Monday, March 9, 2015

Mendocino Redwood Company to log near Comptche, CA and the Upper Albion River.


Comptche Image by zippymalone
THP 1-15-013 MEN (Jeep Trail THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 274 acres; 63% transition, 37% group selection logging.  Upper Albion River (MD: T16N R15W Sec.5, 6; T17N R15W Sec.31, 32).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 11 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, 2 spotted owls within .7 mi, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 04/04/15. VIEW

This THP is about 1.3 mi NE of Comptche, CA and about a dozen miles east of Mendocino, CA at an elevation of 360 to 1,560 feet.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation in redwood, Douglas fir and grand fir forests. The THP area drains into the North Fork of the Albion River and the Albion River which contains coho salmon and steelhead and is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning to use tractors on slopes up to 65% grade within units designated for cable logging. 11 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair/replacement and re-construction of washed out crossings.  For spotted owl nesting territory MD295; 13 acres of nesting/roosting habitat will be removed within .7 mi. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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