Tuesday, December 16, 2014

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

PANORAMIC Photo By Jan Graeser
THP 1-14-129 MEN (Gulch 5 THP) Campbell Timberlands, 152 acres; 59% selection, 36% clearcut, 5% variable retention logging.  Churchman Creek (MD: T19N R16W Sec.15, 16, 17, 20, 21).  Wet weather operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, steep road, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 71 road drainage work sites, marbled murrelet stand within 1 mi, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, 3 spotted owls within .7 mi, trees up to 46" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/03/15. VIEW

This THP is 9 miles NE of Fort Bragg, CA and Highway 1 at an elevation of 200 to 1,240 feet.  Campbell Timberlands is planning a tractor and cable logging operation in Douglas fir, redwood, western hemlock and grand fir forests. The THP area flows into the South Fork of the 10 Mile River which is listed as impaired for sediment and temperature and contains coho salmon and steelhead. There are 7 landslide terrain sites in the THP area (especially units P, A, V, Y) related to watercourses, road failures and steep slopes including debris slides, debris side slopes, and earth flows.  Campbell Timberlands is planning to use tractors on steep slopes over 65% grade, use an existing logging road with a steep slope over 15% grade, and use tractors on unstable slopes within the northern portion of units A, U and V.  They also want to use tractors on slopes over 50% grade with a moderate or high erosion hazard rating in units U, V and Y, and use logging roads inside class I (year round) and class II (medium sized) watercourses.  71 road drainage sites are planned for use including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair and replacement.  There is an unoccupied marbled murrelet stand within 1 mile of the THP area, and within 1,000 feet of an existing haul road.  For spotted owl nesting territory MEN0245; this THP will remove 32.1 acres of foraging habitat within .7 mi and for spotted owl nesting territory MEN0256; this THP will remove .4 acres of foraging habitat within .7 mi. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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