Friday, October 16, 2015

Humboldt Redwood Company to log trees up to 40” dbh adjacent to the Headwaters Forest Reserve.

PANORAMIC Photo By Jacob Pounds
THP 1-15-099 HUM (Corrigan Again THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 357 acres; 85% group selection, 10% selection, 5% no-harvest logging. Upper S. Fork Elk River, Booths Run (HUM: T3N R1E Sec.3, 10, 11, 12, 13).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, 10 road drainage work sites, logging inside old growth stand 561D in unit 1, Headwaters Forest Reserve adjacent to unit 1, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, 11 spotted owls within 1.3 mi, marbled murrelet stand in unit 2, trees up to 40" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 10/31/15. VIEW

This THP is about 7 miles NE of Fortuna, CA, and about 3.6 miles SE of Elk, CA near the Headwaters Forest Reserve (unit 1 is adjacent).  Logging is proposed inside old growth stand 561D in unit 1. Humboldt Redwood Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation in redwood and Douglas fir forests on steep and unstable slopes at elevations of 550 to 1,550 feet.  The THP area contains 4 landslide terrain sites in unit 1 including debris slides, steep inner gorges, and cut bank failures and flows into the Elk River which is listed as impaired for sediment.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment inside areas designated for cable logging in unit 1, and use ground based equipment on slopes between 50% and 65% grade with a moderate erosion hazard rating. Ten road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction and culvert repair/replacement. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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