Monday, April 22, 2019

Humboldt Redwood Company to log on steep and unstable slopes NE of Fortuna, CA.


Google Earth Photo By Greg Nyquist
THP 1-19-041 HUM (Up Road Nine THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 516.9 acres; 91% group selection, 5% selection, 3% no-harvest, 1% roadside logging. Booths Run, Corner Creek, Shaw Creek (HUM: T3N R2E Sec 16, 17, 19, 20, 29, 30).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 33 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, trees up to 36” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 05/06/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 8 miles NE of Fortuna, CA and about 6.62 miles NE of Carlotta, CA at an elevation of 600 to 1,975 feet.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning a mostly group selection tractor and cable logging operation in redwood, Douglas fir and grand fir forests.  The THP area flows into the Van Duzen River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment/sedimentation and temperature.  There are 51 unstable areas including; multiple debris slides, debris flows, earth flows, disrupted ground and steep inner gorges, and 6 road failure sites including; multiple cut bank and fill slope failures.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment on slopes between 50% and 65% grade with a moderate erosion hazard, use an existing landing inside a class I (year round) watercourse area, and use ground based equipment on existing skid trails within unstable areas at 6 locations.  33 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  Portions of unit 1 and several haul roads are within .25 miles of designated marbled murrelet habitat areas, and there are 2 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

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