Thursday, May 2, 2019

Gualala Redwood Timber Company to log large trees in the alluvial flats of the South Fork Gualala River.


Photo of Gualala River by CA State Water Resources Control Board
THP 1-19-051 SON (Hazel THP) Gualala Redwood Timber Company, 93 acres; 100% selection logging.  Annapolis, Mouth of Gualala River (MD: T10N R14W Sec 22).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, 17 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, large tree logging inside unit 1, coho watershed, spotted owl, osprey, foothill yellow legged frog, CA red legged frog, coast iris, fringed false helleborne, trees over 120 years old.  Estimated public comment deadline: 06/07/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 7 miles SE of Gualala, CA, and about 2 miles SW of Annapolis, CA near the South Fork of the Gualala River at an elevation of 80 to 600 feet.  Gualala Redwood Timber Company is planning a selection based tractor logging operation (large tree (classification 5D) logging is proposed within the alluvial flats of unit 1) in redwood, Douglas fir, grand fir and western hemlock forests. The THP area flows into the Gualala River which is listed as an impaired watershed for temperature and sediment (San Andreas Fault Zone runs through Unit 1).  Gualala Redwood Timber Company is planning to use ground based equipment on existing skid trails and a landing inside the flood prone portion of unit 1. 17 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  There is an osprey nest approximately 1/3 mile south of unit 1, CA red legged frogs have been spotted along the Gualala River, and Foothill yellow legged frogs have been spotted along the South Fork of the Gualala River.  Coast iris and fringed false helleborne were observed in the THP area.  There is 1 spotted owl nesting territory within .7 miles of the THP area.

4 comments:

  1. Don't cut big old trees in such a watershed. Haven't we cut enough.

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  2. I lived on the redwood coast of Mendocino County in northern California for 29 years, and saw what continual logging of the forest did to all the streams there. There should be a 50-year moratorium on all logging there. Logging in this watershed must be stopped! The recent scientific report that was recently published has stated that one million species face extinction: "Based on a review of about 15,000 scientific and government sources and compiled by 145 expert authors from 50 countries, the global report is the first comprehensive look in 15 years at the state of the planet’s biodiversity. This report includes, for the first time, indigenous and local knowledge as well as scientific studies. The authors say they found overwhelming evidence that human activities are behind nature’s decline. They ranked the major drivers of species decline as land conversion, including deforestation; overfishing; bush meat hunting and poaching; climate change; pollution; and invasive alien species." Deforestation is in this list and deforestation of the temperate rainforest of the Pacific coast of North America is a significant contributor to global warming and climate change, which, as the the quote indicates, is intimately connected with species extinction.

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  3. Stop already
    We need more redwoods, not fewer.

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