Monday, May 13, 2019

Mendocino Redwood Company to log trees up to 42” dbh NW of Willits, CA.

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THP 1-19-059 MEN (Switchbacks THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 382 acres; 45% selection, 42% transition, 12% variable retention logging. McMullen Creek (MD: T18N R14W Sec 5, 8, 9, 17, 18).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 80%, steep roads, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 51 road drainage work sites, impaired watershed, skunk train, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, peregrine falcon, trees up to 42” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 06/18/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS, VIEW THP

This THP is about 3.5 miles NW of Willits, CA, and about 1.5 miles north of Highway 20 at an elevation of 660 to 1,920 feet. Mendocino Redwood Company is planning a selection and transition tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood and Douglas fir forests. The THP is close to an area called the “switchbacks” along the Skunk Train route, and flows into the Noyo River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature.  There are 47 landslide terrain sites (debris slides, debris flows, earth flows, disrupted ground, rock slides) located within and adjacent to the THP area, of which 43 are skid trail and/or road related failure sites (cut bank/fill slope failures) from legacy road construction.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment on existing skid trails in areas designated for cable logging, use ground based equipment on existing skid trails within unstable areas, and use 4 existing landings within unstable areas (dormant historic earth flows). They also are planning to use an existing landing inside a class II (mid sized) watercourse area, construct a temporary road inside a class II (mid sized) watercourse area, and construct a 308 foot segment of steep road across slopes exceeding 65%. There is potential marbled murrelet habitat within .25 miles of the THP area along the Skunk Train route adjacent to the Noyo River, and a peregrine falcon eyrie is located within 200 feet of the THP area near the Noyo River.  51 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  There are 2 spotted owl nesting territories within .7 miles of the THP area.

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