Project breathing new life into former Orick Mill site
Save the Redwoods League, California Trout, and local partners began a second year of construction on the Redwood National and State Parks Trails Gateway & Prairie Creek Restoration project at the League’s Orick Mill Site in Humboldt County, the traditional lands of the Yurok.
This year, the Yurok Tribe Construction Corporation is removing extensive invasive vegetation and excavating a new 800-foot section of creek channel through what was previously a disconnected pasture. Crews also removed more than 10 acres of asphalt and replaced it with soil that was excavated to make the new creek channel to create the foundation for future visitor amenities.
Construction will begin on the new public entry road, parking, pedestrian plaza, and trails in 2023. This complex project will be completed in 2025 before the property is transferred to the National Park Service in 2026. It is supported by the League’s Forever Forest Campaign and public funding partners including the California State Coastal Conservancy, Wildlife Conservation Board, NOAA, and the California Ocean Protection Council.