Sunday, November 5, 2017

Humboldt Redwood Company to helicopter log near large tree marbled murrelet stand 638D east of Scotia, CA.


PANORAMIC Photo By RedwoodTransect
THP 1-17-107 HUM (LVD 17 THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 344.5 acres; 46% selection, 45% variable retention, 9% no-harvest, 1% roadside logging.  Hely Creek (HUM: T1N R1E Sec.1, 12, 13; T1N R2E Sec. 6, 7, 18).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 63 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, large tree helicopter logging, coho watershed, spotted owl, peregrine falcon, trees up to 40” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/26/17. VIEW

This THP is about 3 miles SE of Rio Dell, CA and Highway 101 and about 3 miles east of Scotia, CA at an elevation of 400 to 1,400 feet.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning a tractor, cable and helicopter logging (large tree marbled murrelet stand 638D exists between units 3 and 4) operation in redwood, Douglas fir and grand fir forests.  The THP area flows into the Van Duzen River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature.  There are 8 road related failure sites, and numerous landslide terrain sites including fill failures, debris slides, debris slides, earth flows and disrupted ground.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment on existing skid trails in areas designated for cable logging, and use ground based equipment in unstable areas in unit 4, and construct a segment of the L58.77 road across an unstable area.  63 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, and culvert repair/replacement.  There is a peregrine falcon nest site within .25 miles of unit 5, and over a dozen spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

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