Thursday, August 1, 2013

Gualala Redwoods planning THP above the town of Gualala, CA.

PANORAMIO Photo By Raniero Tazzi
THP 1-13-061 MEN (Buttercup THP) Gualala Redwoods, 91 acres; 59% clearcut, 41% selection logging.  Roseman Creek, Big Pepperwood Creek (MD: T11N R15W Sec.22, 27).  Wet weather operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, 15 road drainage work sites, oversized unit 2, herbicides, impaired 303.d watershed, coho watershed, 2 spotted owls within 1.3mi, 3 osprey nests, thin lobed horkelia, long beard lichen, trees up to 150 years old.  Estimated public comment deadline: 09/09/13.

This THP is just above the town of Gualala, and has tributaries that drain into the Gualala River and the Pacific Ocean.  Gualala Redwoods is planning a tractor and cable logging operation in second growth Douglas fir, redwood and tan oak at an elevation of 160 to 640 feet.  The Gualala River is an important steelhead and coho fishery and is listed as impaired for temperature and sediment.  There are 15 road drainage work sites including dip construction, rocking, and culvert cleaning.  Unit 2 is oversized at 23 acres, and there are 2 small older slides in Unit 4.  Long Beard Lichen was found in a streamside area, and there are 4 sites of Thin Lobed Horkelia on a road bordering Unit 3.  3 osprey nests were located within the vicinity of Unit 4. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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