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McKay was instrumental in the 1978 expansion of Redwood National Park and the 2006 acquisition of 275,000 acres (111,000 ha) of new wilderness areas on the North Coast. McKay worked projects for the protection of Northern Spotted Owl, preservation of the Siskiyou Wilderness, developing the Headwaters Forest preserve, opposition to corporate logging, and the Klamath River restoration.
McKay was posthumously awarded a Resolution of Honor for his lifetime of work from the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors on September 26, 2006.
- "Tim McKay, 59, Environmental Activist in Humboldt County". Los Angeles Times. 3 August 2006. p. B12.