A New Park for Fort Bragg
Finally, for our biggest public access project on the coast, we are working with the City of Fort Bragg to develop the nearly 600 acres of pygmy forest they recently purchased from the Recreation District.
The park will be located off Highway 20, by the Humane Society. The city will use 30 acres to construct three small water storage reservoirs, and it will still take a while for them to choose these sites. Until this step is done, we will be limited in the work we can do to develop the site for public access.
The plan is for MLT to hold a conservation easement on most of the acreage. We will then take the lead in the public access and restoration planning and implementation. We also, in partnership with the city, will manage the new park surrounding the reservoirs.
We are starting right now to determine which of the many social trails will be prioritized and potentially raised on boardwalks to reduce impact. We’ll also be deciding which trails should be decommissioned to create sanctuary areas to protect the most sensitive and rare species. We also have begun to identify areas for invasive species control and areas where dumped debris needs to be removed.
One of the most exciting aspects of this project is that we think we will be able to open an area of the project area to limited public access next summer. And yes, some effort is now being made to find a nice name for this new park.
When you explore the site you will see that only a third of the acreage is transitional pygmy forest. The rest is transition redwood.
It's going to be such a great park, especially for those windy days when an outing would be so much nicer if you could hike someplace a little more sheltered from the wind but still be close to town.