Sunday, August 4, 2019

Mendocino Redwood Company to log NW of Willits, CA.


PANORAMIO Photo By Winst1966
THP 1-19-108 MEN (NF Hayworth E THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 617 acres; 71% transition, 29% variable retention logging. Hayworth Creek (MD: T19N R15W Sec 13, 14, 23, 24).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, steep roads, landslide terrain, road failure sites, impaired 303.d watershed, 36 road drainage work sites, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, red tree vole, CA red legged frog, 3 sensitive plant species, trees up to 34” dbh. Estimated public comment deadline: 08/16/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 16 miles NE of Fort Bragg, CA and about 8 miles NW of Willits, CA at an elevation of 600 to 2,300 feet.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning a transition and viable retention tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood and Douglas fir forests.  The THP area flows into the Noyo River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature.  There are 59 landslide terrain and road failure sites including multiple: fill failures, cut bank failures, bank sloughing, earth flows, debris flows, disrupted ground and steep inner gorges.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging, construct 200 feet of road on steep slopes exceeding 65% grade, and use ground based equipment on unstable areas on existing skid trails at 3 locations.  36 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  In 1993, a red tree vole was found within .7 miles of the THP area, and from 1996 to 2001, four CA red legged frogs were reported within .7 miles of the THP area.  Three sensitive plant species were reported including; 1 white flowered rein orchid along a skid trail above a seasonal road within a unit, 6 populations of redwood lily along roadsides, and 1 California pinefoot within a unit. There are 3 spotted owl nesting territories within .7 miles of the THP area.

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