The city of Arcata announced yesterday that it is purchasing a plot of forestland adjacent to Jacoby Creek Forest that will allow it to expand the property by 114 acres.
The city will be purchasing the property from the Swaner Family Limited Partnership for $1.5 million funded through a variety of sources, including the California Department of Fish and Wildlife's watershed restoration grant program, a CalFire climate investments program and local donations through the Humboldt Area Foundation. The property shares a 1.5 mile boundary with the Arcata Community Forest.
“We are very grateful to the Swaner family for working with the city of Arcata on this addition to the Jacoby Creek Forest," said Environmental Services Director Mark André in a press release. "This acquisition will help protect working forestland and wildlife habitat and benefit the community for generations."
See the full press release from the city copied below:
CITY OF ARCATA EXPANDS THE
ARCATA COMMUNITY FOREST - JACOBY CREEK TRACT
BY 114 ACRES
Arcata, CA, May 20, 2020 – The City of Arcata is pleased to announce that the City will be expanding the Jacoby Creek Forest by 114 acres.
The expansion was made possible thanks to over $1.5 million dollars in funding provided by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife Proposition 1 Watershed Restoration Grant Program, the CAL FIRE Forest Legacy-California Climate Investments Program, the California Natural Resources Agency’s Environmental Enhancement and Mitigation Grant Program, the City of Arcata and local donations made to the Humboldt Area Foundation’s Arcata Forest Fund.
The land to be acquired is known as the “Swaner Property,” as it will be purchased from the Swaner Family Limited Partnership. This private parcel shares 1.5 miles of boundary with the Arcata Community Forest and is considered to be an important wildlife habitat that has been included in a Conceptual Area Protection Plan by California’s Wildlife Conservation Board.
“We are very grateful to the Swaner family for working with the City of Arcata on this addition to the Jacoby Creek Forest. This acquisition will help protect working forestland and wildlife habitat and benefit the community for generations,” said Mark André, City of Arcata Environmental Services Director, of the expansion.
For more information on the City’s Environmental Services Department, please visit cityofarcata.org or call (707)-822-8184.