Sunday, December 3, 2017

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

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


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

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

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

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


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

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

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


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

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

Thursday, November 16, 2017

EPIC Files Ballot Measure to Ban Clearcutting in Humboldt County



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log NE of Mc Cloud, CA.


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THP 2-17-061 SIS (Ed’s Cabin THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 1,223 acres; 100% clearcut logging.  Edson Creek (MD: T41N R1E Sec.9, 11, 14, 15, 17, 20, 21, 22, 23, 26, 27, 28, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, oversized units, herbicides, spotted owl, northern goshawk, hot rock daisy, trees over 30” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/13/17. VIEW

This THP is about 14 miles NE of Mc Cloud, CA and about 8 miles north of Highway 89 at an elevation of 4,500 to 6,200 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a clearcut tractor based logging operation in ponderosa pine, true fir, sugar pine, incense cedar, lodge pole pine, and Douglas fir forests.  The THP area drains towards the Mc Cloud River which contains the uncommon redband trout which is listed as a sensitive species.  SPI is planning to construct roads and landings during the winter period.  There are northern goshawk nests in sections 9, 11, 21 and 25.  Hot rock daisy was found on a landing in unit 15E in section 15, and there are 4 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log trees up to 30” dbh NE of Weaverville, CA.


PANORAMIC Photo By trinityalpsphoto
THP 2-17-060 TRI (Manticore THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 766 acres; 90% clearcut, 7% shelterwood, 3% selection, 1% roadside logging.  Upper Rush Creek, Buckeye Creek, Little Browns Creek, Tom Lang Gulch, Lower Rush Creek (MD: T33N R8W Sec.6, 7; T33N R9W Sec.1, 3, 10, 11; T34N R9W Sec.14, 15, 23, 25, 35, 36).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, 10 road drainage work sites, oversized units, herbicides, impaired 303.d watershed, coho watershed, spotted owl, 3 sensitive plant species, trees up to 30” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/13/17. VIEW

This THP is about 4 miles NE of Weaverville, CA and Highway 299, and about 4 miles NW of Lewiston, CA at an elevation of 1,900 to 3,500 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Douglas fir, ponderosa pine, white fir, sugar pine, and incense cedar forests.  The THP area flows into the Trinity River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and siltation.  There are loose granitic soils throughout the THP area, and dormant landslide terrain sites (steep headwall swales/debris slides) in units 4650, 4670, 4671, a cutbank failure off a seasonal road in unit 4814, and an unstable area at the head of a class II (mid sized) watercourse in unit 4687.  SPI is planning to use ground based equipment (feller bunchers) in areas designated for cable logging, and use ground based equipment on existing skid trails with slopes over 50% grade that have a high erosion hazard.  They also are planning to use an existing tractor road within a class III (intermittent) watercourse in unit 4809, and use an existing tractor road within a class II (mid sized) watercourse in unit 4710.  Ten road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  Slender false lupine was found within units 4655, 4676, 4694, 4702, 4769, 4796, 4804, 4814, 5114 and 5120, Glaucous tauscia was found within units 4676, 4687, 4694, 4702, 4705 and 5120, and Klamath mountain catchfly was found adjacent to unit 4808.  There are 6 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Humboldt Redwood Company to log trees up to 65” dbh in marbled murrelet stands SW of Scotia, CA.


PANORAMIC Photo By Redwood Transect
1-17-110 HUM (Upper Monument THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 504.3 acres; 47% variable retention, 26% selection, 16% no-harvest, 10% group selection, 1% roadside logging.  Howe Creek, Monument Creek (HUM: T1N R1E Sec.19, 30, 31; T1N R1W Sec.2, 3, 11, 13, 14, 24, 25).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 115 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, logging inside large tree marbled murrelet stands, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, foothill yellow legged frog, 4 sensitive plant species, trees up to 65” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/03/17. VIEW

This THP is a couple of miles SW of Scotia, CA and Highway 101 and about 3 miles SW of Rio Dell, CA at an elevation of 200 to 2,400 feet.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir and grand fir forests (trees up to 60” dbh (units 1-8), trees up to 65” dbh (units 9 and 10), trees up to 60” dbh (units 11 and 12), and trees up to 60” dbh (unit 14)).  Logging is proposed inside large tree marbled murrelet stands 76B, 136B, 118B, 333C, 359C, 466D, 234B, 134B, 122B, 62B, 115B, 119B and 65B within units 10, 11, 12 and 14. The THP area flows into the Eel River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment/siltation and temperature.  There are 111 landslide terrain sites in the THP area including multiple debris slides, earth flows, disrupted ground, steep inner gorges, debris flows, rock slides, and numerous road related bank sloughing, fill slope and cut bank failures.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment on existing skid trails on slopes over 65% grade, and use ground based equipment on existing skid trails in areas designated for cable logging.  They also are proposing to re-construct several portions of an existing road system across an unstable area, and construct a seasonal road across an unstable area between units 4 and 5.  115 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  A foothill yellow legged frog was reported inside section 3, Pacific gilia was found near the SE corner of unit 14, Maple leaved checker bloom was found on a roadside near unit 9, Siskiyou checker bloom was found along Monument Road adjacent to the THP area, and Howell’s montia was found on a road system adjacent to units 13 and 14.  There are 14 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

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


PANORAMIO Photo By Gregg Phipps
THP 1-17-108 DEL (Rowdy Divide THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 266 acres; 65% clearcut, 23% selection, 11% no-harvest, 1% roadside logging.  Lower Rowdy Creek, Savoy Creek (HUM: T18N R1E Sec.17, 19, 20, 21, 29, 30).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, steep roads, landslide terrain, 23 road drainage work sites, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, bald eagle, Del Norte salamander, coastal tailed frog, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/02/17. VIEW

This THP is a few miles east of Smith River, CA at an elevation of 200 to 1,300 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir and western hemlock forests.  There are shallow rapid landslides in units A, E, F, G and H, and a deep seated landslide in unit B.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to use temporary roads, landings and crossings during the winter period, and construct 150 feet of temporary road on slopes exceeding 20% grade in unit H.  23 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, and culvert repair/replacement.  There is an historic (1974) report of a bald eagle nest tree greater than .5 miles west of the THP area.  In 2008, Del Norte Salamanders were reported in or near units B, C, D, E, F and G, and a coastal tailed frog was spotted immediately adjacent to unit D in the THP area.  There are 4 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area including spotted owl nesting territories within .25 miles of units C and D, and within .5 miles of units B and E.

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log on steep and unstable slopes SE of Weaverville, CA.


PANORAMIO Photo By Steve Schmorleitz
THP 2-17-054 TRI (Celeste THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 901 acres; 77% clearcut, 15% fuelbreak, 5% selection, 2% roadside, 1% shelterwood, 1% no-harvest logging.  Upper Grass Valley Creek, Lower Indian Creek, Tom Lang Gulch, Lower Grass Valley Creek, Middle Indian Creek (MD: T32N R8W Sec.6, 7, 8, 17, 18; T32N R9W Sec.1, 2, 9, 10, 11, 12, 15; T33N R8W Sec.31; T33N R9W Sec.35, 36).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, 47 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, 3 sensitive plant species, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/30/17. VIEW

This THP is 5 miles east of Douglas City, CA, 5.8 miles SE of Weaverville, CA and a few miles south of Highway 299 at an elevation of 1,880 to 4,800 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Douglas fir, ponderosa pine, sugar pine and white fir forests.  The THP area flows into the Trinity River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and siltation.  There are 13 landslide terrain sites including unstable areas in or around units 4605, 415, 3603, 412, 4592, 603, 405, 4921, 4901 and 4934.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning to use tractors on slopes over 50% grade with a high erosion hazard rating in units 602 and 603, and use ground based equipment on steep slopes over 65% grade in units 415 and 4545.  They also are planning to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging for fire line construction, and on slopes up to 65% grade with a moderate erosion hazard rating.  Ground based equipment is proposed for use on skid trails in unstable areas in units 4899 and 4901, and on 3 existing landings and associated skid trails within class I (year round) and class II (mid sized) watercourses, and on 4 existing skid trails within class II watercourse areas.  47 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  Three populations of clustered lady’s slippers were found outside of units 4545 and 4605, blushing wild buckwheat was found near units 4930 and 4932, and Congdon’s buckwheat was found within units 4899, 4932, 403, 4579, 4592, 4599 and 4605.  There are 3 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Humboldt Redwood Company to helicopter log near large tree marbled murrelet stand 638D east of Scotia, CA.


PANORAMIC Photo By RedwoodTransect
THP 1-17-107 HUM (LVD 17 THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 344.5 acres; 46% selection, 45% variable retention, 9% no-harvest, 1% roadside logging.  Hely Creek (HUM: T1N R1E Sec.1, 12, 13; T1N R2E Sec. 6, 7, 18).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 63 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, large tree helicopter logging, coho watershed, spotted owl, peregrine falcon, trees up to 40” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/26/17. VIEW

This THP is about 3 miles SE of Rio Dell, CA and Highway 101 and about 3 miles east of Scotia, CA at an elevation of 400 to 1,400 feet.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning a tractor, cable and helicopter logging (large tree marbled murrelet stand 638D exists between units 3 and 4) 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 and temperature.  There are 8 road related failure sites, and numerous landslide terrain sites including fill failures, debris slides, debris slides, earth flows and disrupted ground.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment on existing skid trails in areas designated for cable logging, and use ground based equipment in unstable areas in unit 4, and construct a segment of the L58.77 road across an unstable area.  63 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, and culvert repair/replacement.  There is a peregrine falcon nest site within .25 miles of unit 5, and over a dozen spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log adjacent to Douglas City, CA


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THP 2-17-053 TRI (Fog Horn) Sierra Pacific Industries, 340 acres; 93% clearcut, 4% roadside, 3% selection logging.  Lower Weaver Creek, Dutton Creek, Oregon Gulch, Maxwell Creek, Soldier Creek (MD: T32N R10W Sec.1; T33N R10W Sec.15, 22, 23, 27, 33).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, unstable areas, road failure sites, steep slopes, steep roads, 8 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, Dudley’s rush, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/20/17. VIEW

This THP is SW of Weaverville, CA and adjacent to Douglas City, CA and Highway 3 at an elevation of 1,800 to 4,000 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in white fir, ponderosa pine, sugar pine and Douglas fir forests.  The THP area flows into the Trinity River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and siltation.  There are unstable areas associated with units 3302, 3330 and 2240, and a fill failure has caused a road bed to drop down 5 feet in section 15.  SPI is planning to use ground based equipment on slopes up to 60% grade in areas designated for cable logging to construct fire lines, and construct and use roads, landings and crossings during the winter period.  They also are planning to construct segments of steep roads over 15% grade and/or pitches of steep roads over 20% grade in section 27.  Eight road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, and culvert repair/replacement.  Dudley’s rush was found in section 33.  There are 2 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

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


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THP 2-17-051 TEH (Jackelope THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 1,667 acres; 75% clearcut, 22% commercial thin, 2% selection, 1% roadside logging.  Judd Creek, Deadhorse Creek (MD: T28N R2E Sec.1, 2, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 22, 23, 24; T28N R3E Sec.6, 7, 17, 18, 19).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, landslide terrain, steep slopes over 65%, 74 road drainage work sites, oversized units, herbicides, ishi roadless area, chinook watershed, CA spotted owl, northern goshawk, 4 sensitive plant species, trees up to 48” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/12/17. VIEW

This THP is about 9 miles SW of Lassen Volcanic National Park, and about 4 miles SW of Mineral, CA and Highway 36 at an elevation of 3,200 to 5,400 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in white fir, sugar pine, incense cedar and ponderosa pine forests.  There is an existing landslide scarp 250 feet east of unit 144 outside of the THP area, and section 18 is adjacent to the Ishi Roadless Area.  SPI is planning to construct and use roads, landings and crossings during the winter period, and use ground based equipment within areas designated for cable logging to construct seasonal roads at the top of several cable units.  74 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, and culvert repair/replacement.  There is a northern goshawk territory (sections 14 and 15) within the THP area in the vicinity of Shelton Ridge.  Western campion was found in section 6, Sanborn’s onion was found outside of unit 1016 in section 10, Callahan’s mariposa lily was found outside of unit 91 in section 9, and blushing wild buckwheat was found in unit 123, and in sections 06, 08, 17 and 33.  There is a CA spotted owl territory (section 13) within the THP area in the vicinity of the N Line Crossing at Jackass Gulch.

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log SW of Alturas, CA.


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THP 2-17-048 LAS (Coyote Butte THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 536 acres; 98% clearcut, 2% roadside logging.  Upper Willow Creek, Lane Reservoir (MD: T37N R10E Sec.1, 2, 3, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 20, 21).  Winter operations, low erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, 5 road drainage work sites, oversized units, stock ponds, herbicides, impaired 303.d watershed, northern goshawk, greater sandhill crane, 3 sensitive plant species, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/12/17. VIEW

This THP is about 30 miles SW of Alturas, CA, 8 miles south of Adin, CA and just east of Highway 139 at an elevation of 5,200 to 6,300 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor based logging operation in ponderosa pine, Jeffrey pine and white fir forests.  Five road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, and culvert repair/replacement.  A greater sandhill crane was reported 1.1 miles from the THP area in section 31, and there are 2 historic (2002) northern goshawk nest sites in the THP area including a goshawk nest site in section 3 within .25 miles of unit 3B, and a goshawk nest site in section 13 within .75 miles of unit 12B.  Susanville milk vetch was found in units 11B, 16B and 16C; Ash Creek mouse tail was found within unit 12A, adjacent to unit 11A, and along numerous haul roads and in section 12; and Ash Valley milk vetch was found within unit 12A, adjacent to Hunsinger Flat Road in section 1, and adjacent to an existing seasonal haul road in section 12.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log NW of Pollock Pines, CA.


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THP 4-17-012 ELD (Grande Losa THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 1,328 acres; 43% clearcut, 41% commercial thin, 13% fuel break, 3% selection, misc roadside logging.  Gaddis Creek, Slab Creek (MD: T12N R12E Sec 15,16,20,21,22,27,28,29,30,31,32,33; T11N R12E Sec 4,5,8,9).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, landslide terrain, 14 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, CA spotted owl, bald eagle, osprey, northern goshawk, Sierra Clarkia, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/05/17. VIEW

This THP is about 6 miles NW of Pollock Pines, CA and Highway 50 at an elevation of 3,000 to 4,200 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in white fir, ponderosa pine, sugar pine, incense cedar and Douglas fir forests.  There are 4 erosional gorges in section 32 downslope of a breached ditch, multiple shallow and deep seated landslide terrain sites in section 33, and 2 adjacent landslides in section 34.  SPI is planning to use and construct roads, landings and crossings during the winter period, and use ground based equipment on steep slopes designated for cable logging in units 4301H and 404M.  They also are planning to use tractors to pile slash on slopes between 40% and 50% grade, and use tractors on slopes over 30% grade that do not flatten before reaching a watercourse.  14 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, and culvert repair/replacement.  There are northern goshawk nests within 900 feet and 1.6 miles of the THP area, a bald eagle nest within 2.1 miles of the THP area, and an osprey nest within 1.35 miles of the THP area.  Sierra Clarkia was reported in units 481, 550, 553 and near units 462, 481 and unit 544.  Three CA spotted owl nesting territories are located in the THP area ranging from within the THP area (section 16), 2000 feet from the THP area (section 33), and 2300 feet from the THP area (section 30).

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log near Ice House and Union Valley Reservoirs NE of Pollock Pines, CA.


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THP 4-17-009 ELD (Pips THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 531 acres; 66% clearcut, 25% fuel break, 6% selection, 1% roadside, 1% no-harvest logging.  Maud Lake (MD: T11N R15E Sec.5, 6; T12N R14E Sec.23, 24, 26, 35, 36; T12N R15E Sec.19, 29, 30, 31).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, 23 road drainage work sites, herbicides, wet areas, 3 campgrounds, CA spotted owl, bald eagle, osprey, northern goshawk, sharp shinned hawk, 7 sensitive plant species, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/05/17. VIEW

This THP is about 11 miles NE of Pollock Pines, CA and about 6 miles north of Highway 50 near  Ice House Reservoir and Union Valley Reservoir (which are popular picnicking, swimming, fishing, hunting, hiking, boating and OHV use areas) at an elevation of 4,920 to 6,360 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a tractor based logging operation in white fir, ponderosa pine, sugar pine, incense cedar and Jeffrey pine forests. The THP area is close to 3 campgrounds including the Northwind and Strawberry Point Campgrounds near Ice House Reservoir (.45 and .17 miles), and the Jones Fork Campground near Union Valley Reservoir (1,000 feet).  SPI wants to use and construct roads, landings and crossings during the winter period, and construct 5 segments of short roads into watercourse areas for water drafting purposes.  23 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, and culvert repair/replacement.  There are osprey nests within 435 feet, 860 feet, and .41 miles of the THP area, and bald eagle nests are located within .9 miles, .65 miles and .89 miles from the THP area.  A sharp shinned hawk was reported within .02 miles of the THP area in section 35, and northern goshawk nests were reported within .23 miles, .38 miles, .40 miles, and 1.8 miles of the THP area.  Wooly violet was found in units 190, 290, 302, 311, FB1, FB2, FB3, FB4 and FB5, Coleman’s piperia was found in units 190, 290, 291, 293, 302, 303 and 500, Upswept moonwort was found in unit 310, Scalloped moonwort was found in unit 311, Mingan’s moonwort was found in units 310 and FB6, Mountain moonwort was found outside of harvest units, and Jonesville Springbeauty was found in unit FB7.  There are 7 CA spotted owl nesting territories ranging from .17 miles to 2.3 miles from the THP area in sections 1, 13, 21, 24, 28, 32, 34, 35 and 36.

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


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THP 2-17-047 PLU (Estates THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 759.4 acres; 42% fuel break, 35% sanitation salvage, 12% clearcut, 8% commercial thin, 2% selection, 1% roadside logging.  Lower Sulphur Creek, Mohawk Creek (MD: T22N R12E Sec.34, 35, 36).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 60%, 27 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, wet areas, herbicides, willow flycatcher, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/09/17. VIEW

This THP is a couple of miles SE of Graeagle, CA and Highway 89 and about 16 miles SE of Quincy, CA at an elevation of 4,460 to 5,240 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a tractor based logging operation in ponderosa pine, Jeffrey pine, Douglas fir, white fir, incense cedar and sugar pine forests.  27 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, and culvert repair/replacement.  Willow flycatcher habitat was reported in section 25, and there are 3 CA spotted owl territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

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


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THP 2-17-046 LAS (Greenie THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 412 acres; 95% clearcut, 3% rehab, 2% roadside logging.  Round Valley, Murrers Upper Meadow, Upper Piute Creek (MD: T30N R11E Sec.1, 2, 3, 4; T31N R11E Sec.28, 33, 34, 35).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 60%, 46 road drainage work sites, herbicides, oversized units, wet areas, Paiute meadows, greater sandhill crane, CA red fox, scalloped moonwort, Susanville beardtongue, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/09/17. VIEW

This THP is about 5 miles NW of Susanville, CA and Highway 36 at an elevation of 5,600 to 7,000 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a clearcut tractor based logging operation in ponderosa pine, Jeffrey pine, white fir, incense cedar and sugar pine forests.  Temporary spur roads under 500 feet are proposed for construction without pre designation to accommodate log loading operations.  46 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, and culvert repair/replacement.  There is greater sandhill crane habitat at Paiute meadows adjacent to unit 23 and at Coleman lake, and an historic (1991) sighting was reported of a CA red fox .75 miles north of the THP area in section 26.  Scalloped moonwort was found in section 2, and Susanville beardtongue was found in sections 01, 03, 34 and 35.

Sierra Pacific Industries planning a pair of clearcut THPs NE of McCloud, CA.


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THP 2-17-038 SIS (Big Horse THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 389 acres; 100% clearcut logging.  Horse Peak, Harris Spring, Big Sand Flat (MD: T41N R1E Sec.11, 14, 23, 25, 26, 27, 35).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, herbicides, spotted owl, northern goshawk, scattered trees over 30” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/05/17. VIEW

This THP is about 18 miles NE of McCloud, CA and about 7 miles north of Bartle, CA and Highway 89.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a clearcut tractor based logging operation in white fir, sugar pine, ponderosa pine, Douglas fir, lodge pole pine and incense cedar forests at an elevation of 5,000 to 6,480 feet.  There are 4 goshawk nest sites including; a nest 600 feet NE of unit 25A in section 25, a nest site in section 21, a nest site in section 11, and a nest site in section 9.  Four spotted owl nesting territories are located within 1.3 miles of the THP area in sections 12 and 23.  This THP is just north of SPI’s South Buck THP 2-17-041 SIS.

THP 2-17-041 SIS (South Buck THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 628.2 acres; 98% clearcut, 1% roadside, 1% selection logging.  Bull Creek, Raccoon Creek, Dead Horse Canyon (MD: T40N R1E Sec.1, 3, 5, 11, 15; T41N R1E Sec.34, 35, 36).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, 4 road drainage work sites, oversized units, herbicides, spotted owl, northern goshawk, hot rock daisy, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/07/17. VIEW

This THP is about 15 miles NE of McCloud, CA and about 4 miles north of Bartle, CA and Highway 89 at an elevation of 4,200 to 5,800 feet..  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a clearcut tractor based logging operation in white fir, ponderosa pine, sugar pine, incense cedar, and knob cone pine forests.  Construction and the use of roads, landings and crossings are planned during the winter period, and the construction of temporary spur roads under 500 feet without pre designation is planned to accommodate log loading operations.  An existing road within a class I watercourse (McKay Creek) is planned for use in sections 11 and 15.  Four road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, and culvert repair/replacement.  There are 2 northern goshawk territories in the THP area including a goshawk nest site .25 miles from THP units in section 16 on Forest Service lands (2 alternative nest sites exist within 300 feet and 400 feet of an haul road), and a goshawk nest site .8 miles from harvest units in section 12.  Hot rock daisy was found on the edge of the SE boundary of unit 11D and along an existing seasonal road 200 feet east of unit 11D.  There are 4 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area, in sections 4, 8, 12, 16 and 32.  This THP is just south of SPI’s Big Horse THP 2-17-038 SIS.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Green Diamond Resource Company to log near Patrick’s Point State Park and Highway 101.


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THP 1-17-095 HUM (Gray Creek Thin THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 311 acres; 70% commercial thin, 30% no-harvest logging.  Pitcher Creek (HUM: T9N R1E Sec.19, 30, 31; T9N R1W Sec.25, 26).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 60%, landslide terrain, 6 road drainage work sites, herbicides, patrick’s point state park, coho watershed, spotted owl, osprey, bald eagle, marbled murrelet, marten, great blue heron, sharp shinned hawk, trees up to 36” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/03/17. VIEW

This THP is about 6 miles north of Trinidad, CA, and just east of Highway 101 and Patrick’s Point State Park.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a commercial thinning tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Douglas fir, redwood and Sitka spruce forests.  There are 5 landslide terrain sites (1 fill slope failure and 4 rapid shallow landslides) in units A and B, and 4 steep head wall swales (debris slides/debris slopes) in unit B.  Six road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  Five osprey nest sites are located within the THP area including; an osprey nest within .25 miles of the LP Mill Road, 2 osprey nests within .25 miles of the BL2000 Road, an osprey nest 400 feet NW of unit B, and an osprey nest 100 feet west of unit B.  A bald eagle nest is located 1.5 miles north of the THP area, and marbled murrelet habitat exists on Humboldt Redwoods State Park lands within .25 miles of the LP Mill Road.  In 2007, a sharp shinned hawk was reported to be located 1.1 miles east of the THP area, marten have been detected 1.1 miles east of the THP area, and a newly colonized great blue heron rockery is located .22 miles east of the BL2000 Road.  There are 5 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area, including spotted owl nesting territories within .5 miles of units A and B.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Sierra Pacific Industries to log in nice high elevation stands west of Quincy, CA.


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THP 2-17-036 BUT (Golden THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 452 acres; 77% selection, 22% seed tree, 1% roadside logging.  Philbrook Creek, Flying Pan, Crane Valley (MD: T25N R5E Sec.21, 28).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, steep roads, 67 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, oversized units, chips creek roadless area, wet areas, meadows, mining shafts, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/01/17. VIEW

This THP is about 20 miles NE of Chico, CA, 22 miles west of Quincy, CA, and about 18 miles SW of Chester, CA and Lake Almanor at an elevation of 6,000 to 7,000 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a selection and seed tree removal tractor based logging operation in nice high elevation stands of red fir, lodge pole pine and western white pine.  There are numerous seasonal wet areas and wet meadows throughout the THP area, a collapsed mine shaft, and sections 21 and 28 are adjacent to the Chips Creek Roadless Area.  SPI is planning to re-construct a steep portion of the T Line Road exceeding 15% for 400 feet, and utilize 2 existing segments of seasonal roads within watercourse areas including the T Line Road which runs parallel to a seasonal pond/wet meadow, and the 200T Road which runs adjacent to a wet meadow.  67 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log trees up to 48” dbh south of Lassen National Park.


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THP 2-17-035 TEH (Slate THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 322 acres; 75% clearcut, 17% selection, 7% commercial thin, 1% roadside logging.  Carter Creek, State Creek, Round Valley (MD: T28N R4E Sec.25, 26, 35, 36; T28N R5E Sec.30, 31, 32).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, 85 road drainage work sites, oversized units, herbicides, chinook watershed, CA spotted owl, osprey, dwarf resin birch, trees up to 48” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/01/17. VIEW

This THP is about a dozen miles south of Lassen Volcanic National Park and about 14 miles SW of Chester, CA and Lake Almanor.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor based logging operation in white fir, sugar pine, incense cedar and ponderosa pine forests at an elevation of 4,600 to 5,200 feet.  SPI is planning to use tractor crossings during the winter period, and construct roads and landings during the winter period.  85 road drainage sites  are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  An osprey nest is located within .25 miles of the 10L Road in section 32, and dwarf resin birch was found in section 29.  There are 3 CA spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area in sections 01, 32 and 36.

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log SE of Eureka, CA


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THP 1-17-094 HUM (K3 THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 121 acres; 93% clearcut, 7% selection logging.  Maple Creek, Twin Lakes Creek (HUM: T4N R4E Sec.5, 6, 8).  Wet weather operations, low erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, 4 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, coast fawn lily, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/03/17. VIEW

This THP is about 20 miles SE of Eureka, CA and Highway 101 near Snowcamp Lake at an elevation of 3,720 to 4,680 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in Douglas fir, white fir, ponderosa pine, sugar pine and incense cedar forests.  The THP area flows into Redwood Creek which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment/siltation/temperature and into the Mad River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment/siltation/temperature/turbidity.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning to construct roads and landings during the winter period.  Four road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  In 2007, coast fawn lily was reported to be within a watercourse area in the southern portion of unit 6A.  There are 7 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log near Chester, CA and Lake Almanor.


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THP 2-17-033 PLU (Louse Creek THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 734 acres; 75% clearcut, 22% fuelbreak, 3% selection, 1% roadside logging.  Louse Creek (MD: T28N R6E Sec.1, 2; T29N R6E Sec.14, 23, 26, 35).  Winter operations, low erosion hazard, 15 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, Sierra Nevada red fox, bald eagle, osprey, northern goshawk, cascades frog, Rocky Mountain chickweed, scattered large trees over 30” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 10/25/17. VIEW

This THP is a mile NW of Chester, CA and a few miles NW of Highway 36 and Lake Almanor at an elevation of 4,600 to 5,200 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor based logging operation in Jeffrey pine, ponderosa pine, sugar pine, white fir, incense cedar and Douglas fir forests.  A 1.25 mile long shaded fuel break is proposed along Warner Valley Road.  15 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  There is a bald eagle nest .16 miles south of the THP area on Collins Pine lands in section 2, and an active (2017) bald eagle nest was reported across from the Church of Christ along the Warner Valley Road 1.3 miles east of the THP area.  From 2002 to 2003 a rarely seen Sierra Nevada red fox was reported to be within 1 mile of the THP area in section 27, and in 2000, a goshawk nest was reported .36 miles west of the THP area in section 34. There are some older (historic) wildlife sightings including: an osprey (1971) nest site .43 miles south of the THP area in section 11, a Sierra Nevada red fox (1996) sighting .13 miles east of the THP area in section 6, and a Cascade Frog (1924) sighting .76 miles west of the THP area in section 27.  Rocky Mountain chickweed was reported to be growing in section 23 within unit 203, and in sections 14 and 24.

Friday, October 13, 2017

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


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THP 1-17-093 HUM (Johnson 18 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 272.8 acres; 43% clearcut, 36% commercial thin, 19% selection, 2% no-harvest, misc roadside logging.  Upper Tectah Creek, Upper Roach Creek (HUM: T10N R2E Sec.23, 26, 27, 28, 33, 34, 35).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, landslide terrain, 10 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, Pacific fisher, golden eagle, trees up to 32” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 10/28/17. VIEW

This THP is about a dozen miles NE of Trinidad, CA, 7 miles SE of Orick, CA and a few miles east of Redwood National Park at an elevation of 1,200 to 2,600 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood and Douglas fir forests.  The THP area flows into the Klamath River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, temperature, dissolved oxygen and nutrients.  There are shallow rapid landslides along the SW corner of unit D, in the SE corner of unit E, and a deep seated landslide in unit E.  10 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, and culvert repair/replacement.  A fisher was spotted in unit A in 1994, and a golden eagle was reported over 1.5 miles from the THP area.  There are 4 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area including spotted owl nesting territories within .5 miles of unit G.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

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


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THP 2-17-030 SIE (Great East THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 1,402 acres; 29% commercial thin, 27% sanitation salvage, 20% group selection, 16% no-harvest, 4% clearcut, 2% seed tree, 2% shelterwood, misc rehab logging.  Loves Falls, Thompson Meadows (MD: T20N R12E Sec.23, 25, 35; T20N R13E Sec.19, 21).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, steep roads, unstable area, 21 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, pacific crest trail, herbicides, CA spotted owl, wolverine, rocky mountain chickweed, trees up to 140 years old.  Estimated public comment deadline: 10/08/17. VIEW

This THP is about 2 miles NE of Sierra City, CA and Highway 49 at an elevation of 4,700 to 7,800 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in ponderosa pine, Jeffrey pine, Douglas fir, incense cedar, sugar pine, red fir, white fir and western white pine forests.  The THP area is in a high elevation forest near the Pacific Crest Trail (sections 23, 25 and 35) where a wolverine was spotted during the winter of 2008/2009.  There are unstable areas in sections 19, 23 and 25.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning to use class III (intermittent) crossings during the winter period, and re-construct 400 feet of steep road across 70% slopes.  They also are planning to construct a landing and a road within an unstable area in section 23, and use ground based equipment on existing benches within unstable areas in section 23.  21 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  Rocky mountain chickweed was reported in sections 19 and 25, and there are 5 CA spotted owl nesting territories in the THP area (adjacent to 1.4 miles from the THP area).

Monday, October 2, 2017

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


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THP 1-17-091 HUM (KK 800 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 190 acres; 79% clearcut, 21% selection logging.  Roaring Gulch (HUM: T7N R2E Sec.1, 2; T8N R2E Sec.25, 26, 35, 36).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, landslide terrain, 16 road drainage work sites,  impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, Pacific fisher, southern torrent salamander, trees up to 60” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 10/05/17. VIEW

This THP is about 12 miles SE of Trinidad, CA and Highway 101 at an elevation of 1,120 to 2,120 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood and Douglas fir forests (trees over 40” dbh in units A and B, and trees over 60” dbh in unit D).  The THP area flows into Redwood Creek which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature.  There is a small shallow rapid landslide terrain site, and associated debris slide in unit E.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to construct a temporary road inside unit E through the outer edge of a class II (mid sized) watercourse, and construct a temporary road onto a bench between 2 class II (mid sized) watercourse areas in unit E.  16 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  In 1992, a fisher was reported inside unit B and southern torrent salamanders are known to occur immediately adjacent to unit B.  There are 9 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area, including spotted owl nesting territories within .25 miles of unit A, and within .5 miles of units B, C, D and E.

Green Diamond Resource Company planning a pair of clearcut THPs SE of Trinidad, CA.


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THP 1-17-089 HUM (CR2700 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 159.5 acres; 82% clearcut, 16% selection, 2% no-harvest logging.  Headwaters Little River (HUM: T7N R2E Sec.2, 3; T8N R2E Sec.21, 27, 28, 33, 34, 35).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 60%, landslide terrain, wet area, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, Pacific fisher, sharp shinned hawk, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 10/05/17. VIEW

This THP is about 10 miles SE of Trinidad, CA and Highway 101 at an elevation of 1,040 to 2,200 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Douglas fir, redwood and western hemlock forests.  There are 6 shallow rapid landslide terrain sites along the lower portion of unit B, and a wet area in unit B.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to use an existing skid trail within a class II (mid sized) watercourse area inside unit F.  A Pacific fisher was reported inside unit C in 2007, and inside unit D in 2013, and a sharp shinned hawk was reported 2.1 miles NW of unit A.  There are 6 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area, including a spotted owl nesting territory within .5 miles of unit C.  This THP is just west of Green Diamond Resource Company’s recently proposed THP 1-17-091 HUM (KK 800 THP).