Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Mendocino Redwood Company to log on steep and unstable slopes east of Navarro.


PANORAMIO Photo By Arsen Ashchyan
THP 1-14-024 MEN (South of Bailey THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 979 acres; 73% seed tree, 16% variable retention, 11% selection, misc roadside logging.  Middle S. Branch Navarro River, Lower S. Branch Navarro River (MD: T15N R14W Sec.18, 19; T15N R15W Sec.13, 14, 15, 16, 22, 23, 24).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 80%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 70 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, 6 spotted owls within 1.3mi, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 05/02/14. VIEW

This THP is about 1.6 miles east of the town of Navarro, CA and Highway 128 at an elevation of 320 to 1,400 feet.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation in redwood, grand fir and Douglas fir forests.  The THP area flows into the Navarro River which is listed as impaired for sedimentation/siltation and temperature.  There are 15 road related failure sites including fill failures, cut bank failures, cracking and road bed channeling.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning to use an existing landing and skid roads within a watercourse, and also to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging for swing yarding, to construct fire breaks, tail holds and for end-lining. 70 road drainage sites are planned for work including dip construction, rocking, culvert repair/replacement and ditch cleaning. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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