Sunday, December 8, 2013

Campbell Timberlands planning THP on steep and unstable soils near the Little North Fork of the Noyo River.

PANORAMIO Photo By Jan Graeser
THP 1-13-109 MEN (Mallory Blue THP) Campbell Timberlands, 122 acres; 67% group selection, 33% variable retention logging.  Pudding Creek, Little N. Fork (MD: T18N R16W Sec.3, 4; MD: T19N R16W Sec.33, 34).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 85%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, 6 spotted owls within 1.3mi, trees over 54" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/21/13. VIEW

This THP is about 8 miles east of Fort Bragg, CA at an elevation of 480 to 1320 feet.  Campbell Timberlands is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in coast redwood, Douglas fir, western hemlock and grand fir forests.  The THP area drains both Pudding Creek and the Little North Fork of the Noyo River.  The Noyo River is listed as impaired for sediment and temperature, while Pudding Creek is listed as impaired for temperature.  There are several cut bank failures along Sherwood Road in unit B, and dormant deep seated landslide terrain, debris flows and steep ravine gullying in unit C.  Operations are proposed on steep slopes over 65% with a moderate erosion hazard in units B and C. For spotted owl site MEN0082; This THP will result in the conversion of 10.5 acres into foraging habitat within .7 mi. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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