Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Mendocino Redwood Company to log trees up to 140 years old by Navarro Redwoods State Park.

PANORAMIO Photo By Robert Syms
THP 1-17-133 MEN (Lower Navarro THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 380 acres; 82% group selection, 18% selection logging. Mouth of Navarro River, Cuffeys Point (MD: T15N R17W Sec.2, 10, 11, 12, 13).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 80%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 51 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, osprey, 4 sensitive plant species, bishop pine forest, trees up to 140 years old.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/20/18. VIEW

This THP is about 8 miles SE of Mendocino, CA and about 3 miles north of Elk, CA by the Navarro Redwoods State Park at an elevation of 40 to 880 feet.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir, grand fir and western hemlock forests. The THP area flows into the Navarro River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature.  There are 5 landslide terrain sites (rockslides) in the THP area, and 115 feet of road with bank erosion is proposed for re-construction adjacent to the Navarro River.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging, and use ground based equipment in unstable areas.  51 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  There are osprey nests located adjacent to the Navarro River, and at the upper end of Marsh Gulch, and marbled murrelet habitat within the THP Area.  Coast lily was found along existing roads, Bolander’s reed grass was found on landings and open skid trails, leafy stemmed miterwort was reported along a road in the northern boundary of the plan area, and Long bearer lichen was found along roads.  There is a bishop pine forest community that will be retained in the THP area.  Three spotted owl nesting territories are located within .7 miles of the THP area.

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