Friday, February 7, 2020

Jackson State Forest to log SE of Fort Bragg, CA near Caspar, CA.

PANORAMIO Photo By Cascadia Vision Comm
THP 1-20-006 MEN (Caspar 500 THP) Jackson State Forest, 555 acres; 69% selection, 20% group selection, 6% no-harvest, 5% fuel break, 1% roadside logging. Caspar Creek (MD: T17N R17W Sec 3, 5, 8, 9, 10).  Wet weather operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, steep roads, landslide terrain, 29 road drainage work sites, coho watershed, spotted owl, red tree voles, white flowered rein orchid, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 02/26/20. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 5 miles SE of Fort Bragg, CA and about 2 miles east of Caspar, CA and Highway 1 at an elevation of 120 to 620 feet. Jackson State Forest is planning an individual tree selection and group selection tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir, western hemlock, grand fir and bishop pine forests. There are 52 landslide terrain sites within the THP area including; 26 deep seated landslide terrain site (rockslides, disrupted ground, failures off roads 500 and 600) and 26 shallow rapid landslide terrain sites (debris slides, failures off roads 500, 600 and 669).  Jackson State Forest is planning to use temporary roads and landings during the winter period, construct several steep segments of the R2 Road exceeding 15% grade, and construct a segment of road across an unstable area at the end of road 523.  29 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  White flowered rein orchid was found along a PG&E access road.  A possible red tree vole nest was reported within 300 feet of the THP area, and there are 2 spotted owl nesting territories within .7 miles of the THP area.

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