Saturday, May 2, 2020

Humboldt Redwood Company to log inside large tree marbled murrelet stands 254C and 258C near Humboldt Redwoods State Park.

Humboldt Redwood State Park Photo By Wikipedia
THP 1-20-057 HUM (Moonshine THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 412 acres; 26% variable retention, 24% selection, 23% no-harvest, 22% group selection, 4% special, 1% roadside logging. Happy Valley (HUM: T1S R1E Sec 9, 10, 15, 16, 21, 22).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 17 road drainage work sites, humboldt redwoods state park, logging inside large tree marbled murrelet stands 254C and 258C, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, Cooper’s hawk, scattered large trees.  Estimated Public Comment Deadline: 05/16/20. SUBMIT COMMENTS, VIEW THP, THP PLAN

This THP is about 6 miles south of Scotia, CA and about 6 miles west of Redcrest, CA near Humboldt Redwoods State Park (unit 2 is adjacent) at an elevation of 1,280 to 2,520 feet.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning a variable retention, group selection and individual tree selection tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood and Douglas fir forests. There are 12 road related fill slope and cut bank failures, and 108 landslide terrain sites including; multiple debris slides, debris slide slopes  steep inner gorges, earth flows, disrupted ground, and gullies.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning to construct and use roads and landings during the winter period, use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging, and use ground based equipment on slopes between 50% and 65% with a moderate erosion hazard. 17 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement. A historic Cooper’s hawk nest was reported inside unit 1, and logging is proposed inside 5.2 acres of large tree marbled murrelet stands 254C and 258C.  There are 8 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

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