Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Green Diamond Resource Company to commercial thin and clearcut adjacent to the town of McKinleyville, CA.


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THP 1-19-076 HUM (Big Mack Combo THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 341 acres; 57% commercial thin, 25% clearcut, 16% no-harvest, 2% selection logging.  Mather Creek, Mill Creek, Norton Creek, Squaw Creek, Warren Creek (HUM: T6N R1E Sec 2, 3, 4, 10; T7N R1E Sec 32, 33, 34).  Wet weather operations, low erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, landslide terrain, 17 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, osprey, Cooper’s hawk, western pond turtle, trees up to 30” dbh. Estimated public comment deadline: 07/20/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is adjacent to the eastern edge of the town of McKinleyville, CA at an elevation of 200 to 800 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly commercial thinning tractor and cable logging operation with some clearcutting on steep and unstable slopes (shallow rapid landslide in unit D) in Douglas fir, redwood, Sitka spruce, grand fir, western hemlock and Monterey pine forests.  The THP area flows into the Mad River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, turbidity and temperature.  17 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement. In 2012, a Cooper’s hawk was reported 2.5 miles north of unit D, osprey nests were reported 2 miles south of unit H, and a western pond turtle was reported 1.3 miles north of unit D.  There are spotted owl nesting territories within .25 miles of unit D.

Mendocino Redwood Company to log SE of Mendocino, CA near Comptche, CA.


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THP 1-19-075 MEN (Ramon Creek THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 390 acres; 62% variable retention, 36% transition, 2% selection logging. Mettick Creek (MD: T16N R15W Sec 1, 6, 7, 11, 12).  Tractor and cable logging operation, high erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 30 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, trees over 32” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 07/19/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 3 miles east of Comptche, CA and about 14 miles SE of the town of Mendocino, CA at an elevation of 400 to 1,720 feet. Mendocino Redwood Company is planning a mostly variable retention (logging within various age/size classes) tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood and Douglas fir forests. The THP area flows into the Big River watershed which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature.  There are 14 unstable areas in the THP area including; 2 unstable areas in unit 5, 1 unstable area in unit 4, 2 unstable areas in unit 2, 1 unstable area in unit 8, 3 unstable areas in unit 11, and 5 unstable areas outside of unit boundaries. Eight road related and skid trail failure sites exist within the THP area including: a road with gully erosion, multiple roads with cut bank and fill failures, a road slump across an existing seasonal road, road bed and skid trail ground cracking and a skid trail that crosses an unstable swale. Mendocino Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging, use ground based equipment on existing skid trails on slopes over 65% grade with a moderate erosion hazard, and use ground based equipment on existing skid trails across unstable areas in unit 11.  They also are planning to construct 275 feet of new seasonal road on steep slopes exceeding 65%, construct 2 segments of new seasonal road on steep slopes exceeding 65% for 228 feet, and construct a road within class II (mid sized) and class I (year round) watercourse areas.  30 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  There are 3 spotted owl nesting territories within .7 miles of the THP area.

Green Diamond Resource Company to commercial thin SE of Eureka, CA.


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THP 1-19-074 HUM (Bear Gulch Thin) Green Diamond Resource Company, 334 acres; 95% commercial thin, 5% no-harvest logging. Ryan Slough (HUM: T4N R1E Sec 7, 8, 17, 18; T4N R1W Sec 12, 13).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 70%, landslide terrain, 10 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed. herbicides, coho watershed, osprey, peregrine falcon, trees up to 32” dbh. Estimated public comment deadline: 07/08/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 3 miles SE of Eureka, CA at an elevation of 100 to 500 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly commercial thinning tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir, Sitka spruce and western hemlock forests. The THP area flows into Freshwater Creek which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment.  There are 4 landslide terrain sites including; 2 unstable areas in unit B, 1 unstable area in unit C, and 1 unstable area in unit D.  Ten road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  In 2009, peregrine falcons were observed nesting within .25 miles of the R Line Road, and in 2019, two peregrine falcons were observed roosting on some snags adjacent to unit B. There are 2 osprey nests within .25 miles of the R Line Road, and an historic osprey nest near the boundary of unit D. Spotted owl nesting territories are located within .25 miles of unit D, and .5 miles of units A, B and C.

Monday, June 17, 2019

Mendocino Redwood Company to log SE of Mendocino, CA near the Lower Albion River


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THP 1-19-070 MEN (Calvert Ridge THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 195 acres; 100% selection logging. Lower Albion River (MD: T16N R16W Sec18, 19, T16N R17W Sec 13, 14, 24).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, landslide terrain, impaired 303.d watershed, 9 road drainage work sites, coho watershed, red tree vole, coastal tailed frog, southern torrent salamander, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 07/01/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 4 miles SE of the town of Mendocino, CA and Highway 1 at an elevation of 40 to 680 feet.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning a 100% individual tree selection tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood and Douglas fir forests. The THP area flows into the Albion River which is listed as an impaired watershed for siltation/sedimentation and temperature.  There are 4 landslide terrain sites including; 2 unstable areas near the southern portion of section 13, and 2 unstable areas near the middle portion of section 19.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning to use 100 feet of an existing seasonal road inside a class II (mid sized) watercourse area to access an existing landing for log skidding operations.  Nine road drainage work sites including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, and culvert repair/replacement.  Red tree voles have been reported within .5 miles of the THP area, coastal tailed frogs were reported 1.5 miles south of the THP area, and southern torrent salamanders were reported 1.4 miles south of the THP area.  There are 3 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

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


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THP 1-19-068 HUM (Wire Fawn THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 202 acres; 71% clearcut, 19% selection, 7% no-harvest, 3% roadside logging. Long Prairie Creek  (HUM: T7N R2E, Sec 25, 36; T7N R3E Sec 30, 31).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, landslide terrain, 23 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, Cooper’s hawk, southern torrent salamander, coastal tailed frog, trees over 30” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 07/01/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 8 miles NE of Arcata, CA, just north of the Highway 299 coast range summit at an elevation of 1,600 to 3,310 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable soils in Douglas fir and redwood forests. The THP area flows into the North Fork of the Mad River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, turbidity and temperature.  There are 10 unstable areas including; 7 shallow rapid landslide terrain sites near the middle portion of the east boundary of unit B, 1 shallow rapid landslide terrain site near the southern portion of unit B by the K&K 152.56R Road, and 1 shallow rapid landslide terrain site along the eastern boundary of unit F. Green Diamond Resource Company is planning loading, decking, and yarding operations on existing roads within a class II (mid sized) watercourse area inside unit B, use 2 segments of existing skid roads inside a class II (mid sized) watercourse area which connects to a landing inside unit B, and construct a road near a wet area in unit F.  Ground based equipment is also proposed for use within a landslide terrain site (earth flow) inside unit B. Twenty three road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement. In 2010, a Cooper’s hawk was reported 300 feet NW of unit A, and southern torrent salamanders and coastal tailed frogs are known to occur immediately adjacent to unit F.   There are 2 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.  This THP is just south of Green Diamond Resource Company’s Wire Canyon THP 1-19-065 HUM.

THP 1-19-065 HUM (Wire Canyon THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 225 acres; 64% clearcut, 13% rehab, 11% selection, 11% no-harvest, 1% roadside logging.  Canyon Creek, Long Prairie Creek, Toss Up Creek (HUM: T7N R2E Sec 22, 23, 24, 25, 26).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, landslide terrain, oversized units, 6 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, red tree vole, Cooper’s hawk, southern torrent salamander, coastal tailed frog, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 06/24/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 9 miles NE of Arcata, CA and a few miles north of the Highway 299 coast range summit at an elevation of 1,520 to 3,400 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable soils in Douglas fir and redwood forests.  The THP area flows into the North Fork of the Mad River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, turbidity and temperature.  There are 2 deep seated landslide terrain sites in unit A, and 2 shallow rapid landslide terrain sites in unit G.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to use ground based equipment on unstable areas (deep seated landslide terrain) within unit A. Six road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, and culvert repair/replacement.  In 2001, a red tree vole was spotted inside unit A, and in 2010, a Cooper’s hawk was reported .24 miles south of unit F.  Coastal tailed frogs were reported 2,400 feet downstream of unit G, and southern torrent salamanders are known to occur within 1,000 feet of units B and D.  There are spotted owl nesting territories within .5 miles of unit A.  This THP is just north of Green Diamond Resource Company’s Wire Fawn THP 1-19-068 HUM.

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Mattole Forest Defenders head to the forest as Humboldt Redwood Company begins logging Rainbow Ridge (THP 1-19-029 HUM) north of Honeydew, CA.

SF Bay Area Indymedia, June 7, 2019

Photo of Unit 4 at nearby Long Ridge Cable THP 1-12-026 HUM
Honeydew, CA - Humboldt Redwood Company (HRC) brought logging crews and paramilitary security into in the last remaining unprotected, intact Douglas-fir/hardwood forest in coastal California late on Wednesday, June 5.

On Thursday morning, Mattole Forest Defenders headed to the forest. HRC has again hired paramilitary-styled security company Lear Asset Management of Ukiah, which employs tasers, dogs, drones, and night-vision goggles. This equipment is familiar to Lear personnel who are veterans of U.S. wars in the Middle East. Last year, there were safety breeches by Lear employees using aggressive tactics. Thursday morning they showed up in camo gear on 4-wheelers.

Rainbow Ridge, located about 25 miles south of Eureka in the Mattole River Watershed, has been the scene of resistance to old-growth logging since 1990. Lawsuits, blockades, and tree-sits have kept much of the forest standing.

The remote area is the home to numerous threatened and endangered species, including Golden Eagle, Northern Goshawk, and Northern Spotted Owl and is the headwaters for the wild Mattole River stocks of coho and Chinook salmon.

In 2018, the Lost Coast League (LCL) filed formal complaints challenging HRC’s “green” sustainability certification under the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). FSC’s auditors (SCS Global Services) found the complaint to have merit in two areas: lack of a plan to designate and protect High Conservation Value Forests, and lack of a plan to phase out the widespread use of herbicides routinely used by HRC.

The Petrolia-based LCL was assured by SCS Global’s founder, Dr. Robert Hrubes, that logging would not happen until HRC completed its reports as required by SCS Global and delivered them to LCL for evaluation. Neither documents have been delivered to the Lost Coast League.

Despite negotiations between HRC and Mattole citizens groups (Lost Coast League, Mattole Restoration Council, Mattole Salmon Group) and other environmental organizations on the North Coast, as well as persistent forest defense actions, HRC has refused to allow the groups to achieve permanent protection for these Mattole watershed land, which lie adjacent to Humboldt Redwoods State Park, home to the largest contiguous stands of virgin Coast redwood in the world and habitat for many endangered species.

“We are shocked and disappointed that Humboldt Redwood Company would rush in to log these trees without fulfilling the promise of their Forest Stewardship Council ‘sustainability’ audit,” said Michael Evenson, Vice President of LCL. “Violating the terms of the audit should call into question the certification of their operations. This is an irreplaceable natural treasure.”

This logging also shines a light on programs of corporations like Home Depot’s that charge a premium price for lumber certified as sustainably sourced. “Claiming lumber from such sources to be sustainable,” said long-time Mattole activist Jane Lapiner, “is cheating the consumer.”

“Humboldt Redwood Co. is wholly owned by the Fisher family, San Francisco real estate moguls that also own the GAP and Old Navy. Though the Fishers claim to have serious environmental principles they have apparently have given the go-ahead on this logging.”

Tree-sitters and forest defenders have pledged to stop the logging until HRC comes to its senses and negotiates the protection of these natural treasures.

Source: North Coast Indybay Media Press Release https://www.indybay.org, Save the Mattole Ancient Forest Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/savethemattoleforest/, Rainbow Ranch Timber Harvest Plan THP 1-19-029 HUM http://www.thpblog.org/2019/03/humboldt-redwood-company-to-log-north.html

Monday, June 3, 2019

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


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THP 1-19-065 HUM (Wire Canyon THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 225 acres; 64% clearcut, 13% rehab, 11% selection, 11% no-harvest, 1% roadside logging.  Canyon Creek, Long Prairie Creek, Toss Up Creek (HUM: T7N R2E Sec 22, 23, 24, 25, 26).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, landslide terrain, oversized units, 6 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, red tree vole, Cooper’s hawk, southern torrent salamander, coastal tailed frog, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 06/24/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 9 miles NE of Arcata, CA and a few miles north of the Highway 299 coast range summit at an elevation of 1,520 to 3,400 feet. Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable soils in Douglas fir and redwood forests.  The THP area flows into the North Fork of the Mad River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, turbidity and temperature.  There are 2 deep seated landslide terrain sites in unit A, and 2 shallow rapid landslide terrain sites in unit G.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to use ground based equipment on unstable areas (deep seated landslide terrain) within unit A. Six road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, and culvert repair/replacement.  In 2001, a red tree vole was spotted inside unit A, and in 2010, a Cooper’s hawk was reported .24 miles south of unit F.  Coastal tailed frogs were reported 2,400 feet downstream of unit G, and southern torrent salamanders are known to occur within 1,000 feet of units B and D.  There are spotted owl nesting territories within .5 miles of unit A.

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


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THP 1-19-064 HUM (Railroad Creek Thin) Green Diamond Resource Company, 283.5 acres; 89% commercial thin, 11% no-harvest logging.  Headwaters Little River, South Fork  (HUM: T7N R1E Sec 2, 3, 12; T8N R1E Sec 25, 27, 34, 35, 36; T8N R2E Sec 30, 31).  Wet weather operations, low erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, landslide terrain, 13 road drainage work sites, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, osprey, fisher, peregrine falcon, sharp shinned hawk, foothill yellow legged frog, coastal tailed frog, trees over 36” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 06/24/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 6 miles SE of Trinidad, CA, and about 6 miles NE of McKinleyville, CA at an elevation of 320 to 1,320 feet. Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a commercial thinning tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes (a deep seated landslide terrain site is located in unit D) in redwood, Douglas fir, grand fir and western hemlock forests. 13 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  In 2010, a fisher was observed in unit K, and in 2007, a fisher was observed in unit F. In 2012, a sharp shinned hawk was spotted 1.5 miles NE of unit A, a peregrine falcon eyrie is located .52 miles south of unit G, and there is an osprey nest within .25 miles of the CR2000 Road. Coastal tailed frogs are known to occur immediately adjacent to unit F, and foothill yellow legged frogs are known to occur 2,500 feet south of unit E.  There are spotted owl nesting territories within .25 miles of unit G.

Mendocino Redwood Company to log on steep and unstable slopes SE of Rockport, CA.


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THP 1-19-060 MEN (Lower Juan THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 232 acres; 100% selection logging.  Juan Creek (MD: T21N R17W Sec 3, 4, 5, 6, T22N R17W Sec 32, 33, 34).  Wet weather operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 85%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 28 road drainage work sites, herbicides, coho watershed, osprey, trees up to 28” dbh. Estimated public comment deadline: 06/18/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 3 miles SE of Rockport, CA, and about 4 miles NE of Westport, CA along the Mendocino coastline at an elevation of 120 to 880 feet.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning a selection based tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir, grand fir and western hemlock forests. There are multiple landslide terrain sites in the THP area including; 11 unstable areas in unit C, 2 unstable areas in unit D, 1 unstable area in unit H, and 4 road related cut bank failures. Mendocino Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment on existing skid trails on slopes between 50% and 65% grade with a high erosion hazard, and use ground based equipment on existing landings inside watercourse areas.  28 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  There is an historic osprey nest located inside unit C, and 5 spotted owl nesting territories within .7 miles of the THP area.

Monday, May 13, 2019

Mendocino Redwood Company to log trees up to 42” dbh NW of Willits, CA.


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THP 1-19-059 MEN (Switchbacks THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 382 acres; 45% selection, 42% transition, 12% variable retention logging. McMullen Creek (MD: T18N R14W Sec 5, 8, 9, 17, 18).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 80%, steep roads, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 51 road drainage work sites, impaired watershed, skunk train, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, peregrine falcon, trees up to 42” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 06/18/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS, VIEW THP

This THP is about 3.5 miles NW of Willits, CA, and about 1.5 miles north of Highway 20 at an elevation of 660 to 1,920 feet. Mendocino Redwood Company is planning a selection and transition tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood and Douglas fir forests. The THP is close to an area called the “switchbacks” along the Skunk Train route, and flows into the Noyo River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature.  There are 47 landslide terrain sites (debris slides, debris flows, earth flows, disrupted ground, rock slides) located within and adjacent to the THP area, of which 43 are skid trail and/or road related failure sites (cut bank/fill slope failures) from legacy road construction.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment on existing skid trails in areas designated for cable logging, use ground based equipment on existing skid trails within unstable areas, and use 4 existing landings within unstable areas (dormant historic earth flows). They also are planning to use an existing landing inside a class II (mid sized) watercourse area, construct a temporary road inside a class II (mid sized) watercourse area, and construct a 308 foot segment of steep road across slopes exceeding 65%. There is potential marbled murrelet habitat within .25 miles of the THP area along the Skunk Train route adjacent to the Noyo River, and a peregrine falcon eyrie is located within 200 feet of the THP area near the Noyo River.  51 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 spotted owl nesting territories within .7 miles of the THP area.

Humboldt Redwood Company to log trees up to 40” dbh between Fortuna and BLM Headwaters Forest Preserve.


Photo of BLM Headwaters Salmon Pass Trail by redwoodhikes.com
THP 1-19-054 HUM (Strongbow THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 529.1 acres; 82% group selection, 12% variable retention, 3% selection, 3% no-harvest, misc special logging.  Strongs Creek (HUM: T2N R1E Sec 4, 5; T3N R1E Sec 9, 20, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33; T3N R1W Sec 25, 36). Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 46 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, BLM Headwaters Forest Preserve, coho watershed, spotted owl, trees up to 40” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 06/11/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is located about a mile east of Fortuna, CA and Highway 101, and just west of the BLM Headwaters Preserve (Unit 2 is adjacent) at an elevation of 600 to 1,400 feet.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning a mostly group selection tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, grand fir and Douglas fir forests. The THP area flows into the Eel River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature. There are 45 landslide terrain sites including multiple debris slides, debris slide slopes, debris flows, unstable stream-side slopes, earth flows and 33 road related fill slope, cut bank and culvert failures.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment on existing skid trails in areas designated for cable logging. 46 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  There are 16 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Gualala Redwood Timber Company to log large trees in the alluvial flats of the South Fork Gualala River.


Photo of Gualala River by CA State Water Resources Control Board
THP 1-19-051 SON (Hazel THP) Gualala Redwood Timber Company, 93 acres; 100% selection logging.  Annapolis, Mouth of Gualala River (MD: T10N R14W Sec 22).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, 17 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, large tree logging inside unit 1, coho watershed, spotted owl, osprey, foothill yellow legged frog, CA red legged frog, coast iris, fringed false helleborne, trees over 120 years old.  Estimated public comment deadline: 06/07/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 7 miles SE of Gualala, CA, and about 2 miles SW of Annapolis, CA near the South Fork of the Gualala River at an elevation of 80 to 600 feet.  Gualala Redwood Timber Company is planning a selection based tractor logging operation (large tree (classification 5D) logging is proposed within the alluvial flats of unit 1) in redwood, Douglas fir, grand fir and western hemlock forests. The THP area flows into the Gualala River which is listed as an impaired watershed for temperature and sediment (San Andreas Fault Zone runs through Unit 1).  Gualala Redwood Timber Company is planning to use ground based equipment on existing skid trails and a landing inside the flood prone portion of unit 1. 17 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  There is an osprey nest approximately 1/3 mile south of unit 1, CA red legged frogs have been spotted along the Gualala River, and Foothill yellow legged frogs have been spotted along the South Fork of the Gualala River.  Coast iris and fringed false helleborne were observed in the THP area.  There is 1 spotted owl nesting territory within .7 miles of the THP area.

La Tour State Forest to group select log NE of Shingletown, CA.


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THP  2-19-044 SHA (Royston THP) La Tour State Forest, 510 acres; 90% group selection, 6% fuel break, 4% rehab logging. Atkins Creek, Beal (MD: T32N R2E Sec 2, 3, 10, 11, 15).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, 16 road drainage work sites, herbicides, chinook watershed, CA spotted owl, goshawk, fisher, pine marten, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 05/12/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 10 miles NE of Shingletown, CA and about 16 miles SW of Burney, CA at an elevation of 4,410 to 5,840 feet.  La Tour State Forest is planning a mostly group selection tractor based logging operation in ponderosa pine, sugar pine, white fir, incense cedar, Douglas fir, Jeffrey pine and red fir forests. Temporary roads, crossings and landings are proposed for use during the winter period.  16 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  Pacific fisher sightings have been reported within sections 7 and 22, and pine marten sightings have been reported within sections 7 and 24.  There is a goshawk territory 2.5 miles SE of the THP area, and a CA spotted owl nesting territory is located within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Monday, April 22, 2019

Jackson State Forest to log on steep and unstable slopes SE of Fort Bragg, CA.


PANORAMIO Photo By Robert Syms
THP 1-19-042 MEN (Parlin 17 THP) Jackson State Forest, 1,150 acres; 83% selection, 17% fuel break logging. Brandon Gulch, Parlin Creek (MD: T17N R16W Sec 3, 4; T18N R16W Sec 21, 22, 27, 28, 29, 32, 33, 34).  Wet weather operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, impaired 303.d watershed, 30 road drainage work sites, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, 2 sensitive plant species, scattered large trees. Estimated public comment deadline: 05/06/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 8 miles SE of Fort Bragg, CA, and a few miles north of Highway 20 in Jackson State Forest at an elevation of 160 to 1,160 feet. Jackson State Forest is planning a mostly selection 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 Noyo River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature. There are 21 landslide terrain sites including; multiple debris slide slopes, debris flows, and debris torrents, 2 fill slope failures along the Indian Springs Road, 2 cut bank failures along the 340 Road, and several other road related fill failures.  5 temporary roads and 4 landings are proposed for construction inside a class I (year round) watercourse area off roads 300 and 340.  30 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement. There is marbled murrelet habitat (pentagon grove) within .25 miles of the THP area, and 3 spotted owl nesting territories within .7 miles of the THP area. Humboldt milk vetch was reported along roads 330, 334, 345 and 336, and 1 occurrence of white flowered rein orchid was found along a PG&E access road.

Humboldt Redwood Company to log on steep and unstable slopes NE of Fortuna, CA.


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THP 1-19-041 HUM (Up Road Nine THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 516.9 acres; 91% group selection, 5% selection, 3% no-harvest, 1% roadside logging. Booths Run, Corner Creek, Shaw Creek (HUM: T3N R2E Sec 16, 17, 19, 20, 29, 30).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 33 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, trees up to 36” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 05/06/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 8 miles NE of Fortuna, CA and about 6.62 miles NE of Carlotta, CA at an elevation of 600 to 1,975 feet.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning a mostly group selection tractor and cable logging operation in redwood, Douglas fir and grand fir forests.  The THP area flows into the Van Duzen River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment/sedimentation and temperature.  There are 51 unstable areas including; multiple debris slides, debris flows, earth flows, disrupted ground and steep inner gorges, and 6 road failure sites including; multiple cut bank and fill slope failures.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment on slopes between 50% and 65% grade with a moderate erosion hazard, use an existing landing inside a class I (year round) watercourse area, and use ground based equipment on existing skid trails within unstable areas at 6 locations.  33 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  Portions of unit 1 and several haul roads are within .25 miles of designated marbled murrelet habitat areas, and there are 2 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

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


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THP 1-19-040 HUM (Big Red THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 213.4 acres; 66% clearcut, 20% no-harvest, 13% selection, 1% roadside logging.  Ah Pah Creek (HUM: T12N R2E Sec 20, 21, 28, 29, 30, 31).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 70%, steep roads, landslide terrain, 11 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, osprey, bald eagle, marbled murrelet, foothill yellow legged frog, coastal tailed frog, great blue heron, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 05/06/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 8 miles south of Klamath, CA, 8 miles NE of Orick, CA, and about a mile east of Redwood National Park at an elevation of 90 to 1,460 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, western hemlock and Sitka spruce forests.  The THP area flows into the Lower Klamath River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, temperature, nutrients and dissolved oxygen.  There are 5 unstable areas in unit B including; 4 shallow rapid landslide terrain sites and 1 deep seated landslide terrain site.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to use a seasonal road inside a class II (mid sized) watercourse area for yarding, decking and loading operations near unit B, and construct a segment of temporary steep road to access unit C that exceeds 20% grade for approximately 100 feet.  11 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  Bald eagle nests are located .8 miles NE of unit E, and greater than 1 mile from the THP area along the Klamath River.  Two osprey nests are located within the THP area including; a nest within .25 miles of unit E and several haul roads, and a second nest within .25 miles of units E and F, and several haul roads.  Potential marbled murrelet habitat exists on Redwood National Park lands within .25 miles of the CL North Road. There is a great blue heron rockery .5 miles SE of unit F along the Klamath River, and foothill yellow legged frogs and coastal tailed frogs are known to occur in Ah Pah Creek adjacent to unit F.  Spotted owl nesting territories are located within .25 miles of units C, D and F, within .5 miles of units A and B.

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Humboldt Redwood Company to log trees up to 48” dbh west of Scotia, CA.


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THP 1-19-037 HUM (Upper Dean THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 57 acres; 77% group selection, 23% no-harvest logging. Dean Creek (HUM: T1N R1W Sec 12, 13).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 55%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 2 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, trees up to 48” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 04/30/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about a mile west of Scotia, CA, Highway 101 and the Eel River at an elevation of 420 to 980 feet.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning a mostly group selection tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes 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 6 landslide terrain sites and road related failures including; multiple debris slides, disrupted ground and cut bank failures.  Two road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  There are 5 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Mendocino Redwood Company to log by Comptche, CA SE of Mendocino, CA.


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THP 1-19-035 MEN (Keene Summit THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 529 acres; 92% group selection, 8% selection logging. Middle Albion River, South Fork Albion River, South Fork Albion River, Upper Albion River (MD: T16N R16W Sec 11, 12, 13, 14, 23).  Wet weather operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, 52 road drainage work sites, Impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, Bolander’s reed grass, old man’s beard, trees over 40” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 04/27/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 9 miles SE of Mendocino, CA and Highway 1, and about 1 mile south of Comptche, CA at an elevation of 240 to 920 feet. Mendocino Redwood Company is planning a mostly group selection tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, grand fir, western hemlock and Douglas fir forests.  The THP area flows into the Albion River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature.  There are 4 unstable areas including multiple debris slides and shallow rapid landslide terrain sites. Ground based equipment is proposed for use on slopes between 50% and 65% grade with a moderate erosion hazard.  52 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  Bolander’s reed grass was reported along 2 roads in the western portion of the THP area, and Old man’s beard was reported in a tree along a haul route.  There is marbled murrelet habitat 1.5 miles north of the THP area, and 3 spotted owl nesting territories within .7 miles of the THP area.

Friday, March 29, 2019

Humboldt Redwood Company to log north of Honeydew, CA and the Mattole River.


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THP 1-19-029 HUM (Rainbow Ranch THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 568.3 acres; 33% no-harvest, 30% group selection, 20% selection, 15% variable retention, 1% roadside logging. Oil Creek, Rattlesnake Creek (HUM: T1S R1E Sec 31; T2S R1E Sec 5, 6, 7, 8, 17). Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 66 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, trees up to 42” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 04/16/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 8 miles SW of Red Crest, CA and Highway 101, and about 5 miles north of Honeydew, CA at an elevation of 1,160 to 3,440 feet. Humboldt Redwood Company is planning a mostly group selection and selection tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Douglas fir forests.  The THP area flows into the Mattole River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature.  There are 123 landslide terrain sites including; multiple debris slides, debris slide slopes, steep inner gorges, earth flows, debris flows, disrupted ground, and steep headwall swales, and 5 road failure sites including 2 cut bank failures, 2 fill slope failures, and 1 road related debris slide. Humboldt Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging, and use ground based equipment across an unstable area on road D73.29 in unit 1.  They also are requesting an exception to be able to harvest visual retention trees prior to the required 50 year rest cycle.  66 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement. There are 5 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Monday, March 25, 2019

Humboldt Redwood Company to log adjacent to the BLM Headwaters Forest Reserve.


Photo of BLM Headwaters Forest Reserve.
THP 1-19-024 HUM (Korrigan North THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 385.5 acres; 85% group selection, 7% selection, 5% no-harvest, 3% special logging. Lower North Fork Elk River, Upper South Fork Elk River (HUM: T3N R1E Sec 2, 3, 4, 10, 11).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, landslide terrain, impaired 303.d watershed, 6 road drainage work sites, BLM Headwaters Forest Reserve, coho watershed, spotted owl, trees up to 36” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 04/08/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 5 miles NE of Fortuna, CA by the BLM Headwaters Forest Reserve (South Fork Elk River is adjacent) at an elevation of 500 to 1,500 feet.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning a mostly group selection tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir and grand fir forests. The THP area flows into the Elk River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and siltation.  There are 39 landslide terrain sites including; multiple steep inner gorges, debris slides, debris slide slopes, earth flows, disrupted ground, cut bank and fill slope failures.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging, use ground based equipment on an existing skid road in a class I (year round) watercourse area in unit 2, and construct 600 feet of the U08.61 road adjacent to an unstable area in unit 2.  Six road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  There are 10 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Mendocino Redwood Company to helicopter log south of Navarro, CA by the Navarro River.


Photo By Redwood Hikes of nearby Hendy Woods State Park
THP 1-19-023 MEN (Clark’s Crossing THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 348 acres; 66% transition, 34% variable retention logging. Floodgate Creek, Upper Navarro River (MD: T14N R15W Sec 3, 4, 5: T15N R15W Sec 32).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 55 road drainage work sites sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, trees up to 42” + dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 04/07/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 2 miles south of Navarro, CA, and about a mile west of Highway 128 by the Navarro River at an elevation of 140 to 600 feet. Mendocino Redwood Company is planning a transition and variable retention tractor, cable and helicopter (large tree) logging operation in redwood, Douglas fir and Monterey pine forests.  The THP area flows into the Navarro River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature.  There are 4 landslide terrain sites in unit C, and 15 road failure sites including; 3 fill failure sites, and 12 cut bank failure sites in the THP area.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning to use an existing landing that extends into a class I (year round) watercourse area adjacent to Kabuki Creek, and to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging.  55 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings. There is 1 spotted owl nesting territory within .7 miles of the THP area.

Sunday, March 17, 2019

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


Google Earth Photo By Arunas Sileika
THP 1-19-021 DEL (The Dump THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 92 acres; 74% clearcut, 11% selection, 7% shelterwood, 7% no-harvest, 2% roadside logging.  McGarvey Creek (HUM: T13N R1E Sec 21, 22, 23).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, steep roads, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, osprey, great blue heron, foothill yellow legged frog, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 03/28/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is just west of highway 101, about a mile south of Klamath, CA and the Klamath River at an elevation of 80 to 960 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 and western hemlock forests.  There are 4 unstable areas in the THP area including; 1 shallow rapid landslide terrain site in unit C, and 3 shallow rapid landslide terrain sites in unit D.  The THP area flows into the Lower Klamath River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, temperature, nutrients and dissolved oxygen.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging at the top of unit D, and construct a segment of temporary road across an unstable area in unit C.  They also are planning to use ground based equipment on an existing skid trail exceeding 20% grade for 100 feet along the NW portion of unit D. Five osprey nests are located within .25 miles of the THP area including; a nest within .25 miles of unit D, 3 nests across from Highway 101 within .25 miles of unit D, and a nest within .25 miles of units B, C and D. Five marbled murrelet stands are located in the THP area including; a stand within 300 feet of unit B, a stand within .25 miles of unit A, and a stand within .5 miles of unit A on Redwood National Park property.  Foothill yellow legged frogs are known to occur .5 miles north of unit D in the Klamath River, and a great blue heron rockery is located 1.9 miles east of unit D.  Spotted owl nesting territories are located within .25 miles of units B, C and D.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Mendocino Redwood Company to log on steep and unstable slopes SW of Leggett, CA.


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THP 1-19-015 MEN (Lower Bear THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 354 acres; 57% group selection, 16% selection, 12% variable retention, 9% transition, 4% rehab, 2% no-harvest logging.  Middle Hollow Tree Creek (MD: T22N R17W Sec 3, 4, 8, 9, 10, 15).  Wet weather operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, 49 road drainage work sites, landslide terrain, impaired 303.d watershed, coho watershed, spotted owl, robust false lupine, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 03/15/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is 5.5 miles SW of Leggett, CA, and about 3.5 miles NE of Rockport, CA on the Mendocino coastline at an elevation of 1,110 to 1,840 feet.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning a mostly group selection tractor based logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Douglas fir and redwood forests.  There is a large deep seated landslide terrain site in and above unit 14.  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 short segments of existing roads on slopes over 50% grade with a high erosion hazard rating, and use ground based equipment on slopes over 65% grade with a medium erosion hazard rating in units 1, 6 and 9.  49 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  Robust false lupine was found on a seasonal road above units 2 and 3, and there are 4 spotted owl nesting territories within .7 miles of the THP area.

Monday, February 25, 2019

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log SW of Willow Creek, CA.


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THP 1-19-013 HUM (Smokehouse Creek THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 307 acres; 80% clearcut, 16% selection, 3% no-harvest, 1% roadside logging.  Bradford Creek, Twin Lakes Creek (HUM: T4N R4E Sec 5, 6, 8, 9, 16, 17; T5N R4E Sec 32).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, landslide terrain, road failure sites, steep slopes up to 65%, steep roads, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 15 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, Pacific fisher, Cooper’s hawk, southern torrent salamander, trees over 30” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 03/07/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 19 miles SE of Eureka, CA and about 13 miles SW of Willow Creek, CA at an elevation of 3,240 to 4,640 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in Douglas fir forests.  The THP area flows into Redwood Creek which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature. There are 4 unstable areas including; 3 shallow rapid landslide terrain sites in unit C, 1 shallow rapid landslide terrain site in unit H, and 2 road related unstable areas including; a fill slope failure off a haul road from unit B, and a small road related fill slope slump off a haul road from unit H.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to construct a temporary steep road exceeding 20% grade for over 200 feet to access unit B, and construct 2 temporary steep roads exceeding 20% grade within units A and D.  15 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking. dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement. In 1990, a Pacific fisher was spotted inside unit A, and in 1994, a Cooper’s hawk was observed .52 miles NE of unit J.  Southern torrent salamanders are known to occur in unit H, and immediately adjacent to unit I.  There are spotted owl nesting territories within .25 miles of unit A, and within .5 miles of units B and J.

Humboldt Redwood Company to log SE of the BLM Headwaters Reserve near Fortuna, CA.


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THP 1-19-012 HUM (6A Plus THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 276.4 acres; 90% group selection, 6% selection, 4% no-harvest logging. Booths Run, Corner Creek (HUM: T3N R1E Sec 12, 13, 24; T3N R2E Sec 7, 18, 19).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 22 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, trees up to 30” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 03/03/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 6 miles NE of Fortuna, CA, 8 miles SE of Eureka, CA and just SE of the BLM Headwaters Forest Reserve at an elevation of 700 to 1,640 feet.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning a mostly group selection tractor based logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir and grand fir forests.  The THP area flows into the Van Duzen River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment/sedimentation and temperature.  There are 3 landslide terrain sites in the THP area including an unstable area in unit 1, and 2 unstable areas in unit 4 (large debris slide), and several older cut bank failures off the N67 road.  22 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement. Marbled murrelet habitat is located adjacent to several haul roads, and there are 3 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

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


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THP 1-19-005 DEL (H 210/245 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 328 acres; 57% clearcut, 17% no-harvest, 15% selection, 11% commercial thin logging.  High Prairie Creek, Lower West Fork Hunter Creek, North of Ted's Ridge, Upper West Fork Hummer Creek (HUM: T14N R1E Sec 3, 9, 10, 15, 22, 23, 27, 28).  Wet weather operations, low erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, steep roads, landslide terrain, 24 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, osprey, sharp shinned hawk, foothill yellow legged frog, southern torrent salamander, coastal tailed frog, trees over 30” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 03/01/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 4 miles north of Klamath, CA and the Klamath River, and about 2 miles east of Highway 101 at an elevation of 200 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, Douglas fir, western hemlock, grand fir and Sitka spruce forests.  The THP area flows into the Lower Klamath River which is listed as an impaired 303.d watershed for sediment, temperature, dissolved oxygen and nutrients. There are multiple road related fill failure and cut bank failures, and multiple shallow rapid landslide terrain sites in units E, F, H and G, and 1 deep seated landslide terrain site in unit H.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to construct 5 segments of steep roads with grades exceeding 15%, and construct multiple short segments of roads through landslide terrain in units F and H.  24 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  1 osprey nest is located within .25 miles of the H10 road, and 1 osprey nest is located within .25 miles of the H10 road and roads associated with unit M. There is marbled murrelet habitat on Forest Service and BLM land within 300 feet of units H and M, and within .25 miles of unit J.  In 2011, a  sharp shinned hawk nest was reported 760 feet north of unit I, and 90 feet west of the H10 road. Coastal tailed frogs and southern torrent salamanders are known to occur immediately adjacent to unit E, and foothill yellow legged frogs were reported 2,600 feet SE of unit F in Hunter Creek.  There are spotted owl nesting territories within .25 miles of units H and I, and within .5 miles of units E, F, J, K and L.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log against the Trinity Alps Wilderness Area NE of Weaverville, CA.


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THP 2-19-011 TRI (Birdie THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 576 acres; 72% clearcut, 18% fuel break, 10% selection, 1% roadside, misc no-harvest logging.  Hatchet Creek, North Fork Swift Creek (MD: T36N R7W Sec 6; T36N R8W Sec 1, 2, 3, 11, 12, T37N R8W Sec 35, 36).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, impaired 303.d watershed, trinity wilderness area, oversized units, herbicides, spotted owl, 13 sensitive plant species, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 03/01/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is a few miles NW of Trinity Center, CA and Trinity Lake, and about 18 miles NE of Weaverville, CA at an elevation of 2,760 to 5,480 feet. Section 3 (unit 301 is up against the wilderness boundary) and section 35 are adjacent to the Trinity Alps Wilderness Area.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes (there are 10 unstable areas in section 35 outside of THP units) in Douglas fir, ponderosa pine, sugar pine, white fir and incense cedar forests.  The use and construction of roads, landings and crossings is planned during the winter period.  13 sensitive plant species were found including: Klamath Mountain catchfly in units 106, 202 and 3503, citrus fawn lily in the northern portion of unit 106 and within units 202 and 3503, clustered lady’s slipper in units 103 and 106, English peak greenbriar in unit 104, glaucous umbrellawort in unit 104, Shasta County arnica in unit 1202, slender goldbanner in unit 1202, Klamath manzanita south of unit 902, California pitcher plant in units 901 and 902, Congdon’s buckwheat in unit 901, redwood lily in units 201, 202, 3504 and 3505, Shasta lily in unit 103 and showy raillardella in units 103, 201, 202, 3504, 901, and 902.  There are two spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut and sanitation salvage log nice stands of higher elevation forest near Downieville, CA.


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THP 2-19-006 SIE (Hen House THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 843 acres; 44% clearcut, 32% sanitation salvage, 21% commercial thinning, 3% shelterwood, misc roadside logging.  Little Wolf Creek, Middle Fork Kanaka Creek (MD: T19N R10E, Sec 13, 25: T19N R11E Sec 19, 21, 29, 30, 31).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, 53 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, middle yuba roadless area, herbicides, CA spotted owl, foothill yellow legged frog, Sierra valley lewisia, 11 acres of large tree logging.  Estimated public comment deadline: 02/28/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 18 miles north of I-80 and about 4 miles SE of Downieville, CA near the Middle Fork of the Yuba River at an elevation of 4,000 to 5,700 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a clearcut and sanitation salvage tractor and cable logging operation in nice high elevation stands of white fir, red fir, incense cedar, Douglas fir, sugar pine and incense cedar forests.  Section 31 is adjacent to the Middle Yuba Roadless Area, and 11 acres of logging is proposed inside late seral (large tree) stands within cable clearcut unit 30-0606.  SPI is planning to construct 2 spur roads within watercourse areas, use an existing landing partially inside a class II (mid sized) watercourse area, construct 100 feet of road across a landslide area in section 21, and use ground based equipment on existing skid trails within a landslide area in section 31.  53 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, and culvert repair/replacement.  Foothill yellow legged frogs were reported within 1 mile (section 1), 1.6 miles (section 12), and 2.35 miles (section 6) from the nearest THP unit.  Sierra valley lewisia was found in section 25 within THP units.  CA spotted owls were reported within .1 mi (section 39), .3 miles (section 21), .8 miles (section 36), and 1 mile (section 27) from the nearest THP units.

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log north of Klamath, CA near Redwood National Park.


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THP 1-19-003 DEL (Hunter Wilson Divide THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 298 acres; 80% clearcut, 16% selection, 3% roadside, 2% no-harvest logging.  North of Teds Ridge, Upper West Fork Hunter Creek, (HUM: T15N R1E Sec 27, 28, 29, 32, 33).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, steep roads, landslide terrain, road failure site, 14 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, osprey, marbled murrelet, sharp shinned hawk, southern torrent salamander, coastal tailed frog, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 03/07/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 8 miles north of Klamath, CA and about a mile east of Redwood National Park and Highway 101 at an elevation of 1,000 to 1,600 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 Lower Klamath River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, temperature, dissolved oxygen and nutrients.  There are 3 shallow rapid landslide terrain sites in unit G, and one road failure site caused by an edge failure from a shallow rapid landslide terrain site off the H-400 Road.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to re-construct 50 feet of the H-400 Road around a shallow rapid landslide that has disturbed the road shoulder.  14 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 osprey nests within .25 miles of the W10 Road, a marbled murrelet stand within .25 miles of the W10 and H200 Roads, and a marbled murrelet stand 1 mile west of the THP area on Del Norte Redwoods State Park lands.  Coastal tailed frogs are known to occur immediately adjacent to units A and D, southern torrent salamanders are known to occur immediately adjacent to unit D, and a sharp shinned hawk nest was reported within 90 feet of the H10 Road.  There is a spotted owl nesting territory within .5 miles of unit F.