Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Humboldt Redwood Company to log trees up to 42” dbh east of Eureka, CA.


Google Earth photo by Greg Nyquist
THP 1-19-214 HUM (Fickle Jac THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 132.30 acres; 66% variable retention, 34% no-harvest logging. Blue Slide Creek, Dry Creek, Upper Jacoby Creek (HUM: T4N R2E Sec 3, 4; T5N R2E Sec 33). Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 11 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, coho watershed, trees up to 42” dbh. Estimated public comment deadline: 01/26/20. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 9 miles east of Eureka, CA and about 1.6 miles NE of Kneeland, CA at an elevation of 1,560 to 2,100 feet.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood and Douglas fir forests.  The THP area flows into the Mad River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, siltation, turbidity and temperature.  There are 7 landslide terrain sites in the THP area including; 2 debris slides in unit 1, 2 debris slides in unit 5 and 3 road related cut bank and fill slope failure sites.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging, and use ground based equipment on an existing skid trail with steep slopes exceeding 65% within unit 3.  They also are planning to use ground based equipment on slopes between 50% and 65% with a moderate erosion hazard.  11 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  There are 4 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

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