Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Jackson State Forest to log out 7 acres of large trees and spotted owl habitat near Casper Creek.

THP 1-13-079 MEN (Caspar Creek THP) Jackson State Forest, 247 acres; 100% selection logging.  Caspar Creek (MD: T17N R17W Sec.1, 2, 10, 11, 12, 15).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 70 road drainage work sites, coho watershed, marbled murrelet stand near haul road, 7 acres of large tree logging, 5 spotted owls within 1.3mi, western tailed frog sighting near unit D, long beard lichen, trees up to 150 years old.  Estimated public comment deadline: 10/21/13.

This THP is about 6.5 miles SE of Fort Bragg, CA and just south of Highway 20 at an elevation of 160 to 1080 feet.  Jackson State Forest is planning a tractor and cable logging operation in redwood, Douglas fir, grand fir and western hemlock forests.  The THP area drains into Casper Creek which is an important steelhead and coho fishery that flows into the Pacific Ocean.  There are 4 landslide terrain features (debris slides in units B, D and E) including 2 sites related to a decommissioned road.  Seven acres of 155 acres of large trees up to 150 years old are proposed for harvest.  Seventy road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, culvert maintenance and replacement, and ditch cleaning.  There is a marbled murrelet grove adjacent to a haul road.  This THP will remove 70.1 acres of nesting/roosting habitat within .7 mi from spotted owl nest site MEN 585. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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