Friday, December 13, 2013

Mendocino Redwood Company to log on steep and unstable slopes near Rockport, CA.


PANORAMIO Photo By Winst1966
THP 1-13-111 MEN (Huckleberry Pass THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 450 acres; 60% variable retention, 18% transition, 14% rehab, 7% selection, 1% roadside logging.  Upper Hollow Tree Creek, Hardy Creek (MD: T22N R17W Sec.26, 27, 28, 29, 32, 34, 35).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, landslide terrain, 36 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, 12 spotted owls within 1.3mi, Humboldt milk vetch, trees up to 44" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/23/13. VIEW

This THP is about 3 miles east of Rockport, CA  and Highway 1 on the Mendocino Coast at an elevation of 200 to 2,200 feet.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation in redwood and Douglas fir forests.  The THP area flows into the South Fork of the Eel River which is listed as impaired for sediment and temperature.  There are 9 unstable areas including steep head walls, scarps and hummocky ground in units 1, 2, 4 and 8.  Mendocino Redwood Company is proposing 1.5 miles of new road construction, and the use of four skid trails on steep slopes over 65% in unit 2.  36 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair/replacement and road bed stabilization.  For spotted owl site MEN0107; This THP will result in the conversion of 16 acres into foraging habitat within .5 mi, and the conversion of 35 acres into foraging habitat within .7 mi.  For spotted owl site MEN0109; This THP will REMOVE 22 acres of nesting/roosting habitat within .5 mi, will REMOVE 22 acres of nesting/roosting habitat within .7 mi, will result in the conversion of 22 acres into foraging habitat within .5 mi, and the conversion of 23 acres into foraging habitat within .7 mi.  For spotted owl site MEN0381; This THP will result in the conversion of 22 acres into foraging habitat within .5 mi, and the conversion of 53 acres into foraging habitat within .7 mi.  Humboldt Milk Vetch was found along several haul roads. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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