Overview of Arcata's Natural Resources. Collectively, Arcata’s natural resources are a significant component of the community. The forested hillsides, including the Arcata Community Forest and Jacoby Creek forests, the Arcata Bottom, baylands, tidelands, creeks, sloughs and wetlands are defining natural ecosystem features. They are as much a part of the community as homes, businesses, and schools. Goals and policies for conserving, enhancing, and managing the City’s natural systems and features are critical ingredients of the General Plan.
Arcatans have demonstrated that natural resource conservation and management are civic responsibilities, which can be met by emphasizing resource enhancement rather than resource depletion. By taking an ecosystem management approach, the City can evaluate natural resource interrelationships, and plan to maintain regional biodiversity when making resource conservation and management decisions.