Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Mendocino Redwood Company to log NE of Rockport, CA and Highway 1.

PANORAMIO Photo By Winst1966
THP 1-20-030 MEN (Kimball 22 Short THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 304 acres; 69% selection, 21% variable retention, 10% transition logging. Cottaneva Creek, Middle Hollow Tree Creek (MD: T22N R17W Sec 8, 16, 17, 18, 20, 21).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, landslide terrain, 29 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, coho watershed, osprey, humboldt milk vetch, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 04/01/20. SUBMIT COMMENTS, VIEW THP, THP PLAN

This THP is a few miles NE of Rockport, CA and Highway 1 at an elevation of 400 to 1,840 feet.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes ( 2 landslide terrain sites within unit C ) in redwood, Douglas fir and western hemlock forests.  The THP area flows into the South Fork of the Eel River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature. Mendocino Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment on steep slopes exceeding 65%, use an existing skid trail along the edge of a class III (intermittent) watercourse area in unit H and use ground based equipment on slopes exceeding 50% with a high erosion hazard. 29 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  An osprey nest is located 150 feet north of unit D, and there are 4 spotted owl nesting territories within .7 miles of the THP area. Humboldt milk vetch was reported along roads within and adjacent to the THP area.

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