Saturday, December 28, 2013

Jackson State Forest planning THP on steep and unstable slopes near Mendocino Woodlands State Park.

Mendocino Woodlands State Park
THP 1-13-125 MEN (Railroad Gulch THP) Jackson State Forest, 240 acres; 67% selection, 33% group selection logging.  Berry Gulch, Mouth of Big River (MD: T17N R17W Sec.13, 14, 23, 24). Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, 3 unstable areas, road failure site, 56 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, 4 spotted owls within 1.3mi, railroad gulch hill marbled murrelet stand within .25 mi, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/16/14. VIEW

This THP is about 4 miles NE of the town of Mendocino, CA, and close to Mendocino Woodlands State Park at an elevation of 80 to 760 feet.  Jackson State Forest is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir, grand fir, Western hemlock, Sitka spruce and Bishop pine forests.  The THP area drains into the Big River which is listed as impaired for sediment and temperature and contains steelhead and coho salmon.  There are 3 unstable areas including a bowl area, highly modified channel from historic logging, and a landslide area below a road.  Jackson State Forest wants to use a tractor road near a spring, and there are 56 road drainage work sites including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and road bed re-construction.  The Railroad Gulch Hill marbled murrelet stand is located within .25 mi of the THP area. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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