Thursday, December 1, 2016

Humboldt Redwood Company to log on steep and unstable slopes east of Eureka, CA.

PANORAMIO Photo By John Quinlan
THP 1-16-112 HUM (Lower Cloney THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 155.8 acres; 94% group selection, 5% selection, 2% no-harvest logging.  Cloney Gulch (HUM: T4N R1E Sec.3; T5N R1E Sec.34, 35).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 19 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, coho watershed, spotted owl, peregrine falcon, trees up to 42" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/15/16. VIEW

This THP is about 5 miles east of Eureka, CA and Highway 101 at an elevation of 70 feet to 640 feet.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning a tractor based 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 6 road failure and landslide terrain sites including fill slope failures, cut bank failures, debris slides, and block slide failures. 19 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  In 2016, a peregrine falcon nest tree was found 250 feet to 275 feet east of the THP area on a ridge between Cloney Gulch and McCready Gulch.  There are 6 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

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