Public Lands

whittler2004-06-27_058aNorthwestern California’s public lands include some of the wildest and most spectacular landscapes in North America. Together, the complex of national forests, national, state, and county parks, lands managed by other federal and state agencies, and rivers protected under both state and federal Wild and Scenic Rivers Acts in this corner of California should offer significant protection to the region’s unique endowment of species and ecosystems. EPIC works to ensure that these lands are managed to maximize their benefits for conservation.

Some of the environmental issues affecting public lands include: timber sales,  wildfire management, salvage logging, grazing, mining, illegal water diversions and trespass marijuana operations.

Our public land advocates get out into field and monitor what is happening on the ground. Because our public lands are so vast, it is imperative that people get involved in their own wild back yards and advocate for wild places that are threatened by destructive practices. For a complete guide for ground trothing please download the Bark Groundtruthing Guide. The Bark Groundtruthing Survey Form is an excellent resource for citizens to use for surveying a particular area for timber sales.


Northwest California’s public lands include:

National Forests
Four national forests, totalling some 5.4 million acres, managed by the U.S. Forest Service, an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture: the Six Rivers, Klamath, Shasta-Trinity, and Mendocino national forests.

Bureau of Land Management lands
King Range especially the smaller disjunct parcels across northwest California, California Coastal National Monument

National Wildlife Refuge lands managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge

National Park Service
Redwood National Park

State Parks
Humboldt Redwoods State Park, Sinkiyone State Park, Richardson Grove State Park, Tolowa Dunes State Park

County Parks
Clam Beach and Centerville Beach in Humboldt County

State Forest
Jackson State Forest in Mendocino County, managed by CalFIRE

Community Forests
Arcata, Weaverville

Click here to read news and updates in EPIC’s Public Lands Archive.