Saturday, March 30, 2013

Mendocino Redwood Company planning new THP near Albion River

PANORAMIO Photo By freebern
THP 1-13-019 MEN (J Road THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 586 acres; 100% selection logging.  Lower Albion River (MD: T16N R17W Sec.14, 15, 22, 23). Wet weather operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, 16 landslide terrain sites, road failure sites, 16 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, coho watershed, 5 spotted owls within 1.3mi, 6 osprey nest trees, bald eagle sightings, marbled murrelet habitat within .55mi, long bearded lichen, old growth trees present.  Estimated public comment deadline: 05/09/13.

This THP is a few miles NW of the town of Albion and Highway 1, on the Mendocino Coast.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning a tractor, cable & helicopter logging operation on steep slopes adjacent to the Albion River.  The Albion River is listed as impaired for excessive sediment levels, and is an important Coho salmon, Chinook salmon and steelhead fishery. There are 16 landslide terrain and bank failure sites mostly related to watercourses and roads in and around the THP area.  Mendocino Redwood Company wants to use 2 existing skid trails within a class II spring, and there are 16 road related drainage work sites scheduled including culvert repair/replacement and dip construction & rocking.  The THP contains some nice scattered stands of old growth, 6 osprey nest sites and a few stands of Bolander’s Pine & Pygmy Cypress. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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