Arcata, California is known for many reasons; it's home to Humboldt State University and the Humboldt Institute for Interdisciplinary Marijuana Research (which garnered a mention from Jimmy Kimmel), the Plaza is where the Kinetic Sculpture Race gets started every May and Arcata's residents became the first voters in the country to ban growing any GMOs within city limits. Now the forward-thinking home to just over 17,000 people can add a mention in the Oct./Nov. issue of "Mother Earth News" to its list of achievements.
In an article titled "9 Great Places You've (Maybe) Never Heard Of," the magazine dedicated to living wisely named Arcata as one of those great places. With a sub-heading of "Activists Welcome," the article written by K.C. Compton informs readers of the small norther Californian community's Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary that was created by turning its wastewater treatment into something beneficial to living creatures of all kinds. The article also mentions that the small city is home to the nation's first community forest (Arcata Community Forest) and the community spirit that is evident in the city's many annual festivals.
Other worthy mentions in the article include the Farmers Market that takes place on the Arcata Plaza, the many groups dedicated to protecting and repairing the environment and the diversity of the population. The other 8 communities mentioned in the article include towns in Michigan, Missouri, Iowa, Maryland, Wyoming, Texas and Florida.