Thursday, November 28, 2019

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log SW of Burney, CA by the Highway 299 summit.


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THP 2-19-183 SHA (Vista Flat THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 350 acres; 87% clearcut, 7% fuel break, 6% commercial thin, misc roadside logging. Terry Lake (MD: T34N R2E Sec 2, 3, 10; T35N R2E Sec 26, 27, 33, 34).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 55%, herbicides, CA spotted owl, osprey, 2 sensitive plant species, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/18/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 3 miles SW of Burney, CA and just south of the Highway 299 summit at an elevation of 3,300 to 4,900 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor based logging operation in ponderosa pine, sugar pine, white fir, Douglas fir and incense cedar forests.  Ground based equipment is proposed for use on slopes between 50% and 65% with a moderate erosion hazard rating.  Two osprey territories were reported within the THP area including; an osprey nest within.42 miles of the nearest harvest unit in section 2, and an osprey nest within .15 miles of the THP area in section 2. California goodbanner and Castlegar hawthorn were found adjacent to unit 26A.  There is a CA spotted owl nesting territory within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log trees up to 48” dbh near Lassen Volcanic National Park and Mineral, CA.


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THP 2-19-180 TEH (Rio Gatito THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 822 acres; 80% clearcut, 15% fuel break, 5% commercial thin, misc roadside logging. Panther Creek (MD: T29N R2E Sec 14; T29N R3E Sec 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, 45 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, chinook watershed, CA spotted owl, northern goshawk, Butte Country fritillary, trees up to 48” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/18/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 26 miles NE of Red Bluff, CA, 4 miles SW of Lassen Volcanic National Park and a few miles north of Mineral, CA and Highway 36 at an elevation of 4,200 to 5,700 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor based logging operation in white fir, Douglas fir, ponderosa pine, sugar pine, incense cedar, and red fir forests. The THP area flows into the Battle Creek Watershed which is listed as an impaired watershed.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning to use and construct roads, landings and crossings during the winter period.  45 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  Butte Country fritillary was found in section 19. There is a northern goshawk nest within .25 miles of units 185 and 191 in section 19, and 1 CA spotted owl nesting territory within .5 miles of the THP area in section 10.

Humboldt Redwood Company to log trees up to 60” dbh near the BLM Headwaters Reserve Elk River Trailhead SE of Eureka, CA.


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THP 1-19-181 HUM (Winterfell THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 228.5 acres; 67% group selection, 21% no-harvest, 12% selection logging.  Lower North Fork Elk River (HUM: T4N R1E Sec 30, T4N R1W Sec 25, 36).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, landslide terrain, impaired 303.d watershed, 35 road drainage work sites, BLM headwaters forest reserve, coho watershed, spotted owl, osprey, trees up to 60” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/16/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 5 miles SE of Eureka, CA and Highway 101 by the BLM Headwaters Reserve Elk River Trailhead (the closest unit is about .25 miles NE of the trail) at an elevation of 75 to 500 feet. Humboldt Redwood Company is planning a group selection tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood and Douglas fir forests.  There are 47 landslide terrain sites in the THP area including; multiple debris slides, debris slide slopes, gully erosion, steep headwall swales, earth flows, disrupted ground, debris flows, cut bank and fill failures.  The THP area flows into the Elk River watershed which is listed as an impaired watershed for sedimentation/siltation.  At least 1 landowner is objecting to how past logging damaged his water supply.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment on slopes up to 50% in areas designated for cable logging, and use ground based equipment on unstable areas to construct a new road and landing.  35 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  There are several historic osprey nest trees within the THP area, and 7 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Sunday, November 24, 2019

Timber Products Company to clearcut log SW of Etna, CA and Yreka, CA.


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THP 2-19-174 SIS (Ruffey THP) Timber Products Company, 259 acres; 80% clearcut, 14% seed tree, 5% selection, 2% roadside logging.  Mill Creek (MD: T41N R10W Sec 1, 11, 15; T41N R9W Sec 7).  Wet weather operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, steep roads, landslide terrain, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, cascade frog, leafy stemmed mitrewort, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/14/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 3 miles SW of Etna, CA and about 22 miles SW of Yreka, CA at an elevation of 3,600 to 5,700 feet.  Timber Products Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in nice high elevation stands of Douglas fir, white fir, ponderosa pine, sugar pine, incense cedar, mountain hemlock, red fir and Brewers spruce forests.  There are 2 landslide terrain sites in the THP area including; an unstable area in section 1 (adjacent to unit U3Y), and an unstable area in section 7 (within unit U9Y).  The THP area flows from Etna Creek into the Scott River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment/siltation and temperature. Timber Products Company is planning to use ground based equipment on existing skid trails in areas designated for cable logging, construct 2 segments of roads on steep slopes over 65%, and construct a segment of road on slopes over 50% within 100 feet of a watercourse area. They also are planning to construct a new segment of road through a class II (mid sized) watercourse area in section 11 to access cable yarding unit U5Y.  In 2007, a cascade frog was reported at Upper Ruffey Lake, 1.5 miles south of the THP area.  Leafy stemmed mitrewort was found at watercourse crossings along roads in close proximity to units 7, 8 and 9.  There are 3 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log by Round Valley Reservoir north of Quincy, CA.


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THP 2-19-172 PLU (Bellas THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 190 acres; 69% clearcut, 27% fuel break, 2% selection, 1% roadside logging. Lower Wolf Creek (MD: T26N R09E Sec 20, 21, 22, 27).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, 20 road drainage work sites, herbicides, CA spotted owl, bald eagle, willow flycatcher, 1 sensitive plant species, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/14/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 3 miles south of Greenville, CA and about 10 miles north of Quincy, CA by Round Valley Reservoir at an elevation of 3,480 to 7,480 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor based logging operation in Douglas fir, white fir, ponderosa pine sugar pine, incense cedar and red fir forests.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning to construct roads, landings and crossings during the winter period, and use ground based equipment on steep slopes between 50% and 60% with a moderate erosion hazard using existing skid trails within unit 106.  There are 20 road drainage work sites including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  In 2018, a bald eagle nest was occupied within 125 feet of the nearest THP unit in section 22, and in 1990, a willow flycatcher was reported in section 16 within .5 miles of the nearest THP unit.  Closethroat beardtongue was found along the western portion of the THP area (within units 101, 102, 103 and 104).  There is a CA spotted owl nesting territory within .5 miles of the THP area in section 16.

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log between Quincy, CA and Lake Oroville, CA.


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THP 2-19-170 PLU (Pinch THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 914 acres; 58% clearcut, 30% fuel break, 8% selection, 3% no-harvest, 1% roadside logging. Middle Fall River, Pinchard Creek, Upper Fall River (MD: T21N R07E Sec 1, 2, 3, 4, 10, 11, 12, 13, 24, 25, 36; T21N R08E Sec 5, 6, 7, 8; T22N R07E Sec 35, 36; T22N R08E Sec 31).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 60%, oversized units, 22 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, CA spotted owl, Sierra Nevada mountain beaver, foothill yellow legged frog, Sierra Nevada yellow legged frog, 3 sensitive plant species, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/12/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 16 miles SW of Quincy, CA, 16 miles NE of Oroville, CA and about 8 miles north of Strawberry Valley at an elevation of 3,800 to 5,500 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a clearcut and fuel break tractor and cable logging operation in white fir, incense cedar, ponderosa pine, sugar pine and Douglas fir forests.  Ground based equipment (masticators) are proposed for use in areas designated for cable logging on slopes up to 50%.  Foothill yellow legged frogs were reported in sections 2 and 23, Sierra Nevada mountain beaver was reported in sections 7, 14 and 23, and Sierra Nevada yellow legged frogs were reported in section 18. Mingan’s moonwort was found in section 11 and in units 16, 18, 30 and 32, Mildred’s clarkia was found in sections 2, 3 and 31, and in units 12, 14, 15, 16, 19 and 33, and Feltleaf violet was found in unit 25 and in section 13. There are 14 CA spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log along Highway 3 north of Weaverville, CA.


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THP 2-19-169 TRI (Hawkeye THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 265 acres; 90% clearcut, 10% selection, 1% roadside logging. Little Browns Creek, Upper Rush Creek (MD: T33N R9W Sec 3, 4, 5, 9; T34N R9W Sec 9, 17, 27).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, steep roads, landslide terrain, 41 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, 2 sensitive plant species, trees up to 28” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline:  12/12/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP parallels Highway 3 from Weaverville, CA to about 8 miles north of Weaverville at an elevation of 2,200 to 4,400 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, white fir and incense cedar forests. There are 29 landslide terrain sites in the THP area including; 8 unstable areas in section 27, 7 unstable areas in section 5, 1 unstable area in section 3, 10 unstable areas in section 4, and 3 unstable areas in section 9.  The THP area flows into the Trinity River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and siltation.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning to construct and use of roads, landings and crossings during the winter period and use ground based equipment on existing skid trails on slopes exceeding 50% with a high erosion hazard within units 1710 and 1720.  They also are planning to construct a steep road exceeding 15% grade for less than 200 feet in section 27, and use 250 feet of an existing skid within a class II (mid sized) watercourse area. Several adjacent landowners and residents near Union Gulch and Little Browns Creek have voiced concerns within the THP plan about water quality degradation and the use of herbicides by SPI near their wells and drinking water supply.  41 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  English peak greenbriar was reported in the SW corner of unit 910, inside units 320 and 430, and glaucus umbrellawort was found in unit 1720.  There are 5 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Green Diamond Resource Company to log NE of McKinleyville, CA.


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THP 1-19-167 HUM (Liitle Bull Thin) Green Diamond Resource Company, 452 acres; 77% commercial thin, 23% no-harvest logging.  Bulwinkle Creek, Lower South Fork (HUM: T7N R1E Sec 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11; T8N R1E Sec 35, 36).  Wet weather operations, low erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, 17 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, pacific fisher, bald eagle, peregrine falcon, Cooper’s hawk, western pond turtle, foothill yellow legged frog, coastal tailed frog, southern torrent salamander, trees up to 26” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/10/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 2 miles NE of McKinleyville, CA and about 3 miles SE of Trinidad, CA at an elevation of 80 to 480 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a commercial thin tractor based logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir, western hemlock and Sitka spruce forests.  The THP area flows into the Little River which is listed as an impaired watershed for indicator bacteria.  There are 3 landslide terrain sites in the THP area including; 1 unstable area adjacent to unit A, 1 unstable area within unit E, and 1 unstable area inside unit F. 17 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 bald eagle nest .31 miles from unit A, and a bald eagle nest .5 miles from several haul roads, and in 2010, a fisher was observed inside unit E.  In 2012, a cooper’s hawk was observed 1.6 miles south of unit C, and in 2008, a cooper’s hawk was observed 1.2 miles SE of unit G.  Southern torrent salamanders and coastal tailed frogs are known to occur immediately adjacent to unit F.  An historic peregrine falcon eyrie exists 1.4 miles SE of unit G, a western pond turtle was observed .07 miles NW of unit D, foothill yellow legged frogs are known to occur in the Little River near units C and D, and a bank swallow nesting colony is located .42 miles west of the THP area near Moonstone Beach.  There are spotted owl nesting territories within .5 miles of units C and D.

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log by the Trinity Alps Wilderness Area (Rush Creek Trail) north of Weaverville, CA.


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THP 2-19-163 TRI (Slingshot THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 541 acres; 87% clearcut, 10% selection, 3% shelterwood logging. Mule Creek, Stoney Creek, Trinity Alps Creek (MD: T34N R09W Sec 3; T35N R09W Sec 13, 23, 24, 25, 27, 33).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 11 road drainage work sites, trinity alps wilderness, rush creek trail, oversized units, herbicides, spotted owl, bald eagle, osprey, 10 sensitive plant species, trees up to 30” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/10/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 9 miles north of Weaverville, CA and about 1 mile north of Highway 3 and Trinity Lake near the Trinity Alps Wilderness Area (section 33 is adjacent, and clearcut unit 33C is within .25 miles of the Rush Creek Trail) at an elevation of 2,500 to 4,500 feet. Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Douglas fir, ponderosa pine, incense cedar, white fir and sugar pine forests.  There are multiple road failure sites and 11 landslide terrain sites in the THP area including; 1 unstable area in unit 33B, 1 unstable area in unit 33F, 1 unstable area adjacent to unit 27A, 3 unstable areas adjacent to unit 23A, 4 unstable areas adjacent to unit 23C and 1 unstable area in unit 13C (special treatment area).  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning to remove individual trees from watercourse areas, and construct roads and landings during the winter period. They also are planning to use ground based equipment on steep slopes over 50% with a high erosion hazard rating in unit 13A, and use ground based equipment across unstable areas (small historic slides) within unit 13C.  11 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement. Bald eagle and osprey are known to occur at Trinity Lake within 1 mile of the THP area.  There are 10 sensitive plant species in the THP area including; Clustered lady’s slipper was found in units 23A, 23B and 24E, Heckner’s lewisia was found in unit 33A, Threadleaf beardstongue was found in unit 27D, Klamath Catchfly was found in units 23F and 24E, Purdy’s fritillary was found near unit 27D, Redwood lily was found unit 24D, Tracy’s lupine was found in unit 23F and 24D, English peak greenbriar was found in units 24C, 24E and 27G, Glaucous umbrellawort was found in units 3B, 24C, 24D and 24E and Slender golden banner was found in units 27A, 13D, 23F and 33C. There are 8 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut and fuel break log near Twain Harte, CA and Highway 108.


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THP 4-19-189 TUO (South Stan THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 778 acres; 54% clearcut, 27% fuel break, 10% seed tree, 6% selection, 2% commercial thin, 1% rehab, misc roadside and special logging.  Ivons Creek, Johnie Gulch, Red Cloud Mine, Upper Sullivan Creek (T2N R16E Sec 3; T3N R16E Sec 13, 24, 25, 26, 34, 35; T3N R17E Sec 8, 9, 18, 19, 30).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, steep roads, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 60 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, osprey bald eagle, goshawk, great gray owl, trees up to 150 years old. Estimated public comment deadline: 12/21/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 10 miles NE of Sonora, CA and about 2 miles NE of Twain Harte, CA by Lyons Reservoir, a popular picnicking, hiking, fishing, bicycling and horse back riding area. Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a clearcut and fuel break tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in ponderosa pine, sugar pine, white fir, Douglas fir and incense cedar forests at an elevation of 3,976 to 5,345 feet.  There are unstable areas adjacent to units 4295, 1903, 1789 and FB2, and a proposed road re-alignment and restoration through a road failure site along the FR 4N90 Road. Sierra Pacific Industries is planning to use and construct roads, landings and crossings during the winter period, and use 3 landings and associated roads inside class I (year round) watercourse areas.  They also are planning to construct a segment of steep road exceeding 18% to access unit FB22, construct a segment of steep road exceeding 20% to access unit 4208, and construct several segments of steep roads exceeding 16% to access units 4297, 4147 and FB17.  60 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 goshawk territories including; a goshawk nest .6 miles SW of the nearest harvest unit in section 27, and a goshawk nest 700 feet SW of the nearest harvest unit in section 26.  Two osprey nests are located within the THP area including; an osprey nest on PG&E land east of Lyons Dam, and an osprey nest on USFS land on the north side of the South Fork of the Stanislaus River (.5 miles SW of Lyons Dam).  A bald eagle nest is located within 1,600 feet of the nearest harvest unit in section 18, and potential great gray owl habitat exists at Rushing Meadow within the THP area. Stebbins desert parsley was found adjacent to units 3888 and 5230, yellowlip pansy monkey flower was found within and adjacent to unit FB 20, threebract onion was found adjacent to unit 5230, and Fresno mat was found near units 4165, 1897 and FB9.  There are 11 CA spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Green Diamond Resource Company planning a pair of commercial thinning and clearcut THPs south of Highway 299 near Arcata, CA.


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THP 1-19-161 HUM (CB 1000 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 446 acres; 75% commercial thin, 12% clearcut, 12% no-harvest, 2% selection logging.  Hutchery Creek, Lower Cannon Creek (HUM: T5N R2E Sec 2, 3; T6N R2E Sec 27, 28, 33, 34, 35).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, landslide terrain, 14 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, sharp shinned hawk, northern red legged frog, foothill yellow legged frog, southern torrent salamander, coastal tailed frog, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/02/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 6 miles east of Arcata, CA and Highway 101, and about a mile south of Korbel, CA and Highway 299 at an elevation of 320 to 1,760 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a commercial thin and clearcut tractor 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, turbidity and temperature.  There are 9 unstable areas in the THP area including; 3 shallow rapid landslide terrain sites and 1 deep seated landslide terrain site in unit A, 1 shallow rapid landslide terrain site in unit D, and 4 shallow rapid landslide terrain sites in unit F.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to use temporary roads and landings during the winter period. 14 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  In 2000, a sharp shinned hawk was observed 1.5 miles NW of unit A, and in 2013, a red legged frog was observed within 80 meters of unit F, and in 1990, a red legged frog was observed within .2 miles of unit G. Southern torrent salamanders and coastal tailed frogs are known to occur immediately adjacent to units B and F, and foothill yellow legged frogs were reported 1,800 feet NE of unit A in the NF of the Mad River.  There are spotted owl nesting territories within unit G, within .25 miles of units B, C and F, and within .5 miles of A, D and E.  This THP is just NE of Green Diamond Resource Company’s recently submitted Mad Mountain THP 1-19-164 HUM.

THP 1-19-164 HUM (Mad Mountain THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 279 acres; 45% commercial thin, 36% clearcut, 15% selection, 3% no-harvest logging. Dry Creek, Lower Cannon Creek (HUM: T5N R2E Sec 7, 8, 16, 17, 18, 20, 21, 28, 29).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, landslide terrain, 11 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, bald eagle, Cooper’s hawk, foothill yellow legged frog, southern torrent salamander, coastal tailed frog, trees up to 72” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/02/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 5 miles SE of Arcata, CA and Highway 101, and about 4 miles south of Korbel, CA and Highway 299 at an elevation of 1,100 to 2,000 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a commercial thin and clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable soils in redwood, western hemlock, grand fir 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 6 unstable areas in the THP area including; 3 unstable areas in unit C (1 shallow rapid landslide terrain site, 1 deep seated landslide terrain site and 1 road related landslide terrain site), 2 deep seated landslide terrain sites in unit D, and 1 deep seated landslide terrain site in unit E. Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to use temporary roads and landings during the winter period, and use feller bunchers on unstable areas within unit C. 11 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  There are 2 bald eagle nests within the THP area including; a bald eagle nest .93 miles NE of unit C, and a bald eagle nest 1.13 miles NE of unit C. Potential marbled murrelet habitat exists 790 feet NW of unit A, and within .25 miles of a seasonal road.  In 1995, a Cooper’s hawk nest was found inside unit A, coastal tailed frogs are known to occur immediately adjacent to unit A. Southern torrent salamanders are known to occur immediately adjacent to units A, C and D, foothill yellow legged frogs are known to occur inside unit A and near unit B. There are spotted owl nesting territories within unit A, within .25 miles of units B, C and F, and within .5 miles of units D and E. This THP is just SW of Green Diamond Resource Company’s recently submitted CB 1000 THP 1-19-161 HUM.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log by the CA/OR Border.


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THP  1-19-158 DEL (Winchuck 1900 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 257 acres; 57% clearcut, 20% selection, 13% commercial thin, 9% no-harvest, 1% roadside logging.  Gilbert Creek, South Fork Winchuck River (HUM: T18N R1E Sec 6, 7; T18N R1W Sec 1,3, 4; T19N R1W Sec 34).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 80%, steep roads, landslide terrain, 15 road drainage work sites, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, foothill yellow legged frog, southern torrent salamander, coastal tailed frog, red tree vole, trees over 30” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/31/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 3 miles north of the town of Smith River, CA, and about 1 mile east of Highway 101 by the CA/OR border at an elevation of 100 to 1,800 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.  There are 16 shallow rapid landslide terrain sites within and adjacent to units A, B, C, E and G. Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to use temporary roads and landings during the winter period, and use a short segment of steep road exceeding 20% grade for 75 feet in Unit A. 15 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  Potential marbled murrelet habitat exists on SIskiyou National Forest lands 323 feet north of unit A and within .25 miles of the W-1000 Road.  In 1995, red tree voles were observed inside unit B, and foothill yellow legged frogs are known to occur near unit B along the South Fork of the Winchuck River. Coastal tailed frogs are known to occur immediately adjacent to units E, F and G, and southern torrent salamanders are known to occur immediately adjacent to units B and G.  There are spotted owl nesting territories within .25 miles of unit B, and within .5 miles of units A, C, E, F and G.

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log between Redwood National Park and the Klamath River SE of Klamath, CA.


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THP 1-19-156 HUM (Forks of Ah Pah THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 315.50 acres; 68% clearcut, 25% selection, 7% no-harvest logging.  Ah Pah Creek, Bear Creek (HUM: T12N R1E Sec 13; T12N R2E Sec 7, 9 16, 21, 22, 28).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, landslide terrain, oversized units, impaired 303.d watershed, redwood national park, herbicides, coho watershed. spotted owl, marbled murrelet, bald eagle, osprey, great blue heron, Del Norte salamander, foothill yellow legged frog, southern torrent salamander, tailed frog, trees up to 30” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/31/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS, VIEW THP

This THP is about 6 miles SE of Klamath, CA between Redwood National Park (unit D is adjacent) and the Klamath River (unit G is adjacent) at an elevation of 150 to 1,800 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 Lower Klamath River watershed which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, temperature, dissolved oxygen and nutrients.  There are 12 unstable areas including; 3 landslide terrain sites in unit A, 1 landslide terrain site in unit B, 5 landslide terrain sites in unit D, and 3 landslide terrain sites in unit H.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to use temporary roads and landings during the winter period.  Three osprey nests are located within the THP area including; a nest within .25 miles of seasonal roads used to access unit F, a nest within .25 miles of unit G, and a nest within .25 miles of seasonal roads used to access unit A.  Three bald eagle nests are located within .5 miles of the THP area including; a nest within 270 feet of the CL1800 Road, a nest within .5 miles of unit F, and a nest 450 feet east of the CL1800 Road by the Klamath River.  Foothill yellow legged frogs are known to occur immediately adjacent to units G and H in the Klamath River and at Ah Pah Creek, and southern torrent salamanders and tailed frogs are known to occur immediately adjacent to unit H.  In 1994, a Del Norte salamander was observed inside unit F, and in 1991, a Del Norte salamander was observed inside unit B. There is an historic (2007) great blue heron rockery within .25 miles of seasonal roads used to access unit H. Marbled murrelet habitat exists on Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park lands within .25 miles of the S Line Road.  Spotted owl nesting territories are located within .25 miles of units A, B, F and G, and within .5 miles of unit E.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log trees up to 46” dbh by Calaveras Big Trees State Park and Dorrington, CA.


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THP 4-19-179 TUO (Geazzer THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 388 acres; 70% clearcut, 14% fuel break, 11% selection, 3% commercial thin, 2% special, 1% roadside logging.  Lower Beaver Creek, Middle Beaver Creek (T05N R16E Sec 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, steep roads, landslide terrain, impaired 303.d watershed, 55 road drainage work sites, CA big trees state park, herbicides, CA spotted owl, northern goshawk, 4 sensitive plant species, trees up to 46” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/16/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 2.7 miles SE of Dorrington, CA and Highway 4 by Calaveras Big Trees State Park at an elevation of 4,550 to 5,570 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in ponderosa pine, sugar pine, white fir, Douglas fir and incense cedar forests.  There are 3 landslide terrain sites in the THP area including; an unstable area adjacent to unit 1194, an unstable area within unit 2471, and an unstable area adjacent to a haul road.  Six acres of Special Treatment Area (STA) have been designated adjacent to California Big Trees State Park to hide the visual impacts of clearcutting (combination selection and fuel break prescription).  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning to use and construct roads, landings and crossings during the winter period, use ground based equipment on slopes between 50% and 65% with a moderate erosion hazard, use 2 existing skid trails inside a class III (intermittent) watercourse areas, and use a portion of an existing landing inside a class I (year round) watercourse area.  They also are planning to construct segments of steep temporary road exceeding 15% to 20% grade in unit 2967, construct segments of steep temporary road exceeding 15% to 20% grade in unit 1600 and 1607, and construct segments of steep temporary road exceeding 15% to 20% grade in unit 1637.  55 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  In 1999, a northern goshawk nest was reported within .66 miles of the nearest unit (2521) in section 15. Threebract onion was found along a road adjacent to unit 2471, cut leaved monkey flower was found in unit 1515, Coleman’s rein orchid was found in units 2619, 2630, 3018, 2967, 1637, 1463 and 2521, and Rocky Mountain chickweed was found in or adjacent to units 1634, 1637, 1463 and 2521.  There are 10 CA spotted owl territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Sierra Pacific Industries to group select and fuel break log between Truckee, CA and the North Shore of Lake Tahoe.


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THP 2-19-155 PLA (Lobos THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 1,473 acres; 58% group selection, 25% fuel break, 10% sanitation salvage, 5% clearcut, 2% seed tree logging.  West Martis Creek (MD: T16N R17E Sec 2, 3, 4; T17N R17E Sec 28, 33, 34, 35).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, 3 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, goshawk, willow flycatcher, trees up to 32” dbh. Estimated public comment deadline: 11/31/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 3 miles SE of Truckee, CA, about 3 miles north of the north shore of North Lake Tahoe, and a few miles east of Northstar Ski Area at an elevation of 6,500 to 7,700 feet. Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a group selection and fuel break tractor based logging operation in nice high elevation stands of red fir, white fir, Jeffrey pine, western white pine, lodgepole pine and sugar pine forests.  The THP area flows into the Truckee Watershed which is listed as an impaired watershed for sedimentation/siltation and is a popular year round recreation area for locals and tourists. Construction and use of landings and crossings is proposed during the winter period.  Three road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  In 2018, a northern goshawk was reported within .7 miles of the nearest THP unit in section 34, and in 2004, a pair of willow flycatchers were reported near the THP area.

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log SE of Mt Shasta near Bieber and Lookout, CA.


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THP 2-19-149 MOD (Whitecap THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 1,724 acres; 93% clearcut, 7% fuel break, misc roadside logging.  Armentrout Flat, Frog Waterhole, Mosquito Lake (MD: T40N R4E Sec 1, 12; T40N R5E Sec 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18; T40N R6E Sec 7, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, osprey, greater sandhill crane, northern goshawk, elk, 3 sensitive plant species, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/24/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 13 miles NW of Bieber, CA, 8 miles NW of Lookout, CA and about 38 miles SE of Mt. Shasta at an elevation of 4,000 to 4,600 feet. Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor based logging operation in ponderosa pine, sugar pine, incense cedar and white fir forests.  Construction of roads and landings is proposed during the winter period. Greater sandhill cranes and elk are known to frequent nearby Whitehorse Flat and Mosquito Lake.  There are 5 historic (over 5 years) northern goshawk sightings within the THP area, and in 2018, an osprey nest was reported inside unit 8A.  Silvery false lupine and Shasta beardtongue were found in a grassland area, and long haired star tulip was found near units 19D and 20D.

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log east of Strawberry Rock near Trinidad, CA.


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THP 1-19-150 HUM (CR2400/1640 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 284.60 acres; 56% clearcut, 20% commercial thin, 19% selection, 5% no-harvest, misc roadside logging.  Maple Creek, McDonald Creek (HUM: T8N R1E Sec 7, 8, 15, 16, 17, 18, 22).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, landslide terrain, steep slopes up to 70%, steep roads, 6 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, strawberry rock, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, osprey, southern torrent salamander, sharp shinned hawk, trees up to 40” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/20/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is a few miles NE of Trinidad, CA and about a mile east of Strawberry Rock, a popular hiking destination with great views of the Pacific Ocean.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a clearcut and commercial thinning tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes (there is a steep headwall swale in unit E) in redwood, Douglas fir, Sitka spruce, shore pine, Bishop pine and Port Orford cedar forests at an elevation of 700 to 1,400 feet.  Construction of a steep segment of temporary road is proposed exceeding 20% grade for 100 feet to access unit A, and construction of 2 segments of temporary road is proposed exceeding 20% grade for 100 feet to access unit H.  Six road drainage sites are proposed for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  There are 3 osprey nests within the THP area including; an osprey nest within unit F, and 2 osprey nests within .25 miles of haul roads.  In 2000, a sharp shinned hawk was reported .8 miles north of unit A, and southern torrent salamanders are known to occur immediately adjacent to unit C.  There are 8 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Timber Products Company to clearcut log west of Fort Jones, CA near the Marble Mountain Wilderness Area.


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THP 2-19-145 SIS (Snow Creek THP) Timber Products Company, 341 acres; 88% clearcut, 6% sanitation salvage, 6% shelterwood logging. Boulder Creek, Isinglass Creek, Member Creek, Snitklaw Creek (MD: T44N R10W Sec 29, 31, 32, 33; T44N R11W Sec 36).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, marble mountain wilderness area, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, northern goshawk, cascade frog, Scott Bar salamander, Oregon polemonium, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/16/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 9 miles of Fort Jones, CA and about a mile south of the Scott River at an elevation of 3,600 to 6,500 feet (section 36 is adjacent to the Marble Mountain Wilderness Area near Isinglass Lake). Timber Products Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor based logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Douglas fir, white fir, red fir, incense cedar, sugar pine and ponderosa pine forests.  There are unstable areas in sections 31, 32 and 36 and the THP area drains towards the Scott River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature. Timber Products Company is planning to use and construct roads and landings during the winter period, and re-construct an existing road across an unstable area in section 36.  Northern goshawks have been reported within .25 miles of the THP area, and there is Scott Bar Salamander habitat within the THP area.  A cascade frog was reported .5 miles south of the THP area at the headwaters of Isinglass Lake.  Oregon polemonium was found in section 32.  There are 7 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Sierra Pacific Industries planning a large 619 acre fuel break THP west of Union Valley Reservoir.


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THP 4-19-146 ELD (Trivien THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 805 acres; 77% fuel break, 11% clearcut, 11% no-harvest, 1% selection, 1% roadside logging.  Little Silver Creek, Lower South Fork Rubicon River, Onion Creek, Sugar Pine Creek, Upper Pilot Creek (MD: T12N R13E Sec 1, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 23, 24, 25; T12N R14E Sec 6, 7; T13N R13E Sec 36; T13N R14E Sec 29, 30, 31, 32).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes, steep roads, 7 road drainage work sites, herbicides, CA spotted owl, northern goshawk, osprey, fisher, fringed and yuma myotis bats, 4 sensitive plant species, scattered large trees. Estimated public comment deadline: 11/15/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 8 miles NE of Pollock Pines, CA and Highway 50 near Union Valley Reservoir at an elevation of 5,040 to 6,160 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a fuel break and clearcut tractor based logging operation in ponderosa pine, white fir, sugar pine, incense cedar and Douglas fir forests.  The THP area is adjacent to the 2014 King Fire burn perimeter, and within 2 miles of the South Fork Campground.  SPI is planning to use and construct roads, landings and crossings during the winter period, and use ground based equipment on slopes up to 50% that lead without flattening towards a watercourse area for tractor piling of slash.  Seven road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/restoration.  There are 4 northern goshawk territories within .84 miles to 1.8 miles of the THP area, and an osprey was reported .65 miles from the THP area in section 30.  In 1995, a fisher was spotted 2 miles from the nearest THP unit, and fringed myotis and Yuma myotis bats were reported .65 miles from the THP area.  Arching sedge was found in units FB18, FB21, FB22, FB23, Sierra bayberry was found in unit FB23, Coleman’s piperia was found in units FB1, FB6, FB15, FB19, FB21 and FB24, and Sierra starwort was found in unit FB27.  There are 12 CA spotted owl nesting territories within 2.1 miles of the THP area (.11 to 2.1 miles from THP units).

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log south of Klamath, CA and the Klamath River.


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THP 1-19-142 DEL (Mc Garvey West THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 254.5 acres; 74% clearcut, 21% selection, 4% no-harvest, 1% roadside logging.  McGarvey Creek (HUM: T13N R1E Sec 23, 24, 25, 26, 27).  Wet weather operations, steep slopes up to 65%, steep roads, moderate erosion hazard, landslide terrain sites, 5 road drainage work sites, oversized units, impaired 303.d watershed, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, osprey, bald eagle, great blue heron, foothill yellow legged frog, trees over 30” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/05/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is a few miles SE of Klamath, CA, a mile south of the Klamath River and about a mile east of Highway 101 at an elevation of 40 to 1,000 feet. Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir 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 unstable areas (shallow rapid landslide terrain sites) in units B, C, D, G and H.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to use roads and landings during the winter period, and construct a steep segment of road inside unit A exceeding 20% grade.  Five road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement. There are 27 osprey nests in the THP area including; 15 osprey nests within .25 miles of the MG300 road, 11 osprey nests within .25 miles of the MG10 road, and 1 osprey nest within .25 miles of the MG100 road. Marbled murrelet habitat exists .5 miles NW of unit H and on Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park lands, and a bald eagle nest exists within .5 miles of the MG10 and MG400 roads. An historic great blue heron rockery is located 300 feet east of the MG10 road, and foothill yellow legged frogs are known to occur in McGarvey Creek immediately adjacent to units C and D.  Spotted owl nesting territories exist within .5 miles of units G and H.

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


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THP 1-19-140 HUM (Boulder Road THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 206.5 acres; 62% clearcut, 19% selection, 19% no-harvest, misc roadside logging.  Barry Ridge, Boulder Creek (HUM: T4N R3E Sec 3, 4, 9, 10).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 60%, oversized units, landslide terrain, 16 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, red tree vole, foothill yellow legged frog, golden eagle, trees up to 72” dbh. Estimated public comment deadline: 11/03/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 15 miles east of Eureka, CA and Highway 101 at an elevation of 600 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 and grand fir forests.  The THP area flows into the Mad River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, temperature and turbidity.  There are unstable areas in units A and C including; 4 deep seated landslide terrain sites in unit A, and 1 deep seated landslide terrain site in unit C.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to use temporary roads and landings during the winter period, and use ground based equipment on unstable areas in units A and C for shovel yarding operations. 16 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  In 1994, a red tree vole was spotted inside unit F, a golden eagle was reported over 1 mile south of the THP area, and foothill yellow legged frogs are known to occur inside Boulder Creek adjacent to units A and C.  There are spotted owl nesting territories within .25 miles of units A, C, D, E and F, and within .5 miles of units B and G.

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut and fuel break log SE of Placerville, CA.


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THP 4-19-141 AMA (Mill Dew THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 1,000 acres; 59% fuel break, 22% clearcut, 13% commercial thin, 4% special, 2% selection logging.  Mill Creek, Tiger Creek (MD: T7N R13E Sec 1, 2; T7N R14E Sec 5, 6, 7; T8N R13E Sec 25, 35, 36; T8N R14E Sec 21, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, CA spotted owls, foothill yellow legged frog, 2 sensitive plant species, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/08/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 17 miles SE of Placerville, CA, and about 5 miles NE of Pioneer, CA by Highway 88 (Carson Pass Highway) at an elevation of 3,600 to 4,960 feet. Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a fuel break and clearcut logging operation on steep slopes in ponderosa pine, sugar pine, incense cedar, white fir and Douglas fir forests.  The THP area flows into the Mokelumne River which is listed as an impaired watershed for zinc and copper from past mining activities. Sierra Pacific Industries is planning to use roads and landings during the winter period, use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging inside unit 4355, and use ground based equipment within watercourse areas inside units 4460 and 4480.  Coleman’s piperia was found inside unit 4355, and Sierra clarkia was found inside units 4247, 4250, 4260, 4493, 4650 and 4651. Foothill yellow legged frogs were reported at Tiger Creek within 1.27 miles of the THP area, and California spotted owl sightings were reported within sections 02, 04, 06, 18, 26, 32 and 33. This THP is just SE of SPI’s recently proposed Schell THP 4-19-010 ELD.

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log between Georgetown, CA and the South Fork of the American River.


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THP 4-19-139 ELD (Brass Creek THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 381 acres; 51% fuel break, 39% clearcut, 5% selection, 4% rehab, 1% roadside logging.  Brass Creek, Lower Pilot Creek (MD: T12N R11E Sec 1; T13N R11E Sec 35).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 60%, landslide terrain, 16 road drainage work sites, herbicides, osprey, northern goshawk, red hills soap root, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/02/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 18 miles NE of Auburn, CA and about 7.25 miles NE of Georgetown, CA at an elevation of 3,300 to 4,200 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a clearcut and fuel break tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Douglas fir, ponderosa pine, sugar pine, white fir and incense cedar forests.  The THP area flows into the South Fork of the American River, and contains 2 unstable areas including; an unstable area at the outflow of an historic ditch, and an unstable area along a seasonal road. Sierra Pacific Industries is planning to use ground based equipment on slopes designated for cable logging operations, use and construct roads, landings and crossings during the winter period, and use ground based equipment on slopes up to 50% grade that lead without flattening before reaching a watercourse area for site prep operations. 16 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings. Osprey and northern goshawk sightings were reported within 2.75 miles of the THP area. Red hills soap root was found in units FB01, 035B, 1705, FB02, FB09, FB07, 1712 and FB06.

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


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THP 1-19-138 HUM (Little Salty THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 348.5 acres; 78% group selection, 13% no-harvest, 9% selection logging. Little Freshwater Creek (HUM: T4N R1E Sec 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23). Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, landslide terrain, impaired 303.d watershed,  45 road drainage work sites, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, osprey, trees up to 48” dbh. Estimated public comment deadline: 11/02/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS, VIEW THP

This THP is about 4 miles SE of Eureka, CA and Highway 101 at an elevation of 250 to 800 feet.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning a group selection and individual tree selection 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.  45 landslide terrain sites exist within the THP area including multiple fill failures, debris flows, disrupted ground, debris slides, earth flows, debris slide slopes and steep inner gorges.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging.  There are several osprey nests in close proximity to haul roads, and 7 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Mendocino Redwood Company to log between Rockport, CA and Westport, CA along the Mendocino coastline.


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THP 1-19-130 MEN (Spanish Howard THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 251 acres; 68% variable retention, 22% group selection, 9% transition, 1% selection logging.  Juan Creek (MD: T21N R17W Sec 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9).  Wet weather operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes over 70%, landslide terrain, 39 road drainage work sites, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, osprey, Cooper’s hawk, northern red legged frog, 4 sensitive plant species, trees up to 48” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 10/11/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about halfway between Rockport, CA and Westport, CA along the Mendocino coastline at an elevation of 160 to 1,560 feet.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning a variable retention and group selection tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir, grand fir and western hemlock forests.  There are 4 landslide terrain sites within 100 feet of THP units including; 2 unstable areas in section 4, and 2 unstable areas in section 6.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment on steep slopes over 65%, and use ground based equipment on slopes over 50% grade with a high erosion hazard.  39 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, and culvert repair/replacement.  In 2019, a Cooper’s hawk nest was reported in unit 9, and an osprey nest is located 490 feet NW of the northern most portion of unit 4. Northern red legged frogs were reported at nearby Juan Creek. Redwood lily was found in sections 8 and 9, Maple leaved checkerbloom was found along a road in section 6, and Humboldt milk vetch was found along a road in section 7, and along a road in section 8 at multiple locations.  There are 3 spotted owl nesting territories within .7 miles of the THP area.

Monday, September 23, 2019

Timber Products Company to clearcut log near pacific fisher habitat by Weed, CA.


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THP 2-19-126 SIS (Butte THP) Timber Products Company, 300 acres; 91% clearcut, 7% selection, 2% meadow regeneration logging. Beaughton Creek, Black Butte, Spring Hill (MD: T41N R4W Sec 7, 8, 18, 19, 20, 21, 28, 29; T41N R5W S24). Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 55%, oversized units, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, pacific fisher, Pallid bird’s beak, trees up to 100 years old.  Estimated public comment deadline: 10/28/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 2 miles SE of Weed, CA and Highway 5, and about a mile east of Black Butte  at an elevation of 4,000 to 4,600 feet.  Timber Products Company (Michigan California Timber Company) is planning a mostly clearcut tractor based logging operation in ponderosa pine, Douglas fir, white fir, sugar pine and incense cedar forests.  The THP area drains towards the Shasta River which is listed as an impaired watershed for temperature, organic enrichment and dissolved oxygen.  The THP area is within .25 miles of Black Butte Springs, and seven acres of meadow regeneration is proposed at another wet meadow within the THP area.  In 2014/2015, there were reported sightings of pacific fisher within the MCTC Black Butte tract.  Pallid bird’s beak was found along several roads within the THP area.

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log east of Quincy, CA.


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THP 2-19-124 PLU (Bluff City THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 446 acres; 74% clearcut, 15% fuel break, 6% selection, 5% roadside logging. Pine Creek, Squirrel Creek (MD: T24N R11E Sec 7, 8, 17, 18, 19, 20).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, steep roads, landslide terrain, 43 road drainage work sites, herbicides, Sierra Nevada yellow legged frog, Quincy lupine, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 10/04/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 4.5 miles east of Quincy, CA and about a mile NE of Highway 70 at an elevation of 4,360 to 6,280 feet. Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a tractor based logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Jeffrey pine, ponderosa pine, sugar pine, white fir, incense cedar and Douglas fir forests.  There are 3 landslide terrain sites adjacent to the THP area including; an unstable area below a road near unit 2, and 2 unstable areas just north of unit 6.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning to use roads and landings during the winter period, and construction is proposed with grades exceeding 15% for several road segments.  43 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  In 2004, a Sierra Nevada yellow legged frog was reported .98 miles from the nearest THP unit in section 08. Quincy lupine was reported within and adjacent to the THP area.

Mendocino Redwood Company to log near Highway 1 between Leggett and Rockport.


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THP 1-19-123 MEN (Stuck in the Middle THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 451 acres; 86% group selection, 14% selection logging.  Middle Hollow Creek (MD: T23N R17W Sec 29, 30, 31, 32, 33).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, landslide terrain, impaired 303.d watershed, 76 road drainage work sites, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, foothill yellow legged frog, southern torrent salamander, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 09/31/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 4 miles SW of Leggett, CA and about 5 miles NE of Rockport, CA near Highway 1 at an elevation of 1,200 to 1,800 feet. Mendocino Redwood Company is planning a group selection, and individual tree selection tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes (there are 5 landslide terrain sites in the THP area within sections 29, 32 and 33) in redwood and Douglas fir forests.  The THP area flows into the South Fork of the Eel River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature. Mendocino Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment on 2 existing skid trails on slopes over 50% grade with a high erosion hazard, and use ground based equipment within watercourse areas at 2 locations to skid logs to nearby landings.  76 road drainage sites are planned for work including; rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, and culvert repair/replacement.  In 2004, foothill yellow legged frogs and southern torrent salamanders were reported nearby at Hollow Creek, and there are 2 spotted owl nesting territories within .7 miles of the THP area.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Humboldt Redwood Company to log inside 2 large tree marbled murrelet stands near Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park SE of Carlotta, CA.


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THP 1-19-122 HUM (Upper Grizzly Creek THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 160.1 acres; 54% group selection, 30% variable retention, 10% selection, 5% no-harvest logging. Grizzly Creek (HUM: T1N R3E Sec 6, T2N R2E Sec 36, T2N R3E Sec 31).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 45 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, logging inside large tree marbled murrelet stands 343C and 447D, herbicides, coho watershed, marbled murrelet, trees up to 48” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 09/31/19.  SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 8 miles SE of Carlotta, CA near Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park and Highway 36 at an elevation of 680 to 1,760 feet.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning a tractor and cable group selection and variable retention logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir and grand fir forests.  Logging is proposed inside large tree marbled murrelet stand 343C within unit 1, and inside large tree marbled murrelet stand 447D within unit 2. The THP area flows into the Van Duzen River and Eel River which are listed as impaired watersheds for sediment, siltation and temperature.  There are 28 landslide terrain sites in the THP area including; multiple debris slides, debris flows, earth flows and disrupted ground, and 7 road related cut bank and fill failure sites. Humboldt Redwood Company is planning to use and construct roads, landings and crossings during the winter period, and use ground based equipment on existing skid trails in areas designated for cable logging.  45 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings. Hauling is proposed through marbled murrelet habitat in Grizzly Creek State Park, and there are 8 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles the THP area.