Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Gualala Redwood Timber Company to log trees up to 48” dbh NE of Gualala, CA.

North Fork of the Gualala River By Peter Cafferata 
THP 1-19-197 MEN (Hoodoo THP) Gualala Redwood Timber Company, 231 acres; 54% selection, 39% fuel break, 6% transition, 1% roadside logging.  Robinson Creek (MD: T11N R14W Sec 7, 18, 19; T11N R15W Sec 12, 13, 24).  Wet weather operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 23 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, trees up to 48” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/31/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 3 miles NE of Gualala, CA and Highway 1 at an elevation of 80 to 1,380 feet.  Gualala Redwood Timber Company is planning an individual tree selection and fuel break tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir, sugar pine and grand fir forests. The THP area flows into the Gualala River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature. There are 12 landslide terrain and road failure sites including multiple debris slides, debris torrents, bank failures, skid trail and tractor road failure sites, steep gullies, fill slope and cut bank failures.  Gualala Redwood Timber Company is planning to use roads, landings and crossings during the winter period, and use ground based equipment on existing tractor roads with steep slopes between 50% and 65% with a moderate erosion hazard.  23 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement. Potential marbled murrelet habitat is located at Green Bridge along a haul road, and there is 1 spotted owl nesting territory within .5 miles of the THP area.

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