Thursday, February 6, 2014

Humboldt Redwood Company to log on steep and unstable slopes south of Scotia, CA.

PANORAMIO Photo By Winst1966
THP 1-14-006 HUM (Big Jay THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 325 acres; 72% group selection, 21% no-harvest, 4% variable retention, 4% selection logging.  Jordan Creek (HUM: T1N R1E Sec.27, 33, 34; HUM: T1S R1E Sec.3, 4).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 26 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, logging on 6 acres of old growth stands, herbicides, coho watershed, 6 spotted owls within 1.3 mi, 4 osprey nests within 1.3 mi, sharp shinned hawk nest in unit 1, trees up to 36" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 03/01/14. VIEW

This THP is about 3 miles south of Scotia, CA near Highway 101 at an elevation of 820 to 2,700 feet.  The THP area flows into the Eel River which is listed as impaired for sediment and temperature.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir and grand fir forests.  There are over 60 mapped landslide areas including debris slides, earth flows and disrupted ground within the THP area, and several misc road failure sites; including 1 major road failure site that failed in 2012 and was re-built.  Logging is also proposed on 6 acres of old growth within stands 330C and 589D.  Humboldt Redwood Company wants to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging.  26 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair/replacement and road bed stabilization.  There is a marbled murrelet stand near a haul road, and a sharp shinned hawk nest inside unit 1. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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