Thursday, April 4, 2013

Gualala Redwoods is planning a new mostly clearcut THP near the Gualala River

PANORAMIO Photo By maddog56
THP 1-13-023 SON (Oak THP) Gualala Redwoods; 170 acres; 85% clearcut, 7% rehab, 7% no-harvest, 1% selection logging.  Little Creek, Lower Rock Pile Creek (MD: T11N R14W, Sec 29,32,33,34).  Wet weather operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 14 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, coho watershed, 3 oversized units, herbicides, 8 spotted owls within 1.3mi, trees 85 to 105 years old.  Estimated public comment deadline: 05/11/13.

This THP is about 5 miles east of the town of Gualala which sits at the junction of Highway 1 and the Gualala River near the Pacific Ocean on the Sonoma coastline.  Gualala Redwoods is planning a tractor and cable logging THP which is mostly clearcut logging of 170 acres of redwood and Douglas fir in the Rock Pile Creek Watershed, a tributary of the Gualala River.  The Gualala River is listed for temperature and sediment, and is an important Coho salmon and steelhead fishery.  The area contains steep slopes with a high erosion hazard rating, some unstable slopes mostly related to stream banks, and 14 road drainage work sites including dip construction, rocking and culvert repair/replacement.  12 acres of rehab logging is planned to clear tan oaks and re-plant with conifers. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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