Thursday, September 29, 2016

Mendocino Redwood Company to log near the Skunk Train Route east of Fort Bragg.


PANORAMIC Photo By jmkeegan
THP 1-16-095 MEN (Northspur THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 659.5 acres; 52% transition, 25% variable retention, 23% group selection, 1% no-harvest, misc roadside logging.  North Fork Noyo River (MD: T18N R15W Sec.4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 17).  Winter operations, steep slopes over 65%, steep roads, moderate erosion hazard, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 66 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, old growth bat tree, redwood lily, trees over 24" dbh. Estimated public comment deadline: 10/21/16. VIEW

This THP is about 12 miles east of Fort Bragg, CA and Highway 1, and about 6 miles north of Highway 20 at an elevation of 320 to 1,360 feet.  The western and southern portions of the THP area are adjacent to the Skunk Train route, including the Northspur station.  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 down the North Fork of the Noyo River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and siltation.  There are 2 cut bank road related failure sites in sections 5 and 9, and 4 landslide terrain sites in sections 5, 8 and 9.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging, and to use ground based equipment on steep slopes over 65% grade.  They also are planning to use 2 landings and 2 skid trails inside a watercourse area, and  construct 850 feet of new roads on steep slopes over 65% grade.  66 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings and sink holes.  Redwood lily was found in the THP area, and there is an old growth bat tree that will be inspected.  There are 3 spotted owl nesting territories within .7 miles of the THP area.

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