Monday, December 8, 2014

Campbell Timberlands to log on steep and unstable slopes NE of Fort Bragg, CA.

PANORAMIO Photo By Jan Graeser
THP 1-14-126 MEN (Simpson Luce THP) Campbell Timberlands, 181 acres; 75% selection, 25% variable retention logging.  Churchman Creek, Campbell Creek (MD: T19N R16W Sec.7, 17, 18, 19; T19N R17W Sec.12, 13, 14, 24).  Wet weather operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, 87 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, wet areas, herbicides, coho watershed, 3 spotted owls within .7 mi, red tree vole in unit L, marbled murrelet stand near haul road, scattered large trees. Estimated public comment deadline: 12/24/14. VIEW

This THP is about 7.5 miles NE of Fort Bragg, CA and Highway 1 at an elevation of 60 to 1,200 feet. Campbell Timberlands is planning a tractor and cable logging operation in redwood, Douglas fir, western hemlock and grand fir forests.  The THP area flows into the South Fork of the 10 Mile River and Campbell Creek which are listed as impaired for sediment and temperature.  There are 7 landslide sites including 3 deep seated landslide terrain sites and several debris slides related to old skid roads and watercourses.  There are also 6 wet areas in unit D, 2 wet areas in unit L, and 4 wet areas in unit R.  Campbell Timberlands is planning to use tractors on slopes over 50% grade with a high erosion hazard in units D, F, P and R, and tractors on steep slopes over 65% grade in units F and R.  They also want to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging in units L and N, and to use tractors on unstable slopes in unit D, on unstable slopes on the lower portion of unit F, and on unstable slopes in unit R.  87 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction and culvert repair/replacement.  There is a marbled murrelet stand within 1 mi, and also within 1,000 ft of a haul road. Spotted owl nesting territory MEN0248 is located within .25 mi of unit P, and this THP will remove 24.5 acres of nesting/roosting habitat within .7 mi. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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