Saturday, December 02, 2006

Logging Proposed for 325 acres of Oldgrowth Douglas Fir Forest

The Fort Baker Ranch Company has filed a logging plan proposing to cut 325 acres of upland Oldgrowth Douglas Fir forest in Mad River in the Showers creek drainage north of Hwy. 36 on Stapp road. Part of the area to be logged is on Black Butte.

This area is directly adjacent to an SPI oldgrowth logging plan, "Shower Head THP" #1-06-039.There are oldgrowth stands to be logged on both sides of the property line.

THP# 1-06-203
Name: Black Butte THP

783 acres including 325 acres of oldgrowth.

you can send comment letters on this logging plan to the California Department of Forestry at;


California Department of Forestry
attn. forest practice
135 Ridgeway Ave.
Santa Rosa, Ca. 9540


At 6/29/2007 10:46:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I spent just about a year of my life working on the Black Butte THP. I was flattered to see that you have put the plan on your blog!! I just thought since you went to all the trouble to inform the public about the plan - that I could help too!

One thing I want to point out is that your assumptions about the nature of the sucsessional stages of the forest appear to be incorrect. For instance, the statement "325 acres of upland Oldgrowth Douglas Fir forest" is not exactly true. Like, in the Shleterwood areas, the Old Growth was already harvested. These were the large scattered encroachment trees. The remaining trees that were in the understory have now matured, and these are the trees that are to be cut now. They were 40-60 years then, so are 100-120 years old now. Understand?

The clear-cut areas are residual second growth, and the seed step stands are about 100 years old.

Prior to western settlement, a natural fire cycle combined with Native American management maintained this oak forest type. When the fire was taken out of the equation, the conifer moved in. Thus the maximum age of any fir stand is not going to be much over 200 years...

Any trees or stands that are of that age, are not likely going to be harvested. These trees were open grown, and thus have large limbs on almost all of the tree. These large limbs create cavities and other pathways for pathogens, insects, and funguses. This makes for poor wood quality - in fact so poor that they are not worth cutting. Incedently these are great wildlife and seed trees, and provide vertical structure across the landscape. Cool Eh?

The lack of fire, 100 years+ of grazing, previous unregulated logging, and poor road building practices have not only changed the plant communities, but have impacted the watershed. Within the Black Butte THP, there are over 20 locations were improvements will be made to road related erosion sources. Not to mention the treatment and installation of erosion control facilities of all the roads within 780 acres. This alone will have a big positive impact on sediment loading issues within the watershed. As more plans throughout Humboldt occur, more and more sediment savings will be realized.

So anyways, I hope this helps! Please feel free to open a dialog with me at anytime.

Nick Robinson

At 7/01/2007 08:45:00 AM, Blogger saf said...

Thanks for your letter, I'll write up a response when my schedule permits.

Regards, SAF


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