Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Gualala Redwoods Timber to log out the alluvial flats of the North Fork of the Gualala River.


PANORAMIO Photo By Raniero Tazzi
THP 1-16-094 MEN (Plum THP) Gualala Redwoods Timber, 154 acres; 88% selection, 12% no-harvest logging.  Stewart Creek, Robinson Creek (MD: T11N R14W Sec.6, 7; T11N R15W Sec.12, 13, 14, 23, 24).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, 15 road drainage work sites, landslide terrain, impaired 303.d watershed, logging inside Gualala River Wild and scenic area, coho watershed, old growth bat tree, spotted owl, osprey, Cooper's hawk, red legged frog, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 10/21/16. VIEW

This THP is about 2 miles NE of the town of Gualala, CA and Highway 1 at an elevation of 30 to 200 feet.  Gualala Redwoods Timber (formerly Gualala Redwoods Inc) is planning to tractor log redwood and Douglas fir trees on 154 acres of alluvial flats (flood prone areas) along the North Fork of the Gualala River.  The THP area drains down the North Fork of the Gualala River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature into the Pacific Ocean (Unit 1 is within the Gualala River Wild and Scenic Area (.25 acres)).  Gualala Redwoods Timber Company is planning to use existing skid trails, landings and haul roads within the alluvial flats which are designated as watercourse areas.  15 road drainage sites are planned for work Including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  Ten second growth redwood trees up to 48" dbh are planned to be cut and left in the stream channel as part of a large woody debris stream enhancement project.  There are osprey nests nearby at the mouth of the Gualala River, South Fork of the Gualala River, China Gulch and at Buckeye Creek.  Cooper's hawks have been observed on the east side of the Gualala River downstream from the THP area, and a red legged frog was reported in Salal Creek (2015) 1.5 miles SW of the THP area.  There are 5 spotted owl nesting territories within .7 mi of the THP area, and an old growth bat tree will be retained in unit 18.

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