Tuesday, March 5, 2019

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

PANORAMIO Photo By Elifino 57
THP 1-19-015 MEN (Lower Bear THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 354 acres; 57% group selection, 16% selection, 12% variable retention, 9% transition, 4% rehab, 2% no-harvest logging.  Middle Hollow Tree Creek (MD: T22N R17W Sec 3, 4, 8, 9, 10, 15).  Wet weather operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, 49 road drainage work sites, landslide terrain, impaired 303.d watershed, coho watershed, spotted owl, robust false lupine, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 03/15/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is 5.5 miles SW of Leggett, CA, and about 3.5 miles NE of Rockport, CA on the Mendocino coastline at an elevation of 1,110 to 1,840 feet.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning a mostly group selection tractor based logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Douglas fir and redwood forests.  There is a large deep seated landslide terrain site in and above unit 14.  The THP area flows into the South Fork of the Eel River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature. Mendocino Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment on short segments of existing roads on slopes over 50% grade with a high erosion hazard rating, and use ground based equipment on slopes over 65% grade with a medium erosion hazard rating in units 1, 6 and 9.  49 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  Robust false lupine was found on a seasonal road above units 2 and 3, and there are 4 spotted owl nesting territories within .7 miles of the THP area.

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