Monday, July 6, 2020

Humboldt Redwood Company to log amongst old growth trees inside units 2 and 3 near Weott, CA.

Google Earth Photo By Mike Schmidt
THP 1-20-089 HUM (Newman THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 381.80 acres; 70% group selection, 18% selection, 11% no-harvest logging. Poison Oak Creek (HUM: T1S R2E Sec 24, 25, 26; T1S R3E Sec 17, 19, 20, 30).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 19 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, scattered old growth trees inside units 2 and 3, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, osprey, willow flycatcher, trees up to 42” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 07/22/20. SUBMIT COMMENTS, VIEW THP, THP PLAN

This THP is about 3 miles SE of Redcrest, CA and about 2 miles NE of Weott, CA and Highway 101 at an elevation of 110 to 2,800 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.  Scattered residual old growth trees exist inside units 2 and 3 totaling less than 12 acres. The THP area flows into the Eel River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment/siltation and temperature. There are 135 landslide terrain sites in the THP area including multiple; debris slides, earth flows, debris slide slopes, steep inner gorges, and rockslides, and 9 road related cut bank and fill slope failure sites. Humboldt Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging, and construct roads and landings during the winter period.  They also are planning to reduce the no cut zone from 50 feet to 30 feet from the watercourse area boundary adjacent to the Eel River in unit 1. Nineteen road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  Marbled murrelet habitat exists within .25 miles of haul roads on Humboldt Redwoods State Park lands. There is an osprey nest within .25 miles of unit 8, and potential willow flycatcher habitat exists at Larabee Bridge.  There are 7 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

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