Wednesday, August 21, 2019

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


PANORAMIC Photo By Redwood Transect
THP 1-19-117 HUM (Double Down THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 314.5 acres; 44% group selection, 40% selection, 15% no-harvest logging. Jordan Creek (HUM: T1N R1E Sec 20, 21, 29, 32).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, landslide terrain, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, Cooper’s hawk, trees up to 60” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 09/15/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 2.5 miles south of Scotia, CA and about 1.5 miles west of Stafford, CA and Highway 101 at an elevation of 300 to 2,600 feet. Humboldt Redwood Company is planning a group selection and selection tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir and grand fir forests. The THP area flows into the Eel River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature. There are 25 landslide terrain sites in the THP area including; 7 unstable areas in unit 1, 10 unstable areas in unit 2, 4 unstable areas in unit 3, 2 unstable areas in unit 4, and 2 unstable areas in unit 5. Humboldt Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging, use ground based equipment on unstable areas and construct roads and landings during the winter period. They also are planning to use ground based equipment on slopes between 50% and 65% with a moderate erosion hazard.  A Cooper’s hawk nest is located inside unit 1, and there are 6 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Humboldt Redwood Company to log inside 5 large tree marbled murrelet stands SE of Eureka, CA.


Photo by Conservation NW
THP 1-19-114 HUM (Winnie THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 214.5 acres; 74% group selection, 19% selection, 7% no-harvest logging. Lower North Fork Elk Creek (HUM: T4N R1E Sec 21, 26, 27, 28).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, landslide terrain, impaired 303.d watershed, 3 road drainage work sites, logging inside 5 large tree marbled murrelet stands, coho watershed, spotted owl, osprey, trees up to 40” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 09/03/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 6 miles SE of Eureka, CA and Highway 101 at an elevation of 200 to 900 feet.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning a mostly group selection tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir and grand fir forests (logging is proposed inside large tree marbled murrelet stands 141 (unit 1) 490 (unit 3) 623 (units 2 and 3) 36 (unit 5) and 345 (unspecified)). The THP area flows into the Elk River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and siltation. There are 38 landslide terrain sites within THP units including: 3 landslide terrain sites in unit 2, 3 landslide terrain sites in unit 3, 3 landslide terrain sites in unit 4, and 29 landslide terrain sites in unit 5. Humboldt Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging. Three road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  There are osprey nest sites adjacent to some of the haul roads, and 7 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Mendocino Redwood Company to log NW of Willits, CA.


PANORAMIO Photo By Winst1966
THP 1-19-108 MEN (NF Hayworth E THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 617 acres; 71% transition, 29% variable retention logging. Hayworth Creek (MD: T19N R15W Sec 13, 14, 23, 24).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, steep roads, landslide terrain, road failure sites, impaired 303.d watershed, 36 road drainage work sites, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, red tree vole, CA red legged frog, 3 sensitive plant species, trees up to 34” dbh. Estimated public comment deadline: 08/16/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 16 miles NE of Fort Bragg, CA and about 8 miles NW of Willits, CA at an elevation of 600 to 2,300 feet.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning a transition and viable retention tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood and Douglas fir forests.  The THP area flows into the Noyo River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature.  There are 59 landslide terrain and road failure sites including multiple: fill failures, cut bank failures, bank sloughing, earth flows, debris flows, disrupted ground and steep inner gorges.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging, construct 200 feet of road on steep slopes exceeding 65% grade, and use ground based equipment on unstable areas on existing skid trails at 3 locations.  36 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  In 1993, a red tree vole was found within .7 miles of the THP area, and from 1996 to 2001, four CA red legged frogs were reported within .7 miles of the THP area.  Three sensitive plant species were reported including; 1 white flowered rein orchid along a skid trail above a seasonal road within a unit, 6 populations of redwood lily along roadsides, and 1 California pinefoot within a unit. There are 3 spotted owl nesting territories within .7 miles of the THP area.

Mendocino Redwood Company to log adjacent to the town of Navarro, CA.


Navarro River Redwoods Photo by Wikimedia
THP 1-19-107 MEN (Navarro THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 459 acres; 70% selection, 12% transition, 10% group selection, 8% variable retention, misc roadside logging. North Fork Navarro River (MD: T15N R15W Sec 7, 17, 18, 20).  Wet weather operations, extreme erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 80%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, impaired 303.d watershed, 54 road drainage work sites, herbicides, coho watershed, scattered large trees. Estimated public comment deadline: 08/16/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

The THP area is adjacent to the town of Navarro, CA and just north of Highway 128 in Mendocino County at an elevation of 360 to 1,200 feet. Mendocino Redwood Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood and Douglas fir forests. The THP area flows into the North Fork of the Navarro River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, siltation and temperature. There are 34 landslide terrain sites including multiple: debris slides, steep inner gorges, earth flows, disrupted ground, steep headwall swales and 5 road related failure sites including multiple debris slides, fill failures and cut bank failures. Mendocino Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging, and use ground based equipment on slopes over 50% with a high erosion hazard within unit B.  They also are planning to use ground based equipment on existing tractor roads across unstable areas inside units B, C, D, H and M. 54 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  There are 3 spotted owl nesting territories within .7 miles of the THP area.