If you Go
What: Congressman Jared Huffman’s public lands legislation meeting
When: 5:30-6:30 p.m., Monday, Aug. 14
Where: Wharfinger Building, 1 Marina Way, Eureka
Online comments can also be emailed to email@example.com
California 2nd District Rep. Jared Huffman is calling on the public to weigh in on his draft legislation that would seek to protect and preserve federal lands on the North Coast while still leaving room for activities such as hunting and fishing.
To obtain more input, Huffman will be holding four public meetings this month, with the first occurring at Eureka’s Wharfinger Building on Aug. 14.
“On the North Coast of California, we are privileged to live among some of the most stunning old-growth forests and pristine rivers in the world,” Huffman (D-San Rafael) said in a statement. “But we can do more to manage these spectacular public lands to protect communities, restore forest health from illegal marijuana grows, and improve trails and recreational opportunities.
“I want to hear your ideas on how to protect our forests and watersheds while creating economic opportunities and safeguarding our homes,” Huffman continued. “By putting our heads together, we can create collaborative solutions to protect our communities and the lands we value for generations to come.”
Huffman’s draft currently proposes to:
• Designate a 700,000-acre restoration area in the South Fork Trinity River watershed and Mad River watershed area managed by the U.S. Forest Service in Humboldt and Trinity counties.
• Create federal, state and local partnership to cleanup public lands impacted by illegal cannabis cultivation.
• Create a Horse Mountain special management area,
• Consider creating a Bigfoot National Recreation Trail.
• Designate the Elk Camp Ridge Recreation trail and begin a trail study to improve motorized and non-motorized uses.
• Expand nine wilderness areas and establish 10 new areas.
• Designate more than 300 miles of new wild and scenic rivers and directs agencies to create management plans for another 95 miles of state-designated wild and scenic rivers
• Establish the Sanhedrin Conservation Management area.
• Require federal agencies to work on fire management in northwestern California wilderness.
• Analyze the construction of an interagency visitor center in Trinity County.
• Build mountain biking routes in Del Norte County.
Fifth District Humboldt County Supervisor and California Coastal Commission North Coast Commissioner Ryan Sundberg said the county is “fortunate” to have a federal representative who recognizes the region’s public lands needs.
“Congressman Huffman’s potential legislation would address fire management on our public lands while still protecting prime fish habitat,” Sundberg said in a statement. “Additionally, it only would apply to public lands, would have no impact on private property and would not close any roads.”
Huffman said he encourages his constituents to share their feedback and suggestions by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
More information on Huffman’s proposals, including a summary and full text of the draft bill, can be found on his website at huffman.house.gov/rep-huffmans-legislation-to-protect-the-north-coast-s-spectacular-wild-places-and-rivers-0.
Will Houston can be reached at 707-441-0504.