Sequoia County, California

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Sequoia County was a proposal in the early 1990s, to create a new county out of parts of Southern Humboldt and Northern Mendocino counties in California. The 1992 proposal halted signature gathering due to low support. The proponents of the proposal, restarted in 1993, submitted signatures in January 1994 to the Humboldt County clerk, who validated 2,033 signatures, 169 short of the necessary number to qualify for possible inclusion on the 1996 ballot.[1]


The new county was first proposed in 1992, by Alderpoint resident Lee Ann Barton from her class project at the College of the Redwoods extension in Redway, then under the name Salmon County.[2] The proponents wanted "better representation and services," including law enforcement, and said they wanted their taxes to stay local.[3][4] The petition to Sequoia County, in the heart of a region most well know for the cultivation of marijuana and the namesake redwoods, that would have united two thirds of the Emerald Triangle into one county, intentionally restarted their petition intentionally on April 20, 1993.[5] Part of the impetus for proposing a new county, was to have more control over law enforcement, specifically the enforcement of marijuana cultivation laws by Mendocino and Humboldt sheriffs and drug task forces, as well as the Campaign Against Marijuana Planting.[6]

Area and population[edit]

The proposed county would have been 2,313 square miles, taking approximately one third of the land of from Humboldt and Mendocino counties. The would-be county's population at the time of the 1990 Census would have been approximately 15,600. The south boundary would have followed the South Fork Ten Mile Creek, Lake Ridge, Sherwood Peak, and a straight light from the intersection of Highway 101 and Sherwood Road, Mount Sanhedrin and Hull Mountain to the Lake County border.[7] The northern border would have at the mouth of the Bear River, followed Bear River Ridge to Monument Ridge, cross Highway 101 at Shively Road, cross Highway 36 just east of Carlotta, connect with the Mad River east of Iaqua Buttes and follow the Mad River to the Trinity County border.[7] Humboldt County would have notably lost Reggae on the River, Benbow Inn, Humboldt Redwoods State Park, Avenue of the Giants, and King Range National Conservation Area, while Mendocino County would have lost Confusion Hill, Drive Thru Tree, Standish-Hickey State Recreation Area, Sinkyone Wilderness State Park, and majority of the Lost Coast region.[8]

Places within proposed county[edit]

Emerald City[edit]

In 2011, some of the proponents of the failed bid to create Sequoia County, started a new bid to incorporate a city in Southern Humboldt County, and call it Emerald City.[9] Early proposals were to incorporate Garberville, with a population of 913, and Redway, with a population of 1,225, into one new city. The proponents' main objectives were to have more control of local law enforcement and tax their lucrative marijuana industry.[9] Emerald City never made it past the early stages of proposal.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Geniella, Mike (February 23, 1994). "Seqouia County plan fails to qualify for vote". The Press Democrat. Santa Rosa, California. Retrieved March 11, 2022 – via
  2. ^ LeBaron, Gaye (April 8, 1992). "Are we ready for 'Salmon County?'". The Press Democrat. Santa Rosa, California. Retrieved March 11, 2022 – via
  3. ^ Callahan, Mary (November 23, 1993). "Rural voters push 'Sequoia County'". The Press Democrat. Santa Rosa, California. Retrieved March 11, 2022 – via
  4. ^ Hurst, John (October 14, 1984). "Law Enforcement Unites in War on Marijuana Cultivators". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved March 11, 2022 – via
  5. ^ "Petition for the Formation of Sequoia County". Public Notice. Ukiah Daily Journal. April 20, 1993. Retrieved March 11, 2022 – via
  6. ^ "War on Marijuana Draws Complaints in California". The New York Times. September 19, 1994. Retrieved March 11, 2022.
  7. ^ a b "Petition to Form a New County". Public Notice. Ukiah Daily Journal. June 1, 1992. Retrieved March 11, 2022 – via
  8. ^ O'Rourke, Lois (June 5, 1992). "Alderpoint women want new county". Ukiah Daily Journal. Retrieved March 11, 2022 – via
  9. ^ a b "Group pursues new 'Emerald City' in Humboldt Co". San Diego Union Tribune. Associated Press. May 30, 2011. Retrieved March 11, 2022.