Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Gualala Redwood Timber to target individual trees growing in the alluvial flats of the Little North Fork of the Gualala River.


North Fork of the Gualala River By Peter Cafferata 
THP 1-18-095 MEN (Little THP) Gualala Redwood Timber, 251 acres; 79% selection, 21% no-harvest logging. Doty Creek (MD: T11N R15W Sec.4, 9, 10, 14, 15, 23).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, 18 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, coho watershed, CA red legged frog, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 10/24/18. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is a few miles NE of Gualala, CA and Highway 1 along the Mendocino coastline at an elevation of 40 to 440 feet. Gualala Redwood Timber is planning a tractor based logging operation in redwood and Douglas fir forests amongst the alluvial flats of the Little North Fork of the Gualala River (the THP units are located in 90 to 100 year old forests mostly along river bottoms (alluvial flats) adjacent to the Little North Fork of the Gualala River, including a flood prone area in the southern portion of unit 1). The THP area flows into the Gualala River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature.  Gualala Redwood Timber is planning to use an existing haul road system that enters class I (year round) and class II (mid sized) watercourse areas at 12 locations along the Little North Fork of the Gualala River, and use 2 landings near watercourse areas. 18 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  CA red legged frogs were reported inside a ditch adjacent to the plan area and there are 2 spotted owl nesting territories within .7 miles of the THP area.

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