Friday, March 29, 2019

Humboldt Redwood Company to log north of Honeydew, CA and the Mattole River.


Google Earth Photo by Chris Blampied.
THP 1-19-029 HUM (Rainbow Ranch THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 568.3 acres; 33% no-harvest, 30% group selection, 20% selection, 15% variable retention, 1% roadside logging. Oil Creek, Rattlesnake Creek (HUM: T1S R1E Sec 31; T2S R1E Sec 5, 6, 7, 8, 17). Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 66 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, trees up to 42” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 04/16/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 8 miles SW of Red Crest, CA and Highway 101, and about 5 miles north of Honeydew, CA at an elevation of 1,160 to 3,440 feet. Humboldt Redwood Company is planning a mostly group selection and selection tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Douglas fir forests.  The THP area flows into the Mattole River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature.  There are 123 landslide terrain sites including; multiple debris slides, debris slide slopes, steep inner gorges, earth flows, debris flows, disrupted ground, and steep headwall swales, and 5 road failure sites including 2 cut bank failures, 2 fill slope failures, and 1 road related debris slide. Humboldt Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging, and use ground based equipment across an unstable area on road D73.29 in unit 1.  They also are requesting an exception to be able to harvest visual retention trees prior to the required 50 year rest cycle.  66 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement. There are 5 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

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