Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Mendocino Redwood Company to log on steep and unstable slopes in the Upper Albion River area.

MRC hack and squirt herbicide use, Redwood Coast Watersheds Alliance website.
THP 1-15-031 MEN (Mettick-Poverty THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 584 acres; 82% transition, 11% variable retention, 7% seed tree logging.  Mettick Creek, Upper Albion River (MD: T16N, R15W, Sec 3,4,9,10).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 45 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, 7 spotted owls within 1.3 mi, trees up to 54" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 05/20/15. VIEW

This THP is about 2.25 miles east of Comptche, CA in the Upper Albion River Watershed at an elevation of 560 to 1,520 feet.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation in redwood and Douglas fir forests. The THP area flows into Big River and the Albion River which are listed as impaired watersheds for sediment and temperature and contain coho salmon and steelhead.  There are 18 landslide terrain sites including multiple debris slides and earth flows, and 15 road failure sites including multiple cut bank failures, fill failures and bank sloughing sites.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning to use tractors on steep slopes up to 65% grade within units designated as cable logging to swing yard and for guy line anchors.  They also want to do some re-construction of existing roads on unstable soils, and use roads and landings inside a class II (mid-sized) watercourse and near a wet area. 45 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 MD0170 (2014): foraging habitat will decrease by 25 acres within .7 mi; for spotted owl nesting territory MD0079 (2012) foraging habitat will decrease by 113 acres within .7 mi; and for spotted owl nesting territory MD0076 (2014) foraging habitat will decrease by 136 acres within .7 mi. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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