Sunday, October 14, 2018

Humboldt Redwood Company planning a second THP that logs inside large tree marbled murrelet stands near the BLM Headwaters Forest Reserve.


Headwaters Forest Reserve Photo by Recreation.gov
THP 1-18-096 HUM (Baratheon THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 304.3 acres; 89% group selection, 8% selection, 3% no-harvest logging.  Lower N. Fork Elk River, Upper N. Fork Elk River (HUM: T3N R1E Sec.1, 2, 12; T4N R1E Sec.35, 36).  Wet weather operations, low erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 50%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, impaired 303.d watershed, 19 road drainage work sites, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, foothill yellow legged frog, trees up to 40” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 10/24/18. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 4 miles NE of Fortuna, CA, just east of the BLM Headwaters Forest Reserve at an elevation of 400 to 1,400 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.  Logging is proposed inside large tree marbled murrelet stand 399D within unit 1, and also adjacent to an occupied large tree marbled murrelet stand 680E within unit 2.  The THP area flows into the Elk River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature.  There are 38 landslide terrain sites including multiple earth flows, disrupted ground, and debris slides, and 7 road related failure sites including multiple fill failures, cut bank failures and sink holes.  19 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  Foothill yellow legged frogs have been spotted within the THP area, and there are 9 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.  This THP is just east of Humboldt Redwood Company’s recently proposed Holy Diver THP 1-18-031 HUM (See Humboldt Redwood Company to log trees up to 40” dbh adjacent to the BLM Headwaters Forest Reserve).

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