RNSP proposes to thin forests

This arrived too late for last week’s edition. The meeting is Tuesday night.

From RNSP:

Redwood National Park (NPS) will host a public meeting to discuss a proposal to thin second growth forests within the park near Orick. The proposed project would accelerate the restoration of old growth forest conditions by thinning second growth forests to reduce overall stem density and increase redwood dominance.
The public meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 13 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the Humboldt Area Foundation, 373 Indianola Road, Bayside, California.

The NPS proposes to thin second growth forest stands within about 1048 acres in the Middle Fork of Lost Man Creek using variable density thinning (a silvicultural method) and cable yarding (a wood removal operation), methods which were not used in previous forest restoration plans within Redwood National Park.

The NPS is proposing the following:
• Thin 335 acres using a low thinning silvicultural method; variable density thinning is proposed on an additional 57 acres. Woody debris would be removed using ground-based yarding operations.
• Thin 242 acres using a low thinning silvicultural method. Woody debris would be removed using cable-yarding operations.
• Thin 414 acres using a crown thinning silvicultural method with lop-and-scatter operations and no woody debris removal.
• Fallen trees from approximately 634 acres will be removed offsite, and the available merchantable timber may be sold by the logging contractor to offset costs for conducting the work.

Redwood National Park Vegetation Management staff will give a short presentation and be available for a question and answer session.

If you have further questions regarding this meeting, please contact Jason Teraoka at 707-465-7783 or via e-mail at Jason_Teraoka@nps.gov, or visit the project home page at http://parkplanning.nps.gov and search under Redwood National Park for Middle Fork Lost Man Creek forest restoration.


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