Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Mendocino Redwood Company to log on steep and unstable slopes SW of Willits, CA.

PANORAMIC Photo By Jose Luis Escudero
THP 1-17-066 MEN (Gulch 1 THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 677 acres; 58% transition, 42% variable retention logging. East Branch North Fork Big River (MD: T17N R15W Sec.9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 20, 21).  Winter operations, steep slopes up to 75%, steep roads, moderate erosion hazard, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 20 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, glory bush, redwood lily, trees up to 30” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 08/11/17. VIEW

This THP is 10 miles SW of Willits, CA and about a mile south of Highway 20 at an elevation of 200 to 1,200 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 27 landslide terrain and road failure sites in the THP area including multiple fill slope failures, cut bank failures, debris slides, rock slides, gully/inner gorge failures, earth flows and debris flows.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging, and construct 1,750 feet of seasonal road on steep slopes over 65%.  That also want to use an existing skid trail inside a watercourse area, and along a road within the watercourse area of the East Branch of the North Fork of the Big River.  Road use and re-construction by ground based equipment is proposed on unstable areas at 3 locations.  One redwood lily plant was found along a ridge top road, and 2 glory bush plants were found along a main haul road outside of the plan area.  There are 8 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area, including 1 spotted owl nesting territory within .7 miles of the THP area.

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