Saturday, May 21, 2016

Mendocino Redwood Company to log on steep and unstable slopes west of Willits, CA.

PANORAMIC Photo By mlhess
THP 1-16-035 MEN (Three Chop THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 541 acres; 79% transition, 19% variable retention, 2% group selection logging.  James Creek, Olds Creek (MD: T18N R15W Sec.13, 14, 23, 24).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 50 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, Sonoma tree vole, long beard lichen, trees up to 42" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 05/29/16. VIEW

This THP is 7 miles west of Willits, CA and a few miles north of Highway 20 at an elevation of 400 to 1,640 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 Noyo River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature.  There are multiple landslide terrain sites including rock slides, earth flows, debris slides and 6 road failure sites including multiple cut bank, fill slopes and seep related failures.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning to use heavy equipment for skidding operations on steep slopes over 50% grade with a high erosion hazard.  50 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  There are 6 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

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