Monday, January 14, 2013

New Coastal Ridges THP near Willits


PANORAMIO photo by Kurt Minard
THP 1-13-003-MEN (3 Chop James 2012 THP) Coastal Ridges LLC, 387 acres; 52% transition, 33% rehab, 9% selection, 6% no-harvest logging.  James Creek (MD: T18N R15W Sec.24, 25, 36).  Wet weather operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, road failure sites, 34 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, coho watershed, 7 spotted owls within 1.3mi, marbled murrelet stand nearby, peregrine falcon within .75mi, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 02/24/13. 

This THP is about 6 miles SW of Willits, CA and just off of Highway 20 near the Jackson State Forest.  Coastal Ridges LLC is planning a 387 acre tractor and cable logging THP on 387 acres of their 18,700 acre Willits Woods holdings.  The THP is also 500 feet from the Dresser Grove Marbled Murrelet Stand in Jackson State Forest.  Much of the THP is on steep slopes with 15 unstable areas including cut bank failures, fill failures and washed out roads.  The THP drains into the Big River which is listed as “impaired” because of excessive sediment. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website. 

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