Thursday, September 26, 2019

Mendocino Redwood Company to log between Rockport, CA and Westport, CA along the Mendocino coastline.


PANORAMIC Photo By Winst1966
THP 1-19-130 MEN (Spanish Howard THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 251 acres; 68% variable retention, 22% group selection, 9% transition, 1% selection logging.  Juan Creek (MD: T21N R17W Sec 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9).  Wet weather operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes over 70%, landslide terrain, 39 road drainage work sites, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, osprey, Cooper’s hawk, northern red legged frog, 4 sensitive plant species, trees up to 48” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 10/11/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about halfway between Rockport, CA and Westport, CA along the Mendocino coastline at an elevation of 160 to 1,560 feet.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning a variable retention and group selection tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir, grand fir and western hemlock forests.  There are 4 landslide terrain sites within 100 feet of THP units including; 2 unstable areas in section 4, and 2 unstable areas in section 6.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment on steep slopes over 65%, and use ground based equipment on slopes over 50% grade with a high erosion hazard.  39 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, and culvert repair/replacement.  In 2019, a Cooper’s hawk nest was reported in unit 9, and an osprey nest is located 490 feet NW of the northern most portion of unit 4. Northern red legged frogs were reported at nearby Juan Creek. Redwood lily was found in sections 8 and 9, Maple leaved checkerbloom was found along a road in section 6, and Humboldt milk vetch was found along a road in section 7, and along a road in section 8 at multiple locations.  There are 3 spotted owl nesting territories within .7 miles of the THP area.

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