Monday, January 27, 2014

Humboldt Redwood Company to log near Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park on steep and unstable slopes.

PANORAMIO Photo By Shain Piment
THP 1-14-001 HUM (Square Root THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 897 acres; 60% group selection, 23% no-harvest, 16% selection, 1% roadside logging.  Root Creek (HUM: T1N R2E Sec.8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 16 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, helicopter logging, herbicides, adjacent to grizzly creek and redwoods state parks, coho watershed, 10 spotted owls within 1.3 mi, 3 osprey nests within 1.3 mi, sharp shinned hawk nest near unit 1, trees up to 55" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 02/13/14. VIEW

This THP is about 7 miles east of Scotia, CA just off Highway 36 near Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park.  The THP area drains into the Van Duzen River which is listed as impaired for sediment and temperature. Humboldt Redwood Company is planning a tractor, cable and helicopter logging operation in redwood, Douglas fir and grand fir forests at an elevation of 300 to 1,550 feet.  The THP area has over 70 active and dormant landslide terrain features including debris slides, debris side slopes, disrupted ground, earth flows, rockslides and inner gorges.  There are some misc road failure sites including cutbank failures and fill failures.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging, and to use helicopters for logging which often are used to remove large trees off steep and unstable slopes.  There are 16 road drainage sites planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and temporary bridge construction.  A sharp shinned hawk nest was located just outside of unit 1, and there is willow flycatcher habitat within .25 mi of unit 1. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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