A Northern California forest that was bought from the Pacific Lumber Company four years ago is about to undergo a multimillion dollar restoration effort.
Under a 20-year restoration plan for the Headwaters Forest Reserve, protective measures such as forest thinning to promote new growth and road decommissioning will cost almost $7 million.
The plan restricts logging and keeps activities such as horseback riding, hiking, and biking on the outskirts of the forest. Rivers, wilderness areas, and an endangered bird known as the marbled murrelet will be protected under the new guidelines.
The plan, released this week, is expected to be approved by Congress early next year. The Headwaters Forest Reserve, a 7,400 acre forest, was bought by the federal and state government for $380 million.