TRINIDAD, Ca (KIEM)– The Trinidad Coastal Land Trust takes over ownership of Luffenholtz Beach trail. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife transferred the 8-acre, beach trailhead this past June. After all of the paperwork was done, they decided to make it official and have a grand re-opening.
The sun is shining bright on Luffenholtz Beach. The Trinidad Coastal Land Trust is moving forward with improvements to the area. They have already installed 99 new trail steps, a dog waste bag station, and volunteers to pick up garbage. It’s all to have a cleaner beach.
“We partner with the PacOut Green team to do a monthly Scenic Drive trash pickup. As well as with groups like the California Conversation Corps, and other community groups to do trail repairs,” said Ben Morehead Executive Director.
Back in 2013 when Humboldt County Parks had to cancel a long-standing maintenance agreement with the state, that’s when the Trinidad Coastal land trust stepped in. Volunteers from the non-profit organization assisted with repairs and clean-ups.
“It’s wonderful. The trail has become a little bit dicey to go down, and now it’s much much better,” said Ron Johnson, a Trinidad Resident.
Luffenholtz Beach is a place where local Natives fished for thousands of years. The group intends to honor the Yurok Tribe and Trinidad Rancheria cultural values when managing the beach.
“Indian traditions are still with us, the ceremonies, and the people, of course. They should not be forgotten. Their traditions should be respected,” said Johnson.
They’re currently seeking around $125,000 in grant funding to make the trail ADA friendly. They would like to add a wheelchair accessible picnic area, enhanced parking, and interpretive signage.
“We are submitting a grant next week to take the next step with this property here. Phase one was the transfer of ownership, and phase two is going to be making the improvements,” said Morehead.
If you would like to donate or volunteer with the Trinidad Coastal Land Trust, go to TrinidadCoastalLandTrust.Org.