Sunday, July 21, 2019

Gualala Redwood Timber planning a second THP which could involve logging large trees within the alluvial flats of the North Fork of the Gualala River.


North Fork of the Gualala River By Peter Cafferata 
THP 1-19-098 MEN (Elk THP) Gualala Redwood Timber, 157 acres; 75% selection, 15% clearcut, 10% no-harvest logging.  Doty Creek, Robinson Creek (MD: T11N R15W Sec 13, 14, 23, 24).  Wet weather operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, landslide terrain, 16 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, possible logging of large trees inside the alluvial flats, coho watershed, spotted owl, CA red legged frog, Cooper’s hawk, fringed corn lily, trees up to 100 years old.  Estimated public comment deadline: 08/11/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 2 2 miles NE of Gualala, CA and Highway 1 at an elevation of 20 to 480 feet, and just south of Gualala Redwood Timber Company’s Little THP 1-18-095 MEN. Gualala Redwood Timber Company is planning a tractor based individual tree selection logging operation with some clearcutting on steep and unstable slopes in redwood and Douglas fir forests.  During the last few years, Gualala Redwood Timber Company has been focusing on logging inside the alluvial flats of the Gualala River and its tributaries which contain remnant old growth Douglas fir and redwood trees.  There are 5 landslide terrain sites in the THP area, and the THP area flows into the Gualala River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature.  Gualala Redwood Timber Company is planning to use ground based equipment on existing skid trails within watercourse areas (alluvial flats), and use ground based equipment on slopes over 50% grade within a high erosion hazard. 16 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  In 2018, a red legged frog was reported 500 feet west of the THP area, and in 2015, a red legged frog was reported in Salal Creek one mile SW of the THP area.  A Cooper’s hawk was spotted nearby along the eastern edge of the Gualala River, and a spotted owl nesting territory is located within the THP area.  Fringed corn lily was found in various locations throughout the THP area.

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