Thursday, February 6, 2020

Gualala Redwood Timber Company to clearcut log near Annapolis, CA

Photo of Gualala River by CA State Water Resources Control Board
THP 1-20-003 SON (Vista THP) Gualala Redwood Timber Company, 144 acres; 53% clearcut, 22% transition, 13% selection, 8% group selection, 4% no-harvest, 1% roadside logging. Lower Rock Pile Creek (MD: T11N R14W Sec 28, 29, 32, 33).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, 20 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, 2 watch list plant species, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 02/17/20. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 4 miles SE of Gualala, CA, and about a mile SW of Annapolis, CA at an elevation of 80 to 960 feet.  Gualala Redwood Timber Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood and Douglas fir forests. The THP area flows into the Gualala River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature.  There are 15 landslide terrain sites in the THP area including; 7 unstable areas in unit 1, 5 unstable areas in unit 2, 1 unstable area in unit 3, and 2 unstable areas in unit 4. Gualala Redwood Timber Company is planning to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging.  20 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  Coast iris and fringed false hellebore were reported within the THP area.  There are 2 spotted owl nesting territories within .7 miles of the THP area.

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