Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Campbell Timberlands to log on steep unstable slopes near the North fork of the Ten Mile River basin.

THP 1-13-049 MEN (Frick Red THP) Campbell Timberlands, 570 acres; 79% selection, 15% variable retention, 6% transition, misc roadside logging.  Vickanne (MD: T20N R16W Sec.11, 12, 13, 14, 23, 24).  Wet weather operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 14 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, 5 spotted owls within 1.3mi, osprey nest near haul road, trees up to 40" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 07/29/13.

This THP is about 15 miles NE of Fort Bragg near the North Fork of the Ten Mile River basin at an elevation of 400 - 2,000 feet.  Campbell Timberlands is planning a tractor and cable logging operation in an around steep and unstable slopes in second growth redwood and Douglas fir.  There are 10 Landslide terrain sites in the THP area including earth flows, and dormant and active landslides.  The Ten Mile River watershed is listed as impaired for sediment and temperature and is an important steelhead and Coho fishery.  Ground based equipment is proposed for use on steep slopes over 65% in units A,C,D,E,G; and heavy equipment is proposed for use on existing logging roads in streamside areas within units C,D,F,G. There are 14 road drainage work sites including watercourse crossings, fill failures and road bed stabilization.  5 landings are proposed in streamside areas, and there are 13 locations where tractor roads will be used in streamside areas.  Units C & E have steep slopes over 50% with a high or extreme erosion hazard rating. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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