Sunday, January 6, 2013

Humboldt Redwood Company to log near Riverside Park

PANORAMIO Photo by kenfarnsworth
THP 1-12-126 HUM (Strong Armed THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 502 acres; 54% selection, 24% group selection, 15% no-harvest, 6% variable retention, 1% roadside logging.  Root Creek, Bear Creek, Hely Creek (HUM: T1N R2E Sec.5, 7, 8, 17, 18).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 80%, steep roads, 78 road drainage work sites, landslide terrain, road failure sites, impaired 303.d watershed, adjacent to riverside park, coho watershed, 15 spotted owls within 1.3mi, 4 osprey nests, large tree helicopter logging, logging in marbled murrelet stands, trees up to 75” dbh.   Estimated public comment deadline: 02/14/13.

This THP is about 6 miles NE of the town of Rio Dell and Highway 101; between the Eel and Van Duzen Rivers and next to Riverside Park.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning a fairly large timber sale with helicopter logging on very steep slopes that could include the removal of large trees.  The area is also home to spotted owls, osprey and marbled murrelets.  There are also numerous road and crossing sites that are in need of repair and/or reconstruction, and some road failure and landslide related problem areas.  Both the Van Duzen and Eel rivers are coho watersheds and are listed as “impaired” due to the impacts from historic logging practices. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website. 

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