Video: Work in Prairie Creek kicks off new vision for former mill site

Partners helping nature make a comeback at former logging hub

Crews with the Yurok Tribal Construction Corporation crew just beat the big rains this fall and completed the first phase of a large-scale restoration of Prairie Creek adjacent to the former Orick Mill site in Humboldt County. Save the Redwoods League purchased this property in 2013, and is partnering with a number of organizations to return the creek to its former self, tear up the acres of asphalt remaining from the mill, and create a new trails gateway to Redwood National and State Parks. 

The Prairie Creek Floodplain Restoration Project has been collaboratively envisioned and designed with the expertise of California Trout, local partners and professional firms, as well as early funding partners at California State Coastal Conservancy, NOAA Restoration Center, and Wildlife Conservation Board. 

Learn more about the Redwood Trails Gateway and Prairie Creek Restoration Project. 

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Since 1918, Save the Redwoods League has protected and restored redwood forests and connected people with their peace and beauty so these wonders of the natural world flourish.

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4 Responses to “Video: Work in Prairie Creek kicks off new vision for former mill site”

  1. Joanne Martin

    I hope that this project will also actively collaborate with the Orick community to see how best to support the park and the town.

  2. James Wasserman

    Awesome work! Thanks to all involved.

  3. Karen J Sjogren

    Great project in so many respects.

  4. Patrick Farrell

    I am now 82 years old, in the late 40’s my family and I stayed in the cabins at Prairie Creek State Park. Across the Hwy there was a meadow where there was a huge heard of Elk. Each day we were there we were able to take hikes lead by a park ranger and he sheared with us the importance of the forest, plants and wildlife in the area. I have treasured the memories of that beautiful forest for nearly 75 years. I wish you and the tribe great success.


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