Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Humboldt Redwood Company to log trees up to 60” dbh near Scotia, CA.

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THP 1-18-037 HUM (Monument 18 THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 386.2 acres; 68% group selection, 22% no-harvest, 10% selection logging. Dean Creek, Monument Creek (HUM: T1N R1E Sec.7, 18, 19, 30; T1N R1W Sec.13, 24, 25).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, landslide terrain, 25 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, logging inside large tree marbled murrelet stands within unit 1, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, osprey, trees up to 60” dbh. Estimated public comment deadline: 05/24/18. VIEW

This THP is about 1.5 miles SW of Scotia, CA and Highway 101 at an elevation of 150 to 1,520 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 38” dbh in units 1, 3, 4, and 5, and trees up to 60” dbh in units 2 and 6).  There are 3 unstable areas within unit 1, including a dormant historic earth flow, an active to dormant cut slope slump off of road J23.4604, and an active to dormant landslide complex.  The THP area flows into the Eel River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature.  Logging is proposed inside large tree marbled murrelet stands 716E and 72B within unit 1. Humboldt Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging, and use a skid trail inside a class II (mid sized) watercourse area within unit 2.  25 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/restoration.  There are 2 known osprey nests within unit 1, and 7 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

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