Friday, June 5, 2020

Mendocino Redwood Company to log trees up to 42” dbh by the Navarro River west of Navarro, CA.


PANORAMIC Photo By byroneil
THP 1-20-081 MEN (Ross Ranch THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 320 acres; 47% variable retention, 32% group selection, 16% transition, 6% fuel break logging. Middle Navarro River (MD: T15N R16W Sec 21, 22, 23, 26, 27, 34, 35).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 80%, steep roads, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 27 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, trees up to 42” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 06/30/20. SUBMIT COMMENTS, VIEW THP, THP PLAN

This THP is about 3 miles west of Navarro, CA and about a mile south of Highway 128 by the Navarro River at an elevation of 80 to 1,160 feet. Mendocino Redwood Company is planning a mostly variable retention and group selection 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 2 landslide terrain sites in unit 2, and 1 landslide terrain site in unit 4, and 8 road failure sites including multiple bank seeps, cut bank failures and fill failures in the THP area. Mendocino Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment on steep slopes over 65%, and use ground based equipment on slopes between 50% and 65% with a moderate erosion hazard.  They also are planning to use ground based equipment on slopes over 50% with a high erosion hazard, and re-construct 160 feet of steep road on slopes over 65% inside a class III (intermittent) watercourse area, and re-construct a landing inside a class II (mid sized) watercourse area. 27 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  There are 2 spotted owl nesting territories within .7 miles of the THP area.

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