Tuesday, June 18, 2019

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


PANORAMIC Photo By Kurt Minard
THP 1-19-075 MEN (Ramon Creek THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 390 acres; 62% variable retention, 36% transition, 2% selection logging. Mettick Creek (MD: T16N R15W Sec 1, 6, 7, 11, 12).  Tractor and cable logging operation, high erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 30 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, trees over 32” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 07/19/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 3 miles east of Comptche, CA and about 14 miles SE of the town of Mendocino, CA at an elevation of 400 to 1,720 feet. Mendocino Redwood Company is planning a mostly variable retention (logging within various age/size classes) tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood and Douglas fir forests. The THP area flows into the Big River watershed which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature.  There are 14 unstable areas in the THP area including; 2 unstable areas in unit 5, 1 unstable area in unit 4, 2 unstable areas in unit 2, 1 unstable area in unit 8, 3 unstable areas in unit 11, and 5 unstable areas outside of unit boundaries. Eight road related and skid trail failure sites exist within the THP area including: a road with gully erosion, multiple roads with cut bank and fill failures, a road slump across an existing seasonal road, road bed and skid trail ground cracking and a skid trail that crosses an unstable swale. Mendocino Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging, use ground based equipment on existing skid trails on slopes over 65% grade with a moderate erosion hazard, and use ground based equipment on existing skid trails across unstable areas in unit 11.  They also are planning to construct 275 feet of new seasonal road on steep slopes exceeding 65%, construct 2 segments of new seasonal road on steep slopes exceeding 65% for 228 feet, and construct a road within class II (mid sized) and class I (year round) watercourse areas.  30 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  There are 3 spotted owl nesting territories within .7 miles of the THP area.

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