Sunday, March 31, 2019

Mendocino Redwood Company to log by Comptche, CA SE of Mendocino, CA.

PANORAMIC Photo By dsaracin
THP 1-19-035 MEN (Keene Summit THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 529 acres; 92% group selection, 8% selection logging. Middle Albion River, South Fork Albion River, South Fork Albion River, Upper Albion River (MD: T16N R16W Sec 11, 12, 13, 14, 23).  Wet weather operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, 52 road drainage work sites, Impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, Bolander’s reed grass, old man’s beard, trees over 40” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 04/27/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 9 miles SE of Mendocino, CA and Highway 1, and about 1 mile south of Comptche, CA at an elevation of 240 to 920 feet. Mendocino Redwood Company is planning a mostly group selection tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, grand fir, western hemlock and Douglas fir forests.  The THP area flows into the Albion River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature.  There are 4 unstable areas including multiple debris slides and shallow rapid landslide terrain sites. Ground based equipment is proposed for use on slopes between 50% and 65% grade with a moderate erosion hazard.  52 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  Bolander’s reed grass was reported along 2 roads in the western portion of the THP area, and Old man’s beard was reported in a tree along a haul route.  There is marbled murrelet habitat 1.5 miles north of the THP area, and 3 spotted owl nesting territories within .7 miles of the THP area.

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