Montgomery Woods State Natural Reserve

The 2,700-acre Montgomery Woods State Natural Reserve is a hidden gem of an old growth coast redwood forest in western Mendocino County.  The main grove is located within a protected valley on a low-gradient floodplain along a braided stream.

An existing trail system within the grove is in disrepair and poorly marked.  Foot traffic on the uncontrolled informal trails has been damaging the tree roots causing erosion and impacting the habitat values of the forest. The existing designated trail as well as the social trails flood periodically.  The trails are generally hazardous, impactful, and create a challenging visitor experience.

The California State Parks has redesigned the over two-mile perimeter trail with a new alignment that moves visitors out of the floodplain and above the valley floor to restore degraded habitat.  The redesigned trail system is intended to organize and manage human uses, protect redwood tree roots, stabilize and protect watercourse crossings, and enable rehabilitation of damaged habitats while improving the overall visitor experience.  The work will include at-grade and elevated trail construction as well as restoration/revegetation of the abandoned trails and impacted areas.

The Save the Redwoods League and California State Parks were seeking assistance in the resolution of a visitor gathering area and a trail crossing of the creek mid-way through the valley with a creek overlook, as a supplement to the planned perimeter trail.  JNRA prepared conceptual options and preferred schematic plan for the gathering area and mid-valley trail crossing including boardwalks, a bridge, seating areas, and interpretive signage.

Location

Ukiah, CA

Size

±4.1 acres

Completed

In Progress

Client

Save the Redwood League

Team

SHN Engineers & Geologists (Civil Engineer & Surveyor)
WRA Environmental Consultants (Hydrologist & Restoration)

Scope

Conceptual Design

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