Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Humboldt Redwood Company to log inside large tree marbled murrelet stands south of Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park.

PANORAMIC Photo By Rob Gendreau
THP 1-16-077 HUM (Swains II THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 153 acres; 55% group selection, 29% variable retention, 9% selection, 7% no-harvest logging.  Swans Flat (HUM: T1N R2E Sec.13, 24).  Winter operations, low erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, road failure sites, landslide terrain, 12 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, logging inside large tree marbled murrelet stands, Humboldt milk vetch, trees up to 36" dbh.   Estimated public comment deadline: 09/03/16. VIEW

This THP is about 10 miles SE of Scotia, CA and about 1.2 miles west of Swains Flat, CA near Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning a tractor based logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir and grand fir forests at an elevation of 1,030 to 1,800 feet.  The THP area drains into the Van Duzen River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, sedimentation and temperature.  There are active inner gorges, debris slides, cut bank, and fill slope failures mostly related to class II (mid sized) and class III (intermittent) watercourses throughout the THP area.  12 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  Large tree marbled murrelet stands D377 and D581 are proposed for harvest (tree size not listed in the THP).  There are 6 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

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