Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Humboldt Redwood Company to log inside 5 large tree marbled murrelet stands SE of Eureka, CA.


Photo by Conservation NW
THP 1-19-114 HUM (Winnie THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 214.5 acres; 74% group selection, 19% selection, 7% no-harvest logging. Lower North Fork Elk Creek (HUM: T4N R1E Sec 21, 26, 27, 28).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, landslide terrain, impaired 303.d watershed, 3 road drainage work sites, logging inside 5 large tree marbled murrelet stands, coho watershed, spotted owl, osprey, trees up to 40” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 09/03/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 6 miles SE of Eureka, CA and Highway 101 at an elevation of 200 to 900 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 (logging is proposed inside large tree marbled murrelet stands 141 (unit 1) 490 (unit 3) 623 (units 2 and 3) 36 (unit 5) and 345 (unspecified)). The THP area flows into the Elk River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and siltation. There are 38 landslide terrain sites within THP units including: 3 landslide terrain sites in unit 2, 3 landslide terrain sites in unit 3, 3 landslide terrain sites in unit 4, and 29 landslide terrain sites in unit 5. Humboldt Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging. Three road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  There are osprey nest sites adjacent to some of the haul roads, and 7 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

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