Sunday, October 14, 2018

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

PANORAMIC Photo By Kurt Minard
THP 1-18-101 MEN (Bowman Gulch THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 406 acres; 57% transition, 31% variable retention, 13% selection, misc roadside logging. Mettick Creek (MD: T16N R15W Sec.2, 11, 12, 13, 14).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, steep roads, landslide terrain, 61 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, white flowered rein orchid, trees over 34” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 10/24/18. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 15 miles SE of Mendocino, CA and about 11 miles SW of Willits, CA, near Comptche, CA at an elevation of 320 to 1,240 feet.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood and Douglas fir forests.  There are 82 landslide terrain sites in the THP area including; numerous debris slides, debris flows, earth flows, rockslides, steep inner gorges, disrupted ground, and steep headwall swales, and several road failure sites including a washed out road, multiple fill failures and cut bank failures.  The THP area flows into the Big River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment on existing skid trails in areas designated for cable logging, construct 450 feet of seasonal road on slopes exceeding 65%, and construct a road above an unstable area.  61 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  White flowered rein orchid was spotted within a harvest unit in section 14, and within 100 feet of a harvest unit in section 12.  There are 4 spotted owl nesting territories within .7 miles of the THP area.

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