Saturday, April 4, 2020

Humboldt Redwood Company to log on steep and unstable slopes SE of Eureka, CA.

Google Earth Photo By Greg Nyquist
THP 1-20-036 HUM (Bruce Almighty THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 648.90 acres; 78% group selection, 20% no-harvest, 2% selection logging. Little Freshwater Creek, Upper Freshwater Creek (HUM: T4N R1E Sec 13, 14, 23, 24). Winter operations, high erosion hazard, landslide terrain, steep slopes up to 75%, impaired 303.d watershed, coho watershed, spotted owl, osprey, trees up to 36” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 04/14/20. SUBMIT COMMENTS, VIEW THP, THP PLAN

This THP is about 6 miles SE of Eureka, CA and Highway 101, and about 2.4 miles SE of Freshwater, CA at an elevation of 220 to 1,520 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 Freshwater Creek which is listed as an impaired watershed for sedimentation & siltation. There are 57 landslide terrain sites in the THP area including; multiple debris slides, earth flows, debris slide slopes, steep head wall swales, cut bank failures and fill slope failures. Humboldt Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment on slopes up to 50% in areas designated for cable logging. Three road drainage work sites including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement. There are several active and historic osprey nests along haul roads leading towards the THP area.  Seven spotted owl nesting territories exist within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

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