Thursday, June 6, 2013

Coastal Ridges planning THP on steep unstable slopes near Willits.


PANORAMIO Photo By efclifton
THP 1-13-042 MEN (Lower McElhaney Plus THP) Coastal Ridges LLC, 627 acres; 55% transition, 20% seed tree, 16% group selection, 7% no-harvest, 3% rehab logging.  Martin Creek (MD: T17N R14W Sec.3, 4, 9, 10, 11).  Wet weather operations, high erosion hazard, landslide terrain, debris slides, road failure sites, steep slopes up to 75%, steep roads, 41 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, 2 spotted owls within 1.3mi, peregrine falcon within .5 mi, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 07/14/13.

This THP is 5 miles SW of Willits, CA at an elevation of 840 - 2,160 feet.  Coastal Ridges LLC is planning a tractor and cable logging operation in redwood and Douglas fir forest on steep and unstable slopes.  There are numerous road failure sites including gullying, fill failures and channelling across the road bed, and 41 road crossings needing rocking, dip construction, culvert repair and replacement, ditch cleaning and stabilization.  A seasonal road is proposed through a debris slide area, and on steep slopes between 65% - 75% grade at 3 locations on a dormant landslide, and at 2 locations across a dormant rockslide.  Road use is proposed in streamside areas, and there are steep road segments exceeding 15% for over 200 feet.  The THP area drains into the Big River watershed which is listed for sediment and temperature, and has been degraded by past intensive logging. 17 acres of rehab logging is proposed in areas with large amounts of hardwoods, brush and scattered conifers.  Northern spotted owl nesting and roosting habitat will be reduced by 11 acres, and foraging habitat will be reduced by 218 acres. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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