Friday, April 7, 2017

Humboldt Redwood Company to log near Kneeland, CA inside large tree marbled murrelet stands 487D, 488D and 514D.

Photo of Marbled Murrelet by National Park Service
THP 1-17-024 HUM (Upper Cloney 2 THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 317.2 acres; 83% group selection, 10% selection, 7% no harvest, misc roadside logging.  Upper Jacoby Creek, Cloney Gulch, Upper Freshwater Creek (HUM: T4N R1E Sec.1, 2; T4N R2E Sec.6; T5N R1E Sec.35, 36; T5N R2E Sec.31).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, landslide terrain, 19 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, logging inside large tree marbled murrelet stands, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, peregrine falcon, trees up to 42" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 04/27/17. VIEW

This THP is about 6 miles east of Eureka, CA and about .5 miles NW of Kneeland, CA at an elevation of 180 to 2,000 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. There are 3 landslide terrain sites adjacent to unit 6, and logging is proposed inside large tree marbled murrelet stands 487D, 488D and 514D.  The THP area flows into Freshwater Creek which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and siltation.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging, and  19 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  There are 8 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area, including 3 spotted owl nesting territories within 1, 000 feet of THP units, and a peregrine falcon nest 4,200 feet NW of the THP area.

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