Monday, July 28, 2014

Campbell Timberlands to log on steep and unstable slopes near the Lost Coast and Sinkyone Wilderness.

PANORAMIO Photo By Damon Tighe
THP 1-14-076 MEN (Soldier THP) Campbell Timberlands, 417 acres; 74% selection, 26% transition logging.  Upper Usal Creek (MD: T23N R18W Sec.10, 11, 14, 15).  Wet weather operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 47 road drainage work sites, herbicides, coho watershed, 3 spotted owls within .7 mi, osprey nest within .25 mi, red tree vole nest within .25 mi, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 08/24/14. VIEW

This THP is about 8 miles north of Rockport, CA and close to the Lost Coast and Sinkyone Wilderness State Park near Highway 1.  Campbell Timberlands is planning a tractor and cable logging operation in redwood and Douglas fir forests at an elevation of 70 to 1,320 feet.  The THP area is located inside Campbell Timberland’s Usal Redwood Forest, which flows from Usal Creek into the Pacific Ocean.  There are 6 large landslide terrain sites including disrupted ground, debris slides, hummocky ground and cracked ground; and multiple misc road failure sites including fill failures, cut bank failures, and destabilized crossings.  Heavy equipment is proposed for use on step slopes over 65%, on tractor roads within a class II watercourse at 7 locations, and for skidding operations inside a watercourse area. 47 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, and culvert repair and replacement.  For spotted owl site MEN0166; this THP will remove 86.9 acres of nesting/roosting habitat within .7 mi. For spotted owl site MEN0535; this THP will remove 176.3 acres of nesting/roosting habitat within .7 mi. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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