Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Humboldt Redwood Company to log NE of Redcrest, CA amongst 12 acres of old growth stands and within marbled murrelet stands 224B, 41C, and 282C.

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THP 1-20-015 HUM (CCS THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 660 acres; 52% group selection, 24% no-harvest, 16% variable retention, 8% selection logging. Lower Larabee Creek (HUM: T1N R2E Sec 25, 35, 36;  T1N R3E Sec 27, 28, 30, 31, 32, 33; T1S R2E Sec 1; T1S R3E Sec 5, 6). Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, landslide terrain, 37 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, logging inside large tree marbled murrelet stands 224B, 41C, 282C, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, Cooper’s hawk, peregrine falcon, 2 sensitive plant species, trees up to 60” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 03/14/20. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 3 miles NE of Redcrest, CA and Highway 101 at an elevation of 200 to 2,000 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. The THP area flows into the Eel River watershed which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment/siltation and temperature. There are multiple landslide terrain sites in the THP area including multiple; debris slides, debris flows, disrupted ground, earth flows and steep inner gorges. Humboldt Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment across unstable areas, construct roads and landings during the winter period, and use ground based equipment on existing skid trails in areas designated for cable logging. 37 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement. 12 acres of scattered old growth are located inside units 2 and 3, and logging is proposed inside large tree marble murrelet stands 224B, 41C, 282C and also in or in close proximity to marbled murrelet stands 46B and 904C.  A Cooper’s hawk was reported within 500 feet of the THP area, and a peregrine falcon nest site is located within 500 feet of a haul road.  Howell’s montia and white flowered rein orchid were reported within the THP area.  There are 12 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

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