Community River Walk Gets New Benches

Birding Trail Benches Installed

This sign greets local hikers at
the entry to the new Community
River Walk in the south-west
corner of River Park in Happy Camp.

By Linda Martin

Tucked away in a thickly forested corner of River Park there's a new trail meant for birders, nature lovers, and those who yearn for daily exercise. It's the Community River Walk.

To find it, drive down Park Way to River Park and at the fork in the road, go right - and drive to the end of the road to park. There's a signboard covered by a roof and the start of this delightful and isolated trail. It winds through the forest near the edge of the Klamath River, west to the final destination, Elk Creek Bridge.

Along the way there's interpretive signs telling more about the area, and as of May 26, thanks to the effort of US Forest service personnel, there's beautiful new benches so nature lovers can stop and rest a while.

The Community River Walk is the product of many months of pre-planning. Funded by a Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) grant and the Partners in Flight program, the US Forest Service and Community Services District co-sponsored the work so that Happy Camp will have an intriguing nature trail for local walkers and birding enthusiasts.

Birding Trail Benches Installed

USFS Engine 25 crew prepares a rocky hilltop for bench installation alongside the Klamath River birding trail in Happy Camp. From left: Ted Jones, Carol Sharp of the US Forest Service, Ryan Layton of Fresno, Joe Holt of Hornbrook, and Larry Henderson. Jones, Sharp and Henderson are Happy Camp residents.

Birding Trail Benches Installed

Climbing up the trail with more equipment to help with the final bench installation are Kerry Smith of Engine 26, and Brandon Cortes of Engine 25, both Happy Camp residents.

Birding Trail Benches Installed

While returning to River Park we passed Daniel Bushy on the trail. Bushy has lived in Happy Camp since the 1970's and has been working for the US Forest Service for many years on this and other local projects.

Birding Trail Benches Installed

United States Forest Service Engine #25 - the engine many of the bench installation crew are assigned to. So now we know what they're doing when they're not risking their lives out fighting fires in the middle of the summer.

Birding Trail Benches Installed

Click on this picture to get a large image and read the sign! The trail includes numerous interpretive signs to explain the landscape and all that can be found there. The trail is ideal for a shady walk on a hot day, a place for travelers to stop and stretch their legs, or for families involved in home-based education.

Birding Trail Benches Installed

After a long walk, Aaron Martin demonstrates proper use of the new benches. This bench is closest to River Park. We passed several others in our trek through the forest in search of the bench installation crew.

Klamath River Bird Finder
By Bob Claypole

Author Bob Claypole is a former river-rafting and driftboat fishing guide and is currently a Forest Service fire lookout. For nearly 30 years he has lived and worked on the Klamath River in far northern California,all the while continuously birding along over 100 miles of river corridor and up into the surrounding mountains. His detailed observations have resulted in this book.

Over 200 species live, nest or migrate through this region, which is located between the birding hot spots of the Klamath Basin and the Humboldt Bay/Del Norte Coast,a "missing link" waiting to be discovered by birders looking for new adventures.

The book includes Tours complete with maps and driving instructons,Bar Graphs depicting abundance and probability for each species, brief Accounts of local habits and sightings of each species, plus broad background information on Geography, Habitat, Weather and more. The text is enhanced by delightful line drawings of many of the species.

Klamath River Access Guide
By Jill Livingston and Kathryn Golden

Discover a beautiful uncrowded playland along 150 miles of California's middle Klamath River, for a few hours or a few days. This guide will help you find your spot to fish, swim, boat, camp, picnic, mine and explore. Includes river map, photos and drawings, and complete descriptions of both developed and undeveloped river accesses. Includes a listing of area services and resources plus historical notes.

Klamath River Angling Guide
By George Burdick

Still available through the used and new associates on Amazon.

Carving Traditions of Northwest California
By Ira Jacknis

"The peoples of the Klamath River region - the Yurok, Hupa, Karuk, Tolowa, and other groups - possessed the most elaborate carving tradition of Native California. Carved objects of wood, elk antler, and stone played an important role in much of their culture." - Ira Jacknis

Canon 10x30 Image Stabilization Binoculars w/Case, Neck Strap & Batteries

Whether you are sitting in the nose-bleeder seats of a stadium or an opera house, with Canon's 10x30 IS binoculars you'll get an outstanding close-up view of the action. The binoculars are designed to fit perfectly in your hands and have a rubber coating for nonslip grip and protection from damage. The focus dial is center-mounted and the image stabilizer controls are easily accessible from either hand. Canon's optical image stabilization technology eliminates shake and reduces curvature of field. The image stabilizer operates with two AA batteries. A BP-B1 battery pack is included. The lenses are coated with Super Spectra multicoating that improves image quality by maximizing contrast and minimizing color smear.

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Two energetic, enterprising young women from the East Coast, sent to the remote Klamath River Valley to live with the Karuks, produced this fascinating record of life in our valley in 1908-09.

Stella Patterson, a city lady at age 80, told by her doctor she had "young legs" vowed to spend one full year on her remote mountain mining claim.

A reviewer on Amazon wrote: "I first purchased this book while on a vacation trip exactly 14 years ago (1989); since then I've tried to read it at least once a year. I laugh my way through the book, and the author's courage & zest for life continues to inspire me! I only hope I am able to always view life with the same gusto & joy she had, trials & tribulations notwithstanding. She was quite a remarkable woman."

Visit the remote Northern California region from the Siskiyous to the Cascades. Meet the locals, learn the history, enjoy the landscape that includes whitewater rivers, old growth forests, and lava-strewn backcountry.

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