Monday, April 23, 2018

Humboldt Redwood Company to log trees up to 40” dbh adjacent to the BLM Headwaters Forest Reserve.

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THP 1-18-031 HUM (Holy Diver THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 267.7 acres; 82% group selection, 8% selection, 7% special, 3% no-harvest logging.  Upper S. Fork Elk River (HUM: T3N R1E Sec.4, 9).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, sleep slopes up to 65%, landslide terrain, 14 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, headwaters forest reserve, coho watershed, spotted owl, osprey, trees up to 40” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 05/18/18. VIEW

This THP is about 5 miles NE of Fortuna, CA and about 8 miles SE of Eureka, CA near the BLM Headwaters Forest Reserve at an elevation of 500 to 1,500 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 the South Fork of the Elk River and Elk River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature. There are 31 landslide terrain sites (24 within the THP area) including multiple debris slides, debris slide slopes, disrupted ground, rockslides, cut bank failures, earth flows, debris flows and steep inner gorges.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging, and use ground based equipment on existing skid trails within 100 feet of class II (mid sized) watercourse areas, and re-construct an existing skid trail that failed within 80 to 120 feet from a class II watercourse area. 14 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/restoration.  There is an osprey nest within 500 feet of a haul road, and 9 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

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