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City of Fort Bragg Invites Residents to Gather Driftwood from Noyo Beach

The following is a press release issued by the City of Fort Bragg:

In preparation for this year’s Fireworks event, the City is authorizing individuals to hand remove driftwood washed ashore at Noyo Beach. In years past, wood has been removed through a variety of ways including removal by City Public Works Crews, controlled burns by Parlin Forks or the Volunteer Fire Department, and by individuals who obtained permits to remove woody debris from the beach.

Beach wood removal will be allowed between the date of this notice and Friday, July 2, 2021 by persons who abide by the following conditions:

  • Wood removal from the beach may take place from 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM Monday-Friday only. No weekend removal is allowed.
  • Persons removing wood shall follow all park rules displayed on beach property signage at all times.
  • Wood removal may be completed with the use of hand tools only.
  • Persons removing wood shall be respectful and cautious of all citizens on the Noyo Beach and shall use safe work practices at all times, especially near citizens and pets.
  • Persons removing wood shall do a site cleanup at the end of each day to ensure that any litter or debris gets removed from the site.
  • This notice does not permit any closures of the beach or give persons removing wood any more right to any area of the beach or trails than other citizens using the beach and trails.
  • No person shall drive any motorized vehicle beyond the limits of the paved parking areas regularly accessible by private vehicles.

Any persons wishing to collect wood in any manner beyond those conditions listed above (i.e. using a vehicle, using mechanized equipment, or work on weekends, etc.) shall submit a Noyo Beach Access Permit application and provide proof of liability insurance to the City of Fort Bragg to receive authorization from the Public Works Department prior to commencing any activity not described herein.

Questions regarding this information should be directed to Chantell O’Neal, Assistant Director; Engineering, at (707) 961-2823 ext. 133.

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