Monday, December 24, 2018

Humboldt Redwood Company to log near large tree marbled murrelet stand 312C by Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park.


Photo of Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park by CA State Parks
THP 1-18-162 HUM (Ginger Root THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 642 acres; 88% group selection, 6% selection, 6% no-harvest logging. Root Creek, Swans Flat (HUM: T1N R2E Sec 13, 14, 23, 24).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 60%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 37 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, Grizzly Creek State Park, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, foothill yellow legged frog, trees up to 42” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/06/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 9 miles SE of Scotia, CA and just south of Highway 36 and Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park (the northern portion of the THP area is adjacent) at an elevation of 600 to 1,600 feet.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning a mostly group selection tractor based logging operation on steep and unstable slopes 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 105 landslide terrain sites including multiple; debris slides, debris slopes, earth flows, disrupted ground, steep inner gorges, debris flows, and 49 road related cut bank and fill slope failures. Logging is planned within .25 miles of large tree marbled murrelet stand 312C.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment in unstable areas on existing skid trails.  37 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement. Foothill yellow legged frogs were reported in the THP area, and there are 6 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

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