Thursday, November 6, 2014

Humboldt Redwood Company to log in large tree fisher, spotted owl and marbled murrelet stands.

PANORAMIO Photo By RedwoodTransect
THP 1-14-110 HUM (Crazy Horse THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 265 acres; 67% group selection, 21% no-harvest, 11% variable retention, 1% selection logging.  Chadd Creek, Bear Creek (HUM: T1N R2E Sec.32; T1S R2E Sec.5, 6, 8, 17).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, landslide terrain, 25 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, logging inside large tree stands in units 1 and 5, adjacent to humboldt redwoods state park, herbicides, coho watershed, 6 spotted owls within 1.3 mi, fisher spotted inside unit 3, 3 osprey territories within .5 mi, trees up to 48” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/29/14. VIEW

This THP is about 7 miles SE of Scotia, CA and 1.5 mi NW of Redcrest, CA and Highway 101 near Humboldt Redwoods State Park (units 1, 3 and 4 are adjacent).  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir, and grand fir forests at an elevation of 62 to 2,955 feet.  The THP area flows into the Eel River which is listed as impaired for sediment and temperature, and there are 21 active and dormant landslide terrain features including debris slides, earth flows and disrupted ground.  Large tree logging is planned inside marbled murrelet stands within units 1 and 5, and Humboldt Redwood Company wants to use tractors in areas designated for cable logging. Twenty-five road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair and replacement.  During project layout, a fisher was seen running across the road inside unit 3.  For spotted owl nesting territory HUM0099; this THP will reduce nesting/roosting habitat by 12 acres within 1.3 mi; for spotted owl nesting territory HUM0097; this THP will reduce nesting/roosting habitat by 43 acres within 1.3 mi; for spotted owl nesting territory HUM0147; this THP will reduce nesting/roosting habitat by 9 acres within .7 mi, and by 131 acres within 1.3 mi.  There are 2 historic spotted owl nest trees in unit 1. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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