Saturday, January 11, 2014

Mendocino Redwood Company to log in marbled murrelet stand near Manchester.


Photo By Thomas Hamer
THP 1-13-132 MEN (South Alder Creek 2013 THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 465 acres; 73% group selection, 14% selection, 13% variable retention logging.  Lower Alder Creek (MD: T13N R16W Sec.10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 23).  Wet weather operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes over 80%, 13 unstable areas, 6 road drainage work sites, logging in marbled murrelet stands, herbicides, coho watershed, 6 spotted owls within 1.3mi, trees up to 38" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 02/02/14. VIEW

This THP is about 5 miles NE of Manchester, CA and Highway 1 on the Mendocino Coast.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation in redwood and Douglas fir forest at an elevation of 420 to 1,960 feet. There are 13 landslide terrain features including scarp failures related to steep slopes near watercourses and older roads, and a debris torrent.  The THP area is partially located in the South Alder Creek Marbled Murrelet Management Area which is occupied to the west.  Lower Alder Creek is thought to house the largest marbled murrelet breeding colony in Mendocino County.  Six road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, and culvert maintenance and repair. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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