Saturday, March 30, 2013

Mendocino Redwood Company planning new THP in Gualala River Watershed

PANORAMIO Photo By Elliot Kallen
THP 1-13-020 SON (East Tobacco Creek THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 231 acres; 52% rehab, 48% variable retention logging.  Tobacco Creek (MD: T10N R13W Sec.35).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, landslide terrain, steep slopes up to 65%, steep roads, 8 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, coho watershed, herbicides, 3 spotted owls within .7mi, long beard lichen, trees up to 34" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 05/09/13.

This THP is about 5 miles SE of the town of Annapolis in Sonoma County.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning a tractor logging operation on very steep slopes above the Gualala River at an elevation of 380 - 1,360 feet.  The Gualala River watershed is an important Coho salmon and steelhead fishery, and is listed as “impaired” for sediment and temperature.  119 acres of rehab logging is planned which is similar to clearcutting but in this case will be done to remove excess diseased tan oaks from a prior burn, and re-establish conifers.  They are also planning to build a short segment of steep road to access a ridge line around some rock bluffs.  A cluster of Douglas fir host trees were found containing Long Beard Lichen, and will be protected.  There were also 4 unstable areas reported within the THP area. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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