Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Humboldt Redwood Company to log trees up to 58” dbh amongst residual old growth stands NE of Stafford, CA.

PANORAMIC Photo By Redwood Transect
THP 1-20-035 HUM (Stitz In Time THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 398 acres; 52% group selection, 37% selection, 11% no-harvest logging.  Jordon Creek (HUM: T1N R1E Sec 11, 12, 13, 14, 15).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 60 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, red legged frog, trees up to 58” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 04/13/20. SUBMIT COMMENTS, VIEW THP, THP PLAN

This THP is about a mile NE of Stafford, CA and Highway 101, and about 4.3 miles SE of Scotia, CA near the Eel River and the Avenue of the Giants at an elevation of 540 to 1,590 feet.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning a group selection and individual tree selection tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Redwood, Douglas fir and grand fir forests. There are scattered residual old growth trees in units 1 and 2 totaling 12 acres. The THP area flows into the Eel River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment/sedimentation and temperature.  There are 25 landslide terrain sites in the THP area including 15 unstable areas in unit 1, and 10 unstable areas in unit 2, and 9 road related failure sites including multiple debris slides, fill failures and cut bank failures.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment on slopes between 50% to 65% with a moderate erosion hazard, and use ground based equipment on existing skid trails in areas designated for cable logging.  60 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  Red legged frogs were reported at Monument Creek, and there are 16 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

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