Friday, March 11, 2016

Humboldt Redwood Company to log inside large tree marbled murrelet stands SE of Eureka, CA.

PANORAMIO Photo By RedwoodTransect
THP 1-16-012 HUM (Last Supper THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 380.3 acres; 78% group selection, 14% selection, 8% no-harvest logging.  Upper N. Fork Elk River (HUM: T3N R1E Sec.1; T3N R2E Sec.5, 6, 7, 8; T4N R2E Sec.31, 32).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, landslide terrain, 14 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, logging inside large tree marbled murrelet stands, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 03/18/16. VIEW

This THP is about 8 miles SE of Eureka, CA and about 8.9 miles NE of Carlotta, CA at an elevation of 620 to 1,560 feet.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, grand fir and Douglas fir forests.  There are 35 landslide terrain sites within the THP area including multiple debris slides, disrupted ground, micro gullys, inner gorges, cut bank failures and block slides.  The THP area flows into the Elk River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and siltation.  Logging is proposed inside large tree marbled murrelet stands within units 1, 2 and 3 containing stands 346C, 347C, 348C, 349C, 356C, 403D, 440D, 650E, 652E, 653E, 659E, 661E, 662E, and 674E.  Humboldt Redwood Company wants to use ground based equipment inside areas designated for cable logging to yard, swing yard, bunch logs, construct fire breaks and tail holds.  They also want to use an existing landing inside a watercourse within unit 3.  Fourteen road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of sink holes and washed out crossings.  There are 6 spotted owl territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

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