Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Mendocino Redwood Company to log on steep and unstable slopes SW of Navarro, CA.

PANORAMIC Photo By Damon Tighe
THP 1-19-210 MEN (Crow’s Feet THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 368 acres; 58% selection, 19% variable retention, 15% transition, 7% no-harvest, 1% roadside logging. Lower Elk Creek, Lower Greenwood Creek (MD: T14N R16W Sec 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16).  Wet weather operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, steep roads, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 138 road drainage work sites, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, northern red legged frogs, 3 sensitive plant species, trees over 48” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/20/20. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 5 miles SW of Navarro, CA and about 3 miles SE of Elk, CA and Highway 101 along the Mendocino coastline.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood and Douglas fir forests at an elevation of 300 to 2,000 feet.  There are 50 landslide terrain sites including multiple debris slides, debris flows, steep head wall swales, rock slides, earth flows, and 7 road related failure sites including multiple fill failures, cut bank failures and road sloughing and cracking areas.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment on steep slopes exceeding 65% in units A, B, C, E, G, I and L, and construct steep segments of roads over 15% grade in unit I.  They also are planning to use ground based equipment over an unstable area in unit E, use ground based equipment along an existing skid trail that crosses an unstable area in unit G, and construct a 140 foot segment of road across an unstable area in unit I.  138 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  There are 10 mapped tree sites within and adjacent to the THP area which contain potential marbled murrelet habitat (trees 48” to 120” dbh) and potential marbled murrelet habitat 1 mile north of the THP area.  Northern red legged frogs have been reported in close proximity to the THP area.  Hoffman’s bristley jewelflower was found inside unit E, coast fawn lily was found along a seasonal road in unit M, and Methuselah’s beard lichen was found in sections 10 and 15.  There are 4 spotted owl nesting territories within .7 miles of the THP area.

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