Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Humboldt Redwood Company to log inside marbled murrelet stands 268C, 246C, 274C and 302C with trees up to 60” dbh near Weott.


PANORAMIC Photo By Ge Nielissen
THP 1-16-126 HUM (Great Scott THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 207.5 acres; 45% group selection, 29% variable retention, 19% no-harvest, 7% selection, misc roadside logging.  Lower Larabee Creek (HUM: T1S R3E Sec.4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 16, 17).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, landslide terrain, 16 road drainage work sites, logging inside large tree marbled murrelet stands, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, peregrine falcon, golden eagle, trees up to 60" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/23/17. VIEW

This THP is about 4 miles NE of Weott, CA and Highway 101 at an elevation of 190 to 2,880 feet.  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 multiple dormant and active landslide terrain sites including debris slides, inner gorge and cut slope failures.  Larabee Creek flows into the Eel River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment/siltation and temperature. Humboldt Redwood Company is planning to use use ground based equipment on existing skid trails in areas designated for cable logging. 16 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  There are trees up to 60" dbh in units 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 and logging is proposed inside large tree marbled murrelet stands 268C, 246C, 274C and 302C.  A peregrine falcon nesting territory is located within .5 miles of Shively Road near Holmes Bluff, and an historic golden eagle nest tree is located near Larabee Creek.  Willow flycatcher habitat is located along Larabee Creek in sections 1 and 6 and within unit 1.  There are 9 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area, including a nest tree in unit 2.

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