Monday, March 20, 2017

Humboldt Redwood Company to log inside large tree marbled murrelet stand 83B near Redcrest, CA and Humboldt Redwood State Park.

PANORAMIC Photo By Ge Nielissen
THP 1-17-018 HUM (Little Red THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 120 acres; 65% group selection, 19% no-harvest, 16% selection logging.  Chadd Creek (HUM: T1S R2E Sec.10, 15).  Winter operations, low erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, landslide terrain, 7 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, Humboldt Redwood State Park, logging inside large tree marbled murrelet stand 83B, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, bald eagle, osprey, humboldt milk vetch, trees up to 56" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 04/15/17. VIEW

This THP is about 1 mile SE of Redcrest, CA, and about 4 miles north of Weott, CA near Humboldt Redwood State Park (unit 1 is adjacent) and Highway 101 at an elevation of 600 to 1,700 feet.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir, grand fir, and Monterey pine forests.  Logging is proposed inside large tree marbled murrelet stand 83B along the NE portion of unit 2.  The THP area flows into the Eel River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature. There are 7 dormant landslide terrain sites in unit 1 including debris slides, and 10 active and dormant landslide terrain sites in unit 2 including earth flows, debris slides, debris flows and fill slope failures.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment on skid trails in unstable areas within unit 1, and use ground based equipment on a skid trail within a class III (intermittent) watercourse area.  Seven road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  There are osprey nest sites in sections 10 and 14, and the High Rock bald eagle nest tree is located within .5 miles of unit 2.  Humboldt milk vetch was reported to be in the THP area.  There are 4 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

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