Monday, December 29, 2014

Jackson State Forest to log on steep and unstable soils SE of Fort Bragg, CA

PANORAMIO Photo By angel nava
THP 1-14-130 MEN (Walton Gulch #2 THP) Jackson State Forest, 127 acres; 94% selection, 6% roadside logging.  Hare Creek (MD: T18N R16W Sec.31; T18N R17W Sec.25, 26, 27, 36).  Wet weather operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, steep roads, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 21 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, coho watershed, 5 spotted owls within 1.3 mi, running pine, long beard lichen, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/09/15. VIEW

This THP is about 4.5 mi SE of Fort Bragg, CA and just south of Highway 20 in Jackson State Forest.  Jackson State Forest is planning a tractor and cable logging operation in Douglas fir, redwood, grand fir, western hemlock and sitka spruce forests at an elevation of 150 to 720 feet. The THP area flows into Hare Creek which flows into the Pacific Ocean and is listed as impaired for temperature and sediment.  There are 2 landslide terrain sites including a dormant debris flow in unit F, and a slope failure in unit D above Hare Creek.  An 1,100 foot segment of road is proposed for construction on steep slopes over 65% grade, and 2 short steep segments of roads are planned with grades between 15% and 20%.  21 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and road bed re-construction of washed out crossings.  Running pine was found in unit F, and long beard lichen was found along road 431 in the THP area. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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