Thursday, June 12, 2014

Jackson State Forest to log on steep and unstable slopes near Mendocino Woodlands State Park.

PANORAMIO Photo By frank J Kiefer
THP 1-14-058 MEN (Thompson Gulch THP) Jackson State Forest, 320 acres; 97% selection, 3% roadside logging. Berry Gulch (MD: T17N R17W Sec.1, 12).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, steep roads, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 29 road drainage work sites, Mendocino Woodlands State Park within .5mi, coho watershed, 3 spotted owls within 1.3mi, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 07/16/14. VIEW

This THP is about 5 miles NE of the town of Mendocino, CA and within .5 mi of Mendocino Woodlands State Park at an elevation of 200 to 1,000 feet.  Jackson State Forest is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir, grand fir, coastal hemlock and sitka spruce forests.  The THP area flows into the Little North Fork of the Big River and the Big River which is listed as impaired for sediment.  There are 6 active erosion sites including several over steepened scarps, a diverted watercourse, road related debris slide and wet area.  Jackson State Forest is planning 16,900 feet of new seasonal road construction, including the construction of 5 segments of steep roads between 15% to 20% grade.  29 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair/replacement and road bed stabilization. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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