Monday, February 11, 2013

Campbell Timberlands plan to log on steep unstable slopes east of Fort Bragg

PANORAMIO photo by Jan Graeser
THP 1-13-009 MEN (Sherwood Orange THP) Campbell Timberlands, 365 acres; 56% clearcut, 35% selection, 8% variable retention logging.  Upper S. Fork Ten Mile River, Duffy Gulch (MD: T18N R16W Sec.1; T19N R15W Sec.18, 19, 30, 31; T19N R16W Sec.25, 35, 36).  Wet weather operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 85%, 16 landslide terrain sites, debris flows, road failure sites, 49 road drainage work sites, wet areas, impaired 303.d watershed, coho watershed, 14 spotted owls within 1.3mi, trees up to 68" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 03/18/13.

This THP is about 10 miles east of Fort Bragg on Sherwood Ridge at an elevation of 560 - 1760 feet; between the North Fork of the Ten Mile River watershed, and the Noyo River watershed.  Both watersheds have a long history of intense logging and are listed as “impaired” due to excessive sediment and elevated temperatures.  Campbell Timberlands wants to tractor and cable log on some very steep and unstable slopes with a high erosion hazard.  According to the geology report, there are 16 landslide related sites in the area; 1 site may have failed because of a 1999 clearcut, and there is a high possibility of future debris flows on another site with a steep headwall swale that Campbell wants to log on.  The THP is also adjacent to the Boys and Girls Club of San Francisco lands, and there is marbled murrelet habitat near a rock pit and haul road. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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