Friday, March 25, 2016

Humboldt Redwood Company to log trees up to 40” DBH within a few miles of Eureka, CA.


PANORAMIC Photo by Redwood Transect
THP 1-16-021 HUM (Back to School THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 192.3 acres; 87% group selection, 8% selection, 5% no-harvest, misc roadside logging.  Cloney Gulch (HUM: T5N R1E Sec.27, 28, 33, 34).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 15 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, coho watershed, spotted owl, trees up to 40" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 04/21/16. VIEW

This THP is 3 miles east of Eureka, CA and Highway 101 at an elevation of 50 to 600 feet.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir and grand fir forests.  The THP area drains into Freshwater Creek which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and siltation.  There are 7 landslide terrain sites including debris slides and debris torrents mostly related to embankment failures.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging on slopes between 50% and 65% grade in unit #1, and use ground based equipment on slopes between 50% and 65% grade with a moderate erosion hazard.  15 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  There are 2 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

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