Saturday, October 17, 2015

Mendocino Redwood Company to log on steep and unstable slopes near the Garcia River.

PANORAMIC Photo By M Tijssen
THP 1-15-097 MEN (South Radar 2015 THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 334 acres; 50% transition, 35% variable retention, 16% rehab logging. South Fork Garcia River, Rolling Brook (MD: T12N R15W Sec.19, 20, 29, 30, 31, 32; T12N R16W Sec.24, 25).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 54 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, 5 spotted owls within .7 mi, long beard lichen, trees up to 36" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 10/25/15. VIEW

This THP is 7 miles north of Gualala, CA at an elevation or 200 to 1,800 feet.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood and Douglas fir forests.  The THP area flows into the Garcia River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature.  There are 12 road failure sites including bank sloughing, fill failures, cut bank failures, sink holes and washed out and shot gunned crossings.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment on existing skid trails with steep slopes over 65% grade, and use ground based equipment on existing skid trails in unit 1 on slopes over 50% grade with a high erosion hazard.  54 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and repair/replacement of damaged culverts. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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