Monday, February 17, 2020

Humboldt Redwood Company to log SE of Eureka, CA by the “Bell Law - Booths Run” marbled murrelet stand.


Google Earth Photo By Greg Nyquist
THP 1-20-009 HUM (Boxcars THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 249.20 acres; 91% group selection, 6% selection, 3% no-harvest logging. Bell Creek, Booths Run (HUM: T3N R2E Sec 5, 8; T4N R2E Sec 28, 29, 32, 33).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, landslide terrain, 20 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, trees over 30” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 03/04/20. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 8 miles SE of Eureka, CA and about 7 miles NE of Fortuna, CA and Highway 101 at an elevation of 1,000 to 2,080 feet. Humboldt Redwood Company is planning a group selection and individual tree 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 is a 285 foot landslide terrain site (debris slide) and road related fill failure in the THP area. Humboldt Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging, and use an existing skid trail inside a class III (intermittent) watercourse area.  Twenty road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, and culvert repair/replacement.  Unit 2 is located within .25 miles of the “Bell Law - Booths Run” marbled murrelet stand, and there are 6 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

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