In June 2008, the California Coastal Conservancy
approved RRAS's acceptance of an open space easement over Parcel 4.
Parcel 4 – an abandoned mill site next to Humboldt Bay behind Bayshore
Mall – is a vital link for the Eureka Waterfront Trail now under development.
RRAS did not accept the open space easement over City of Eureka
property merely to stop development, but rather views the land as having
high potential aesthetic, recreational, educational, and public health
On December 17, 2016, the grand opening of Eureka's Waterfront Trail through Parcel 4
and along the PALCO Marsh to the North officially opened the trail to public use. The
major structures of the abandoned mill have been demolished and the area is no longer
plagued by illegal camping.
As some of you may already know, RRAS has the open space easement over the City
of Eureka owned two parcels comprising the 14+ acres of Parcel 4. This combination of
ownerships puts our chapter in a good position to invest in certain improvements in
Parcel 4 without incurring unwanted liabilities. The additional commitment made by the
city also provides assurance that RRAS investments in appropriate improvements will
have long term benefits.
Examples of appropriate types of improvements are:
1. Habitat improvement
2. Enhancement of public wildlife viewing opportunities
3. Interpretive signage.
While this is not an opportunity for pristine wildlife habitat preservation, there are
advantages to restoration of Parcel 4 that are unique to this property:
1. The urban setting provides benefits to more people than limited access properties in
2. Salt marsh, coastal scrub, grassland, and bay shore habitats will be restored that
were previously eliminated at this site.
3. Improvement of the public perception of nature in their “back yard”.