Friday, March 11, 2016

Mendocino Redwood Company to log on steep and unstable slopes near Navarro, CA.

PANORAMIO Photo By Cascadia Vision Committee
THP 1-16-013 MEN (Shingle/McCarvey THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 1187 acres; 52% transition, 34% variable retention, 8% no-harvest, 5% selection logging.  Middle S. Branch Navarro River, Upper S. Branch Navarro River (MD: T15N R14W Sec.8, 9, 15, 16, 17).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 10 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, trees up to 38" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 03/18/16. VIEW

This THP is about 6 miles east of Navarro, CA and about 11.3 miles west of Ukiah, CA at an elevation of 560 to 1,680 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 drains into the Navarro River which is listed as impaired for sediment and temperature.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning to use tractors inside areas designated for cable logging to swing yard, for use in areas of poor deflection and for tail holds.  They also want to re-construct a road inside an unstable area (debris slide), use 2 existing roads that cross debris slides, and use 4 existing landings and an existing seasonal road within watercourse areas of McCarvey Creek. 10 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  There is 1 spotted owl territory within .7 miles of the THP area.

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