Saturday, October 27, 2018

Mendocino Redwood Company To log out large tree marbled murrelet stands adjacent to Mendocino Headlands State Park.


Photo By Save The Redwoods League.
THP 1-18-105 MEN (Escola THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 437 acres; 80% selection, 13% no-harvest, 7% special logging.  Lower Albion River, Middle Albion River, South Fork Albion River (MD: T16N R16W Sec 7, 8, 17).  Wet weather operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 58 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, Mendocino Headlands State Park, herbicides, coho watershed, Sonoma tree vole, Oregon goldthread, trees over 40” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/09/18. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 4 miles NE of Albion, CA and about 6 miles SE of Mendocino, CA near Mendocino Headlands State Park lands at an elevation of 40 to 960 feet. Mendocino Redwood Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir, grand fir and western hemlock forests. There are 54 landslide terrain sites in the THP area including; multiple debris slides, debris flows, debris slide slopes, earth flows, disrupted ground, steep inner gorges, rock slides and 17 road failure sites including; multiple fill slope and cut bank failures. Mendocino Redwood Company is planning to log out 2 locations containing large tree marbled murrelet habitat, directly impacting 4 designated marbled murrelet stands (North Escola, West Escola, Escola Ridge and Escola) within the THP area. The THP area flows into the Albion River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging in units 6 and 8, and use ground based equipment on 2 deep seated landslide terrain areas.  58 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  In August 2017, a possible Sonoma tree vole nest was observed within the THP area, and in 2007, Oregon goldthread was reported along a haul road inside the THP area. There are 3 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

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