Saturday, July 19, 2014

Coastal Ridges LLC planning new THP near Willits, CA.


PANORAMIO Photo By Kurt Minard
THP 1-14-074 MEN (Gate 2014 THP) Coastal Ridges LLC, 277 acres; 51% seed tree, 44% transition, 5% group selection logging.  Upper North Fork Big River (MD: T18N R14W Sec.29, 30, 31, 32).  Wet weather operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 47 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, 4 spotted owls within 1.3mi, peregrine falcon within .5 mi, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 08/28/14. VIEW

This THP is about 5 miles SW of Willits, CA and close to Highway 20 at an elevation of 800 to 2,560 feet.  Coastal Ridges LLC is planning a tractor and cable logging operation in redwood and Douglas fir forests. The THP area flows into the North Fork of the Big River which is listed as impaired for sediment and temperature.  There are multiple misc road failure sites including washed out crossings, fill failures, cut bank failures and bank slumping.  Coastal Ridges LLC wants to use ground based equipment on steep slopes over 65% grade.  47 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair and replacement.  For spotted owl site MEN0225; this THP will remove 27 acres of nesting/roosting habitat within .7 mi, and 53 acres of foraging habitat within .7 mi. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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