Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Humboldt Redwood Company to log trees up to 65” dbh near the Headwaters Forest Reserve.

Headwaters Forest Reserve Photo By Wikipedia
THP 1-16-056 HUM (Bridge Too Far THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 263.3 acres; 85% group selection, 8% selection, 5% no-harvest, 1% roadside logging.  Lower N. Fork Elk River (HUM: T4N R1E Sec.20, 28, 29, 30; T4N R1W Sec.25).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, steep roads, landslide terrain, 33 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, coho watershed, spotted owls, osprey nests, howell's montia, trees up to 65" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 07/20/16. VIEW

This THP is just north of the Headwaters Forest Reserve and about 5 miles SE of Eureka, CA at an elevation of 200 to 700 feet.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning a group selection and selection (individual tree removal) tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood and Douglas fir forests.  There are 128 acres of late seral stands in the THP area including trees up to 40" dbh in unit 1 that could be logged, trees up to 50" dbh in units 3 & 5 that could be logged, and trees up to 65" dbh in units 2 & 4 that could be logged.  The THP area flows into the Lower North Fork of the Elk River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and siltation.   Eleven landslide terrain sites are located within the THP area including debris slides, disrupted ground, debris flows and cut bank failures.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging in units 2 and 5, and construct a short segment of road inside a class I (year round) watercourse at Dunlap Gulch and the North Fork of Elk River.  They also want to construct steep segments of road U11.40001 on slopes over 65% grade, and within 100 feet of a class I watercourse.  33 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  There are 2 historic osprey nesting trees, and 9 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

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