Sunday, October 7, 2018

Mendocino Redwood Company to log in marbled murrelet stands adjacent to Navarro River Redwoods State Park.


PANORAMIO Photo By Robert Syms
THP 1-18-093 MEN (Ironbar THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 491 acres; 77% transition, 13% selection, 5% no-harvest, 3% variable retention, 2% special logging.  Mouth of Navarro River, Big Salmon Creek, Ray Gulch (MD: T15N R16W Sec.6, 7, T15N R17W Sec.1, 11, 12).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 33 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, Navarro Redwoods State Park, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, Mendocino pygmy cypress, long beard lichen, trees up to 46” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 10/20/18. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 3 miles north of Elk, CA and about 8 miles SE of Mendocino, CA by Highway 128 and Navarro River Redwoods State Park (units 6 and 9 are adjacent) at an elevation of 40 to 720 feet.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning a tractor, cable and helicopter logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood and Douglas fir forests. The THP area flows into the Navarro River which is listed as an impaired watershed for temperature and sediment. Over 80 landslide terrain sites are located in the THP area including multiple: earth flows, debris flows, debris slides, debris slide slopes, disrupted ground, steep gullies, rock slides, fill slope and cut bank failures.  Seven unstable road failure sites are located in the THP area including a seep causing a fill failure on temporary road, a bank seep at the base of a debris slide on a temporary road, multiple sink holes on existing roads, a fill slope failure below an existing road, and a road that has sunk 1 to 2 feet.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning to use an existing temporary road across an unstable area (earth flow), construct 350 feet of new road across an unstable area, and use an existing landing near an unstable area (earth flow).  33 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  There is potential marbled murrelet habitat in the NE portion of section 11 within the THP area, and also on Navarro River Redwoods State Park lands.  Mendocino pygmy cypress was found along the edge of a seasonal road, and long beard lichen was found adjacent to an open landing at the end of a spur road.  There are 6 spotted owl nesting territories within .7 miles of the THP area.

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