Friday, May 12, 2017

Humboldt Redwood Company to log trees up to 60” dbh SE of Eureka, CA.

PANORAMIC Photo By spewydog
THP 1-17-040 HUM (Elk Hunt THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 207.8 acres; 66% group selection, 26% variable retention, 5% selection, 3% no-harvest, 1% roadside logging.  Upper N Fork Elk River (HUM: T4N R2E Sec 19, 29, 30, 31, 32).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, landslide terrain, 18 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, trees up to 60" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 06/05/17. VIEW

This THP is about 8 miles SE of Eureka, CA and about 3 miles south of Kneeland, CA at an elevation of 1,400 to 2,400 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 (trees up to 44" dbh in unit 1, and trees up to 60" dbh in unit 2).  The THP area flows into the elk river which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and siltation. There are 5 landslide terrain sites in the THP area including tension cracks, incised gullies, debris slides and a cut bank failure.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging for yarding, for tail holds and for the construction of fire lines.  Hauling is proposed within designated Marbled Murrelet Conservation Areas (MMCA). 18 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  There are 6 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

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