Community roundup: What’s going on in the area

A slide on Shelter Cove Road nearthe general store leaves the road with a single lane.
Contributed A slide on Shelter Cove Road nearthe general store leaves the road with a single lane.

Sanctuary Forest secures $1.1 million for community forest

Sanctuary Forest announced securing $1,139,000 from the Wildlife Conservation Board Streamflow Enhancement Program to help with the groups goal of creating a community forest in the heart of the Mattole headwaters.

The funding will go toward the acquisition of 300 acres in the headwaters of McKee Creek and the implementation of groundwater recharge and salmon habitat improvement projects in McKee Creek

“Thank you to all of our supporters who have made this possible,” the group said in a news release. “This acquisition marks the first step toward achieving our goal of creating the Van Arken Community Forest.”

According to the release “1,300 acres remain under threat.”

To learn more about efforts to save Van Arken, call Sanctuary Forest at 707-986-1087 ext. 9# or go to

Meeting set to discuss Shelter Cover roads

A community meeting is set for April 12 at 5:30 p.m. at the Shelter Cove Community Center to discuss road conditions and repairs.

Both 2nd District Humboldt County Supervisor Estelle Fennell and Public Works Director Tom Mattson will be on hand to provide answers to questions about the safety of local roads.

Shamanic journeying group event set

Eel River Holistics in Garberville is hosting a shamanic journeying group on April 12 from 6 to 8 p.m. The group will explore various drum journeys for balance, harmony and enhanced well-being. No experience is necessary.

Contact group facilitator Heather O’Connell to reserve a spot at 707-357-5869 or email

Land stewardship tour at Fool’s Farm

The Institute for Sustainable Forestry is offering a tour of Fool’s Farm in Salmon Creek on April 21. The tour will include holistic land stewardship practices focused on enhancing forest biodiversity, applied permaculture principles, growing and protecting soil from farm scale to forest and grassland systems, small scale mushroom cultivation, groundwater recharge projects, utilizing small diameter fir poles for construction and biochar production.

Participants should bring sturdy hiking shoes, a lunch and water. Meet at the Shop Smart parking lot in Redway at 9 a.m. to carpool. The tour begins at 10 a.m. in Salmon Creek. A sliding scale donation of $10 to $25 is requested. For more information, call Kyle Keegan at 707-943-1504 or email The Institute for Sustainable Forestry can be reached at 707-244-4584.

Register students for kindergarten

Whitethorn Elementary is holding a special registration event for new kindergarten and transitional kindergarten students on April 25 at the school at 16854 Briceland Thorn Road in Whitethorn. The event allows parents to visit classrooms and register for the 2018-19 school year. The event takes place from 8:30 a.m. to 1:20 p.m.

For more information, call the school at 707-986-95589.

Enjoy tea and tour of Redwood Grove

Plan a house and garden tour of Julia Morgan’s Redwood Grove on May 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The $32 cost per person includes complimentary tea and scones with homemade jams as well as gluten-free options. Tours of the house and garden take place at 10 and 11 a.m., noon, and 1 and 2 p.m.

Park at the historic Benbow bridge or pay to park in Benbow State Park. It’s a 0.4-mile walk to the house or golf cart shuttles will be available. For reservations and to pre-book a shuttle, call 415-317-2034 or email

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