Monday, February 17, 2020

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


Google Earth Photo By Greg Papciak
THP 1-20-010 MEN (Castle Gardens THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 569 acres; 77% transition, 17% group selection, 6% seed tree logging. Little North Fork Navarro River, Middle South Branch Navarro River, South Daugherty Creek (MD: T15N R14W Sec 5, 6, 7, 8, 17, 18, 19, 20).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 27 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 03/04/20. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 5 miles east of Navarro, CA and about 10 miles west of Ukiah, CA at an elevation of 520 to 1,760 feet.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood and Douglas fir forests. The THP area flows into the Navarro River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature.  There are 26 landslide terrain sites in the THP area including; multiple debris slides, debris flows, steep inner gorges, earth flows, and road related cut bank and fill slope failures.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning to use an existing landing that extends into a watercourse area, use an existing road inside a class I (year round) watercourse area (bridge creek), and use 100 feet of an existing road inside a class II (mid sized) watercourse area.  They also are planning to use ground based equipment on a tractor road adjacent to an unstable area, use ground based equipment across a cut bank failure that extends into a debris slide, and use ground based equipment on a tractor road that extends into a class III (intermittent) watercourse area.  27 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  There are 5 spotted owl nesting territories within .7 miles of the THP area.

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