Humboldt’s Volunteer Relief Workers- Then and Now

September 18, 2020

Humboldt County has a long history of supporting those in need during challenging times, as clearly illustrated by the photo above. It was taken during the 1964 “Christmas Flood”.

In 2020, I am fortunate enough to work in economic and workforce development, where I hear every day about the various individuals and organizations (like the local Red Cross, Pay it Forward Humboldt and Cooperation Humboldt) who are offering support to those affected by the pandemic – AND the wildfires.

I am so thankful to live in Humboldt.

Volunteers with Pay it Forward Humboldt

Volunteer at Falk this Friday and Saturday

November 2, 2009


Their flyer was so cool, I just decided to use it (though you may have to magnify your screen a bit to read it).

I also received this …

Thank you for your interest in the upcoming fieldwork in the historic townsite of Falk, located 5 miles southeast of Eureka in the Headwaters Forest Reserve. Our first visit to the area is planned for Friday and Saturday, November 6 and 7, 2009. We will be hiking approximately one mile on a flat, paved trail and then crossing a creek to access the study area. The creek is low right now and we have been removing our shoes to cross it. On Friday, we will be meeting at the Cultural Resources Facility Office (BSS 124) at 8:00 am or you can meet us at the Headwaters Forest Reserve parking area on Elk River Road at 8:45 am. To get to the parking area take the Elk River Road exit off Highway 101, at the south end of Eureka. Turn right onto Elk River Road and drive approximately six miles to the Reserve parking area.  Rain will cancel the fieldwork.

If you cannot make these first few days, don’t worry, fieldwork in Falk will be ongoing, every Friday and Saturday, for the next three months.

Items to bring:

1)Bring a lunch and water
2)Layered clothing, it’s rather shady in our study area

If you have any questions please email the office at, call at 826-5247 or stop by in the BSS Building, Room 124.  We will send out a confirmation email on Wednesday with any necessary updates.

Thanks again for volunteering your time. We look forward to seeing you!

Volunteer opportunity at historic Falk

August 25, 2009

Ox Team hauling redwoods

Ox team hauling redwoods

Anyone with interest in history and even a little bit of extra time this fall should get out their phones.

Humboldt State University will be holding a historical archaeology field school during the fall,  2009 semester  in the historic town of Falk  and the public is invited to participate.

The field work will happen during october and november, between the rainy days.  Folks can just volunteer or can sign up through HSU and receive credit.  You’ll be digging in the dirt with the archeologists, looking for historical “treasure”.

Call  Jamie Roscoe or Bill Rich at the HSU Cultural Resources Facility at (707)  826-5247  for more info or to sign up.  You can also call Dave Johnson, archaeologst at the Arcata BLM at (707) 825-2320 for more info.

The excavations will be conducted at the dancehall and a small bachelor’s cabin site.  Bill Rich says they are also looking for anyone with stories about this dance hall or any other,  and artifacts from the area.  

Anyone with info or an extra ounce of energy they want to spend at the site should give ’em a call.