miles of multi-use roads, multi-use trails, hiking trails, and mountain bike trails, with additional trails to be considered in the future. The Trail Plan is Attachment A of the Forest Stewardship Plan.

Forest Stewardship Plan Summary Handout (240 Kb)

Forest Stewardship Plan (no attachments) (20 Mb)

Attachment A – Trail Plan (49 Mb)

Attachment B – Road and Trail Inventory (20 Mb)

Attachment C  (150 Kb)

Forest Stewardship Plan (full document) (43 Mb)

Comment Form

How to submit a comment:

  1. Fill out a comment form and e-mail it to
  2. Send an e-mail to 
  3. Send a letter to Humboldt County Department of Public Works, 1106 Second Street, Eureka, CA, 95501

McKay Community Forest Aerial View

McKay Community Forest aerial photo

Phase 2 Property Acquisition

In June 2020, Humboldt County acquired approximately 197 acres contiguous to the south end of the Phase I property as the Phase II expansion of the Community Forest.  

Phase 2 Staff Report

Phase 2 Expansion Maps

Non-Industrial Timber Management Plan

On April 19, 2022, Humboldt County submitted a Non-industrial Timber Management Plan (NTMP) to CAL FIRE for review and approval (1-22NTMP-00003-HUM). The NTMP is a regulatory document demonstrating how the County intends to comply with the California Forest Practice Rules and associated laws and regulations. Technical studies to support the NTMP include a forest inventory and analysis, inventory of controllable sediment discharge sites, and geomorphic and geological analysis. The review process for the NTMP will extend through the summer of 2022.


  • Green Diamond Resource Company
  • The Trust for Public Land
  • City of Eureka
  • California Natural Resources Agency
  • California Wildlife Conservation Board
  • California Department of Housing and Community Development
  • California Coastal Conservancy
  • U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
  • Humboldt County Headwaters Fund
  • Redwood Community Action Agency
  • City of Arcata
  • California Conservancy Corps
  • Humboldt Trail Council (Volunteer Trail Stewards)
  • Redwood Coast Mountain Bike Association
  • Redwood Acres

Background Documents:

Project Overview (April 2014)

Project Report (April 7, 2014)

Project Report Maps (April 7, 2014)

Historic Profile of the McKay Tract (March 2014)

Forestry Documents:

Cash Flow Analysis of Timber Management (December 2013)

Logging Road Assessment Report (March 2014)

Joint Timber Management Plan (April 2014)

Northern Spotted Owl Monitoring Report (December 2019)

Special-Status Plant Survey Report (September 2019)

Wetland Inventory Report (June 2018)