Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Mendocino Redwood Company planning THP near Jackson State Forest

THP 1-12-123 MEN (Beaver Pond THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 997 acres; 57% transition, 42% seed tree, 1% roadside logging.  Two Log Creek (MD: T17N R15W Sec.18, 19; T17N R16W Sec.13, 14, 23, 24).  Wet weather operations, high erosion hazard, landslide terrain, steep slopes up to 80%, steep roads, road failure sites, 95 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, coho watershed, 11 spotted owls within 1.3mi, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 02/11/13.

This THP is a few miles south of Highway 20 (Fort Bragg Highway) and about 4 miles north of the town of Comptche.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning a mostly tractor and cable timber sale on steep slopes up to 80% within several tributaries that flow into the Big River.  Currently the Big River watershed is listed for temperature and sediment likely due to the intensive amount of logging in this area.  This THP has over 95 road drainage work sites that include culvert repair, crossing stabilization and roadbed repair.  It is also adjacent to lands owned by the Jackson State Forest.  More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website. 

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