Friday, December 25, 2015

Mendocino Redwood Company to log on steep and unstable slopes along the Mendocino coast.

PANORAMIC Photo By Mike Phillips
THP 1-15-126 MEN (Upper Elk Creek THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 659 acres; 76% selection, 12% transition, 9% variable retention, 3% group selection logging. Upper Elk Creek (MD: T13N R15W Sec.6; T14N R15W Sec.19, 20, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33; T14N R16W Sec.9, 15, 21, 22, 23, 25, 26, 27, 28, 34, 36).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 80%, steep roads, 16 landslide terrain sites, road failure sites, 91 road drainage work sites, herbicides, coho watershed, 7 spotted owls within .7 mi, long beard lichen, trees up to 40” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/15/16. VIEW

This THP is about 7 miles west of Philo, CA and 5 miles east of Highway 1 on the Mendocino coast.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood and Douglas fir forests at an elevation of 280 to 2,240 feet.  There are 16 landslide terrain sites including multiple locations with scarps, bank sloughs, hummocky ground, rockslides, disrupted ground, earth flows, fill failures and cut bank failures.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment on unstable soils including skid trails in unit L, road construction in unit H, and road construction and skid trails in unit I.  They also want to use ground based equipment on steep slopes over 65% grade in units C and D, and use an existing landing and road inside a class I (year round) watercourse in unit L.  Construction of 150 feet of road on steep slopes is proposed between 50% to 60% grade, and on 1,100 feet of road across unstable hummocky terrain.  91 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and re-construction of washed out crossings and sink holes. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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