Monday, July 6, 2020

Mendocino Redwood Company to log SW of Willits, CA near Comptche, CA.


Google Earth Photo By Diana Carter
THP 1-20-091 MEN (Another Soda Creek THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 246 acres; 90% variable retention, 10% selection logging. South Daugherty Creek (MD: T16N R14W Sec 19, 20, 29).  Winter operations  moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, landslide terrain, 36 road drainage work sites, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, scattered large trees. Estimated public comment deadline: 07/23/20. SUBMIT COMMENTS, VIEW THP, THP PLAN

This THP is about 12 miles SW of Willits, CA and about 6 miles SE of Comptche, CA at an election of 640 to 1,400 feet.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation in redwood, Douglas fir and Monterrey pine forests.  The THP area flows into Big River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature. Mendocino Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment on slopes exceeding 65%, and use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging.  They also are planning to use ground based equipment on slopes between 50% and 65% with a moderate erosion hazard, and re-construct 70 feet of road inside a class II (mid sized) watercourse area, and use a landing inside a watercourse area.  2,638 feet of seasonal road is proposed for construction, and 350 feet of seasonal road is proposed for re-construction.  36 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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