Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Humboldt Redwood Company to log trees up to 44” dbh SE of Fortuna, CA.

Google Earth Photo By Scott Mandell
THP 1-20-071 HUM (Cooperman THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 322.10 acres; 80% group selection, 18% no-harvest, 2% selection logging. Copper Mill Creek (HUM: T2N R1E Sec 3, 4, 9, 10). Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, landslide terrain, 8 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, trees up to 44” dbh. Estimated public comment deadline: 06/07/20. SUBMIT COMMENTS, VIEW THP, THP PLAN

This THP is about 3 miles SE of Fortuna, CA and Highway 101, and about a mile south of the BLM Headwaters Forest Reserve at an elevation of 210 to 1,670 feet.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning a individual tree selection and group selection tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, grand fir and Douglas fir forests. The THP area flows into the Van Duzen River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sedimentation and temperature. There are 51 landslide terrain sites including multiple debris slides, earth flows, debris flows, steep inner gorges, cut bank and fill failures.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning to construct roads and landings during the winter period, and use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging. Eight road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  The THP area is within .25 miles of the "Cooper Mill Creek" and "Allen Creek Road Three" marbled murrelet conservation areas (MMCA).  Unit 2 is adjacent to the "Allen Creek Road Three" marbled murrelet stand, and unit 4 is adjacent to the "Cooper Mill Creek" marbled murrelet stands.  There are 8 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

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