Friday, April 7, 2017

Mendocino Redwood Company to log near Highway 1 between Leggett and Rockport.

PANORAMIC Photo By Hank Hansen
THP 1-17-023 MEN (Middle Creek THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 281 acres; 77% group selection, 19% variable retention, 5% transition logging.  Middle Hollow Tree Creek, Lower Hollow Tree Creek (MD: T22N R17W Sec.6; T23N R17W Sec.29, 30, 31, 32).  Wet weather operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, landslide terrain, 12 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, 5 sensitive plant species, trees up to 42" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 04/24/17. VIEW

This THP is about 4.5 miles SW of Leggett, CA and about 5 miles NE of Rockport, CA near where Highway 1 heads to the coast.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation in redwood and Douglas fir forests at an elevation of 1,080 to 1,800 feet.  There are 3 landslide terrain sites in the THP area including inner gorges and debris slides.  The THP area flows into the South Fork of the Eel River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment on short segments of existing skid trails with slopes over 50% grade with a high erosion hazard, and use ground based equipment on short segments of skid trails within a class II (mid sized) watercourse, and use 2 landings within a class II watercourse.  12 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement. Robust false lupine was found along an existing seasonal road along the plan boundary, running pine was found along an existing skid trail within a swale in the plan area, heart leaved twayblade was found in a flat area designated for cable logging in the plan area, glory bush was found along mainline roads in the plan area, and redwood lily was found on roads outside of the plan area.  There is a spotted owl nesting territory within .7 miles of the THP area.

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