Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Mendocino Redwood Company to transition log 411 acres near Navarro, CA.

PANORAMIO Photo By Cascadia Vision Comm
THP 1-14-127 MEN (Hot Potato THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 411 acres; 100% transition logging.  Middle S. Branch Navarro River (MD: T15N R15W Sec.1, 2, 11, 12).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 34 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, 5 spotted owls within .7 mi, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/28/14. VIEW

This THP is about 15 miles west of Ukiah, CA, and about 3 miles NE of Navarro, CA at an elevation of 560 to 1,640 feet.  The THP area flows into the Navarro River which is listed as impaired for sediment and temperature.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation in redwood and Douglas fir forests.  There are 7 road failure sites including cutbank and fill slope failures along existing roads, and a debris slide above an existing tractor road.  Mendocino Redwood Company wants to use logging roads in areas of unstable soils at area F, use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging and use 3 existing landings within class II (medium sized) and class III (intermittent) watercourses.  34 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair and replacement.  For spotted owl nesting territory MEN0025: this THP will remove 59 acres of foraging habitat within .7 mi and for spotted owl nesting territory MEN0511: this THP will remove 25 acres of foraging habitat within .7 mi. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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