Saturday, October 12, 2013

Coastal Ridges LLC planning to log west of Willits, CA and Highway 20


PANORAMIO Photo By Kurt Minard
THP 1-13-083 MEN (And Roll THP) Coastal Ridges LLC, 425 acres, 44% seed tree, 37% transition, 11% group selection, 6% rehab, 2% no-harvest, 1% roadside logging.  Martin Creek (MD: T17N R14W Sec.4, 5, 8, 9, 16).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 80%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 44 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, coho watershed, 3 spotted owls within 1.3mi, foothill yellow legged frog sightings, peregrine falcon within 1,400 feet, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/04/13.

This THP is about 6 miles SW of Willits, CA and 3 miles south of Highway 20 at an elevation of 1,120 to 2,650 feet.  Coastal Ridges LLC is planning a tractor and cable logging operation in second growth Douglas fir and redwood forest.  The THP area flows into the Big River which is listed as impaired for sediment and temperature.  One mile of new road construction is planned, and an existing road is planned for use that runs a top a large unstable area on a ridge that has a cut bank failure.  Forty four road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair/replacement, ditch cleaning and road bed stabilization.  Foothill yellow legged frogs were seen at Martin Creek, and 2 peregrine falcons were spotted at the “Two Rock” site 1,400 feet NW of the northern corner of the THP.  This THP will reduce spotted owl nesting/roosting habitat by 4 acres, and foraging habitat by 458 acres. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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