Saturday, January 5, 2019

Humboldt Redwood Company to log trees up to 52” dbh in marbled murrelet stands 276C and 512D near Weott, CA.

Google Earth Photo by Greg Nyquist
THP 1-18-170 HUM (Shady Lady THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 196.4 acres; 41% variable retention, 38% group selection, 11% selection, 10% no-harvest, misc roadside logging. Poison Oak Creek (HUM: T1S R3E Sec 20, 29, 30). Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, landslide terrain, impaired 303.d watershed, 28 road drainage work sites, large tree marbled murrelet stands 276C and 512D, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, osprey, willow flycatcher, trees up to 52” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/15/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 2 miles NE of Weott, CA and about 4 miles SE of Redcrest, CA and Highway 101 at an elevation of 160 to 1,400 feet. Humboldt Redwood Company is planning a variable retention and group selection tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood and Douglas fir forests (logging is proposed inside large tree marbled murrelet stands 276C and 512D in unit 3). The THP area flows into the Eel River (unit 3 is adjacent) which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment/siltation and temperature.  There are multiple landslide terrain sites in units 2 and 3 including dormant and active earth flows, debris slides, debris slide slopes, and steam related steep inner gorges.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment on existing skid trails on steep slopes under 65% grade in areas designated for cable logging, and use ground based equipment in unstable areas (large earth flow) in unit 2.  28 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  Osprey nests are located within .5 miles of unit 2, within .5 miles of unit 3, and willow flycatcher habitat (Larabee Bridge area) is adjacent to the THP area.  There are 7 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

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