Sunday, February 19, 2017

Mendocino Redwood Company planning a pair of THPs between Fort Bragg and Willits, CA.


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THP 1-17-010 MEN (Kelly Gulch THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 671 acres; 50% transition, 32% variable retention, 12% group selection, 6% rehab, misc no-harvest logging.  Russell Brook (Mettick Creek (MD: T17N R15W Sec.26, 27, 28, 33, 34, 35, 36).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 30 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, 3 sensitive plant species, trees up to 34" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 03/01/17. VIEW

This THP is 14 miles SE of Fort Bragg, CA, 11 miles SW of Willits, CA and about 3 miles south of Highway 20 at an elevation of 280 to 1,400 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 Big River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature.  There are 3 landslide terrain sites including 2 earth flows and 1 debris slide, and 11 road related failure sites including; multiple cut bank and fill slope failures, multiple sites of vertical displacement of the road bed, debris slides, rock slides and earth flows.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging.  30 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  Oregon good thread was found in section 27, Maple leaved checkerbloom was found in section 27 and Long beard lichen was found in section 36.  There are 9 spotted owl nesting territories within .7 miles of the THP area.  This THP is just SW of Mendocino Redwood Company’s recently proposed Upper Ranch THP 1-17-014 MEN.

THP 1-17-014 MEN (Upper Ranch THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 621 acres; 52% transition, 26% variable retention, 22% group selection logging.  Russell Brook, East Branch North Fork Big River (MD: T17N R14W Sec.19, 20, 30; T17N R15W Sec.13, 23, 24, 25).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 64 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, trees up to 42" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 03/21/17. VIEW

This THP is 15 miles SE of Fort Bragg, CA, 7.68 miles SW of Willits, CA and about 2 miles south of Highway 20 at an elevation of 320 to 960 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 Big River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature.  There are 10 landslide terrain sites in the THP area including debris slides, steep inner gorges, earth flows and 14 road related failure sites including fill slope, cut bank, and road bank instability.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment on steep slopes over 65% grade in areas designated for cable logging and re-construct 200 feet of existing seasonal road inside a class II (mid sized) watercourse.  There are steep slopes over 50% grade with a high erosion hazard, and 4 landings that extend into class I (year round) watercourse areas.  64 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.  A marbled murrelet stand is located just south of the THP area, and there are 5 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.  This THP is just NE of Mendocino Redwood Company’s recently proposed Kelly Gulch THP 1-17-010 MEN.

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