History of Land Use
Overview Wiyot Logging Mount Trashmore References

Mount Trashmore

With the remnants of the two abandoned lumber mills, the obsolete Humboldt Bay wharf, and the concrete platform still standing, the cheapest possible plan was employed upon the Arcata Bay. In 1964, the Arcata Bay was turned into an ocean side landfill. The 40-acre landfill lead to unbalancing the food web by attracting domestic cats and gulls, and began seeping leachate into Humboldt Bay. Nine years after it began, the Arcata landfill was condemned and closed by order of the Department of Health. Bay mud was dug up and placed over the landfill as a capping method, giving the site the nickname of "Mt. Trashmore" (City of Arcata, 2007).

In 2006, a strong storm uprooted trees surrounding Mt. Trashmore (Figure 1). Embedded in the root balls trash could still easily be identified (Figure 2).

Figure 1. Uprooted trees after a major wind storm on Mt. Trashmore (Poppendieck, 2006)

Figure 2. Thirty year old trash embedded in uprooted tree roots on Mt. Trashmore (Poppendieck, 2006)