Friday, December 25, 2015

Humboldt Redwood Company to helicopter log in old growth stands near Carlotta, CA.

PANORAMIC Photo By Winst1966
THP 1-15-121 HUM (Westside THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 359.7 acres; 75% group selection, 12% clearcut, 11% no-harvest, 3% special, misc roadside logging.  Hely Creek (HUM: T1N R1E Sec.1; T1N R2E Sec.6; T2N R1E Sec.36; T2N R2E Sec.31).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, steep roads, 70 landslide terrain sites, 30 road drainage work sites, helicopter logging inside old growth stands, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, 15 spotted owls within 1.3 mi, trees up to 34" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/08/16. VIEW

This THP is 2.5 mi SE of Carlotta, CA near the Van Duzen River and Highway 36 at an elevation of 170 to 1,050 feet.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning a tractor, cable and helicopter logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir and grand fir forests.  There are over 70 landslide terrain features in the THP area including disrupted ground, debris slides, earth flows, debris flows and steep headwall swales.  Logging is proposed in old growth stands 314C, 328C and 610D.  The THP area flows into the Van Duzen River which is listed as impaired for sediment and temperature.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging, use ground based equipment in unstable areas on existing roads, and use ground based equipment on slopes up to 50% grade that do not flatten before reaching a watercourse. They are also planning to construct steep road L36.1954 that exceeds 15% grade for 315 feet. 30 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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