Sunday, February 18, 2018

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log SE of Quincy, CA near Sloat, CA.


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THP 2-18-007 PLU (Middle Fork THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 158 acres; 99% clearcut, 1% roadside logging. Poplar Creek, Jackson Creek, Little Long Valley Creek (MD: T23N R11E Sec.10, 14, 16).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes over 60%, 27 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, Quincy lupine, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 03/09/18. VIEW

The THP is about 10 miles SE of Quincy, CA near Sloat, CA and Highway 89 spanning both sides of the Middle Fork of the Feather River.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in Douglas fir, white fir, ponderosa pine, Jeffrey pine, incense cedar and sugar pine forests at an elevation of 4,000 to 5,000 feet.  27 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  SPI is planning to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging inside unit 7, and use roads and landings during the winter period.  Quincy lupine was found along an existing seasonal road cut bank in section 16.

Humboldt Redwood Company to log inside large tree marbled murrelet stands 373C and 583D near Redcrest, CA.


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THP 1-18-011 HUM (Threadbear THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 314.5 acres; 53% variable retention, 41% group selection, 5% no-harvest, 1% selection logging. Bear Creek (HUM: T1S R2E Sec.5, 6, 7, 8, 17).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, landslide terrain, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, logging inside large tree stands 373C and 583D, coho watershed, northern spotted owl, trees up to 36” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 03/09/18. VIEW

This THP is about a mile west of Redcrest, CA and Highway 101 at an elevation of 560 to 2,600 feet.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation in Redwood, Douglas fir and grand fir forests.  The THP area flows into the Eel River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature.  There are 13 landslide terrain sites (mostly debris slides) in the THP area.  Logging is proposed inside large tree marbled murrelet stands 373C and 583D. There are 5 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log adjacent to Redwood National Park.


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THP 1-18-010 HUM (Pitcher Upper THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 98.1 acres; 82% clearcut, 13% selection, 3% no-harvest, 2% special logging. Maple Creek, Bridge Creek, Pitcher Creek (HUM: T8N R1E Sec.2; T9N R1E Sec.23, 26; T9N R2E Sec.31).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, landslide terrain, impaired watershed, wet areas, oversized units, Redwood National Park, herbicides, coho watershed, marbled murrelet, osprey, great blue heron, southern torrent salamander, tailed frog, trees up to 48” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 03/09/18. VIEW

This THP is about 6 miles NE of Trinidad, CA and Highway 101 by Redwood National Park (unit C is adjacent) at an elevation of 800 to 2,200 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Douglas fir, redwood and western hemlock forests.  The THP area flows into Redwood Creek which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature, and there is a small rapid landslide terrain site in unit A. Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to use an existing road and landing inside a class II (mid sized) watercourse within unit B, and use temporary roads and landings during the winter period.  They also are proposing a 2.3 acre buffer known as a “Special Treatment Area” to hide the effects of clearcutting adjacent to Redwood National Park in unit C. There is potential marbled murrelet habitat within .25 miles of the LP Mill Road on Humboldt Redwoods State Park lands, within .25 miles of the BL 2000 Road, and .6 miles south of unit C.  Four osprey nest sites are located nearby including; 1 nest within .25 miles of the LP Mill Road, 2 nests within .25 miles of the BL 2000 Road, and a nest within .25 miles of the BL 1000 Road.  Southern torrent salamanders are known to occur within .25 miles of units A, B and C, tailed frogs are known to occur within .25 miles of unit A, and a great blue heron rockery is located .22 miles east of the BL 2000 Road.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log right next to California Pines Community SW of Alturas, CA.


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THP 2-18-004 MOD (Frank Canyon THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 665 acres; 99% clearcut, 1% selection logging. Upper Canyon Creek, Ballard Reservoir, Higgins Canyon (MD: T40N R10E Sec.3, 4, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 22, 23; T41N R10E Sec.33, 34). Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes over 50% grade, impaired 303.d watershed, California Pines community, herbicides, oversized units, CA spotted owl, goshawk, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 02/29/18. VIEW

This THP is about 14 miles SW of Alturas, CA and about 7.25 miles SE of Canby, CA and Highway 299 at an elevation of 5,100 to 6,400 feet.  The THP area is just west of the California Pines community which has over 200 homes and a 28 room guest lodge and recreation center.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a clearcut tractor based logging operation in ponderosa pine, Jeffrey pine, white fir and incense cedar forests.  Roads, landings and crossings are planned for use during the winter period. There is a goshawk territory 1.1 miles SW of the THP area in section 35, a goshawk territory 500 feet SE of the THP area in section 15, and a CA spotted owl territory within .5 miles of the THP area in section 26.

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


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THP 1-18-008 DEL (Sultan Salvage THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 100 acres; 49% clearcut, 24% sanitation salvage, 20% selection, 7% no-harvest, 1% roadside logging.  Little Mill Creek (HUM: T17N R1E Sec.18, 19).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, 9 road drainage work sites, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, foothill yellow legged frog, trees up to 40” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 02/26/18. VIEW

This THP is about 7 miles NE of Crescent City, CA and about 2 miles east of Highway 101 at an elevation of 80 to 1,300 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Douglas fir, redwood, western red cedar and western hemlock forests.  There are rapid landslide terrain sites in units A and B, and a dormant earth flow in unit C.  Nine road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  Foothill yellow legged frogs have been spotted 2.6 miles south of the THP area at the Smith River, and potential marbled murrelet habitat is located 1.5 miles SE of unit C on Six Rivers National Forest lands.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log east of Klamath, CA.


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THP 1-18-007 DEL (RM-10 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 308.8 acres; 49% clearcut, 23% commercial thin, 15% selection, 13% no-harvest logging. Lower Turwar Creek, Upper Turwar Creek, Potato Patch Creek (HUM: T13N R2E Sec.3, 4, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17; T14N R2E Sec.33, 34). Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 75%, steep roads, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 46 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, osprey, Del Norte salamander, foothill yellow legged frog, ruffed grouse, great blue heron, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 02/26/18. VIEW

This THP is about 1 mile NE of Klamath Glen, CA, and about 5 miles east of Klamath, CA and Highway 101 at an elevation of 240 to 2,880 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, Port Orford and western red cedar forests. The THP area flows into the Lower Klamath River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, temperature, dissolved oxygen and nutrients. There are dormant transitional/rotational slides, debris slides and areas of disrupted ground throughout and adjacent to the THP area. There are also multiple road failure sites that will require construction and re-construction on unstable slopes including; 4 road failure sites in unit B, 3 road failure sites in unit C, 1 road failure site in unit H, and 2 road failure sites in unit I. Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to construct a temporary road in unit B on steep slopes exceeding 20% grade for 220 feet, and re-construct 150 feet of a seasonal road with side slopes over 50% that drains towards a watercourse.  46 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  There is marbled murrelet habitat within .25 miles of unit D and associated roads, within .25 miles of unit C and associated roads, and within .25 miles of the B-10 and RM-10 roads.  One osprey nest is located within .25 miles of the B-10 Road (within .5 miles of unit D), and a second osprey nest is located within .25 miles of the B-10 Road.  In 2013, a ruffed grouse was found in unit D, foothill yellow legged frogs have been spotted at Turwer Creek .5 miles from the THP area, and a great blue heron rockery is located 1.2 miles SW from the THP area.  In 1997, a sharp shinned hawk was spotted .87 miles NW from unit A, and in 1992, a Del Norte salamander was found in unit D.  There are spotted owl nesting territories within .25 miles of units A, B, D, G, and within .5 miles of unit E.

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log SE of Klamath, CA.


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THP 1-18-006 DEL (SA-10 End THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 221.5 acres; 76% clearcut, 11% no-harvest, 9% selection, 3% roadside logging. Tarup Creek (HUM: T12N R2E Sec.5, 6; T13N R2E Sec.29, 31, 32).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes slopes up to 80%, steep roads, landslide terrain, 7 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, osprey, bald eagle, great blue heron, foothill yellow legged frog, southern torrent salamander, tailed frog, trees up to 36” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 02/26/18. VIEW

This THP is about 4 miles SE of Klamath, CA and Highway 101 at elevation of 40 to 1,300 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood and Douglas fir forests.  The THP area flows into the Lower Klamath River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, temperature, dissolved oxygen, nutrients, and a shallow rapid landslide is located in unit B. There are multiple segments of steep roads including; 2 segments of road construction and 1 segment of road re-construction on slopes over 15% grade, 2 segments of steep roads in unit D that exceed 35% grade, and 2 segments of steep roads with side slopes exceeding 65%.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to use temporary roads and landings during the winter period, and re-construct 150 feet of road inside a class II (mid sized) watercourse in unit D.  Seven road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  There is marbled murrelet habitat within .25 miles of the SA-10 Road on Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park lands.  Bald eagles have been spotted within .5 miles of the THP area along the Klamath River, and there are 4 osprey nests within .25 miles of the THP area along the Klamath River.  Foothill yellow legged frogs are known to occur immediately adjacent to unit A (Klamath River) and unit C (Tarup Creek).  There is a great blue heron rockery 1.2 miles north of unit A, tailed frogs have been spotted immediately adjacent to unit C, and southern torrent salamanders are known to occur within 400 feet of units B and G. Spotted owl nesting territories are located within .25 miles of unit A, and within .5 miles of unit B.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Sierra Pacific Industries to log trees up to 42” dbh NE of Trinity Lake.


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THP 2-18-001 TRI (Devils THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 448 acres; 73% shelterwood, 26% sanitation salvage, 1% roadside logging. Grouse Lake, Halls Gulch, Watson Creek (MD: T37N R6W Sec.21).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 55%, impaired 303.d watershed, bonanza king roadless area, herbicides, spotted owl, foothill yellow legged frog, cascade frog, 3 sensitive plant species, trees up to 42” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 02/17/18. VIEW

This THP is about 8 miles NE of Trinity Center, CA and about 4 miles NE of Lake Trinity at an elevation of 5,360 to 6,680 feet by the Bonanza King Roadless Area.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a shelterwood and sanitation salvage tractor based logging operation in Douglas fir, white fir, red fir, incense cedar, sugar pine, western white pine and Port Orford cedar.  A cascade frog was reported to be within a harvest unit in section 21, and also located within 4,394 from the nearest harvest unit in section 15.  A foothill yellow legged frog was reported to be 6,817 feet from the nearest unit in section 9, and a northern spotted owl was detected in 2016. Klamath manzanita was found in section 21, Congdon’s buckwheat was found in section 21, and Scott Mountain phacelia was found in section 21.

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log trees up to 60” dbh SE of Arcata, CA.


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THP 1-18-004 HUM (VanCleave THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 195 acres; 58% clearcut, 17% no-harvest, 12% selection, 8% commercial thin, 5% roadside logging.  Powers Creek, Lower Jacoby Creek (HUM: T5N R1E Sec.1, 2; T6N R1E Sec.35).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 80%, landslide terrain, road failure site, 6 road drainage work sites, impaired 303. watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, southern torrent salamander, great blue heron, trees up to 60” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 02/19/18. VIEW

This THP is a few miles SE of Arcata, CA and about 6 miles NE of Eureka, CA at an elevation of 680 to 1,500 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir, Sitka spruce, grand fir and western hemlock forests.  The THP area flows into the Jacoby Creek and Mad River watersheds which are listed as impaired watersheds for sediment, temperature and turbidity.  There are 8 landslide terrain sites in the THP area including 6 shallow rapid landslides, and 2 deep seated landslides.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to use temporary roads and landings during the winter period, and re-construct a section of road with a fill slope failure across an unstable area.  Six road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  There is a great blue heron rockery .8 miles NE of unit A, and southern torrent salamanders are known to occur in or immediately adjacent to units A, C and E.  Spotted owl nesting territories are located within .25 miles of units A, D and G, and within .5 miles of units B, C, E and F.

Green Diamond Resource Company planning a pair of clearcut THPs west of the Highway 299 coast range summit.


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THP 1-18-002 HUM (Canyon Creek THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 181 acres; 68% clearcut, 30% selection, 2% no-harvest, misc roadside logging.  Canyon Creek (HUM: T7N R2E Sec.26, 27, 34, 35).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, Cooper’s hawk, southern torrent salamander, coastal tailed frog, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 02/17/18. VIEW

This THP is about a mile west of the Highway 299 coast range summit and about 8 miles NE of Arcata, CA at an elevation of 700 to 1,700 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut feller buncher, cable and shovel 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 8 landslide terrain sites in unit A, 3 landslide terrain sites in unit B, 2 landslide terrain sites in unit C, 2 landslide terrain sites in unit D, and 1 landslide terrain site in unit E.  In 2010, a Cooper’s hawk was spotted .86 miles SE of unit B, and coastal tailed frogs are known to occur in or immediately adjacent to units A and B.  Southern torrent salamanders are also known to occur in or immediately adjacent to units A and B, and there are spotted owl nesting territories within .25 miles of units A and B, and within .5 miles of units C and E.  This THP is just NE of Green Diamond Resource Company’s recently proposed Jackson Creek THP 1-18-003 HUM.

THP 1-18-003 HUM (Jackson Creek THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 171 acres; 72% clearcut, 17% selection, 10% no-harvest, 1% roadside logging.  Canyon Creek, Denman Creek, Pollock Creek (HUM: T6N R2E Sec.4, 9, 10, 14, 15; T7N R2E Sec.32, 33, 34).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 10 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, red tree vole, southern torrent salamander, coastal tailed frog, trees up to 72” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 02/19/18. VIEW

This THP is a few miles SW of the Highway 299 coast range summit and about 6 miles NE of Arcata, CA at an elevation of 600 to 1,500 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir, grand fir and red cedar forests.  The THP area flows into the Mad River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, temperature and turbidity.  There are shallow rapid landslides terrain sites in units B, F, and H, and adjacent to units E and I, and also along a road that has slumped for 75 to 100 feet in unit I.  Ten road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  Marbled murrelet habitat exists .5 miles SE of the THP area along Bald Mountain Creek, and in 1990, a red tree vole was spotted in unit G.  Coastal tailed frogs are known to occur within 1,000 feet of units G and H, and southern torrent salamanders are known to occur within 1,000 feet of units A, B, E, G, H and I. There are spotted owl nesting territories within .25 miles of units E, F, G, H and I. This THP is just SW of Green Diamond Resource Company’s recently proposed Canyon Creek THP 1-18-002 HUM.

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


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THP 1-17-149 HUM (K&K 830 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 214.5 acres; 76% clearcut, 17% selection, 6% rehab, 1% no-harvest logging.  Roaring Gulch (HUM: T7N R2E Sec.1, 2, 12; T7N R3E Sec.6; HUM: T8N R2E Sec.35).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, steep roads, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 17 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, foothill yellow legged frog, southern torrent salamander, coastal tailed frog, trees up to 25” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 02/07/18. VIEW

This THP is about 12 miles SE of Trinidad, CA and about 5 miles north of the Highway 299 coast range summit at an elevation of 570 to 2,825 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, redwood and western hemlock forests.  The THP area flows into Redwood Creek which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature.  There are 7 shallow rapid landslide terrain sites, and 2 deep seated landslide terrain sites in unit G.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to re-construct the DV-1900 Road across shallow rapid landslide terrain in unit G, and re-construct across fill failures at 3 crossing locations along the Dolly Varden Road in unit G.  17 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  Coastal tailed frogs are known to occur immediately adjacent to unit G, southern torrent salamanders are known to occur immediately adjacent to units D and E, and foothill yellow legged frogs have been reported approximately 1.5 miles upstream from unit F.

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log SE of Trinidad, CA.


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THP 1-17-148 HUM (CR2220 Thin THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 180 acres; 74% clearcut, 26% no-harvest logging. Lower South Fork (HUM: T7N R1E Sec.1, 2; T8N R1E Sec.34, 35).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, 8 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, coastal tailed frog, trees up to 36” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 02/07/18. VIEW

This THP is about 5 miles SE of Trinidad, CA and about 10 miles NE of Arcata, CA at an elevation of 300 to 800 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood and Douglas fir forests.  The THP area flows into the Little River which is listed as an impaired watershed for bacteria.  There are 2 shallow rapid landslide terrain sites in unit A, and 1 deep seated landslide terrain site in unit B.  Eight road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, and culvert repair/replacement.  A peregrine falcon eyrie is located 1.8 miles SE of unit D, and coastal tailed frogs are known to occur within .5 miles of units A and C.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Green Diamond Resource Company planning a pair of clearcut THPs west of the Klamath River.

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THP 1-17-144 HUM (Outer Hancorne THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 277.5 acres; 73% clearcut, 25% selection, 1% roadside, 1% no-harvest logging. Lower Roach Creek (HUM: T10N R2E Sec.1, 12; T10N R3E Sec.6, 7, 8; T11N R2E Sec.36).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 80%, landslide terrain, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, bald eagle,  golden eagle, osprey, foothill yellow legged frog, trees up to 50” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 02/04/18. VIEW

This THP is about 9 miles SE of Orick, CA, and about 9 miles NW of Weitchpec, CA near the Klamath River at an elevation of 400 to 2,280 feet. Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Douglas fir, redwood and western hemlock forests.  The THP area flows into the Lower Klamath River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, temperature, dissolved oxygen and nutrients, and there are numerous shallow rapid landslide terrain sites throughout the THP area.  Eight road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, and culvert repair/replacement.  An osprey nest is located within .5 miles of THP units, and a bald eagle nest is located .4 miles NE of unit F and within .25 miles of seasonal haul roads.  Golden eagles have been spotted 1.3 miles SW of unit H, and foothill yellow legged frogs have been spotted at the Klamath River 1 mile from the THP area.  There are spotted owl nesting territories within .25 miles of unit F, and within .5 miles of units B and E.  This THP is just SE of Green Diamond Resource Company’s recently proposed TT220 THP 1-17-147 HUM.

THP 1-17-147 HUM (TT220 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 140.5 acres; 76% clearcut, 15% no-harvest, 5% selection, 3% roadside logging. Lower Tectah Creek (HUM: T11N R2E Sec.22, 23, 24, 26, 28).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 80%, landslide terrain, 9 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, bald eagle, marten, southern torrent salamander, tailed frog, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 02/07/18. VIEW

This THP is about 6 miles NE of Orick, CA, and about 12 miles NW of Weitchpec, CA near Redwood National Park at an elevation of 400 to 2,000 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Douglas fir, redwood, western cedar and western hemlock forests.  The THP area flows into the Lower Klamath River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, temperature, dissolved oxygen and nutrients.  There is a deep seated landslide terrain site in unit A, and shallow rapid landslide terrain sites in unit E.  Nine road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  Marbled murrelet habitat is located on Redwood National Park lands within .25 miles of the TT100 Road and along Bald Hills Road, and bald eagles have been spotted at the Klamath River over a mile east of the THP area.  A marten was reported within 1.25 miles of units A, B and C, tailed frogs are known to occur within .5 miles of units E and C, and southern torrent salamanders are known to occur within 500 feet of units A and C. There are spotted owl nesting territories within within .5 miles of unit A.  This THP is just NW of Green Diamond Resource Company’s recently proposed Outer Hancorne THP 1-17-144 HUM.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Humboldt Redwood Company to log trees up to 60” dbh SW of Scotia, CA.


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THP 1-17-142 HUM (Chase Ranch THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 97.1 acres; 43% variable retention, 34% selection, 23% no-harvest, misc roadside logging.  Beer Bottle (HUM: T1N R1W Sec.36; T1S R1W Sec.1, 2).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, landslide terrain, 19 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, trees up to 60” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 02/03/18. VIEW

This THP is about 4 miles SW of Scotia, CA and about 10 miles NW of Redcrest, CA and Highway 101 at an elevation of 800 to 1,660 feet.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Douglas fir and grand fir forests. The THP area flows into the Bear River and Pacific Ocean and is listed as an impaired watershed for temperature. There are 12 landslide terrain sites (debris slides and debris slide slopes) in the THP area. 19 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  Five spotted owl nesting territories are located within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Green Diamond Resource Company planning a pair of clearcut THPs east of Redwood National Park.


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THP 1-17-137 HUM (Big Prairie THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 124.5 acres; 89% clearcut, 6% no-harvest, 5% selection logging. Middle Roach Creek, Moreck Creek, Miners Creek, Lower Tully Creek (HUM: T10N R3E Sec.22, 26, 27, 28).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 80%, oversized units, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marten, trees up to 36” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 02/01/18. VIEW

This THP is about 18 miles NE of Trinidad, CA and about 6 miles NW of Weitchpec, CA near the eastern boundary of Redwood National Park. Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in Douglas fir and western hemlock forests at an elevation of 1,830 to 3,330 feet.  The THP area flows into the Lower Klamath River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, temperature, dissolved oxygen and nutrients.  A marten was detected about 1.1 miles east of the THP area, and there are spotted owl nesting territories within .5 miles of unit E.  This THP is just north of Green Diamond Resource Company’s recently proposed Tully Creek East THP 1-17-143 HUM.

THP 1-17-143 HUM (Tully Creek East THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 212 acres; 83% clearcut, 8% no-harvest, 7% selection, 2% roadside logging. Lower Tully Creek, Upper Tully Creek (HUM: T9N R3E Sec.2, 3, 10, 11; T10N R3E Sec.35).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 80%, steep roads, landslide terrain, 27 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, oversized units, coho watershed, spotted owl, golden eagle, trees up to 48” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 02/04/18. VIEW

This THP is about 16 miles NE of Trinidad, CA and about 4 miles NW of Weitchpec, CA near the eastern boundary of Redwood National Park. Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Douglas fir forests at an elevation of 2,200 to 3,000 feet.  The THP area flows into the Lower Klamath River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, temperature, dissolved oxygen and nutrients.  There are shallow rapid landslide terrain sites in units D, E, and G, shallow rapid landslide terrain sites in between units A, B, F, G, and deep seated landslide terrain sites in unit D.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to re-construct a short segment of road with steep slopes exceeding 20% grade in unit G, and re-construct a segment of road with steep side slopes exceeding 65% in unit C.  They also are planning to re-construct a short segment of temporary road inside a class II (mid sized) watercourse in unit D, and re-construct a short segment of seasonal road inside a class II (mid sized) watercourse in unit C. There are 2 sections of haul roads proposed for re-construction in areas of unstable soils, and 27 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings. Golden eagles have been spotted 1.5 miles west of the THP area, and there are spotted owl nesting territories within .25 miles of units E, F and G, and within .5 miles of units A, B and D.  This THP is just south of Green Diamond Resource Company’s recently proposed Big Prairie THP 1-17-137 HUM.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log SE of Orick, CA.


PANORAMIO Photo By wesuk79
THP 1-17-136 HUM (Roach/Johnson THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 348 acres; 57% clearcut, 18% selection, 13% no-harvest, 10% commercial thin, 2% roadside logging.  Upper Roach Creek (HUM: T9N R2E Sec.2, 3; T10N R2E Sec.33, 34, 35, 36).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, steep roads, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 33 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, golden eagle, southern torrent salamander, tailed frog, trees up to 30” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/22/18. VIEW

This THP is about 8 miles SE of Orick, CA and about 12 miles NE of Trinidad, CA near the eastern boundary of Redwood National Park at an elevation of 1,000 to 2,200 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging on steep and unstable slopes in redwood and Douglas fir forests.  The THP area flows into the Lower Klamath River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, temperature, dissolved oxygen and nutrients. There are unstable areas in units C, D, E, G, H, J, I including; multiple road related fill failures and cut bank failures throughout the THP area, 6 small to medium sized deep seated landslide terrain sites in unit D, and 3 shallow rapid landslide terrain sites in unit D. Green Diamond Resource Company is proposing to re-construct an existing road that crosses an unstable area in units C and D, and re-construct a segment of road on steep slopes over 65% grade between units C and D.  33 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  Golden eagles were spotted within .5 miles of the THP area, and tailed frogs have been spotted within 300 feet of unit F.  Southern torrent salamanders were reported to be inside unit E, and within 400 feet of units B, H and J.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

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


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THP 2-17-080 SHA (Amp THP) Roseburg Resources Company, 749 acres; 96% clearcut, 4% selection logging. Deep Creek, Little Roaring Creek, Bush Bar (MD: T36N R1E Sec.17, 18, 19, 20, 30; T36N R1W Sec.13, 23, 24, 25, 36).  Winter operations, low erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 60%, 64 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, osprey, bald eagle, northern goshawk, English peak greenbriar, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/27/18. VIEW

This THP is about 12 miles NW of Burney, CA and about 7 miles north of Montgomery Creek, CA and Highway 299 at an elevation of 2,800 to 3,600 feet.  Roseburg Resources Company is planning a tractor based clearcut logging operation in Douglas fir, white fir, incense cedar, sugar pine and ponderosa pine forests.  The use of an existing haul road across an unstable area is proposed outside of the THP area, and the use and construction of roads, landings and crossings are proposed during the winter period.  64 road drainage sites are planned for use including rocking, dip construction, rocking, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/restoration.  In 2015, a northern goshawk was discovered less than .25 miles from unit 3002, and osprey and bald eagle are seen frequently along the Pit River.  English peak greenbriar was found within units 1904, 3001, 2502, 2504, 2506, 1902, 2001, 1801 and 1303.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Green Diamond Resource Company to log adjacent to Harry Merlo State Park


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THP 1-17-135 HUM (BL1110 Thin THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 168.4 acres; 73% commercial thin, 27% no-harvest logging. McDonald Creek, Pitcher Creek (HUM: T9N R1E Sec.17, 18, 20).  Wet weather operations, low erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, landslide terrain, impaired 303.d watershed, Harry Merlo State Park, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, osprey, bald eagle, tailed frog, trees up to 26” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/21/18. VIEW

This THP is about 6 miles NE of Trinidad, CA and about a mile east of Highway 101 by Harry Merlo State Park (unit A is adjacent) an elevation of 50 to 350 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Sitka spruce and Douglas fir forests.  There are 5 landslide terrain sites in the THP area including 2 shallow rapid landslides, and 3 deep seated landslide terrain sites.  An osprey nest is located within .25 miles of unit A and the LP Mill Road, and bald eagle nests are located within .25 miles of unit A, within .5 miles of the LP Mill Road, and within .25 miles of several haul roads. Tailed frogs have been spotted adjacent to unit A, and marbled murrelet habitat exists on Harry Merlo State Park lands within 300 feet of unit A, within .25 miles of the LP Mill Road, and near several haul roads.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

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


PANORAMIO Photo By Greg Nyquist
THP 1-17-134 HUM (Ogletree THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 117.9 acres; 84% clearcut, 15% selection, 1% no-harvest logging. Upper Roach Creek (HUM: T9N R2E Sec.11, 12, 13, 14).  Winter operations, low erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 60%, landslide terrain, 16 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, golden eagle, trees up to 36” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/21/18. VIEW

This THP is about 12 miles NE of Trinidad, CA and Highway 101, and just east of Redwood National Park at an elevation of 1,400 to 2,400 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 Lower Klamath River watershed which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, temperature, dissolved oxygen and nutrients.  There is a cut bank failure on a road near unit C, and a fill slope failure at road point 13. 16 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  Golden eagles have been reported within .5 miles of the THP Area, and there are spotted owl nesting territories within .25 miles of units B, D, and E, and within .5 miles of units A and C.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Mendocino Redwood Company to log trees up to 140 years old by Navarro Redwoods State Park.


PANORAMIO Photo By Robert Syms
THP 1-17-133 MEN (Lower Navarro THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 380 acres; 82% group selection, 18% selection logging. Mouth of Navarro River, Cuffeys Point (MD: T15N R17W Sec.2, 10, 11, 12, 13).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 80%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 51 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, osprey, 4 sensitive plant species, bishop pine forest, trees up to 140 years old.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/20/18. VIEW

This THP is about 8 miles SE of Mendocino, CA and about 3 miles north of Elk, CA by the Navarro Redwoods State Park at an elevation of 40 to 880 feet.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning a 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 Navarro River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature.  There are 5 landslide terrain sites (rockslides) in the THP area, and 115 feet of road with bank erosion is proposed for re-construction adjacent to the Navarro River.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging, and use ground based equipment in unstable areas.  51 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  There are osprey nests located adjacent to the Navarro River, and at the upper end of Marsh Gulch, and marbled murrelet habitat within the THP Area.  Coast lily was found along existing roads, Bolander’s reed grass was found on landings and open skid trails, leafy stemmed miterwort was reported along a road in the northern boundary of the plan area, and Long bearer lichen was found along roads.  There is a bishop pine forest community that will be retained in the THP area.  Three spotted owl nesting territories are located within .7 miles of the THP area.

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


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THP 2-17-079 LAS (Long Halls THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 393 acres; 100% clearcut logging. Lower Butte Creek (MD: T33N R7E Sec.5, 6, 7, 8, 17, 18, 19, 20).  Winter operations, low erosion hazard, slopes up to 40%, herbicides, greater sandhill crane, Susanville milk vetch, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/26/18. VIEW

This THP is about 23 miles SE of Burney, CA and about 10 miles NE of Old Station, CA at an elevation of 5,620 to 6,120 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a clearcut tractor based logging operation in white fir, ponderosa pine, Jeffrey pine, and incense cedar forests.  Temporary “jump roads” are proposed for construction under 500 feet in length without pre-designation to connect haul roads with landings, and winter operations are proposed for roads, landings and crossings.  In 2000, a pair of greater sandhill cranes were reported near Halls Flat 2 miles west of the THP Area.  Susanville milk vetch was found inside units 6, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 19 and 20.

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


PANORAMIO Photo By Greg Nyquist
THP 1-17-132 HUM (Golden Graham THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 225.1 acres; 82% group selection, 10% no-harvest, 9% selection, misc roadside logging. Cloney Gulch, Upper Freshwater Creek (HUM: T4N R1E Sec.1, 2, 12; T4N R2E Sec.6).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, landslide terrain, steep slopes up to 65%, 30 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, coho watershed, spotted owl, trees up to 46” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/19/18. VIEW

This THP is about 8 miles SE of Eureka, CA and about .5 miles SW of Kneeland, CA at an elevation of 280 to 1,720 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. There are 20 landslide terrain sites in the THP area including multiple earth flows, debris slides, disrupted ground, rock slides, fill slope and cut bank failures.  The THP area flows into Freshwater Creek which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and siltation. Humboldt Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging, and use ground based equipment in unstable areas.  There are 6 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Green Diamond Resource Company to log SE of the town of Smith River, CA.


PANORAMIO Photo By Gregg Phipps
THP 1-17-131 DEL (Little Mor THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 162 acres; 40% commercial thin, 38% clearcut, 16% selection, 6% no-harvest, misc roadside logging. Little Mill Creek, Savoy Creek (HUM: T18N R1E Sec.31; T18N R1W Sec.25, 36).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, landslide terrain, 7 road drainage work sites, steep slopes up to 70%, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, bald eagle, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/15/18. VIEW

This THP is about a mile SE of the town of Smith River, CA and Highway 101 at an elevation of 300 to 1,400 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation in redwood, Douglas fir and western hemlock forests. Shallow rapid landslides exist in units A, B, C and D, and there are 7 road drainage sites planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings. An historic (1974) bald eagle nest was reported .5 miles from unit A.

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log adjacent to McKinleyville, CA


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THP 1-17-130 HUM (Murray Road THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 99 acres; 76% clearcut, 24% selection, 1% roadside logging. Norton Creek, Mill Creek, Mather Creek (HUM: T6N R1E Sec.4; T7N R1E Sec.28, 33, 34).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 85%, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, cooper’s hawk, trees up to 60” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/15/18. VIEW

This THP is a mile east of McKinleyville, CA and Highway 101 at an elevation of 200 to 800 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in Douglas fir, Sitka spruce and grand fir forests.  The THP area flows into the Mad River watershed which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, turbidity and temperature.  In 2012, a Cooper’s hawk was reported 2.1 miles north of unit A, and there are spotted owl nesting territories within .25 miles of units A and B.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log near a pair of rarely seen great gray owls.


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THP 4-17-013 CAL (Bruce THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 227 acres; 96% clearcut, 4% selection logging.  Lower Panther Creek (MD: T7N R14E Sec.13, 14, 15, 16, 19, 20, 21, 24, 29).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 60%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 25 road drainage work sites, herbicides, CA spotted owl, northern goshawk, great gray owl, golden eagle, foothill yellow legged frog, coleman’s piperia, Sierra clarkia, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/17/17. VIEW

This THP is just south of the Carson Pass Highway 88 and the Mokelumne River and about 4 miles east of West Point, CA at an elevation of 2,800 to 5,000 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor based logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in ponderosa pine, sugar pine, white fir, Douglas fir and incense cedar forests.  There are 8 unstable areas mostly related to damage from storms during the winter of 2016/2017 including; multiple road related fill slope and crossing failures, erosion along a steep headwall swale within the SE portion of unit 1597, a small fill failure north of a landing in unit 2017, a fill failure off a landing and erosive wet area near the eastern boundary of unit 2068, and a fill failure off a landing that resulted in a debris torrent along the SE border of unit 2080.  SPI is planning to use and construct roads, landings and crossings during the winter period, and use ground based equipment on slopes over 50% grade with a high erosion hazard in units 1597, 2017 and 2080.  They also want to use ground based equipment on unstable areas in units 1597, 2017, 2068 and 2080.  25 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 nesting pair of great gray owls (rarely seen - state “endangered” species) was spotted in section 21.  In 2008, a golden eagle nest was reported in section 15, a northern goshawk nesting territory is located in section 21, and a foothill yellow legged frog was found sunning itself on a road proposed for use in section 21. There are 14 botanical protection areas for coleman’s piperia (unit 4301) and Sierra clarkia (units 314, 1584, 1597, 2068, 2017, 2082, 4301) in sections 14, 19, 20, 21 and 24.  Seven CA spotted owl nesting territories are located within 1.3 miles of the THP area in sections 13, 14, 16, 18, 22 and 29.

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log west of Heart Lake and Mount Lassen.


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THP 2-17-070 SHA (Artemis THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 948 acres; 99% clearcut, 1% roadside logging. Upper Digger Creek (MD: T30N R2E Sec.13, 24, 25; T30N R3E Sec.15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29, 33, 34, 35).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, 77 road drainage work sites, oversized units, herbicides, chinook watershed, 3 sensitive plant species, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/13/17. VIEW

This THP is about 12 miles SE of Shingletown, CA and Highway 44, and about 8 miles west of Mt. Lassen near Heart Lake at an elevation of 4,000 to 5,800 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in ponderosa pine, sugar pine, white fir, Douglas fir, and incense cedar forests.  Landings, roads and crossings are proposed for construction and use during the winter period, and temporary roads up to 500 feet in length are proposed for construction without pre-designation.  The construction and use of a temporary tractor road is proposed within a class I (year round) and class II (mid sized) watercourse in unit 66.  77 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  Giant checker bloom was found within harvest units 26, 52, 66 and 76, Mingan’s moonwort was found within a wet area in unit 52, and Butte County fritillary was found within harvest units 4, 18 and 20.  There are 3 CA spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Sierra Pacific Industries to log in nice high elevation stands near California’s only wolverine.


PANORAMIC Photo By John Saltenberger
THP 2-17-068 NEV (Jack THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 765 acres; 89% group selection, 11% sanitation salvage logging.  English Meadow, Jackson Meadow Reservoir, East Fork Creek, Bowman Lake (MD: T19N R12E Sec.25; MD: T19N R13E Sec.19, 29, 31).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 55%, 9 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, wet areas, Jackson Meadows Reservoir, herbicides, CA spotted owl, northern goshawk, wolverine, obtuse stellaria, scalloped moonwort, trees up to 120 years old.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/09/17. VIEW

This THP is about a dozen miles NW of the summit of I-80 and about 6 miles SE of Sierra City and Highway 49 at an elevation of 6,080 to 7,240 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly group selection tractor based logging operation in nice high elevation stands of true fir, Jeffrey pine, sugar pine, lodgepole pine, quaking aspen and white pine forests.  The THP area is adjacent to the western and southwestern shores of Jackson Meadows Reservoir (sections 19 and 29), which is a popular boating, canoeing, swimming and fishing destination near 5 campgrounds (Aspen, Wood Camp, Pass Creek, Fir Top and Findely).  A WOLVERINE was spotted in the general vicinity of the THP area (unspecified) during the winter months of 2008-2009.  SPI is planning to use and construct landings, roads and crossings during the winter period, and use 2 existing landings inside class III (intermittent) watercourses.  They also are planning to use 150 feet of an existing tractor road inside a class II (mid sized) watercourse in section 29, and use an existing tractor road crossing inside a class II (mid sized) watercourse in section 31.  Nine road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  There is a 1999 report of a northern goshawk sighting .04 miles from the THP area in section 29, and in 1992, a Sierra Nevada foothill yellow legged frog was reported to be 2.68 miles from the THP area in section 9.  Obtuse Stellaria was found under moist alder thickets and adjacent to creeks in sections 19 and 31, and scalloped moonwort was found just below a spring at the top of an alder thicket SE of Catfish Lake.  There are 3 CA spotted owl nesting territories within 1.1 miles (.01, .06 and 1.1 miles) of the THP area in sections 25, 30, 32 and 35.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log SW of Castle Craigs State Park


PANORAMIC Photo By Paul Reichow
THP 2-17-067 TRI (Whalan THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 70 acres; 100% clearcut logging.  Baker Creek (MD: T38N R5W Sec.19).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, oversized units, 17 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, Pacific tailed frog, Cascade frog, California pitcher plant, California lady’s slipper, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/07/17. VIEW

This THP is about 10 miles SW of Dunsmuir, CA and I-5, and about 5 miles SW of Castle Craigs State Park at an elevation of 4,400 to 5,700 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a clearcut tractor based logging operation in Douglas fir, ponderosa pine, sugar pine, incense cedar and western white pine forests.  17 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and repair/replacement of culverts.  There is an 1984 report of a Cascade Frog less than 1.2 miles from unit 19A in section 17, and a 1989 report of Pacific tailed frogs .3 miles from unit 19A in section 18.  California pitcher plant was found inside a class I (year round) watercourse in unit 19C, and California lady’s slipper was found along the East Fork Trinity River near the bottom of unit 19B.  There is 1 spotted owl nesting territory within 1.5 miles of the THP area.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

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


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THP 2-17-066 SIS (Cinnamon Cub THP) Roseburg Resources Company, 264 acres; 100% clearcut logging, misc roadside logging.  North Fork Bear Creek, Dead Horse Canyon (MD: T39N R2E Sec.5, 8, 9).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, unstable area, 14 road drainage work sites, oversized units, herbicides, spotted owl, pacific fisher, northern goshawk, Klamath fawn lily, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/07/17. VIEW

This THP is east of Mt Shasta (about 20 miles east of McCloud, CA) near the townsite of Pondosa, CA and Highway 89 at an elevation of 4,200 to 4,800 feet.  Roseburg Resources Company is planning a clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in white fir, Douglas fir, ponderosa pine, sugar pine, and incense cedar forests.  There is an unstable area adjacent to unit 802C.  Roseburg Resources Company is planning to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging, use and construct crossings, landings and roads during the winter period, and use an existing landing inside a class III (intermittent) watercourse area.  14 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and repair/replacement of culverts.  Three fisher sightings were reported near the THP area (unspecified), and a northern goshawk nest was reported within 1.3 miles of the THP area.  In 2010, a Cascade frog was reported in Bear Creek at Big Bear Flat approximately 2 miles downstream from the THP area. Klamath fawn lily was found at 5 locations within or adjacent to units 501, 802, 807 and 902.  There are 2 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log trees up to 50” dbh by the Trinity Alps Wilderness.


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THP 2-17-063 TRI (Archimedes THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 314 acres; 70% clearcut, 16% conifer removal around black oaks, 14% selection, misc roadside logging.  Big Bear Lake, Eagle Creek (MD: T38N R7W Sec.7, 9, 17).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, unstable area, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, Trinity alps wilderness, Horse Flat and Eagle Creek campgrounds, herbicides, 8 sensitive plant species, trees up to 50” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/06/17. VIEW

This THP is next to the Trinity Alps Wilderness Area boundary (units 1603, 1604 and 1720 are adjacent) 5.5 miles north of Coffee Creek, CA and Trinity Lake and about 30 miles NE of Weaverville, CA.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in Douglas fir, ponderosa pine, sugar pine, incense cedar and white fir forests at an elevation of 3,000 to 5,000 feet.  The THP area is close to Horse Flat Campground and Eagle Creek Campground, and also close to the Eagle Creek Benches trailhead in section 7.  There is an unstable area near unit 1730.  SPI is planning to use ground based equipment on existing skid trails on slopes over 50% with a high erosion hazard in unit 1603, and on slopes between 50% and 65% for fire line construction.  They also are planning to use ground based equipment on existing skid trails in areas designated for cable logging in units 1716, 1720 and 1730, and use 6 existing landings inside or adjacent to class II (mid sized) watercourse areas.  There are 8 sensitive plant species that were found in the THP area including; English Peak Greenbriar in unit 1771, Congdon’s buckwheat in unit 1605, Mountain lady’s slipper in unit 1716, Shasta arnica in units 1605, 1730 and 1763, Scott Mountain fawn lily in units 1716 and 1771, Klamath manzanita in units 1603, 1604 and 1720, rattlesnake fern along the NW edge of unit 1716, and thread leaf beard tongue in unit 1605.  There are 3 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

EPIC Files Ballot Measure to Ban Clearcutting in Humboldt County



Humboldt Seeks to Join Marin County in Banning Clearcutting
November 15, 2017

Eureka, Calif.—The Environmental Protection Information Center (EPIC) has submitted a voter initiative to Humboldt County to ban the destructive forestry practice known as “clearcutting” within Humboldt County and implement well recognized principles of sustainable forestry. Clearcutting and other even-aged management involves the removal of all or nearly of a forest stand in a single harvest. This extreme forest disturbance harms water quality and wildlife habitat, and exacerbates climate change. Volunteers will be collecting signatures on the ordinance with the intention of making it on the general election ballot in November 2018.

“Clearcutting is a relic of another era,” said Tom Wheeler, Executive Director of EPIC. “Clearcutting is bad for Humboldt County. It releases more carbon dioxide than a forest fire, destroys fish and wildlife habitat, and pollutes drinking water. As Humboldt County residents, we demand better.”

Timber can be harvested using less destructive methods, such as selection logging, which removes only a portion of trees while preserving the forest. This ordinance would require these types of methods to be employed. The ordinance would also require that timber companies retain large, old trees and other wildlife trees that are disproportionately important for species that depend on older forests.

Humboldt County would join Marin County in banning clearcutting, and would join a number of other local governments, including Berkeley, Brisbane, Daly City, Davis, Menlo Park, Monte Sereno, San Francisco, Saratoga, and Sunnyvale, in expressing their opposition to the practice. Local regulation of timber production is preempted by state law; however, the California Forest Practice Act provides that counties can recommend rules to the Board of Forestry and Fire Protection. These rules must be adopted if the rules are consistent with the Forest Practice Act and necessary to protect the needs of Humboldt County.

Successful timber companies do not need to employ clearcutting to provide good paying jobs. In the redwood region, Humboldt Redwood Company and Mendocino Redwood Company both do not utilize clearcutting in their forest management. Across the state, other companies, such as Collins Pine, based in Plumas County, have likewise demonstrated that clearcutting isn’t a necessary tool to be successful.

The Environmental Protection Information Center (EPIC) advocates for science- based protection and restoration of Northwest California’s forests, using an integrated, science-based approach, combining public education, citizen advocacy, and strategic litigation.