Public input needed for decision regarding public access on Trinidad Head

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TRINIDAD- The Bureau of Land Management is asking for input from local residents as the agency decides how much access visitors will have to a historic area of Trinidad.

At a ceremony last May, the U.S. Coast Guard released the Trinidad Lighthouse and the surrounding 13 acres of land on Trinidad Head to the Bureau of Land Management.  Now, the agency is asking residents from Trinidad and surrounding areas, as well as tourists, to share their opinions on how much public access there should be and how the land should be preserved and managed.  Since the transition, this area has been open to the public for special events, but could be open more often when the Bureau of Land Management makes a final determination.  That decision could be made by the end of the year. 

"It's federal land by the taxpayers and so we really want to make this plan something that the community believes in, they can get around.  Aside from that, the parcel that we manage is surrounded by City of Trinidad land and Trinidad Rancheria so whatever we come up with needs to be compatible with those other activities," said Chris Heppe, the Assistant Field Manager for the Bureau of Land Management Arcata Field Office.

The Bureau of Land Management is collecting public input until May 31.  To submit a written comment, send it to the Bureau of Land Management Arcata Field Office at 1695 Heindon Road, Arcata, CA 95521 or email Dave Fuller with the Bureau of Land Management at dfuller@blm.gov For more information, call Dave Fuller at (707) 825-2300.