Thursday, January 2, 2014

Campbell Timberlands planning road study near Westport and the South Fork of Wages Creek.

THP 1-13-129 MEN (South Fork of Wages Road THP) Campbell Timberlands, 14 acres; 100% roadside logging.  Rider Gulch (MD: T20N R16W Sec.5, 6; T21N R16W Sec.31, 32).  Wet weather operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, steep roads, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 20 road drainage work sites, coho watershed, 5 spotted owls within 1.3mi, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/27/14. VIEW

This THP is about 5.5 miles SE of Westport, CA at an elevation of 600 to 1,640 feet.  Campbell Timberlands is planning a tractor based logging operation in coast redwood and Douglas fir forests. The THP is the first in a sequence of plans that will study the impacts of road construction vs timber harvest on sediment production in the South Fork of Wages Creek.  1.2 miles of road construction are planned with 14 acres of harvest within the 80 foot road right of way.  429 feet of road construction is planned on slopes between 50 and 65%, and 262 feet of road construction is planned on steep slopes over 65%.  There are 2 road failure sites including cut bank and fill failures, and 18 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and road bed stabilization. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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