Mendocino Humboldt Redwood Company, LLC
Monitoring

Forest and Road Restoration

MRC and HRC work on restoration projects to improve the quality of streams, roads, and the forest. Road restoration projects focus on improving water quality while forest restoration projects focus on restoring conifer-dominated forests on the landscape.

Road Restoration

Watershed analysis for both companies prioritizes road restoration projects including road improvement, road decommissioning, and culvert upgrades or removal. We measure water quality improvements by estimating controlled sediment (the amount of soil that is prevented from entering streams).

Table 1. Road restoration summary on MRC forestlands.

Year Controlled sediment (yd3) Total contributions*
1998 7,284 $461,947
1999 52,819 $628,156
2000 127,555 $1,075,629
2001 38,126 $938,484
2002 88,286 $1,449,999
2003 203,463 $1,762,298
2004 30,388 $1,418,903
2005 66,284 $1,723,100
2006 58,066 $1,675,842
2007 68,726 $1,946,168
2008 34,006 $1,766,266
2009 7,893 $294,874
2010 82,985 $2,473,137
2011 33,062 $1,262,219
2012 94,273 $1,789,254
2013 35,623 $730,548
2014 45,529 $1,064,000
2015 44,120 $708,398
TOTAL 1,118,488 $23,169,222

*This is the total contribution from both MRC and funding partners.

Table 2. Road restoration summary on HRC forestlands*.

Year Controlled sediment (yd3) Total contributions*
2008 95,193  $2,027,174
2009 59,897  $1,379,376
2010 75,902  $4,520,783
2011 38,447  $3,285,006
2012 57,374  $3,390,299
2013 39,009  $1,617,278
2014 37,398 $1,298,000
2015 31,104 $484,259
Total 434,324 $18,002,175

*This is the total contribution from both HRC and funding partners.

Forest Restoration

Forest restoration includes tree planting and encouraging the growth of redwood and Douglas-fir trees.

Table 3. Number of conifer seedlings planted on MRC forestlands.

Planting season Acres planted Douglas-fir Redwood Total seedlings
1998-1999 2,862 264,865 322,180 587,045
1999-2000 3,448 289,003 357,861 664,864
2000-2001 3,723 233,618 443,030 676,648
2001-2002 3,810 221,238 483,179 704,417
2002-2003 3,185 253,350 367,712 651,662
2003-2004 2,751 187,508 337,858 525,366
2004-2005 3,180 252,899 354,680 607,579
2005-2006 3,637 278,573 501,673 780,246
2006-2007 3,834 160,090 505,425 665,515
2007-2008 3,541 64,450 514,290 578,740
2008-2009 5,454 53,620 624,178 677,798
2009-2010 1,015 0 229,500 229,500
2010-2011 2,471 54,510 379,444 433,954
2011-2012 2,253 0 444,610 444,610
2012-2013 2,948 75,840 438,350 514,190
2013-2014 3,111 75,900 482,435 558,335
2014-2015 2,231 45,570 455,120 500,870
2015-2016 2,561 49,710 389,725 439,435
TOTAL 56,015 2,560,744 7,631,250 10,191,994

Table 4. Number of conifer seedlings planted on HRC forestlands.

Planting season Acres planted Douglas-fir Redwood Total seedlings
2008-2009 2,002 43,200 229,925 273,125
2009-2010 523 24,723 34,160 58,883
2010-2011 386 15,450 43,330 58,780
2011-2012 548 59,038 19,760 78,798
2012-2013 577 61,090 52,600 113,690
2013-2014 0 0 0 0
2014-2015 404 23,000 67,420 91,020
2015-2016 522 21,000 86,650 107,650
Total 4,962 247,501 533,845 781,346

MRC and HRC also use herbicides applied manually on a plant by plant basis to reduce the amount of tanoak and other competing species, and encourage the growth of redwood and Douglas-fir.

Table 5. Herbicide use on MRC forestlands

Year Acres treated Herbicide (lbs)*
1999 3,368 5,269
2000 5,203 3,557
2001 6,779 4,145
2002 6,979 3,502
2003 6,621 3,849
2004 6,106 3,216
2005 6,512 4,700
2006 5,615 4,259
2007 4,811 2,999
2008 6,352 4,412
2009 1,721 2,577
2010 6,680 4,865
2011 3,912 3,002
2012 7,236 7,310
2013 7,477 5,366
2014 6,021 5,700
2015 6,240 6,187
TOTAL 97,633** 74,915

*Pounds of active ingredient

** Note these acres include areas that were treated twice; hence the acreage does not represent unique acres restored, rather total acres restored.

Table 6. Herbicide use on HRC forestlands – in 2008, includes applications made by the previous landowner.

Year Acres treated Herbicide (lbs)*
2008 5,292 10,609
2009 1,392 1,654
2010 867 858
2011 581 753
2012 0 0
2013 0 0
2014 1,102 592
2015 3,682 4,126
Total 12,916 18,592

*Pounds of active ingredient