Thursday, March 27, 2014

Campbell Timberlands to log on steep and unstable slopes near the Noyo River.


PANORAMIO Photo By Jan Graeser
THP 1-14-027 MEN (Mud Springs White THP) Campbell Timberlands, 219 acres; 46% selection, 30% variable retention, 19% group selection, 5% clearcut logging.  Pudding Creek, Little N. Fork (MD: T18N R17W Sec.1, 2, 11; T19N R16W Sec.30, 31, 32, 33; T19N R17W Sec.36).  Wet weather operations, extreme erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 56 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, 11 spotted owls within 1.3mi, trees up to 53" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 05/03/14. VIEW

This THP is 4 miles east of Fort Bragg, CA and just north of the Noyo River at an elevation of 240 to 1,040 feet.  Campbell Timberlands is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir, grand fir and hemlock forests.  The THP area flows into the Noyo River which is listed as impaired for sediment/siltation and temperature.  There are 9 landslide terrain sites including disrupted ground, debris slides, steep streamside slopes, hummocky ground and rock slides.  Multiple road failure sites were reported including cut bank failures, fill failures, bank cracking and channeling of the road bed.  There is also a steep headwall swale with some slope failure on slopes over 65% grade near a landing in unit C, and some cracking on the lower portion of a landing in unit F.  Campbell Timberlands is planning to use and construct roads on deep seated landslide terrain in unit C, and use existing skid trails on deep seated landslide terrain in units D, E and J.  Portions of units A,C,D,E,J,F and K have tractor operations proposed on steep slopes over 65% grade.  They also want to use heavy equipment within a watercourse on 2 landings in unit J and between units D and E, on tractor roads within units D and J, and to construct and re-construct roads in unit C.  Ground based equipment is proposed for use in areas designated for cable logging for end-lining and for tractor assist in unit F.  There are 56 road drainage sites planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and road bed stabilization.  For spotted owl site MEN0500: this THP will reduce foraging habitat by -.2 ac within .7 mi, and nesting/roosting habitat by -12 ac within .7 mi.  For spotted owl site MEN0087; this THP will reduce nesting/roosting habitat by -5.2 ac within .7 mi. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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