Understanding Development Plans for Humboldt Hill

Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Sanctuary

I love the beauty of the Bay. The Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Sanctuary across 101 from College of the Redwoods is a beautiful place alive with wild birds and other creatures. Last February, I wrote a post about a visit I made to the park. Today, I received the following comment on the post. I don’t know the other side of the story but thought the woman deserved a wider audience so I’m passing it on to you. She says,

I live at the top of Humboldt Hill Road next to a lovely 165 acre parcel that is in danger of being developed. It is directly above the Wildlife Sanctuary and habitat to many of the migratory birds, foxes, raccoons, mountain lions, skunks, hawks, owls, and other indigenous life. I am attempting to contact the Refuge to see if we can somehow have it added to it, which is visible from the pasture and obviously an important part of the biosphere. Here is a link to a google sattelite map so you can see the close proximity of the parcel to the sanctuary:

The developers are attempting to get The Planning Commission to punch a hole down from the top of Humboldt Hill Road to TOmpkins Hill Road so they can have secondary access to start building. If you are at all excited about having more beautiful land and wildlife habitat added to the Refuge,PLEASE write the Planning Commission before Sept. 18, 2008 and tell them to NOT allow the road to go through for 7500 Humboldt Hill Road. I am working my butt off trying to find someone who would help create a land trust to purchase this land before this habitat is lost FOREVER! Here is a link to the Planning Commission’s feedback site:
Thanks for your help!

If any of you have anything to add, I would be interested to hear more about this. Thank you.


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  • THANK YOU for putting this up more prominently! I was the person who left the comment. If you would like to see the pasture we are trying to save, you can do a Google map search using “Humboldt Hill Road, Eureka California”. Click on satteliteso you can see it as it is. By panning out or zooming in until you find Humboldt Hill Road follow it until its end and you will see a huge parcel of pastureland/forest directly above the northern-most finger of the Wildlife Refuge. I think you can also find minutes from all of the previous Planning Commission meetings by Googling “7500 Humboldt Hill Road.” The owner of the land is a lawyer that lives in San Diego. His parents used to ranch on it and were interested in its preservation, according to people who knew them. When they died, he inherited it and has been trying to develop it ever since. Our neighborhood is overwhelmingly against it and so far The Planning Commission has been very wise in their judgments. It breaks my heart to imagine it covered in pavement and houses. I live on Donna Drive, the last of the Sprawl at the top of the hill and the line in the sand, hopefully. The pasture is teeming with life, especially birds from the Sanctuary which use it for hunting and rest during migration. If this pasture is developed, they will be losing a very important part of their habitat. If anyone would be so kind as to write some feedback to the planning commission about this, I would be very grateful.

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