Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Humboldt Redwood Company to log trees up to 60” dbh east of Eurreka, CA.

PANORAMIC Photo by Redwood Transect
THP 1-18-026 HUM (Cloney Island THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 181.5 acres; 80% group selection, 11% selection, 9% no-harvest, misc roadside logging. Cloney Gulch (HUM: T5N R1E Sec.26).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, landslide terrain sites, road failure sites, 12 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, peregrine falcon, trees up to 60” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 04/23/18. VIEW

This THP is about 4 miles east of Eureka, CA and Highway 101 at an elevation of 350 to 1,350 feet.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood and Douglas fir forests (trees up to 60” dbh in units 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, and trees up to 48” dbh in unit 3).  The THP area flows into Freshwater Creek which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment.  There are 2 landslide terrain sites including; an historically active earth flow in unit 7, a small stream side failure along a class II (mid sized) tributary within unit 4, and perched fill along the outboard edge of a road near a class III (intermittent) crossing.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging.  Twelve road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert  repair/replacement.  There is a peregrine falcon nest site .9 miles SW of the THP area, and 2 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

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