Thursday, November 28, 2019

Humboldt Redwood Company to log trees up to 60” dbh near the BLM Headwaters Reserve Elk River Trailhead SE of Eureka, CA.

Photo of BLM Headwaters Reserve Elk River Trail by
THP 1-19-181 HUM (Winterfell THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 228.5 acres; 67% group selection, 21% no-harvest, 12% selection logging.  Lower North Fork Elk River (HUM: T4N R1E Sec 30, T4N R1W Sec 25, 36).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, landslide terrain, impaired 303.d watershed, 35 road drainage work sites, BLM headwaters forest reserve, coho watershed, spotted owl, osprey, trees up to 60” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/16/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 5 miles SE of Eureka, CA and Highway 101 by the BLM Headwaters Reserve Elk River Trailhead (the closest unit is about .25 miles NE of the trail) at an elevation of 75 to 500 feet. Humboldt Redwood Company is planning a group selection tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood and Douglas fir forests.  There are 47 landslide terrain sites in the THP area including; multiple debris slides, debris slide slopes, gully erosion, steep headwall swales, earth flows, disrupted ground, debris flows, cut bank and fill failures.  The THP area flows into the Elk River watershed which is listed as an impaired watershed for sedimentation/siltation.  At least 1 landowner is objecting to how past logging damaged his water supply.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment on slopes up to 50% in areas designated for cable logging, and use ground based equipment on unstable areas to construct a new road and landing.  35 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  There are several historic osprey nest trees within the THP area, and 7 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

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