Saturday, February 9, 2013

New Jackson State Forest THP near Pygmy Cypress stand


PANORAMIO photo by Kurt Minard
THP 1-13-007 MEN (Orchard THP) Jackson State Forest, 289 acres; 85% selection, 15% group selection logging.  Mitchell Creek, Caspar Creek (MD: T17N R17W Sec.3, 10).  Wet weather operations, high erosion hazard, landslide terrain, road failure sites, steep slopes over 70%, 24 road drainage work sites, 20 acres of large tree logging, bicycle trail, coho watershed, 3 spotted owls within 1.3mi, red tree vole sightings, california pinefoot, trees up to 36" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 03/14/13.

This THP is on the Mendocino coast and about 4 miles east of the town of Casper, CA at an elevation of 120 - 880 feet.  The Casper Creek watershed is an important steelhead and coho fishery that drains directly into the Pacific Ocean.  Jackson State Forest is planning a tractor and cable logging operation that includes 20 acres of large tree logging in a forested area that has been untouched since the late 1800s.  The area also has a poorly drained jeep road and ditch system that needs repair, and 24 road drainage work sites including culvert repair/replacement and dip rocking and re-construction.  There is a single track bicycle trail that runs along the north side of the project area, and some uncommon stands of Pygmy Cypress and Northern Bishop Pine.  3 individuals of California Pinefoot are within the plan area, and a population of Leafy Stemmed Miterwort lie just outside of the THP. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website. 

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