Innovative Use of Natural + Built Landscape

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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!

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