Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Gualala Redwood Timber Company to clearcut log between the Gualala River and Pacific Ocean.


PANORAMIC Photo By Alfonso Buongiorno
THP 1-17-049 SON (Cherry THP) Gualala Redwood Timber Company, 134 acres; 100% clearcut logging.  Mouth of Gualala, Black Point (MD: T10N R14W, T11N R14W, T11N R15W).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, 8 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, wet areas, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, osprey, CA red legged frog, swamp harebell, coast lily, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 08/12/17. VIEW

This THP is about 1.25 miles SE of Gualala, CA and Highway 1, and about .6 miles south of the Gualala River along the Mendocino coastline at an elevation of 340 to 640 feet..  Gualala Redwood Timber Company is planning a tractor based clearcut logging operation between the Gualala River and Pacific Ocean in redwood, Douglas fir and bishop pine forests.  The THP area flows into the Gualala River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature.  Eight road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  There is an osprey nest adjacent to unit #7, and several past reports of CA red legged frogs living nearby but outside of the THP area.  Coast lily was found near units 2, 4, 6, 7, 8, and swamp harebell was found near units 8 and 9.  Five spotted owl nesting territories are located within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

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