Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Humboldt Redwood Company to log trees up to 46” dbh adjacent to the BLM Headwaters Forest Reserve.

Photo of BLM Headwaters Forest Reserve By Wikimedia
THP 1-18-167 HUM (The Pond THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 297.8 acres; 79% group selection, 8% special, 7% no-harvest, 6% selection logging.  Lower South Fork Elk River (HUM: T4N R1E Sec 31; T4N R1W Sec 36).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, impaired 303.d watershed, BLM Headwaters forest reserve, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, osprey, peregrine falcon, foothill yellow legged frog, Kellogg’s lily, trees up to 46” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/11/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 5.5 miles SE of Eureka, CA, and about 5 miles north of Fortuna, CA by the BLM Headwaters Forest Reserve (unit 1 is adjacent) at an elevation of 250 to 950 feet.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning a mostly group selection tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir and grand fir forests.  The THP area flows into the Lower South Fork Elk River and the Elk River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and siltation.  There are 38 landslide terrain sites in the THP area including; multiple debris slides, disrupted ground, steep inner gorges, earth flows, cut bank and fill failures.  33 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging.  There is an osprey nest site within 1,320 feet from the THP area, a peregrine falcon nest site 1.01 miles SW of the THP area, and foothill yellow legged frogs were reported within the THP area. 15 spotted owl nesting territories are located within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

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