Monday, July 8, 2013

Campbell Timberlands to log on steep unstable slopes near Branscomb Road

PANORAMIO Photo By freebern
THP 1-13-050 MEN (Dehaven South White THP) Campbell Timberlands, 257 acres; 68% selection, 24% clearcut, 8% seed tree, misc roadside logging.  DeHaven Creek (MD: T21N R17W Sec.22, 23, 24, 26).  Wet weather operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 36 road drainage work sites, herbicides, coho watershed, 7 spotted owls within 1.3mi, marbled murrelet stand adjacent to haul road, trees up to 44" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 08/11/13.

This THP is about 15 miles NE of Fort Bragg, and about 3 miles NE of the town of Westport, CA at an elevation of 200 to 1,500 feet.  It is situated between Branscomb Road and Dehaven Creek which flows into the Pacific Ocean.  Campbell Timberlands is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in second growth redwood, Douglas fir, grand fir and western hemlock forest.  There are 29 shallow landslide features in the THP area, including 19 landslide sites related to poor road and skid trail placement.  Landslide terrain is located within the western portion of unit F, within unit G, and the central portion of Unit I.  Campbell Timberlands is planning to use tractors on short segments of slopes over 65%, and to end line logs across steep slopes.  They are also planning to use several segments of roads located in class I and class II stream areas, and a landing within a class II watercourse.  There are several wet areas and seeps scattered throughout the THP area, including a wet area in unit A.  36 road drainage work sites are planned including dip construction, rocking, culvert repair and replacement, channel and road bed stabilization.  Several segments of roads are located on deep seated landslide terrain. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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