Monthly Archives: March 2009


Just in from the county:


Humboldt County Parks and the California Conservation Corps will be trimming and cutting selected trees along the Hammond Trail between Hiller Park and Knox Cove in McKinleyville on March 23 and 24, 2009.  Trail users are advised that they may encounter temporary delays between 8:30 am and 4:00 pm on these days.


The scheduled work is part of Humboldt County Parks’ tree risk management program, which is designed to address potential hazard trees located within the County park and trail system in order to maintain safe recreational areas and a healthy tree population.


Trees are an important resource within the Humboldt County parks and trails system by providing aesthetic, recreational, cultural, and ecological value as well as contributing to air quality.  While most trees are long-lived, they can experience a number of stresses, such as disease, insect attack, winds, and human-caused damage, that result in defects which in turn can lead to partial or complete failure.  Most tree failures occur during storm events, and the most likely failure is a branch or limb, rather than the whole tree.  Because trees and people are in close proximity within the parks and trails system, it is important to manage the risks associated with trees before they endanger public safety.


Trees along the Hammond Trail are being evaluated based on a hazard rating system that evaluates failure potential, size of the defective part, and potential targets.  Careful consideration is made to avoid or minimize potential impacts to the habitat and aesthetic aspects of a tree and the effects on adjacent property, while still sufficiently abating the identified hazard.  Parks staff also look to identify opportunities for preventative measures to avoid or correct problems and improve tree longevity.

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Storm warning!

Just in from the Weather Service….



A Pacific storm will bring the threat for thunderstorms and small hail to the coastal areas and adjacent hills through Tuesday.  Snow levels will lower to 2000 feet by Tuesday morning.

Snow showers and hail can catch travelers by surprise.  Folks should drive slower in general to provide more time to react to one of these hazards, and they should really focus on the road ahead so they notice the telltale signs of danger.  If motorists find themselves driving into unsettled thunderstorm weather, they should be anticipating slippery conditions and slow down well in advance.   If you do find yourself suddenly driving on a hail or snow covered road, don’t slam on your brakes.  Instead, ease off the gas pedal to slow down gradually.  Be on alert for rock slides as you round corners on roads in steep areas.  Highway 299 is especially prone to rock slides.  Travelers should also expect some snow accumulations over the passes along highways 101, 199, 299, and 36.

Those planning travel should keep informed of the latest weather forecast and road conditions.

For weather:  or 707-443-7062
For the most current road conditions on all California State highways, contact the Caltrans Highway Information Network (CHIN)  :   at 1-800-427-7623 (1-800-GAS-ROAD) or

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