Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Humboldt Redwood Company to log inside 2 large tree marbled murrelet stands near Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park SE of Carlotta, CA.

Photo of Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park by californiabeaches.com
THP 1-19-122 HUM (Upper Grizzly Creek THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 160.1 acres; 54% group selection, 30% variable retention, 10% selection, 5% no-harvest logging. Grizzly Creek (HUM: T1N R3E Sec 6, T2N R2E Sec 36, T2N R3E Sec 31).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 45 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, logging inside large tree marbled murrelet stands 343C and 447D, herbicides, coho watershed, marbled murrelet, trees up to 48” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 09/31/19.  SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 8 miles SE of Carlotta, CA near Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park and Highway 36 at an elevation of 680 to 1,760 feet.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning a tractor and cable group selection and variable retention logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir and grand fir forests.  Logging is proposed inside large tree marbled murrelet stand 343C within unit 1, and inside large tree marbled murrelet stand 447D within unit 2. The THP area flows into the Van Duzen River and Eel River which are listed as impaired watersheds for sediment, siltation and temperature.  There are 28 landslide terrain sites in the THP area including; multiple debris slides, debris flows, earth flows and disrupted ground, and 7 road related cut bank and fill failure sites. Humboldt Redwood Company is planning to use and construct roads, landings and crossings during the winter period, and use ground based equipment on existing skid trails in areas designated for cable logging.  45 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings. Hauling is proposed through marbled murrelet habitat in Grizzly Creek State Park, and there are 8 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles the THP area.

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