Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Mendocino Redwood Company to log on steep and unstable slopes NW of Ukiah, CA.

PANORAMIO Photo By Cascadia Vision Committee
THP 1-14-023 MEN (JohnSon Ditto THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 1417 acres; 50% seed tree, 25% transition, 10% selection, 8% variable retention, 6% rehab logging.  South Daugherty Creek, Little N. Fork Navarro River (MD: T15N R14W Sec.3, 4, 5, 9; T16N R14W Sec.29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 85%, steep roads, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 83 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, 9 spotted owls within 1.3mi, redwood Lilly, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 04/21/14. VIEW

This THP is about a dozen miles NW of Ukiah, CA at an elevation of 600 to 1,400 feet.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Douglas fir and redwood forests.  The THP area flows into the Little North Fork of the Navarro River and the Big River which is listed as impaired for sediment and temperature.  This area is also close to the 2008 Mendocino Complex Fires which burned over 1,043 acres of MRC lands. Multiple landslide terrain sites exist including disrupted ground, debris slides and debris torrents.  Within these areas, there are road related fill failures, cut bank failures, bank slumping and road reconstruction projects planned on landslide terrain.  Mendocino Redwood Company wants to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging, and to use tractors on skid roads and a landing within a class II watershed, and re-construct a seasonal road inside a class I watercourse.  They also want to use ground based equipment to construct a road through 3 unstable areas, and to use ground based equipment to construct a road on steep slopes over 65% grade.  83 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction and culvert repair and replacement.   A population of Redwood Lily was found along the banks of Daugherty Creek.  There are spotted owl sites adjacent to units 2,3, 6 and 9. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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