Timber Heritage Association Leads Rail Right of Way Cleanup Event

Speeder/Crew Car on the rails in 2019. Photo by Josh Buck, THA Board Member.

Speeder/Crew Car on the rails in 2019. [Photo by Josh Buck, THA Board Member]

Press release from the Timber Heritage Association (THA):

Timber Heritage Association (THA), will be doing a rail right-of-way cleanup event on Saturday, April 3, starting at 10 am at the foot of T Street in Eureka.

Trash dump site found at a previous cleanup. Photo Credit to Bruce Seivertson, THA Board Member

Trash dump site found at a previous cleanup. [Photo Credit to Bruce Seivertson, THA Board Member]

The event’s goal is to remove overgrown plants and trash from the right-of-way from T Street across the Eureka Slough Bridge towards the former California Redwood mill site.

Rail cleanup organizer and Timber Heritage Association Board Vice President Sean Mitchell says “Clearing the right of way allows for Timber Heritage to be able to run our immensely popular Speeder/Crew Car Runs in the summertime; Covid-19 restrictions allowing. These cleanups happen throughout the year to ensure the rails are clear and safe for use.

One of THA’s future goals is to operate an excursion train around the bay, thus ongoing care and maintenance of the right-of-way through projects like this are incredibly important.” THA strategic planning efforts include increasing right-of-way clearing and cleaning activities like this one to ensure future “Rails With Trails” around Humboldt Bay.

The same area after it was cleaned up by Timber Heritage Association volunteers. The Highrailer truck pictured can drive on roads and rail roads and is an important aid in moving supplies and trash during the cleanups, and is a right of way maintenance vehicle that is frequently operated on the rails by Timber Heritage volunteers. Photo by Bruce Seivertson, THA Board Member

The same area after it was cleaned up by Timber Heritage Association volunteers. The Highrailer truck pictured can drive on roads and rail roads and is an important aid in moving supplies and trash during the cleanups, and is a right of way maintenance vehicle that is frequently operated on the rails by Timber Heritage volunteers. [Photo by Bruce Seivertson, THA Board Member]

In addition to clearing brush from the rails, right-of-way cleanups remove hundreds of pounds of discarded trash that could have ended up in Humboldt Bay or the ocean.

Humboldt Bay is the second largest estuary in California and an important stop on the Pacific Flyway for migratory birds, as well as an important sport fishing locale. Thus, trash cleanup helps protect vital local and nonlocal wildlife.

In the past, collaborators in rail cleanups have included numerous THA volunteers, CalFire, Recology, and the Eureka Police Department. Individuals or organizations interested in helping with this effort can contact Katie Buesch at [email protected] Attendees, please bring a good pair of gloves and wear sturdy shoes.

The mission of THA is to preserve, interpret, and celebrate timber heritage in Humboldt County. Timber Heritage Association can be found online at https://timberheritage.org/, and through Facebook and Instagram.

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