Sunday, February 17, 2013

Humboldt Redwood Company planning THP near Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park

PANORAMIO photo by RedwoodTransect
THP 1-13-010 HUM (Wintergreen THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 448 acres; 82% group selection, 11% no-harvest, 7% selection logging.  Grizzly Creek (HUM: T1N R2E Sec.1; T1N R3E Sec.5, 6).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, steep roads, landslide terrain, debris slides, road failure sites, 21 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, coho watershed, large tree helicopter logging, 11 spotted owls within 1.3mi, trees up to 42” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 03/27/13.

This THP is about 10 miles east of Rio Dell, CA, near Highway 36 and Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park.  Humboldt Redwood Company wants to tractor, cable and helicopter log at an elevation of 450 - 1600 feet in the Grizzly Creek watershed.  Grizzly Creek flows into the Van Duzen River, which is impaired for sediment and temperature due to intensive logging in the area.  Helicopter logging is planned likely to remove some large trees from 5 stands that contain marbled murrelet habitat.  HRC also plans to use tractors on steep slopes in units designated for cable logging.  There are several areas with landslide terrain and debris slides; mostly along stream channels.  More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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