Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Mendocino Redwood Company to log NW of Ukiah, CA.

PANORAMIO Photo By Cascadia Vision Committee
THP 1-17-081 MEN (10-4 THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 148 acres; 43% variable retention, 33% group selection, 24% transition logging.  Upper Ackerman Creek (MD: T15N R13W Sec.6; T15N R14W Sec.1; T16N R13W Sec.31; T16N R14W Sec.36).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 14 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, wet areas, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, 4 sensitive plant species, trees up to 36” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 09/14/17. VIEW

This THP is about 9 miles NW of Ukiah, CA and Highway 101 at an elevation of 1,300 to 2,480 feet.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning a tractor, feller buncher and shovel logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood and Douglas fir forests.  The THP area flows into the Russian River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment.  There are 26 landslide terrain sites within the THP area including; debris slides, earth flows, disrupted ground, and road failure sites including fill failures, cut bank failures and sink holes.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment on unstable slopes (disrupted ground) within designated skid trails, and use a landing and a portion of a skid trail inside a class I (year round) watercourse area (Ackerman Creek).  14 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  Four sensitive plant species were reported including; one occurrence of north coast semaphore grass within the southern most harvest unit, 2 occurrences of white flowered rein orchid along a class III (intermittent) watercourse, and bristly leptosiphon and Mendocino tar plant.  There are 2 spotted owl nesting territories within .7 miles of the THP area.

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