Thursday, August 16, 2018

Humboldt Redwood Company to log on steep and unstable slopes SW of Scotia, CA.

Google Earth Photo By Patti Burke
THP 1-18-077 HUM (Howe Grandis THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 262.5 acres; 55% variable retention, 25% no-harvest, 14% group selection, 6% selection logging.  Howe Creek (HUM: T1N R1W Sec.14, 15).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 27 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, trees up to 42” dbh. Estimated public comment deadline: 08/31/18. SUBMIT COMMENTS, VIEW THP

This THP is about 3 miles SW of Scotia, CA and Highway 101 at an elevation of 830 to 1,920 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 Eel River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature.  There are 28 landslide terrain sites including multiple debris slides, earth flows, debris slide slopes, debris flow torrents, disrupted ground, steep inner gorges, gullying, and multiple road related fill slope and cut bank failures.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging on existing skid trails, and use an existing skid road inside a class II (mid sized) watercourse area in the NE corner of unit one. 27 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  There are six spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

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