Sunday, June 16, 2013

Mendocino Redwood Company to log near Comptche, CA


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THP 1-13-044 MEN (Flynnian Rising THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 1315 acres; 35% seed tree, 33% transition, 25% group selection, 6% variable retention, 1% rehab, misc roadside logging.  Flynn Creek (MD: T15N R16W Sec.2, 3, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14; T16N R16W Sec.25, 26, 27, 35, 36).  Wet weather operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 80%, road failure sites, 62 road drainage work sites, herbicides, impaired 303.d watershed, coho watershed, 12 spotted owls within 1.3mi, trees over 34" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 07/19/13. 

This THP is located 3 miles south of Comptche, CA at an elevation of 200 to 1,000 feet.  Mendocino Redwood Company is proposing a tractor and cable logging operation in second growth Douglas fir and redwood forests in the Flynn Creek watershed.  Flynn Creek drains into the North Fork of the Navarro River which is listed for temperature and sediment, and contains Coho salmon and steelhead.  There are 62 road drainage work sites including dip construction, rocking, ditch cleaning, culvert repair and replacement, and some minor road bed restoration needed. 100 feet of new road is proposed in Unit 2 within a streamside area to access a landing located outside of the streamside area. 75 acres of alternative core areas are being proposed for spotted owl territories MD178 and MD489.  The THP will reduce spotted owl roosting/nesting habitat by 87 acres, and foraging habitat by 35 acres.  More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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