Thursday, August 2, 2018

Mendocino Redwood Company to log on steep and unstable slopes east of Elk, CA.

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THP 1-18-067 MEN (Lower Greenwood THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 332 acres; 100% selection logging.  Lower Greenwood Creek (MD: T15N R16W Sec.30, 31; T15N R17W Sec.25).  Wet weather operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 49 road drainage work sites, herbicides, coho watershed, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 08/11/18. VIEW

This THP is 1.2 miles east of Elk, CA and Highway 1 on the Mendocino coastline at an elevation of 120 to 1,330 feet.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning a selection tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood and Douglas fir forests.  There are 28 landslide terrain sites including multiple road related fill slope and cut slope failures, and multiple locations with debris slides, rock slides and debris flows near Greenwood Creek.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment on existing skid trails with slopes over 50% grade with a high erosion hazard in units 1 and 2, and use ground based equipment on existing skid trails with steep slopes exceeding 65% grade within the west end of unit 2.  49 road drainage sites are planned for use including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings. There re two spotted owl nesting territories within .7 miles of the THP area.

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