Tuesday, May 22, 2018

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


PANORAMIC Photo By mlhess
THP 1-18-045 MEN (Pick Up Sticks THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 339 acres; 70% transition, 24% variable retention, 6% group selection logging. North Fork Noyo River (MD: T18N R15W Sec.2, 3, 4, 9; T19N R15W Sec.32).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 80%, landslide terrain sites, road failure sites, 25 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 06/16/18. VIEW

This THP is 9 miles NW of Willits, CA, and 14 miles east of Fort Bragg, CA at an elevation of 360 to 1,200 feet.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planing a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood and Douglas fir forests. The THP area flows into the North Fork of The Noyo River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature. There are three landslide terrain sites inside section 32, three landslide terrain sites in section 4, and one landslide terrain site in section 2, and multiple road related fill failure and cut bank failure sites that have been stabilized.  25 road drainage sites  are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  There are 3 spotted owl nesting territories within .7 miles of the THP area.

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