Sunday, August 30, 2015

Mendocino Redwood Company planning a new THP near Leggett, CA.

PANORAMIO Photo By Elifino 57
THP 1-15-084 MEN (North Islam John THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 410 acres; 45% variable retention, 24% group selection, 23% transition, 8% rehab logging.  Lower Hollow Tree Creek (MD: T23N R17W Sec.20, 26, 27, 28, 29).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 43 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, 3 spotted owls within .7 mi, southern torrent salamander sighting nearby, redwood lily, white flowered rein orchid, trees up to 42" dbh. Estimated public comment deadline: 09/31/15. VIEW

This THP is 1.87 air miles SW of Leggett, CA and Highway 101 at an elevation of 960 to 2,160 feet.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning a tractor based logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood and Douglas fir forests. The THP area flows into the South Fork of the Eel River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment/siltation and contains coho, chinook salmon and steelhead. There are 29 landslide terrain sites including debris slides, steep inner gorges, steep streamside slopes, and 15 road failure sites including multiple cutbank, fill slope, wet area and swale crossings.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment on steep slopes over 65% grade, and use ground based equipment on slopes over 50% grade that do not flatten before reaching a watercourse. They also want to use ground based equipment inside a spring complex within a watercourse near the bottom of unit 4. Southern torrent salamanders were reported to be near the temporary bridge crossing at Hollow Tree Creek. For spotted owl nesting territory MD319 (2012): foraging habitat was decreased by 10 acres within .7 mi. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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