Sunday, October 2, 2016

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

PANORAMIC Photo By John Quinlan
THP 1-16-097 HUM (Freshwater 16 THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 470.7 acres; 72% group selection, 22% selection, 7% no-harvest, misc roadside logging.  Ryan Slough, Cloney Gulch, Little Freshwater Creek (HUM: T4N R1E Sec.3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 31 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, logging inside large tree marbled murrelet stands, coho watershed, spotted owls, osprey, red tailed hawk, old growth bat tree, trees up to 40" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 10/27/16. VIEW

This THP is about 4 miles SE of Eureka, CA and Highway 101 at an elevation of 120 to 760 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 flows into Freshwater Creek which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and siltation.  There are multiple road related cut bank and fill slope failures, and 76 landslide terrain sites (mostly historic debris slides) are scattered throughout the THP area.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging, and log inside large tree marbled murrelet stands 147B and 233B.  31 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings and sink holes.  There are 2 osprey nests near units 1 and 2, an historic red tailed hawk nest is located west of unit 6, and an 136" diameter old growth bat tree is located near unit 1.  Six spotted owl nesting territories were reported within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

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