Saturday, November 11, 2017

Humboldt Redwood Company to log trees up to 65” dbh in marbled murrelet stands SW of Scotia, CA.

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1-17-110 HUM (Upper Monument THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 504.3 acres; 47% variable retention, 26% selection, 16% no-harvest, 10% group selection, 1% roadside logging.  Howe Creek, Monument Creek (HUM: T1N R1E Sec.19, 30, 31; T1N R1W Sec.2, 3, 11, 13, 14, 24, 25).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 115 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, logging inside large tree marbled murrelet stands, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, foothill yellow legged frog, 4 sensitive plant species, trees up to 65” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/03/17. VIEW

This THP is a couple of miles SW of Scotia, CA and Highway 101 and about 3 miles SW of Rio Dell, CA at an elevation of 200 to 2,400 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 (trees up to 60” dbh (units 1-8), trees up to 65” dbh (units 9 and 10), trees up to 60” dbh (units 11 and 12), and trees up to 60” dbh (unit 14)).  Logging is proposed inside large tree marbled murrelet stands 76B, 136B, 118B, 333C, 359C, 466D, 234B, 134B, 122B, 62B, 115B, 119B and 65B within units 10, 11, 12 and 14. The THP area flows into the Eel River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment/siltation and temperature.  There are 111 landslide terrain sites in the THP area including multiple debris slides, earth flows, disrupted ground, steep inner gorges, debris flows, rock slides, and numerous road related bank sloughing, fill slope and cut bank failures.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment on existing skid trails on slopes over 65% grade, and use ground based equipment on existing skid trails in areas designated for cable logging.  They also are proposing to re-construct several portions of an existing road system across an unstable area, and construct a seasonal road across an unstable area between units 4 and 5.  115 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  A foothill yellow legged frog was reported inside section 3, Pacific gilia was found near the SE corner of unit 14, Maple leaved checker bloom was found on a roadside near unit 9, Siskiyou checker bloom was found along Monument Road adjacent to the THP area, and Howell’s montia was found on a road system adjacent to units 13 and 14.  There are 14 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

1 comment:

  1. Every bit as bad as PALCO. Time to rise-up again and slap-down these greed-heads! NO LOGGING OF OLD-GROWTH, PERIOD!!!