Thursday, December 26, 2019

Humboldt Redwood Company to log inside large tree marbled murrelet stand 376D and spotted owl nesting site 242.

Photo of nearby Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park by
THP 1-19-198 HUM (Bitter Root THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 441 acres; 88% group selection, 9% no-harvest, 2% selection logging.  Root Creek (HUM: T1N R2E Sec 14, 15, 16, 17, 20, 21, 22).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 60%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 18 road drainage work sites, logging inside large tree marbled murrelet stand 376D, grizzly creek redwoods state park, herbicides, impaired 303.d watershed, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, osprey, peregrine falcon, willow flycatcher, trees up to 36” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/05/20. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 10 miles SE of Fortuna, CA and about 4 miles east of Stafford, CA and Highway 101 near Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park (unit 1 is adjacent) at an elevation of 400 to 1,600 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.  Large tree marbled murrelet stand 376D and northern spotted owl nesting site 242 are located inside Unit 1. The THP area flows into the Van Duzen River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature.  24 landslide terrain sites exist in the THP area including multiple debris slides, earth flows, disrupted ground and 6 road related fill failures and cut bank failures.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning to construct and use roads, landings and crossings during the winter period, and use ground based equipment on slopes between 50% and 65% with a moderate erosion hazard.  18 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement. There is a peregrine falcon nesting site along Holmes Bluff near the THP area, and several osprey nests are situated along the Van Duzen River within the THP area. Potential willow flycatcher habitat exists along the banks of the Van Duzen River in sections 15 and 16.  10 spotted owl nesting territories are located within 1.3 miles of the THP area, including a spotted owl nesting territory inside unit 1 (NSO Site 242).

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