Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Mendocino Redwood Company plans THP near Skunk Train Line


PANORAMIO Photo by Jan Graeser
THP 1-12-124 MEN (Marble Gulch THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 941 acres; 65% transition, 31% seed tree, 4% variable retention, misc roadside logging.  North Fork Noyo River, Duffy Gulch (MD: T18N R15W Sec.4, 5; T19N R15W Sec.31, 32).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, 21 road failure sites, steep roads, landslide terrain, 64 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, coho watershed, 8 spotted owls within 1.3mi, trees up to 34” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 2/12/13.

This THP is about 12 miles NW of Willits, CA and a couple miles north of the Skunk Train line.  The plan area is located near Marble Creek, a tributary of the North Fork Noyo River at an elevation of 400 to 1,680 feet.  The Noyo River is listed as “impaired” for sediment and temperature and this THP is in an area that has seen a lot of logging over the years.  This THP contains a high number of road failure sites, and due to the steep slopes and abundant landslide terrain, there are over 64 road drainage work sites planned because of potential sediment issues. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website. 

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