Monday, July 15, 2013

Campbell Timberlands to log on steep unstable slopes by the Noyo River

PANORAMIO Photo By Jan Graeser
THP 1-13-056 MEN (Bowman Red THP) Campbell Timberlands, 220 acres; 58% selection, 34% commercial thinning, 8% variable retention logging.  Little N. Fork (MD: T18N R16W Sec.4, 5, 6, 9; T19N R16W Sec.32).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 85%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, wet areas, impaired 303.d watershed, coho watershed, 9 spotted owls within 1.3mi, herbicides, trees up to 56" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 08/23/13.

This THP is about 7 miles east of Fort Bragg, CA at an elevation of 140 to 1050 feet.  Campbell Timberlands is planning a tractor and cable logging operation in second growth redwood, Doulas fir, hemlock, and grand fir in steep and unstable slopes.  There are 107 shallow landslides in THP area including debris slides, debris flows, channel bank flows, road fill failures and cutbank failures.  Unstable areas exist in Unit G, most of Unit D, and the western half of Unit H.  There are also 7 road failure sites including cut bank failures, fill failures, rusted/plugged culverts and washed out crossings.  65 road drainage work sites are planned including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and road bed stabilization.  The THP area is adjacent to the Noyo River and Little North Fork of the Noyo River which are listed as impaired due to sediment and temperature.  The main stem of the Noyo River is an important coho, Chinook, and steelhead trout fishery.  Due to past logging disturbances, 3 stream segments within the THP will get additional aquatic protections.  Campbell Timberlands is planning to use a landing within a streamside area in Unit E, tractors within Class III watercourses, and ground based equipment on steep slopes over 65% within units B,D,F,G,I,J. There is a Marbled murrelet grove reported to be near a haul road.  More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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