Sunday, February 19, 2017

Humboldt Redwood Company to helicopter log trees up to 70” dbh near Grizzly Creek State Park.

THP 1-17-008 HUM (Blue Bull THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 578 acres; 67% group selection, 18% selection, 14% no-harvest, 1% special, misc roadside logging.  Root Creek, Stevens Creek (HUM: T1N R2E Sec.1, 2, 3, 4, 9, 11; T2N R2E Sec.34, 35).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, landslide terrain, 28 road drainage work sites, large tree helicopter logging, grizzly creek state park, herbicides, coho watershed, impaired 303.d watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, pacific fisher, trees up to 70" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 03/01/17. VIEW

This THP is about 6 miles SE of Carlotta, CA and just north of Highway 36 near Grizzly Creek State Park (units 1 & 10 are adjacent) at an elevation of 400 to 1,400 feet.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning a tractor, cable and helicopter logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir and grand fir forests.  Helicopter logging is planned adjacent to large tree marbled murrelet stands D619 and D575, and units 1, 2, and 6 have trees up to 48" dbh, and units 3, 4, 5, 7, 8 and 9 have trees up to 70" dbh.  The THP area flows into the Van Duzen River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment/siltation and temperature.  There are 40 landslide terrain sites in the THP area including; multiple debris slides, debris slide slopes, earth flows, rock falls, and disrupted ground.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable or helicopter logging, construct 2 segments of road L53.2251 across an unstable area in unit 2, and use an existing skid road inside a class III (mid sized) watercourse area.  28 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  There is a Pacific fisher den site within .25 miles of the THP area, and 15 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

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