Facilities & Fieldwork Locations

Humboldt State University is located in the heart of the coastal redwood forest. The surrounding environment is perfect for hands-on work in the field. These outdoor classrooms, along with excellent on-campus resources, prepare you for a career outdoors.

Our Department's Facilities

Other Fieldwork Locations

Arcata Community Forest

The Arcata Community Forest, the edge of which is just one block away from the Forestry Building, is an actively managed 790-acre redwood forest with pockets of mature second-growth. The forest is a nationally recognized model of excellent forestry and land stewardship and provides an easily accessible outdoor classroom used for field trips in nearly all forestry courses.

Freshwater Forest

Freshwater Forest is a 300-acre second-growth redwood forest approximately 15 minutes from the HSU campus. In addition to being a site for field trips, this is also where our Logging Sports team practices. HSU has received long-term use of this property through the generosity of the Humboldt Redwood Company.

Industrial and Private Forestlands

Humboldt County is the center of California's forest industry, producing more of California's annual timber harvest than any other county. The department has excellent working relationships with industrial (Barnum Timber Company, Green Diamond, Humboldt Redwood Company, and Sierra Pacific) and private timberland owners and is granted routine access to the hundreds of thousands of private timber lands for class use and examples. This makes the study of Forestry & Wildland Resources at HSU field-oriented and not just a classroom experience.

Private and Public Rangelands

Private ranches and state and federal lands, just minutes from campus, provide opportunities for hands-on experience with varied working landscapes and wildlife habitats. Our coastal grasslands and pastures produce grass-fed and organic food and fiber. According to the latest county agricultural reports, livestock and livestock products account for 58 percent of Humboldt County’s gross agricultural receipts. Regularly scheduled field trips extend to more arid regions of California and Oregon as well.

Redwood National and State Parks

A management cooperative between the state and federal park systems, this network of parks protects old growth coast redwoods, some of the world's largest and tallest trees. If you would like to learn more, check out Redwood National Park and the California State Parks.

USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Redwood Sciences Laboratory

This laboratory is part of the USDA Forest Service's network of regional research stations. Home to a wide range of scientists and support staff, the Redwood Sciences Laboratory performs watershed, wildlife, and fisheries research with a focus on the coastal rainforest region from California to Alaska. Laboratory scientists give guest lectures and provide field trips to the Caspar Creek Experimental Watershed within California’s Jackson Demonstration State Forest.

USDA Forest Service Six Rivers National Forest

Situated on the North Coast of California, Humboldt State is near four different national forests. Six Rivers National Forest, with the supervisor's office located in Eureka, is the closest. Laboratory periods make frequent field trips to study forest management for multiple uses: outdoor recreation, rangeland, timber, watershed, and wildlife and fisheries needs.