Thursday, December 1, 2016

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log SW of Lassen National Park.


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THP 2-16-076 TEH (Ashley THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 738 acres; 99% clearcut, 1% selection, misc roadside logging.  Judd Creek (MD: T28N R2E Sec.1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9; T28N R3E Sec.6; T29N R2E Sec.34, 35, 36; T29N R3E Sec.31, 32).  Winter operations, low erosion hazard, herbicides, chinook watershed, slopes up to 50%, 49 road drainage work sites, trees up to 125 years old.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/15/16. VIEW

This THP is about 25 miles NE of Red Bluff, CA and about 6 miles SW of Mineral, CA on the south side of Highway 36.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a clearcut tractor based logging operation in Douglas fir, incense cedar, ponderosa pine, sugar pine and white fir forests at an elevation of 3,240 to 5,440 feet.  49 road drainage sites are planned for work Including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  There are 2 CA spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Green Diamond Resource Company to log near the CA/OR border.


PANORAMIO Photo By Heather Myers
THP 1-16-115 DEL (1000/1600 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 250 acres; 33% clearcut, 28% commercial thin, 27% selection, 12% no-harvest, misc roadside logging.  S. Fork Winchuck River (HUM: T18N R1E Sec.6, 7; T18N R1W Sec.1, 12; T19N R1E Sec.31; T19N R1W Sec.35, 36).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 70%, steep roads, landslide terrain, 8 road drainage work sites, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, trees up to 36" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/19/16. VIEW

This THP is about 4 miles NE of the town of Smith River, CA and Highway 101 near the CA/OR border at an elevation of 140 to 1,080 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood and Douglas fir forests.  There are 13 landslide terrain sites including a shallow rapid landslide along the eastern edge of unit A, 3 shallow rapid landslides in unit E, 3 shallow rapid landslides in unit F, and 6 shallow rapid landslides in unit G.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to construct and re-construct steep roads over 15% grade and/or pitches exceeding 20% grade for 500 feet in units C, D and G, and construct and re-construct steep roads on slopes over 65%, and/or on slopes over 50% within 100 feet of a watercourse in units C and E.  There is potential marbled murrelet habitat within .25 miles of units A, B, C, D, E and F in Oregon on Siskiyou National Forest lands, and within .25 miles of the WI-1000 road.  Two spotted owl nesting territories are located within 1.3 miles of the THP area, including a spotted owl nesting territory within .5 miles of unit D.

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log trees up to 50” dbh near Redwood National Park.


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THP 1-16-113 HUM (BL 1700/2630 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 143.6 acres; 87% clearcut, 9% selection, 3% special, 1% no-harvest logging.  Pitcher Creek (HUM: T8N R1E Sec.1, 2, 3; T9N R1E Sec.14, 15, 22, 23, 27, 34, 35, 36).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, redwood national park, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, osprey, marbled murrelet, Sonoma tree vole, northern red legged frog, trees up to 50" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/16/16. VIEW

This THP is about 5 miles NE of Trinidad, CA and about 15 miles NE of Arcata, CA at an elevation of 760 to 2,200 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in Douglas fir, redwood, grand fir, and Sitka spruce forests.  Unit A is adjacent to Redwood National Park and will include a 5 acre special treatment area to hide the effects of clearcutting. Potential marbled murrelet habitat exists within .25 miles of the LP Mill Road on Humboldt Redwoods State Park lands, and .44 miles SE of unit F.  There are also historic osprey nest trees within .25 miles of the LP Mill Road, BL1000 and BL2000 haul roads. Northern red legged frogs and Sonoma tree voles were spotted near unit B during a 1994 survey, and a newly colonized great blue heron rockery exists .22 miles east of the BL2000 road.  There are 4 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Humboldt Redwood Company to log on steep and unstable slopes east of Eureka, CA.


PANORAMIO Photo By John Quinlan
THP 1-16-112 HUM (Lower Cloney THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 155.8 acres; 94% group selection, 5% selection, 2% no-harvest logging.  Cloney Gulch (HUM: T4N R1E Sec.3; T5N R1E Sec.34, 35).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 19 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, coho watershed, spotted owl, peregrine falcon, trees up to 42" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/15/16. VIEW

This THP is about 5 miles east of Eureka, CA and Highway 101 at an elevation of 70 feet to 640 feet.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning a tractor based logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir and grand fir forests.  The THP area flows into Freshwater Creek which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and siltation.  There are 6 road failure and landslide terrain sites including fill slope failures, cut bank failures, debris slides, and block slide failures. 19 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  In 2016, a peregrine falcon nest tree was found 250 feet to 275 feet east of the THP area on a ridge between Cloney Gulch and McCready Gulch.  There are 6 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Roseburg Resources Company to clearcut log SW of Burney, CA.


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THP 2-16-075 SHA (Southox THP) Roseburg Resources Company, 432 acres; 95% clearcut, 4% selection, 1% roadside logging.  Mill Creek, Lookout Mountain (MD: T33N R1E Sec.1, 2, 3, 4, 5; T34N R1E Sec.32, 33, 34, 35).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes, steep roads, 23 road drainage work sites, herbicides, chinook watershed, western pond turtle, cascade frog, foothill yellow legged frog, rattlesnake fern, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/15/16. VIEW

This THP is about 4 miles SE of Round Mountain and Highway 299, and about 9 miles SW of Burney, CA at an elevation of 3,420 to 5,760 feet.  Roseburg Resources Company is planning a tractor and cable clearcut logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Douglas fir, incense cedar, ponderosa pine, sugar pine and white fir forests.  There are 2 unstable areas in watercourse areas inside units 501 and 3405, and 1 unstable area adjacent to the east side of unit 401.  Roseburg Resources Company is planning to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging, and use ground based equipment on steep slopes over 65% in sections 4 and 33.  They also want to construct a road on steep slopes over 65% within 100 feet of a watercourse, and use 6 segments of existing seasonal roads inside class I (year round) and class II (mid sized) watercourse areas.  23 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  A western pond turtle was reported 2 miles west of the THP area, and a cascade frog was reported 1.5 miles SW of the THP area near Silver Lake.  Foothill yellow legged frogs were reported 2 miles south of the THP area, and rattlesnake fern was found adjacent to the SW boundary of unit 3301.

Roseburg Resources Company to clearcut log near Dunsmuir, CA.


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THP 2-16-073 SIS (Soda Fountain THP) Roseburg Resources Company, 515 acres; 92% clearcut, 7% selection, 1% roadside logging.  Middle Soda Creek (MD: T39N R3W Sec.16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 29, 30).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, steep roads, oversized units, herbicides, spotted owl, osprey, pacific tailed frog, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/10/16. VIEW

This THP is a mile east of Dunsmuir, CA and about 6 miles SE of Mt. Shasta at an elevation of 2,880 to 4,480 feet.  Roseburg Resources Company is planning a clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in Douglas fir, ponderosa pine, sugar pine, white fir and incense cedar forests.  The THP area drains into the Sacramento River above Shasta Lake.  Roseburg Resources Company is planning to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging, and  re-construct 2 segments of road on slopes over 65% within 100 feet of a watercourse.  They also want to use segments of existing roads inside watercourse areas in units 1712, 1714, 2014 and 3003.  There is an osprey nest 3,000 feet NE of unit 3301 in section 24, and a Pacific Tailed Frog was reported in Soda Creek near unit 1713. Foothill yellow legged frogs were also spotted in Soda Creek 2.25 miles downstream from unit 3002 near the Sacramento River.

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log adjacent to the CA/OR border.


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THP 1-16-111 DEL (Moore Tract East THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 235.6 acres; 62% clearcut, 19% shelterwood, 13% selection, 4% roadside, 2% no-harvest logging.  Elk Creek (HUM: T18N R4E Sec.1, 2, 12; T18N R5E Sec.6; T19N R4E Sec.36).  Wet weather operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, steep roads, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 14 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marten, ruffed grouse, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/10/16. VIEW

This THP is about 7.5 miles south of O Brien, Oregon and adjacent to the CA/OR border at an elevation of 1,800 to 4,880 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep slopes in Douglas fir, sugar pine, and Port Orford cedar forests.  The THP area drains into the West Fork of the Illinois River in Oregon which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, PH and temperature.  There are steep road segments between 15% grade and 20% grade for 200 feet to 500 feet in units C, E, F and G, and steep road segments on slopes over 65% within 100 feet of a watercourse in units B, C, D and E.  Ground based equipment is proposed for use in areas designated for cable logging, and a landing is proposed for use inside a watercourse area in unit B.  Over 11,312 feet of seasonal roads and 6,263 feet of temporary roads will be built inside the THP area.  14 road drainage sites are proposed for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  Marten was detected inside unit G, within 100 feet of unit D, and within 1.25 miles of units A, B, C, E, and F, and ruffed grouse has been spotted inside units F and G.  There are 3 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Green Diamond Resource Company to log on steep and unstable slopes SE of Klamath, CA.


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THP 1-16-110 HUM (CL 1800 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 302 acres; 48% commercial thin, 34% clearcut, 9% selection, 9% no-harvest logging.  Bear Creek, Ah Pah Creek (HUM: T12N R2E Sec.21, 22, 27, 28, 34).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 80%, steep roads, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 11 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, osprey, bald eagle, great blue heron, tailed frog, trees up to 30" dbh. Estimated public comment deadline: 12/10/16. VIEW

This THP is about 8 miles SE of Klamath, CA and a few miles east of Highway 101 and Redwood National Park at an elevation of 300 to 1,840 feet.  The THP area flows into the Lower Klamath River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, dissolved oxygen, nutrients and temperature.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, western hemlock and Douglas fir, Sitka spruce and grand fir forests.  There are 7 shallow rapid landslide terrain sites in the THP area.  A section of steep road is proposed for re-construction in unit A that will exceed 20% grade, and a section of road will be re-constructed near a watercourse area on 35% slopes in unit E.  11 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  Five bald eagle nests are located within .5 miles of the THP area and several haul roads (within 200 to 2,500 feet of units C, E, F and G).  Two historic osprey nests are located within .25 miles of the BL1800 haul road, and 1 historic osprey nest is located within .25 miles of the CL1040 haul road.  A historic great blue heron rockery exists 315 feet south of unit B, and within .25 miles of units C, D, and E, and several haul roads.  There are spotted owl nesting territories within .25 mi of unit A, within .5 mi of unit B, and tailed frogs are known to occur inside and adjacent to unit H.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Roseburg Resources Company to clearcut log east of McCloud, CA.


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THP 2-16-061 SIS (Sandflat THP) Roseburg Resources Company, 329 acres; 100% clearcut logging.  Middle Bear Creek, Sand Flat Well (MD: T39N R3E Sec.5, 8; MD: T40N R3E Sec.30, 31).  Winter operations, low erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, willow flycatcher, long haired star tulip, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/04/16. VIEW

This THP is about 24 miles east of McCloud, CA (Mt Shasta area) and about 3 miles NE of Pondosa, CA at an elevation of 3,800 to 4,300 feet.  Roseburg Resources Company is planning a tractor based logging operation in ponderosa pine, Douglas fir, white fir, incense cedar, lodgepole pine and sugar pine forests.  The THP area flows into Bear Creek above Lake Britton and eventually into the Pit River which is listed as an impaired watershed for nutrients, dissolved oxygen and temperature.  A bald eagle was reported 2 miles SW of the THP area, and there is an active willow flycatcher population at the Bear Creek Bridge which is outside of the THP area.  Long haired star tulip was found in sections 6, 30, 31 and 32.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log NW of Bieber, CA.


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THP 2-16-071 MOD (Alderman THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 476 acres; 99% clearcut, 1% roadside logging.  Alderman Ridge (MD: T38N R6E Sec.1; T38N R7E Sec.6; T39N R6E Sec.13, 24, 25, 26, 36; T39N R7E Sec.31).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, herbicides, northern goshawk, bald eagle, greater sandhill crane, 5 sensitive plant species, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/07/16. VIEW

This THP is about 3 miles SW of Lookout, CA and about 4 miles NW of Bieber, CA and Highway 299 at an elevation of 4,200 to 5,000 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a clearcut tractor based logging operation in white fir, ponderosa pine, sugar pine and incense cedar forests.  There is a goshawk territory .75 miles north of the THP area in section 12, a a bald eagle territory .8 miles from the nearest harvest unit in section 30, and 2 sandhill cranes were observed foraging along Widow Valley Creek in section 24.  5 sensitive plant species were reported including; Silvery false lupine in units 13A, 24A, 24E and 26A, Sierra beardtongue in unit 24E, Egg lake monkey flower in unit 24E, Disappearing monkey flower in unit 24E (also between units 25A and 25C), and Long haired star tulip in section 25.

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log in the Sacramento Canyon north of Redding, CA.


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THP 2-16-070 SHA (Little Boulder THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 408 acres; 82% clearcut, 13% shelterwood, 5% roadside logging.  Campbell Creek, Lower Slate Creek, North Fork Shotgun Creek, Boulder Creek (MD: T36N R5W Sec.3, 9, 21; T37N R5W Sec.21, 27, 33, 34, 35).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 80%, unstable areas, 13 road drainage work sites, oversized units, slate creek roadless area, herbicides, pacific fisher, bald eagle, osprey, tailed frog, foothill yellow legged frog, western pond turtle, trees over 40" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/07/16. VIEW

This THP is about 28 miles north of Redding, CA in the Sacramento Canyon and about 8 miles north of the town of Lakehead and Shasta Lake at an elevation of 1,600 to 5,200 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in white fir, Douglas fir, ponderosa pine, sugar pine, incense cedar and port orford cedar forests.  Unit 9A has an unstable area below the last existing skid trail outside of the unit, units 3A and 9C have unstable areas associated with watercourse erosion, and unit 3D has an existing road cut bank failure and watercourse erosion.  Sections 9 and 33 are adjacent to the Slate Creek roadless area.  SPI is planning to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging inside units 3C, 3D, 9B, 21B, 27A, 27D, 35E and 35F, and re-use 2 existing skid road crossings inside watercourse area within units 35A and 35D.  They also want to build temporary roads under 500 feet without flagging and use temporary roads and landings during the winter period.  Tractor units 3A, 9A, 27E and 35D have areas in which slopes exceed 50% that lead without flattening before reaching a watercourse.  13 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  An osprey nest is located on the east side of the Sacramento River near I-5 (section 15), pacific fisher sightings were reported in sections 2, 13, 16 and 17, and a bald eagle nest is located 1.25 miles from the THP area in the Boulder Creek Watershed (section 16).
Several sightings of western pond turtles were reported in the Boulder Creek Watershed over a mile from the THP area in sections 18 and 24, and multiple occurrences of tailed frogs were reported in the Boulder Creek, Shotgun and Little Slate watersheds in sections 14, 24, 27 and 28.  Foothill yellow legged frogs were reported in sections 6, 9, 14, 18, 21, 24, 33, 34, and 35.

Sierra Pacific Industries to log out beautiful red fir trees near the home of California’s only wolverine.


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THP 2-16-066 SIE (Webb THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 782.15 acres; 74% sanitation salvage, 21% selection, 5% no-harvest, misc roadside logging.  Webber Lake (MD: T18N R13E Sec.1; MD: T19N R14E Sec.29, 31).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 60%, unstable areas, 24 road drainage work sites, pacific crest trail, herbicides, wet meadows, Webber lake, CA spotted owl, bald eagle, pacific fisher, wolverine, marten, willow flycatcher, greater sandhill crane, Donner pass buckwheat, wire mousetail scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/03/16. VIEW

This THP is about 9 miles NW of Donner Summit on I-80 near the Pacific Crest Trail (section 1) at an elevation of 6,880 to 8,120 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly sanitation salvage (targeting larger red fir and white fir trees) tractor logging operation in lodgepole pine, Jeffrey pine, white fir, red fir, white pine and mountain hemlock forests.  These are nice high elevation stands of less common beautiful red fir (section 1 has large diameter red fir trees), white pine and western hemlock trees amongst wet meadows (section 31) and aspen/willow groves.  The THP area is between the Pacific Crest Trail and Webber Lake which are popular hiking, camping, fishing and backpacking areas.  24 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement, and SPI wants to use an existing skid trail inside a class II (mid sized) watercourse.  California’s only existing WOLVERINE has been spotted here (section 7).  Pacific fisher was reported in sections 19, 21, 25, 28 and 29, American marten was reported in sections 21, 25, and 31, and there are historic Sierra Nevada Red Fox sightings in sections 2 and 28.  A bald eagle was reported in section 28, a willow flycatcher was reported in section 33, and greater sandhill cranes were reported in section 28.  Wire mousetail was reported in section 28, and Donner pass buckwheat was reported in sections 7 and 31. There are 2 CA spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log NW of Burney, CA.


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THP 2-16-063 SHA (Goose THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 270 acres; 100% clearcut logging.  Canyon Creek, Roaring Creek, Goose Creek (MD: T35N R1E Sec.1, 2, 11, 12; T35N R2E Sec.5, 6).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, wet areas, herbicides, CA spotted owl, fisher, goshawk, bald eagle, osprey, English peak greenbriar, hot rock daisy, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/31/16. VIEW

This THP is about 7 miles NW of Burney, CA and 3 miles north of Highway 299 near the Hatchet Mountain Windmill Farm.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a clearcut tractor based logging operation in ponderosa pine, Douglas fir, white fir, sugar pine and incense cedar forests at an elevation of 3,800 to 5,400 feet elevation.  There are 4 springs and wet areas within the THP area in units 1B, 1E and 2A.  Pacific fisher have been reported in sections 1 and 10, historic (1993 - 1995) goshawk nest locations have been reported in section 4, and willow flycatcher habitat is located in sections 6, 9 and 10.  Osprey have been reported at nearby Lake Margaret, and bald eagles have been reported at Lake Margaret with nesting activity in sections 5 and 8, including a 2006 nest in section 5 within .25 miles of unit 5C.  There are historic (1989) reports of CA spotted owl nesting territories in sections 7 and 33 which were altered by the 1992 Fountain Fire.  English peak greenbriar was found adjacent to a wet area on the south side of unit 6A, and Hot rock daisy was found in the NE corner of unit 11B.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log trees up to 72” dbh SE of Eureka, CA.


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THP 1-16-107 HUM (Boulder Creek South THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 242 acres; 51% clearcut, 28% commercial thin, 11% no-harvest, 8% selection, 2% roadside logging.  Graham Creek, Boulder Creek, Goodman Prairie Creek (HUM: T4N R3E Sec.14, 15, 22, 23, 26, 27).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, landslide terrain, 8 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, oversized units, coho watershed, golden eagle, Cooper's hawk, sharp shinned hawk, trees up to 72" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/29/16. VIEW

This THP is about 20 miles SE of Eureka, CA and about 4 miles SE of the town of Maple Creek at an elevation of 2,100 to 3,800 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Douglas fir forests.
The THP area flows into the Mad River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, temperature and turbidity.  There are 7 landslide terrain sites including 2 shallow rapid landslides in unit A, 4 shallow rapid landslides in unit C, 4 shallow rapid landslides in unit F, and a deep seated landslide near the SW corner of unit C.  Eight road drainage sites are planned for work Including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to use a short segment of steep temporary road inside unit D that is on 35% slopes within 75 to 100 feet of a class II (mid sized) watercourse.  In 2014, a sharp shinned hawk was spotted .5 mile west of unit C, and in 2000, a sharp shinned hawk was spotted 1 mile east of unit B.  In 2011, a Cooper's hawk was spotted .5 miles south of unit E, and in 1996, a Cooper's hawk was spotted 1.2 miles east of unit E.  Golden eagles have been spotted within .5 miles of the THP area.  There are over a dozen spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area including nesting territories within .25 miles of unit F, and within .5 miles of units C and D.

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log SW of Redwood National Park.


PANORAMIC Photo By nthawoodz
THP 1-16-106 HUM (BL 2700 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 133.35 acres; 79% clearcut, 20% selection, 1% no-harvest logging.  Pitcher Creek (HUM: T9N R1E Sec.22, 27, 28).  Wet weather operations, low erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 60%, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, osprey, northern red legged frog, running pine, trees up to 36" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/27/16. VIEW

This THP is about 6 miles NE of Trinidad, CA and just SW of Redwood National Park at an elevation of 800 to 1,400 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut feller buncher and shovel logging operation in redwood, Douglas fir, grand fir, western hemlock and Sitka spruce forests.  There are 2 osprey nests including an osprey nest within .25 mi of the LP Mill Road, and an osprey nest within .25 mi of the BL2000 Road.  Potential marbled murrelet habitat exists on Harry Merlo State Park lands within .25 miles of the LP Mill road.  A Northern Red Legged frog was spotted in unit D in 1999, and a newly colonized great blue heron rockery is located .22 miles east of the BL2000 Road.  Running pine was found in units B and D.  There are 5 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Green Diamond Resource Company planning a pair of clearcut THPs near the Highway 299 Coast Range Summit.


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THP 1-16-105 HUM (Canyon Creek Scramble THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 225 acres; 75% clearcut, 22% selection, 2% no-harvest, 1% roadside logging.  Canyon Creek (HUM: T7N R2E Sec.21, 22, 23, 25, 26, 27, 35).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 16 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, oversized units, coho watershed, spotted owl, Cooper's hawk, southern torrent salamander, Sonoma tree vole, scattered large trees. Estimated public comment deadline: 11/22/16. VIEW

This THP is about 8 miles NE of Arcata, CA and a few miles NW of the Highway 299 Coast Range summit at an elevation of 1,500 to 2,000 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut feller buncher, shovel and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood and Douglas fir forests.  The THP area flows into the Mad River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, temperature and turbidity.  There are 3 landslide terrain sites including 2 shallow rapid landslides along the upper NW portion of unit G, a deep seated landslide within unit G, and 2 road failure sites including a cut bank failure along the K&K 100 road, and a vertical cut bank failure along the K&K 430 road.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to re-construct 1,500 feet of existing steep seasonal road on a grade exceeding 15%.  16 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and restoration of washed out crossings.  A Cooper's hawk was spotted 300 feet east of unit B in 2010, Sonoma tree voles were reported inside units B and C during 2004 surveys, and southern torrent salamanders are known to occur in some of the class II (mid sized) habitat inside unit E.  There are 4 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area, including nesting territories within .25 mi of units E and G, and within .5 miles of unit D.  This THP is just SE of Green Diamond Resource Company’s recently proposed Basin Central THP 1-16-108 HUM.

THP 1-16-108 HUM (Basin Central THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 168 acres; 78% clearcut, 20% selection, 2% no-harvest logging.  Canyon Creek (HUM: T7N R2E Sec.9, 16, 17, 21, 22, 28).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 12 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, peregrine falcon, trees up to 60" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/29/16. VIEW

This THP is about 8 miles NE of Arcata, CA and 3 miles NW of the Highway 299 Coast Range summit at an elevation of 760 to 1,680 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, western hemlock and Douglas fir forests.  The THP area flows into the Mad River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, temperature and turbidity.  There are multiple cut bank and fill slope failures adjacent to unit B, a fill failure associated with a shallow rapid landslide on the K&K 626 Road, and an old depression in unit E.  12 road drainage sites are planned for work Including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  There is a historic peregrine falcon eyrie 1.3 miles west of the THP area, and 8 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area including nesting territories within .25 mi of units E and F, and within .5 mi of unit A.  This THP is just NW of Green Diamond Resource Company’s recently proposed Canyon Creek Scramble THP 1-16-105 HUM.

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log amongst ancient redwoods up to 7 feet wide east of Trinidad, CA.


PANORAMIO Photo By nthawoodz
THP 1-16-104 HUM (Maple Creek 17 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 119 acres; 75% clearcut, 18% selection, 8% no-harvest logging.  Maple Creek (HUM: T8N R1E Sec.1, 4, 5, 9, 12, 17; T8N R2E Sec.6, 7).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 80%, landslide terrain, herbicides, oversized units, coho watershed, spotted owl, osprey, marbled murrelet, sharp shinned hawk, Townsend's big eared bat, trees up to 84" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/22/16. VIEW

This THP is about 4 miles NE of Trinidad, CA and about 15 miles NE of Arcata, CA at an elevation of 440 to 1,680 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is panning a mostly clearcut  tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir, Sitka spruce and western hemlock forests.  There are 4 shallow rapid landslides including steep streamside slopes in units B, C and E.  Seven large redwood trees ranging in size from 48" to 60" dbh with hollows will be retained in unit E as Townsend's Big Eared Bat habitat trees.  Marbled murrelet habitat exists within .25 miles of the LP Mill Road on Harry Merlo State Park lands, and in the Clear Creek marbled murrelet stand within .25 miles of the BL2000 Road.  There are 5 osprey nests including an osprey nest within .25 mi of unit A, an osprey nest within.25 mi of the LP Mill Road, an osprey nest within .25 mi of the BL2260 Road, and 2 osprey nests within .25 mi of the BL2000 Road.  A sharp shinned hawk was reported 1 mile NW of unit B, and a newly colonized great blue heron rockery is located .22 miles east of the BL2000 Road.  There are 10 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area, including nesting territories within .25 mi of unit E, and .5 mi of unit C.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log SE of Trinity Dam and Trinity Lake.


PANORAMIC Photo By KenHal
THP 2-16-059 SHA (Five East THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 344 acres; 99% clearcut, 1% roadside logging.  Deadwood Creek, Eastman Gulch, Fivemile Gulch, Dutch Gulch (MD: T33N R7W Sec.5; T33N R8W Sec.1; T34N R7W Sec.21, 27, 29, 31).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, 3 unstable areas, road failure sites, oversized units, herbicides, spotted owls, pacific fisher, townsend's big eared bat, shasta salamander, 6 sensitive plant species, trees over 32" dbh.   Estimated public comment deadline: 11/24/16. VIEW

This THP is about 3 miles SE of Trinity Dam at Trinity Lake and about 5 miles NW of French Gulch, CA at an elevation of 3,200 to 4,880 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in ponderosa pine, Douglas fir, sugar pine and incense cedar forests.  There are 3 unstable areas including a 30 foot long fill slope failure in unit 1A, a 90 foot long fill slope failure in unit 31A, and a 75 foot slump near the top of unit 5A.  Deadwood Creek and Eastman Gulch watersheds are listed as impaired watersheds for sediment and siltation.  Four Pacific fisher sightings were reported between 1994 and 2006 ranging from 291 feet from unit 27D to 3.4 miles from unit 1D.  There is an historic (1980's) sighting of a wolverine within unit 31C in section 31, and Townsend's big eared bats were reported to be located 1.7 miles from unit 5D in section 18, and 1.3 miles from unit 5C in section 16.  In 2012, a pair of Shasta salamanders were reported to be 2 miles from unit 5C in section 15.  Six sensitive plant species were reported including: Shasta agrarian near unit 7D, Northern clarkia in unit 7D, Blushing wild buckwheat in unit 7C, Slender Goldbanner in units 1A, 5I and 31A, Klamath mountain catchfly in units 5A and 5C, and English peak greenbriar in unit 5C.  There are 3 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log amongst Port Orford Cedars west of the Sacramento Canyon.


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THP 2-16-058 SHA (Chicken Lily THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 338 acres; 100% clearcut, misc roadside logging.  Baker Creek, Upper Slate Creek (MD: T37N R5W Sec.7, 11, 13, 15).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 60%, unstable areas, 20 road drainage work sites, oversized units, herbicides, 12 sensitive plant species, pacific tailed frog, trees over 32" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/24/16. VIEW

This THP is about 14 miles NW of Lakehead, CA and about 4 miles west of Interstate 5 near the Sacramento Canyon at an elevation of 4,640 to 6,380 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a tractor based clearcut logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in white fir, red fir, Port Orford cedar (locally rare), western white pine, Jeffrey pine, ponderosa pine, sugar pine, Douglas fir and incense cedar forests.  There is an active unstable area (roadside fill failure) along the east side of Slate Creek, and hummocky landscape terrain in sections 11 and 13.  This THP is within a mile of the popular trail system that links Tamarack and Twin Lakes and has regionally uncommon Port Orford Cedar trees which can be killed by the spread of Port Orford Cedar root rot through logging.  SPI is planning to use ground based equipment on steep slopes over 65% grade in unit 13C, and use ground based equipment on slopes over 50% grade with a high erosion hazard in unit 11C.  20 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  A Pacific tailed frog was reported to be 2,460 feet from unit 13E in section 24.  12 sensitive plant species were reported including: Klamath manazanita in units 7A, 7B, 7E and 13E, Scalloped moonwart in unit 7E, Mingan moonwart in unit 7E, Clustered lady’s slipper in unit 13B, Picher plant in units 7C and 7E, Congdon’s buckwheat in units 7A, 7E, 11B, 11C, 11D, 15A and 15B, Scott Mountain phacelia in units 7A, 7B, 7C, 15A and 15B, Redwood lily in unit 7E, Englemann’s lomatium in units 7A, 15A and 15B, Cascade grass of parnassus in unit 7E, Threadleaf beardtongue in unit 7A and Yellow triplet lily in unit 15A.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log near the Pacific Crest Trail and West Girard Roadless Area.


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THP 2-16-056 SHA (Crag View THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 546 acres; 100% clearcut, misc roadside logging.  Tom Neal Creek, Sweetbrier Creek, Lower Soda Creek (MD: T38N R4W Sec.22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 35, 36).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, steep roads, 3 unstable areas, impaired 303.d watershed, west girard roadless area, oversized units, herbicides, spotted owl, osprey, western pond turtle, trees over 32" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/21/16. VIEW

This THP is about 12 miles south of Mt Shasta, CA and about 1 mi east of Castella, CA and Highway 5 at an elevation of 2,200 to 5,000 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in ponderosa pine, Douglas fir, incense cedar and sugar pine forests.  There are 3 unstable areas related to roads including an unstable area above unit 26A (cut bank instability) in section 26 and 2 unstable areas in section 23.  Section 24 is within .5 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail, and sections 25 and 36 are adjacent to the West Girard Roadless Area.  SPI wants to use ground based equipment on steep slopes over 65% grade within unit 24B, and construct 600 feet of new road with an 18% grade on steep slopes exceeding 65% grade adjacent to unit 23B.  Osprey were reported 1,200 feet west of unit 27B and 1,600 feet NW of unit 27A, and western pond turtles were reported at North Salt Creek which is 2 miles downstream from the THP area, and at Boulder Creek.  There are 2 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log near Weaverville, CA.


PANORAMIC Photo By Larry Doc Butcher
THP 2-16-054 TRI (9 Ball THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 217 acres; 83% clearcut, 6% selection, 4% seed tree, 4% rehab, 3% shelterwood, misc roadside logging.  West Weaver Creek, East Weaver Creek (MD: T34N R9W Sec.19; T34N R10W Sec.35).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, unstable area, 8 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, weaverville basin trail system, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/17/16. VIEW

This THP is about 2 miles north of Weaverville, CA and Highway 299 at an elevation of 2,720 to 4,080 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Douglas fir, ponderosa pine, sugar pine and white fir forests.  Portions of the Weaverville Basin Trail system are located within the THP area including the LaGrange Ditch Trail and Arbuckle Mine Trail (Section 19), the LaGrange Ditch Trail, Dolly Ditch Trail, Jackass Ridge Trail and Weaver Bally Road (Section 25).  There is an unstable area in unit 1904, and unstable areas in sections 19, 25 and 35.  The THP area flows into the Trinity River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and siltation.  SPI is planning to use ground based equipment on steep slopes over 60% grade in designated cable units to construct fire lines, and use ground based equipment within an unstable area in unit 1904.  Siskiyou Onion was found within unit 2502, and Glacus umbrellawort was found in unit 1904.  There are 3 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log east of Trinity Lake.


PANORAMIC Photo By backmans
THP 2-16-053 SHA (Honeymoon Flat THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 498 acres; 98% clearcut, 2% roadside logging.  Slate Creek (MD: T35N R6W Sec.19, 21; T35N R7W Sec.13, 23, 25, 35).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, steep roads, unstable area, 5 road drainage work sites, oversized units, herbicides, spotted owls, fisher, 8 sensitive plant species, trees over 32" dbh.  Estimated Public comment deadline: 11/15/16. VIEW

This THP is about 16 miles NE of Weaverville, CA and about 4 miles east of Trinity Lake at an elevation of 2,700 to 4,680 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in ponderosa pine, Douglas fir, incense cedar and sugar pine forests.  There is 1 unstable area in section 21 inside unit 21B.  SPI wants to use tractors adjacent to an unstable area in unit 21B, and use tractors on steep slopes exceeding 50% grade with a high erosion hazard rating in unit 13B.  They also are planning to construct segments of steep roads on slopes over 65% grade inside units 35A, 35B and 35C.  Five road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  In 1997, a Pacific fisher was spotted 1,061 feet from unit 35F in Section 2.  Eight sensitive plant species were found including: Klamath mountain catchfly within units 5A and 5C, Slender false lupine in unit 5I, Siskiyou onion near unit 7D, English peak greenbriar within units 5C and 35A, Canyon creek stonecrop in unit 13A, Redwood lily on roadsides near unit 35A, Northern clarkia inside units 7D, 13B, 19A, 21C and 35D, and Blushing wild buckwheat near units 7C and 19B.  There are 8 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area (.5 mi to 1.275 mi).

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log NE of Shingletown, CA.


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THP 2-16-047 SHA (Pluto THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 207 acres; 98% clearcut, 2% roadside logging.  Upper Battle Creek (MD: T31N R2E Sec.1; T32N R2E Sec.24, 25, 35, 36).  Winter operations, low erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, steep roads, 18 road drainage work sites, herbicides, chinook watershed, CA spotted owl, fisher, goshawk, 5 sensitive plant species, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/10/16. VIEW

This THP is about 11 miles NE of Shingletown, CA and Highway 44 at an elevation of 4,200 to 5,600 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a clearcut tractor based logging operation in ponderosa pine, sugar pine, incense cedar, white fir and Douglas fir forests.  The THP area drains into the Battle Creek watershed which is a Chinook salmon and steelhead watershed.  SPI is planning to build short temporary spur roads under 500 feet long to connect units without pre-designating locations, and construct seasonal roads in sections 25 and 36 with steep road beds exceeding 15% grade for over 200 feet.  They also are planning to construct a 65 by 50 foot waterhole within a class II (mid sized) watercourse.  18 road drainage sites are proposed for work Including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and repair/replacement of culverts.  Two fisher sightings were reported in 2011 in sections 35 and 36, and in 2012 a fisher sighting was reported in Latour State Park in section 22 which is 1.75 miles NW of the THP area.  Two goshawk nest sightings were reported, one in 2000 in section 13 which is 1.75 miles north of the THP area, and one in 2002 in section 32 which is 2 miles east of the THP area.  Upswept moonwort was found in sections 25 and 36, Rattlesnake fern was found in section 35, Butte county fritillary was found in section 35, Giant chekerbloom was found in section 36 and Obtuse starwort was found in section 24.  A CA spotted owl nesting territory is located in Section 30 which is .75 mi east of the THP area.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log east of Lake Oroville.


PANORAMIC Photo of Ponderosa Reservoir By wkuykendall
THP 2-16-043 BUT (Grasses THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 19 acres; 100% clearcut logging.  Ponderosa Reservoir, Daken Flat (MD: T19N R6E Sec.10).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 40%, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, goshawk, trees up to 140 years old.  Estimated public comment deadline: 10/28/16. VIEW

This THP is about 14 miles east of Oroville, CA and about 1.25 miles west of Forbestown, CA at an elevation of 3,200 to 3,321 feet.  The THP area is 2 miles from Lake Oroville, and 1.7 miles upstream from Ponderosa Lake, a popular fishing destination.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a clearcut tractor based logging operation in ponderosa pine, sugar pine, incense cedar, Douglas fir and white fir forests.  There is a radio transmission tower adjacent to the THP area, and a goshawk sighting was reported nearby.  Three CA spotted owl territories are located within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log near the Highway 299 coast range summit.


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THP 1-16-099 HUM (Little River Hwd THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 190.5 acres; 83% clearcut, 12% no-harvest, 4% selection, 1% roadside logging.  Toss-up Creek, Headwaters Little River (HUM: T7N R2E Sec.2, 10, 11, 13, 14, 23, 24).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 60%, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, landslide terrain, 6 road drainage work sites, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, fisher, southern torrent salamander, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 10/26/16. VIEW

This THP is about 10 miles NE of Arcata, CA and about 3 miles north of the Highway 299 coast range summit at an elevation of 1,940 to 3,360 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut feller buncher, shovel and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Douglas fir and redwood forests.  The THP area flows into the Little River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and siltation.  There is a shallow rapid landslide along the southern portion of unit C, a shallow rapid landslide along the NE boundary of unit E, and an unclassified swale in unit F.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to construct 8,780 feet of temporary road, 2,600 feet of seasonal road, 2,595 feet of existing temporary road, and re-construct a road within a class II (mid sized) watercourse area in unit D.  Six road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings and sink holes.  There was a 2006 sighting of a fisher in unit B, a 2007 sighting of a fisher in unit C, and southern torrent salamanders are known to occur in and/or immediately adjacent to unit B.  There are 3 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area, including spotted owl nesting territories within .25 miles of unit C, and within .5 miles of unit D.

Humboldt Redwood Company to log inside large tree marbled murrelet stands SE of Eureka.


PANORAMIC Photo By John Quinlan
THP 1-16-097 HUM (Freshwater 16 THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 470.7 acres; 72% group selection, 22% selection, 7% no-harvest, misc roadside logging.  Ryan Slough, Cloney Gulch, Little Freshwater Creek (HUM: T4N R1E Sec.3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 31 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, logging inside large tree marbled murrelet stands, coho watershed, spotted owls, osprey, red tailed hawk, old growth bat tree, trees up to 40" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 10/27/16. VIEW

This THP is about 4 miles SE of Eureka, CA and Highway 101 at an elevation of 120 to 760 feet.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir and grand fir forests.  The THP area flows into Freshwater Creek which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and siltation.  There are multiple road related cut bank and fill slope failures, and 76 landslide terrain sites (mostly historic debris slides) are scattered throughout the THP area.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging, and log inside large tree marbled murrelet stands 147B and 233B.  31 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings and sink holes.  There are 2 osprey nests near units 1 and 2, an historic red tailed hawk nest is located west of unit 6, and an 136" diameter old growth bat tree is located near unit 1.  Six spotted owl nesting territories were reported within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log NE of the town of Smith River.


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THP 1-16-096 DEL (Lower Rowdy THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 333.5 acres; 55% clearcut, 18% selection, 17% commercial thin, 8% no-harvest, 1% roadside logging.  Lower Rowdy Creek, Dominie Creek (HUM: T18N R1E Sec.7, 8, 17, 18, 19, 20; T18N R1W Sec.12).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, landslide terrain, 3 road drainage work sites, herbicides, oversized units, coho watershed, spotted owl, southern torrent salamanders, tailed frogs, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 10/21/16. VIEW

This THP is about 3 miles NE of the town of Smith River, CA and Highway 101 at an elevation of  100 to 1,800 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir and western hemlock forests.  There are shallow rapid landslide terrain sites in units A, C, D, E, F, G and H.  Three road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  Southern torrent salamanders are known to occur in and/or immediately adjacent to units B and H, and coastal tailed frogs are known to occur in and/or immediately adjacent to units A, C and D.  There are 5 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area, including spotted owl nesting territories within .5 miles of unit C.

Mendocino Redwood Company to log near the Skunk Train Route east of Fort Bragg.


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THP 1-16-095 MEN (Northspur THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 659.5 acres; 52% transition, 25% variable retention, 23% group selection, 1% no-harvest, misc roadside logging.  North Fork Noyo River (MD: T18N R15W Sec.4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 17).  Winter operations, steep slopes over 65%, steep roads, moderate erosion hazard, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 66 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, old growth bat tree, redwood lily, trees over 24" dbh. Estimated public comment deadline: 10/21/16. VIEW

This THP is about 12 miles east of Fort Bragg, CA and Highway 1, and about 6 miles north of Highway 20 at an elevation of 320 to 1,360 feet.  The western and southern portions of the THP area are adjacent to the Skunk Train route, including the Northspur station.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood and Douglas fir forests.  The THP area drains down the North Fork of the Noyo River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and siltation.  There are 2 cut bank road related failure sites in sections 5 and 9, and 4 landslide terrain sites in sections 5, 8 and 9.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging, and to use ground based equipment on steep slopes over 65% grade.  They also are planning to use 2 landings and 2 skid trails inside a watercourse area, and  construct 850 feet of new roads on steep slopes over 65% grade.  66 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings and sink holes.  Redwood lily was found in the THP area, and there is an old growth bat tree that will be inspected.  There are 3 spotted owl nesting territories within .7 miles of the THP area.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log NE of Eureka, CA.


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THP 1-16-093 HUM (Jacoby Creek THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 160.5 acres; 44% clearcut, 28% selection, 17% group selection, 9% shelterwood, 1% roadside logging.  Fay Slough, Lower Jacoby Creek (HUM: T5N R1E Sec.14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23).  Wet weather operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, landslide terrain, 12 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, osprey, peregrine falcon, bald eagle, 2 old growth bat trees, trees up to 40" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 10/19/16. VIEW  

This THP is about 3 miles NE of Eureka, CA and Highway 101 at an elevation of 110 to 1,120 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir, western hemlock and grand fir forests.  The THP area drains down the Jacoby Creek watershed which is listed as an impaired watershed for sedimentation.  There are 5 landslide terrain sites within unit D including 2 shallow rapid landslides, and 3 steep headwall swales.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to use 2 landings and short segments of road inside a watercourse within unit E.  12 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings and sinkholes.  There are 24 osprey nests within .25 miles of seasonal and permanent roads including an osprey nest within .25 mi of unit A, an osprey nest 240 feet from unit B, 2 osprey nests within .25 mi of unit B, 6 osprey nests within .25 mi of unit D, and 2 osprey nests in and around unit C.  A bald eagle nest is located .8 miles north of the THP area, 3 peregrine falcon nest trees are located within .25 mi of the plan area, and there are 2 old growth bat trees including a 12 foot diameter redwood snag and a 7 foot diameter redwood snag within unit D.  Four spotted owl nesting territories are located within 1.3 miles of the THP area, and there are spotted owl nesting territories within .25 miles of unit F, and within .5 miles of units B, C and D.

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log east of Orick and Redwood National Park.


PANORAMIC Photo By Greg Nyquist 
THP 1-16-091 HUM (Upper Tectah THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 250.5 acres; 62% clearcut, 36% selection, 1% no-harvest logging.  Upper Tectah Creek (HUM: T10N R2E Sec.8, 9, 16, 17, 20, 21, 29).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, landslide terrain, 15 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, oversized units, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 10/11/16. VIEW

This THP is about 5.5 miles SE of Orick, CA and Highway 101 along the eastern edge of Redwood National Park at an elevation of 160 to 1,040 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Douglas fir, redwood, Sitka spruce, Monterey pine, western red cedar and western hemlock forests.  The THP area flows into the Klamath River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, temperature, dissolved oxygen and nutrients.  There are 13 landslide terrain sites including 6 unstable areas in unit A, 1 unstable area in unit B, 2 unstable areas in unit C, 1 unstable area in unit D, and 3 unstable areas in unit E.  15 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings and sinkholes.  There is marbled murrelet habitat within .25 miles of the mainline TT-100 road on Redwood National Park Lands and along the paved Bald Hills Road.  There are 3 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area, including spotted owl nesting territories within .5 miles of unit C.

Mendocino Redwood Company to log NW of Navarro, CA.


PANORAMIC Photo By Robert Syms 
THP 1-16-090 MEN (Mendocino Mustard THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 475 acres; 70% transition, 30% variable retention logging.  North Fork Navarro River, Middle Navarro River, Ray Gulch (MD: T15N R16W Sec.3, 4, 9, 10, 15, 16).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, steep roads, landslide terrain, 8 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owls, maple leaved checkerbloom, trees up to 30" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 10/09/16. VIEW

This THP is about 5 miles NW of Navarro, CA and Highway 128 in Mendocino County at an elevation of 560 to 1,680 feet.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation 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.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment inside areas designated for cable logging, and construct a seasonal road on steep slopes between 65% and 70% grade.  They also want to use an existing mainline road inside a class I (year round) watercourse (Mustard Gulch), and use 2 seasonal roads with debris slides originating at or below the outside of the road prism.  Eight road drainage sites are planned for work Including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  Maple leaved checker bloom was found within 150 feet of a road, and within 550 feet of the nearest harvest unit.  There are 8 spotted owl nesting territories within .7 miles of the THP area.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Gualala Redwoods Timber to log out the alluvial flats of the North Fork of the Gualala River.


PANORAMIO Photo By Raniero Tazzi
THP 1-16-094 MEN (Plum THP) Gualala Redwoods Timber, 154 acres; 88% selection, 12% no-harvest logging.  Stewart Creek, Robinson Creek (MD: T11N R14W Sec.6, 7; T11N R15W Sec.12, 13, 14, 23, 24).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, 15 road drainage work sites, landslide terrain, impaired 303.d watershed, logging inside Gualala River Wild and scenic area, coho watershed, old growth bat tree, spotted owl, osprey, Cooper's hawk, red legged frog, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 10/21/16. VIEW

This THP is about 2 miles NE of the town of Gualala, CA and Highway 1 at an elevation of 30 to 200 feet.  Gualala Redwoods Timber (formerly Gualala Redwoods Inc) is planning to tractor log redwood and Douglas fir trees on 154 acres of alluvial flats (flood prone areas) along the North Fork of the Gualala River.  The THP area drains down the North Fork of the Gualala River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature into the Pacific Ocean (Unit 1 is within the Gualala River Wild and Scenic Area (.25 acres)).  Gualala Redwoods Timber Company is planning to use existing skid trails, landings and haul roads within the alluvial flats which are designated as watercourse areas.  15 road drainage sites are planned for work Including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  Ten second growth redwood trees up to 48" dbh are planned to be cut and left in the stream channel as part of a large woody debris stream enhancement project.  There are osprey nests nearby at the mouth of the Gualala River, South Fork of the Gualala River, China Gulch and at Buckeye Creek.  Cooper's hawks have been observed on the east side of the Gualala River downstream from the THP area, and a red legged frog was reported in Salal Creek (2015) 1.5 miles SW of the THP area.  There are 5 spotted owl nesting territories within .7 mi of the THP area, and an old growth bat tree will be retained in unit 18.