Thursday, November 7, 2013

Campbell Timberlands planning a pair of THPs on steep and unstable slopes near the Middle "Clark" Fork of the Ten Mile River.


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THP 1-13-097 MEN (Fox Green THP) Campbell Timberlands, 186 acres; 42% selection,  29% transition, 29% clearcut logging.  Redwood Creek, Upper Middle Fork Ten Mile River (MD: T19N R15W Sec.3, 4, 5).  Wet weather operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 85%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 48 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, 4 spotted owls within 1.3mi, Humboldt milk vetch, trees up to 44" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/26/13.

This THP is about 13 miles NE of Fort Bragg near the Middle "Clark" Fork of the Ten Mile River at an elevation of 600 to 3,100 feet elevation.  The Ten Mile River supports Coho, Chinook Salmon and steelhead and is listed as impaired for sediment and temperature.  Campbell Timberlands is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir, western hemlock and grand fir forests.  There are 9 landslide terrain sites in units A, B, D, E, F, G, H and I including shallow and dormant landslides, and debris slides.  Campbell Timberlands wants to use tractors on unstable soils in areas designated as cable units, and to use 5 segments of existing tractor roads in a class II watercourse in unit I for yarding.  48 road drainage sites are planned for work including dip construction, rocking, culvert repair and replacement and road bed stabilization. Unoccupied marbled murrelet habitat is located near a haul road and rock pit, and misc operations are proposed including the placement of tail holds in the core habitat of spotted owl site MEN0115.  This THP will result in the loss of 7.4 acres of foraging habitat for spotted owl site MEN0115 within .7mi, and the loss of 3.4 acres of nesting/roosting habitat within .7mi.  This THP will result in the loss of .3 acres of foraging habitat for spotted owl site MEN0116 within .7mi, and the loss of 2.3 acres of nesting/roosting habitat within .7mi.  This THP will result in the conversion of 26.9 acres of foraging habitat for spotted owl site MEN0247 within .7mi, and the loss of 23.7 acres of nesting/roosting habitat within .7mi.  Two populations of Humboldt Milk Vetch were reported to be in the THP area.  This THP is adjacent to Campbell Timberland’s Upper Clark White THP 1-13-098 MEN.  

THP 1-13-098-MEN (Upper Clark White THP) Campbell Timberlands, 302 acres; 36% transition, 26% selection, 21% variable retention, 17% clearcut, misc roadside logging.  Upper Middle Fork Ten Mile River (MD: T19N R15W Sec.6; T20N R15W Sec.28, 29, 31, 32, 33).  Wet weather operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 48 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, osprey and marbled murrelet near haul road, 4 spotted owls within 1.3mi, Humboldt milk vetch, trees up to 36" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/26/13. 

This THP is about 13 miles NE of Fort Bragg near the Middle "Clark" Fork of the Ten Mile River at an elevation of 450 to 1960 feet elevation. The Ten Mile River supports Coho, Chinook Salmon and steelhead and is listed as impaired for sediment and temperature.  Campbell Timberlands is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood and Douglas fir forest.  There are 12 landslide terrain sites in units B, G, E, F, H, I including active and dormant features, rockslides, debris slides, channel bank failures and earth flows.  Tractor yarding is planned on landslide terrain in units B, D, F, G, H and K. Campbell Timberlands wants to use tractor roads on steep slopes over 65% in units G and K, and to use tractors on steep slopes over 50% with a moderate to high erosion hazard in unit K.  They also want to use existing tractor roads within a watercouse in unit A, and to use an existing landing in a class III watercourse.  48 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair and replacement and road bed stabilization. An osprey nest was reported to be located along a haul road, and 3 marbled murrelet stands were reported to be adjacent to haul roads, and a water drafting site.  This THP will result in the conversion of 21.1 acres of foraging habitat for spotted owl site MEN0115 within .7mi, and the loss of 36.6 acres of nesting/roosting habitat within .7mi. Four Humboldt Milk Vetch plants were found in the THP area. This THP is adjacent to Campbell Timberland’s Fox Green THP 1-13-097 MEN. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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