Monday, March 25, 2019

Humboldt Redwood Company to log adjacent to the BLM Headwaters Forest Reserve.


Photo of BLM Headwaters Forest Reserve.
THP 1-19-024 HUM (Korrigan North THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 385.5 acres; 85% group selection, 7% selection, 5% no-harvest, 3% special logging. Lower North Fork Elk River, Upper South Fork Elk River (HUM: T3N R1E Sec 2, 3, 4, 10, 11).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, landslide terrain, impaired 303.d watershed, 6 road drainage work sites, BLM Headwaters Forest Reserve, coho watershed, spotted owl, trees up to 36” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 04/08/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 5 miles NE of Fortuna, CA by the BLM Headwaters Forest Reserve (South Fork Elk River is adjacent) at an elevation of 500 to 1,500 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 Elk River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and siltation.  There are 39 landslide terrain sites including; multiple steep inner gorges, debris slides, debris slide slopes, earth flows, disrupted ground, cut bank and fill slope failures.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging, use ground based equipment on an existing skid road in a class I (year round) watercourse area in unit 2, and construct 600 feet of the U08.61 road adjacent to an unstable area in unit 2.  Six road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  There are 10 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

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