Monday, May 6, 2013

Humboldt Redwood Company to helicopter log on steep slopes near Kneeland.


PANORAMIO Photo By Larry Butcher
THP 1-13-035 HUM (Mountain View THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 115 acres; 49% group selection, 21% variable retention, 20% selection, 10% no harvest logging.  Lawrence Creek (HUM: T4N R2E Sec.23, 24, 25).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 80%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 30 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, coho watershed, 6 spotted owls within 1.3mi, golden eagle nest within 1.3 mi, howell's montia, trees up to 70" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 06/10/13. 

This THP is about 10 miles SE of Eureka, CA and about 3 miles SE of Kneeland, CA. Humboldt Redwood Company is planning a tractor, cable, and helicopter logging operation on steep slopes in second growth Douglas fir stands at an elevation of 1,880 - 2,770 feet.  Several of the tributaries in the THP area drain into the Van Duzen River which is listed for sediment and temperature.  There are also over 17 landslide terrain features in the THP area including debris slides, earth flows, and cut bank failures.  30 road drainage work sites are planned including dip construction, rocking, culvert repair, road stabilization and ditch cleaning.  Tractors will also be used on steep slopes between 50 - 65% in units designed for cable logging, and skid trails will be used adjacent to class III streams at 3 locations.  There is an off property spotted owl site within 1,000 feet of the THP. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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