Saturday, June 22, 2013

Humboldt Redwood Company planning THP on steep unstable slopes near Carlotta

PANORAMIO Photo by Winst1966
THP 1-13-047 HUM (Hely 13 THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 280 acres; 69% group selection, 22% no harvest logging, 9% selection logging.  Cummings Creek, Hely Creek (HUM: T2N R1E Sec.25, 36; T2N R2E Sec.27, 28, 30, 31, 33).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, landslide terrain, debris slides, road failure sites, 10 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, coho watershed, 15 spotted owls within 1.3 mi, trees up to 70” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 07/27/13.   

This THP is 2 miles east of the town of Carlotta, CA and just north of Highway 36 at an elevation of 190 - 1,430 feet.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation with an option for helicopter logging, in second growth redwood, Douglas fir and grand fir.  The THP area contains steep and unstable slopes, with over 
41 landslide features including dormant landslides, compound landslides and debris slides.  Ground based equipment will be used on steep slopes designated for cable logging, and 3 roads are planned for use on unstable soils with cut bank and fill slope failure problems.  There are 10 road drainage work sites including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair and road bed stabilization.  The THP area flows into the Van Duzen River which is listed as impaired for sediment and temperature, and contains steelhead and cutthroat trout. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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