Saturday, October 17, 2015

Mendocino Redwood Company to log on steep and unstable slopes between Elk and Philo, CA.

PANORAMIC Photo By Damon Tighe
THP 1-15-096 MEN (BT Gulch THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 298 acres; 47% variable retention, 28% transition, 24% group selection logging. Upper Greenwood Creek (MD: T14N R16W Sec.13, 14, 23, 24).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, road failure sites, 27 road drainage work sites, herbicides, coho watershed, 5 spotted owls within .7 mi, long beard lichen, scattered large trees. Estimated public comment deadline: 10/25/15. VIEW

This THP is about 6.3 miles SE of Elk, CA and 7 miles west of Philo, CA on the Mendocino Coast.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation in redwood and Douglas fir forests on steep and unstable slopes at an elevation of 880 to 2,160 feet.  There are 9 road failure sites including cut bank failures, fill failures and channeling of the road bed.  Mendocino Redwood Company wants to use tractors on steep slopes over 50% grade that do not flatten before reaching a watercourse, use tractors on steep slopes over 65% on existing skid trails, and re-construct 150 feet of existing road inside a class II watercourse.  27 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair/replacement and re-construction of washed out crossings. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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