Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Jackson State Forest to log in close proximity to 2 spotted owl territories and 3 large tree marbled murrelet stands.


Jackson State Forest Photo By Save The Redwoods League
THP 1-20-041 MEN (Soda Gulch THP) Jackson State Forest, 445 acres; 74% selection, 26% no harvest logging.  Chamberlain Creek, James Creek, Lower North Big River (MD: T17N R15W Sec 2, 3, 4, 9, 10).  Wet weather operations, steep slopes up to 75%, steep roads, extreme erosion hazard, steep slopes, 516 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, coho watershed, scattered old growth trees. Estimated public comment deadline: 04/27/20. SUBMIT COMMENTS, VIEW THP,  THP PLAN

This THP is about 12 miles SE of Fort Bragg, 9 miles SW of Willits, CA and just north of highway 20 in Jackson State Park at an elevation of 440 to 1,560 feet.  Jackson State Forest is planning an individual tree selection tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir, grand fir and western hemlock forests. The THP area flows into the Big River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature. A large amount of active and dormant landslide terrain sites exist in the THP area including 62 mapped unstable areas with additional geological points and road failure sites. Jackson State Forest is planning to use ground based equipment on slopes over 50% with a high or extreme erosion hazard rating, and use ground based equipment on slopes between 50% and 65% with a moderate erosion hazard rating. They also are planning to use ground based equipment on slopes exceeding 65%, use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging, and use ground based equipment on unstable areas. Construction is proposed on steep roads exceeding 15% grade, a temporary road is proposed for construction inside a class II (mid sized) watercourse area, and re-construction of segments of Road 111 is proposed inside a class I (year round) watercourse area.  16,308 feet of temporary road and 904 feet of seasonal road are planned for construction.  516 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip/crossing construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  There are 2 spotted owl nesting territories within .7 miles of the THP area, and 3 large tree marble murrelet stands (James Creek Middle Area, James Creek Corner, Soda Gulch Flat) exist in close proximity to the THP area.

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