Saturday, June 7, 2014

Humboldt Redwood Company to log in marbled murrelet stands east of Fortuna, CA.


PANORAMIO Photo By Greg Nyquist
THP 1-14-055 HUM (Side 8 to Corner THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 1009 acres; 74% group selection, 15% no-harvest, 11% selection logging.  Corner Creek (HUM: T2N R2E Sec.5, 6; T3N R2E Sec.29, 30, 31, 32, 33).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, misc road failure sites, 76 road drainage work sites, logging inside 60.1 acres of large tree marbled murrelet stands, helicopter logging, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, 8 spotted owls within .7mi, trees up to 60" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 07/07/14. VIEW

This THP is about 8 miles east of Fortuna, CA at an elevation of 450 to 1,780 feet.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning a tractor, cable and helicopter logging operation in redwood, Douglas fir and grand fir forests.  The THP area flows into the Van Duzen River which is listed as impaired for sediment, siltation and temperature.  Over 30 active to dormant historic landslide terrain sites exist in the THP area including debris slides, inner gorges, headwall swales, disrupted ground and debris slide slopes.  There are also misc road failure sites including fill failures and road bed channeling.  Twelve large stands totaling 60.1 acres are proposed for logging inside marbled murrelet habitat.  Humboldt Redwood Company wants to use skid trails in class I and class II watercourses in unit 1, and 76 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair/replacement and road bed stabilization. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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