Monday, June 1, 2020

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

PANORAMIO Photo By John Quinian
THP 1-20-077 HUM (Black Jac THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 227.10 acres; 53% variable retention, 38% no-harvest, 7% group selection, 1% commercial thinning logging. Blue Slide Creek, Upper Freshwater Creek, Upper Jacoby Creek (HUM: T4N R2E Sec 4, 5, 8, 9).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, landslide terrain, steep slopes up to 85%, impaired 303.d watershed, 23 road drainage work sites, herbicides, coho watershed, trees up to 48” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 06/23/20. SUBMIT COMMENTS, VIEW THP,  THP PLAN

This THP is about 8 miles SE of Eureka, CA and about 1 mile SE of Kneeland, CA at an elevation of 1,350 to 2,380 feet.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning a mostly variable retention tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood and Douglas fir forests. There are 17 landslide terrain sites in the THP area including multiple debris slides, debris slide slopes, earth flows, steep inner gorges, and disrupted ground. The THP area flows into the Mad River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment/siltation and temperature. Humboldt Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging, and use ground based equipment on existing tractor roads with slopes between 50% and 65% and a moderate erosion hazard rating. 23 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, road bed construction and culvert repair/replacement.  There are 7 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

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