Monday, January 03, 2011
Innovative Use of Natural + Built Landscape
I've recently returned from a wonderful vacation in Humboldt County on the "redwood coast" of Northern California. One of the most interesting and beautiful places I visited was the Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary.
The City of Arcata developed a wastewater treatment plant adjacent to the coastal marsh area that incorporates a variety of pond filtration systems.
The result is a seamless, lush, natural habitat favored by birds of the Pacific Flyway. It's also an accessible walking and birdwatching area by the local residents.
I spent well over an hour walking the trails and enjoying the vistas and bird life at low tide.The highlight? Seeing a trio of great egrets soar by at eye-level!