Sunday, August 25, 2013

Campbell Timberlands to log on steep and unstable slopes near the Middle Fork of the 10 Mile River.

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THP 1-13-068 MEN (Mosquito White THP) Campbell Timberlands, 191 acres; 70% transition, 30% selection logging.  Booth Gulch, Upper Middle Fork Ten Mile River (MD: T19N R16W Sec.1, 2).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 85%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, flood plane, 16 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, 6 spotted owls within 1.3mi, marbled murrelet and osprey near haul road, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 09/25/13.

This THP is about a dozen miles NE of Fort Bragg, CA at an elevation of 320 to 1120 feet, near the Middle Fork of the 10 Mile River which is listed as impaired for sediment and temperature.  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 37 shallow landslides within and around the THP area including debris slides, debris flows, channel bank failures and road fill failures.  16 road drainage work sites are planned including rocking, dip maintenance, ditch cleaning and road bed stabilization.  Tractors are planned for use on landslide terrain in units B, C & D, within a watercourse in Unit B for yarding, and on steep slopes over 65% in unit D.  There is a 100 foot long by 100 foot wide alluvial flood plane at the base of unit D, and several segments of roads are planned for use inside Class I and Class II watercourses.  Marbled Murrelet habitat and an osprey nest is located near a haul road, and this THP will remove 15 acres of nesting/roosting habitat within .7mi for spotted owl nest site MEN0233, and 10 acres of nesting/roosting habitat within .7mi for spotted owl nest site MEN0484. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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