Humboldt County, California

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Humboldt County is a county in the U.S. state of California, located on the far North Coast 200 miles north of San Francisco. In 2008, its population was estimated to be about 129,000. Its primary population centers of Eureka, the county seat, and the smaller college town of Arcata, home to Humboldt State University, are located adjacent to Humboldt Bay, California's second largest natural bay.[2] Area cities and towns are known for hundreds of ornate examples of Victorian architecture.

Humboldt is a densely forested, mountainous, and rural county situated along the Pacific coast in Northern California's rugged Coast (Mountain) Ranges. With nearly 1,500,000 acres (6,100 km2) of combined public and private forest in production, Humboldt County accounts for twenty percent of the total forest production for all of California.[3] The county contains over forty percent of all remaining old growth Coast Redwood forests,[4] the vast majority of which is protected or strictly conserved within dozens of national, state, and local forests and parks, totaling approximately 680,000 acres (over 1,000 square miles).[5]

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