More than 1.5 million seedling trees were planted on cutover areas of the Six Rivers National Forest in the first few months of 1967.
In the March 20, 1967 Humboldt Standard, U.S. Forest Supervisor Robert Allison said that reforestation of approximately 3,850 acres of trees cut for timber sales was planned for the season that year.
The Humboldt Standard also reported that 90 percent of the replanting was being done by contractors, with regular U.S. Forest Service crews doing the rest of the work. Contractors included Frank Zella of Crescent City; Warbe Reforestation in Mapleton, Oregon; Frank Kirwan of Eureka; Jessup and Nelson in Redding; Duncan and Bowman in Crescent City; Forest Smith of Orleans; Southern Oregon Reforestation in Medford, Oregon; Mel Kelly of Salyer; David Beecraft of Redding; A and M Forest Industries in Hood River, Oregon; Roberto Suarez of Mountain View; Evergreen Helicopters in McMinnville, Oregon; Fred Lynch of Mad River and Larry Brown of Ruth.
Seedlings used were produced at the U.S. Forest Service’s Humboldt Nursery in McKinleyville and were planted at an average of 550 trees per acres, Allison said in the newspaper article.
He noted that the cutover lands placed back in production would continue to produce raw materials, jobs and recreation opportunities under the U.S. Forest Service Multiple Use Management Policy.
The same Humboldt Standard article also talked about a two-day session held in Arcata in March 1967. The workshop, put on by the Northwest Rules Advisory Group, was designed to ensure uniformity in scaling and grading logs, according to the Humboldt Standard. The session was held in the Arkley Lumber Company yard, with 25 people participating. Sessions like this were held three times a year in various Douglas fir regions of the Pacific Northwest.
According to the U.S. Forest Service website (www.fs.usda.gov), Six Rivers National Forest includes 974,612 acres of mountainous land that stretches from the Oregon border south for approximately 140 miles to Mendocino County.
Heather Shelton can be reached at 707-441-0516.