Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Mendocino Redwood Company to log on steep and unstable slopes NW of Willits, CA.

PANORAMIC Photo By mlhess
THP 1-20-034 MEN (Burkhardt THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 536 acres; 58% transition, 27% variable retention, 13% selection, 2% no-harvest logging. Olds Creek (MD: T18N R15W Sec 2, 3, 10, 11, 14, 15).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 28 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, Humboldt milk vetch, trees up to 42” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 04/13/20. SUBMIT COMMENTS, VIEW THP,  THP PLAN

This THP is about 8 miles NW of Willits, CA and about 15 miles east of Fort Bragg, CA near the Skunk Train route by Irmulco, CA at an elevation of 400 to 1,200 feet.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning a transition and variable retention tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood and Douglas fir forests.  The THP area flows into the Noyo River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment.  There are 77 landslide terrain sites including multiple debris slides, debris slide slopes, debris flows, earth flows, disrupted ground, steep inner gorges and 34 road related failures including multiple debris slides, debris flows, disrupted ground, fill failures, steep inner roads gullies, and earth flows off the Irmulco Road; multiple debris slides, torrent tracks, and disrupted ground off Road 2, and multiple debris slides and disrupted ground off Road 2.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging, and use ground based equipment on existing tractor roads with slopes between 50% and 65%.  They also are planning to use an existing landing which boarders a class III (intermittent) watercourse area, and use ground based equipment across unstable areas.  28 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, and culvert repair/replacement.  Humboldt milk vetch was found in the THP area, and there are 4 spotted owl nesting territories within .7 miles of the THP area.

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