Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Coastal Ridges LLC planning a pair of THPs on steep and unstable slopes near Willits.


PANORAMIO Photo By Kurt Minard
THP 1-13-115 MEN (Baechtel Creek THP) Coastal Ridges LLC, 550 acres; 39% transition, 29% selection, 28% rehab, 4% no-harvest logging.  Martin Creek, Baechtel Creek (MD: T17N R14W Sec.4, 5; T18N R14W Sec.32, 33).  Wet weather operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 85%, road failure sites, 30 road drainage work sites, herbicides, impaired 303.d watershed, coho watershed, 5 spotted owls within 1.3mi, peregrine falcon within .5 mi, foothill yellow legged frog sightings, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/05/14. VIEW

This THP is about 5 miles SW of Willits, CA at an elevation of 1,750 to 2,600 feet.  Coastal Ridges LLC is planning a tractor based logging operation in redwood, Douglas fir and sugar pine forests.  The THP area flows into the Upper Main Eel River and Big River which are important coho, chinook and steelhead fisheries, and are listed as impaired for sedimentation and temperature.  There is a section of road that is "stacked" closely together which contains cutback and fill failures, and several roads that have “gullying”.  Coastal Ridges LLC is planning to use ground based equipment on slopes over 50% with a high erosion hazard, and to use multiple landings, roads, and skid roads inside class I, II and III watercourses.  They also want to use ground based equipment on slopes over 50% that do not flatten before reaching a watercourse.  30 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair and replacement.  Foothill yellow legged frogs were reported to be at Martin Creek and Baechtel Creek, and a peregrine falcon was reported to be within .5 mi of the THP area near the Two Rock Lookout.  This THP will remove 12 acres of foraging habitat within .7 mi for spotted owl site MEN0197.  Recent Coastal Ridges LLC THPs: 1-13-117 MEN, 1-13-083 MEN and 1-13-042 MEN are in close proximity and will have a significant impact on available spotted owl habitat.  

THP 1-13-117 MEN (Martin Creek 2013) Coastal Ridges LLC, 459 acres; 64% seed tree, 27% transition, 7% group selection, 2% rehab logging.  Martin Creek (MD: T17N R14W Sec.8, 17, 20).  Wet weather operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 80%, steep roads, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 59 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, 3 spotted owls within 1.3mi, long beard lichen, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/01/14. VIEW

This THP is about 7 miles SW of Willits, CA at an elevation of 600 to 1,800 feet.  Coastal Ridges LLC is planning a tractor and cable logging operation in redwood and Douglas fir forests on steep and unstable slopes.  The THP area flows into the Big River which is an important coho salmon, chinook salmon, and steelhead fishery, and is listed as impaired for sediment and temperature.  There are multiple landslide terrain sites including debris slides, rockslides, earth flows, and multiple road failure sites including fill failures, cut bank failures, and stream bed diversions.  Over 4,000 feet of new road construction is planned, and 4 road sites are planned for use and re-construction on unstable soils. 59 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and road bed stabilization.  Many of these road sites are shared with the Coastal Ridges LLC Pig Pen and The And Roll THPs.  Long Beard Lichen was found near a road in the THP area.  This THP will remove 240 acres of foraging habitat within 1.3 mi, and 37 acres within .7 mi for spotted owl site MEN0067 (currently there is less than 200 acres of nesting/roosting habitat within .7 mi, so this territory is deficient).  Recent Coastal Ridges LLC THPs: 1-13-115 MEN, 1-13-083 MEN and 1-13-042 MEN are in close proximity and will have a significant impact on available spotted owl habitat. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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