Monday, April 13, 2015

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

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THP 1-15-022 MEN (Dutchman East THP) Campbell Timberlands, 217 acres; 54% variable retention, 40% selection, 6% commercial thin logging.  Redwood Creek, Churchman Creek, Campbell Creek (MD: T19N, R16W, Sec 10,11,14,15,23).  Wet weather operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 95 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, 2 spotted owls within .7mi, trees up to 48" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 05/01/15. VIEW

This THP is about a dozen miles NE of Fort Bragg, CA and Highway 1 at an elevation of 400 to 1,680 feet.  Campbell Timberlands is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir, western hemlock and grand fir forests. The THP area flows into the Ten Mile River which is listed as an impaired watershed for temperature and sediment.  There are multiple dormant and active earthflows and landslides above the North Fork of Redwood Creek, near North Fork of Gulch Two and above Redwood Creek.  Campbell Timberlands is planning to use tractors on unstable soils in units C, H, I, L, and M; and use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging to construct fire lines.  They also are planning to use ground based equipment on steep slopes over 65%, and on slopes over 50% grade with a moderate erosion hazard in units A, C, H, I, L and M.  Tractor roads are proposed for use inside a class II (mid-sized) watercourse at 4 locations, inside a class III (intermittent) watercourse at 5 locations, and near a wet area.  95 road drainage sites require work including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair/replacement, ditch cleaning and re-construction of washed out crossings. An unoccupied marbled murrelet stand is located near a haul road. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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