Thursday, April 12, 2018

Mendocino Redwood Company to log near the South Fork of the Eel River.

Photo By Northcoast Environmental Center
THP 1-18-028 MEN (Bear Wallow THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 258 acres; 90% variable retention, 7% rehab, 3% transition logging. Middle Hollow Tree Creek, Upper Hollow Tree Creek, Juan Creek, Jack of Hearts Creek (MD: T21N R17W Sec.1, 2; T22N R17W Sec.15, 25, 26, 35, 36).  Wet weather operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, landslide terrain, 49 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, wet areas, herbicides, coho watershed, trees up to 36” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 04/30/18. VIEW

This THP is about 9 miles south of Leggett, CA, and about 20 miles NE of Fort Bragg, CA at an elevation of 1,210 feet to 2,370 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 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 at 2 existing tractor roads within unit 9 inside class I (year round) watercourse areas, and use 2 existing tractor roads within unit 9 inside class II (mid sized) watercourse areas.  Ground based equipment is also proposed for use on slopes over 50% grade with a high erosion hazard.  49 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, ditch cleaning, dip construction and culvert repair/replacement.  There are 4 spotted owl nesting territories within .7 miles of the THP area.

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