Monday, May 13, 2019

Humboldt Redwood Company to log trees up to 40” dbh between Fortuna and BLM Headwaters Forest Preserve.


Photo of BLM Headwaters Salmon Pass Trail by redwoodhikes.com
THP 1-19-054 HUM (Strongbow THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 529.1 acres; 82% group selection, 12% variable retention, 3% selection, 3% no-harvest, misc special logging.  Strongs Creek (HUM: T2N R1E Sec 4, 5; T3N R1E Sec 9, 20, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33; T3N R1W Sec 25, 36). Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 46 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, BLM Headwaters Forest Preserve, coho watershed, spotted owl, trees up to 40” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 06/11/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is located about a mile east of Fortuna, CA and Highway 101, and just west of the BLM Headwaters Preserve (Unit 2 is adjacent) at an elevation of 600 to 1,400 feet.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning a mostly group selection tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, grand fir and Douglas fir forests. The THP area flows into the Eel River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature. There are 45 landslide terrain sites including multiple debris slides, debris slide slopes, debris flows, unstable stream-side slopes, earth flows and 33 road related fill slope, cut bank and culvert failures.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment on existing skid trails in areas designated for cable logging. 46 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  There are 16 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

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