Sunday, April 12, 2015

Campbell Timberlands to log on steep and unstable slopes near Westport, CA.


PANORAMIC Photo By CaseyR.
THP 1-15-016 MEN (South Side Wages Creek THP) Campbell Timberlands, 153 acres; 76% clearcut, 24% selection logging.  Rider Gulch (MD: T21N R17W Sec.26, 27, 34, 35, 36).  Wet weather operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, landslide terrain, 56 road drainage work sites, coho watershed, 3 spotted owls within .7 mi, marbled murrelet stand near haul road, trees up to 50" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 04/24/15. VIEW

This THP is about 13 miles north of Fort Bragg, CA and about 2.3 miles east of Westport, CA and Highway 1 at an elevation of 360 to 1,480 feet.  Campbell Timberlands is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood and Douglas fir forest. The THP area contains 6 landslide terrain sites including 4 deep seated landslide terrain sites with minimal displacement, and 2 shallow landslide areas at the upper portion of Robert's Gulch and inside unit H. Tractors are proposed for use on steep slopes over 65% grade in unit G, and on slopes over 50% grade with a high or extreme erosion hazard in unit F. 56 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  For spotted owl nesting territory MEN0073 (2014); nesting/roosting habitat will be reduced by 5 acres within .7 mi, and foraging habitat will be reduced by 60.3 acres within .7 mi.  For spotted owl nesting territory MEN0131 (2014); nesting/roosting habitat will be reduced by 21.1 acres within .7 mi.  For spotted owl nesting territory MEN0234 (2014); nesting/roosting habitat will be reduced by 26.1 acres within .7 mi, and foraging habitat will be reduced by 16 acres within .7 mi. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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