Thursday, September 5, 2013

Humboldt Redwood Company to helicopter log in Marbled Murrelet stands near Kneeland.

PANORAMIO Photo By John Quinian
THP 1-13-070 HUM (Double Deuce THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 449 acres; 75% group selection, 16% selection, 9% no-harvest logging.  Upper Freshwater Creek (HUM: T4N R1E Sec.1, 11, 12, 13; T4N R2E Sec.7).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, steep roads, landslide terrain, 20 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, coho watershed, large tree helicopter logging, 9 spotted owls within 1.3mi, trees up to 60" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 10/06/13.

This THP is located about 7 miles SE of Eureka, CA and a few miles SW of Kneeland, CA at an elevation of 300 to 1500 feet.  The THP area drains into Freshwater Creek which is listed as impaired for sediment and siltation.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning a tractor, cable and helicopter logging operation in Douglas fir, redwood and grand fir forest.  The THP includes 302 acres of large tree logging with an option for helicopter, and logging of marbled murrelet habitat within Units 4 & 7 (stand D483 contains high quality marbled murrelet habitat).  There are several steep segments of roads over 15% grade, and landslide terrain in Unit 4.  Over 7,060 feet of new road construction is planned, and 20 road drainage work sites are planned including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair and replacement, and road bed stabilization. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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