Thursday, June 9, 2016

Humboldt Redwood Company to log trees up to 55” dbh just south of Avenue of Giants.

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THP 1-16-048 HUM (Going Green THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 339 acres; 42% group selection, 31% no-harvest, 15% variable retention, 10% selection, 2% roadside logging.  Bear Creek (HUM: T1N R1E Sec.25, 26, 35, 36; T1S R1E Sec.1, 2).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, 7 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, Cooper's hawk, trees up to 55" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 06/30/16. VIEW

This THP is a mile south of the Avenue of the Giants and Highway 101 and about 4 miles SE of Scotia, CA.  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 150 to 2,350 feet.  The THP area flows into the Eel River which is listed as impaired watershed for sediment and temperature.  The THP area contains trees up to 55" dbh, and will allow for the logging inside large tree marbled murrelet stands 307C, 319C and 320C.  There are multiple landslide terrain sites including debris slides, debris flows, earth flows, rock slides and disrupted ground.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging.  7 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings/sinkholes.  There are 3 Cooper's hawk nests in unit 4, and eight spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

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