Monday, April 22, 2019

Jackson State Forest to log on steep and unstable slopes SE of Fort Bragg, CA.

PANORAMIO Photo By Robert Syms
THP 1-19-042 MEN (Parlin 17 THP) Jackson State Forest, 1,150 acres; 83% selection, 17% fuel break logging. Brandon Gulch, Parlin Creek (MD: T17N R16W Sec 3, 4; T18N R16W Sec 21, 22, 27, 28, 29, 32, 33, 34).  Wet weather operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, impaired 303.d watershed, 30 road drainage work sites, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, 2 sensitive plant species, scattered large trees. Estimated public comment deadline: 05/06/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 8 miles SE of Fort Bragg, CA, and a few miles north of Highway 20 in Jackson State Forest at an elevation of 160 to 1,160 feet. Jackson State Forest is planning a mostly selection tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir, grand fir and western hemlock forests.  The THP area flows into the Noyo River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature. There are 21 landslide terrain sites including; multiple debris slide slopes, debris flows, and debris torrents, 2 fill slope failures along the Indian Springs Road, 2 cut bank failures along the 340 Road, and several other road related fill failures.  5 temporary roads and 4 landings are proposed for construction inside a class I (year round) watercourse area off roads 300 and 340.  30 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement. There is marbled murrelet habitat (pentagon grove) within .25 miles of the THP area, and 3 spotted owl nesting territories within .7 miles of the THP area. Humboldt milk vetch was reported along roads 330, 334, 345 and 336, and 1 occurrence of white flowered rein orchid was found along a PG&E access road.

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