Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Humboldt Redwood Company planning timber sale in unoccupied marbled murrelet stands near Rio Dell.

PANORAMIO Photo by Winst1966
THP 1-13-033 HUM (The Bear THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 372 acres; 55% group selection, 26% no-harvest, 11% selection, 8% variable retention, misc roadside logging.  Bear Creek (HUM: T1N R1E Sec.25, 36; T1N R2E Sec.31; T1S R1E Sec.1, 12).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, landslide terrain, debris slides, road failure sites, 3.8 acres of large tree logging, impaired 303.d watershed, coho watershed, 12+ spotted owls within 1.3mi, 5 osprey nests within .5 mi, Humboldt milk vetch, trees up to 55”.  Estimated public comment deadline: 06/02/13.

This THP is about 3 miles NW of Rio Dell, CA and just west of Highway 101 and the Eel River which is listed as impaired for sediment and temperature. Humboldt Redwood Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation in second growth redwood, Douglas Fir and Grand fir at an elevation of 150 - 2350 feet.  The THP has 38 landslide terrain features including debris slides, debris flows and cut bank failures.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment on units designed for cable logging, and there are 34 road drainage work sites including dip construction, culvert repair, rocking and ditch cleaning.  3.4 acres of large tree logging in unoccupied marbled murrelet stand 321 is planned, and 0.4 acres of large tree logging in unoccupied marbled murrelet stand 382D is planned.  There are 5 osprey nest sites within .5 mi of Unit 2. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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