Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Mendocino Redwood Company to log on steep and unstable slopes near Albion.


Photo of  nearby Van Damme State Park By dsaracin
THP 1-14-080 MEN (Railroad Gulch THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 758 acres; 81% group selection, 11% variable retention, 4% seed tree, 4% transition logging.  Lower Albion River (MD: T16N R16W Sec.19, 30; T16N R17W Sec.23, 24, 25, 26).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, steep roads, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 41 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, 3 spotted owls within .7 mi, Cooper's hawk nest, 6 sensitive plant species, trees over 48" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 09/07/14. VIEW

This THP is about 6 miles SE of Mendocino, CA and a few miles east of Albion, CA and Highway 1 at an elevation of 40 to 640 feet.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation in redwood, Douglas fir, bishop pine, and pygmy cypress forests.  The THP area contains both deep seated and shallow seated landslide terrain features.  There are 3 deep seated landslide terrain features near class III watercourses (intermittent stream) and above a class I watercourse (year round stream) within the eastern portion of unit 12, within unit 13, and the SE portion of unit 1.  There are also 41 shallow seated landslide terrain features related to watercourses, roads and steep slopes; including bank sloughing, hummocky ground, bank cracking, rock slides, debris slides, over-steepened scarps, fill failures, cut bank failures, and wet areas.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning to use heavy equipment on unstable slopes primarily on the upper slopes of a deep seated landslide in unit 13, to re-construct a seasonal road within a class III watercourse, and to repair a slump on an existing landing.  They also want to use tractors on steep slopes over 50% grade with a high erosion hazard rating within units 7 and 8, and to use ground based equipment to long line and yard logs on truck roads within units designated for cable logging. 40 feet of seasonal road is proposed within a class II watercourse in unit 1, and 100 feet of seasonal road is proposed on steep slopes over 50% grade adjacent to a class II watercourse.  There are 41 road drainage work sites including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, road bed re-construction and culvert repair/replacement.  A Cooper's hawk nest was located in unit 13, and there are 6 sensitive plant species in the THP area including Pygmy cypress, Bolander's pine, small groundcone, Oregon goldthread, running pine and heart leaved twayblade. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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