Monday, July 18, 2016

Mendocino Redwood Company to log SW of Comptche, CA near the South Fork of the Albion River.


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THP 1-16-062 MEN (Tilley Mack 2016 THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 447 acres; 70% group selection, 30% transition logging.  South Fork Albion River (MD: T16N R16W Sec.16, 17, 20, 21, 28).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 50 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owls, scattered large trees. Estimated public comment deadline: 08/07/16. VIEW

This THP is about 6 miles east of Albion, CA and about 4 miles SW of Comptche, CA at an elevation of 100 to 1,000 feet.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation in redwood and Douglas fir forests.  The THP area is adjacent to the South Fork of the Albion River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning to use heavy equipment inside a watercourse area to long line logs adjacent to a class I (year round) watercourse.  50 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  There are 6 spotted owl nesting territories within .7mi of the THP area.

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


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THP 1-16-067 HUM (Maple Wood THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 196.5 acres; 68% clearcut, 29% selection, 3% no-harvest logging.  Maple Creek (HUM: T8N R1E Sec.10, 11, 14, 15, 23; T8N R2E Sec.17, 18).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, herbicides, oversized units, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, osprey, southern torrent salamanders, trees up to 40" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 08/07/16. VIEW

This THP is about 6 miles east of Trinidad, CA and Highway 101 at an elevation of 560 to 1,720 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.  There are 2 unstable areas in unit E along the SW boundary of Maple Creek, and 4 unstable areas in unit F along the northern portion of the unit, and near the 2800 road.  Ground based equipment is proposed for use inside watercourse areas to long line logs and deck logs in unit C.  One historic osprey nest occurs within .25 mi of the LP Mill haul road, 2 historic osprey nests are located within .25 mi of the BL2000 haul road, and southern torrent salamanders are known to occur immediately adjacent to unit F.  There is potential marbled murrelet habitat on Harry Merlo State Recreation Area lands within .25 mi of the LP Mill haul road.  Spotted owl nesting territories are located within .25 mi of units B and D, and within .5 mi of units A, C and E.

Sierra Pacific Industries to log out the home of California’s only known Wolverine.


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THP 2-16-030 SIE (Bridge THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 2,718 acres; 70% group selection, 8% sanitation salvage, 7% aspen/meadow restoration, 6% selection, 5% fuelbreak, 3% no-harvest, 1% clearcut, misc seed tree and roadside logging. Jones Valley (MD: T19N R13E Sec.9, 11, 13, 15, 23; T19N R14E Sec.19).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 65%, 8 road drainage work sites, meadow and aspen restoration, herbicides, CA spotted owl, wolverine, marten, fisher, goshawk, osprey, bald eagle, red tailed hawk, subalpine fireweed, Donner Pass buckwheat, trees up to 44" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 08/15/16. VIEW  

This THP is about 13 miles NW of the I-80 Donner Summit Pass, near Jackson Meadows Reservoir, a popular high elevation recreation area and the Pacific Crest Trail.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a tractor based logging operation in red fir, white fir, white pine, mountain hemlock, Jeffrey pine and lodge pole pine forests at an elevation of 6,560 to 7,640 feet.  The only know wolverine to live in California was spotted here in 2009 (within the THP in section 23), within .34 mi of the THP in section 11, and in 2013 was spotted in section 34.  22 aspen restoration areas, and 15 meadow restoration areas are planned where encroaching conifers will be removed.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning to use feller bunchers for aspen/meadow restoration (conifer removal) inside class I (year round), class II (mid sized) and class III (intermittent) watercourses within sections 13,15, 19 and 23.  They also are planning to use 5 existing landings inside class III (intermittent) watercourses in sections 11, 15 and 19.  Eight road drainage sites are planned for work including 7 sites along old county road 301a with failed culverts, and 1 road crossing that diverts water into a class III (intermittent) watercourse.  Significant wildlife sightings include: a pair of osprey located on USFS land just west of section 23, northern goshawk sightings in sections 07, 15, 22, 27, pacific fisher sightings in sections 19, 21, 25, 29, american marten sightings in sections 18, 23, 26, 28, a badger sighting in section 1, and a bald eagle sighting in section 13.  There are CA spotted owl nesting territories in sections 24 and 25.  Three occurrences of subalpine fireweed were reported, and 1 occurrence of Donner Pass buckwheat was reported.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log east of Red Bluff, CA.


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THP 2-16-026 TEH (Two Barrel THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 766 acres; 78% clearcut, 22% fuelbreak, 1% selection, misc roadside logging.  Panther Spring (MD: T27N R2E Sec.3, 4, 5; T28N R2E Sec.29, 31, 32, 33, 34).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, 168 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, chinook watershed, CA spotted owl, goshawk, Sanborn's onion, trees up to 48" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 08/05/16. VIEW

This THP is about 22 miles NE of Red Bluff, CA and about 8 miles SE of Paynes Creek and Highway 36 at an elevation of 2,800 to 4,000 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor based logging operation in white fir, sugar pine, incense cedar and ponderosa pine forests.  A new road is proposed inside a class III (seasonal) watercourse to access the Tail Holt Spring, and temporary roads are proposed for use during the winter period.  SPI also wants to construct so called "jump roads" under 500 feet in length as needed without flagging to access units.  168 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 cave sites near unit 54 that were inspected for Townsend's big eared bats with negative results. A California spotted owl territory and northern goshawk territory were reported in section 2, and Sanborn's onion was found in section 31.

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


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THP 1-16-061 HUM (TT100 Gate THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 470 acres; 54% commercial thin, 34% clearcut, 7% selection, 4% no-harvest, 1% roadside logging. Upper Tectah Creek (HUM: T10N R2E Sec.4, 5, 7, 8).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, landslide terrain, 21 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, redwood national park, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, fisher, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 07/30/16. VIEW

This THP is about 5 miles east of Orick, CA and Highway 101 along the eastern edge of Redwood National Park.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood and Douglas fir forests at an elevation of 1,200 to 2,400 feet.  The THP area flows into the Klamath River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, temperature, dissolved oxygen and nutrients.  There is a shallow rapid landslide terrain site in unit D.  21 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  Marbled murrelet habitat exists on redwood national park within 300 feet of units A and H, within .25 mile of the TT-100 road, and there are spotted owl nesting territories within .75 mi of units A and G.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Humboldt Redwood Company to log adjacent to the Eel River near Scotia.


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THP 1-16-057 HUM (Tree Farm THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 99.6 acres; 78% group selection, 21% no-harvest, 1% selection logging.  Jordan Creek Monument Creek (HUM: T1N R1E Sec.16,17,20,21).  Winter operations, low erosion hazard, slopes up to 15%, 4 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, adjacent to eel river wild and scenic area, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, trees up to 34" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 07/29/16. VIEW

This THP is about a half mile south of Scotia, CA and highway 101 at an elevation of 120 to 160 feet.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning a tractor based logging operation in redwood and Sitka spruce forests adjacent to the Eel River which is designated as a wild and scenic recreation area and listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature.  Four road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  There are 8 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 mies of the THP area.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Humboldt Redwood Company to log trees up to 65” dbh near the Headwaters Forest Reserve.


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THP 1-16-056 HUM (Bridge Too Far THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 263.3 acres; 85% group selection, 8% selection, 5% no-harvest, 1% roadside logging.  Lower N. Fork Elk River (HUM: T4N R1E Sec.20, 28, 29, 30; T4N R1W Sec.25).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, steep roads, landslide terrain, 33 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, coho watershed, spotted owls, osprey nests, howell's montia, trees up to 65" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 07/20/16. VIEW

This THP is just north of the Headwaters Forest Reserve and about 5 miles SE of Eureka, CA at an elevation of 200 to 700 feet.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning a group selection and selection (individual tree removal) tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood and Douglas fir forests.  There are 128 acres of late seral stands in the THP area including trees up to 40" dbh in unit 1 that could be logged, trees up to 50" dbh in units 3 & 5 that could be logged, and trees up to 65" dbh in units 2 & 4 that could be logged.  The THP area flows into the Lower North Fork of the Elk River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and siltation.   Eleven landslide terrain sites are located within the THP area including debris slides, disrupted ground, debris flows and cut bank failures.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging in units 2 and 5, and construct a short segment of road inside a class I (year round) watercourse at Dunlap Gulch and the North Fork of Elk River.  They also want to construct steep segments of road U11.40001 on slopes over 65% grade, and within 100 feet of a class I watercourse.  33 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  There are 2 historic osprey nesting trees, and 9 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

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


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THP 1-16-054 HUM (BL2630 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 182 acres, 70% clearcut, 29% selection, 1% no-harvest logging.  Pitcher Creek (HUM: T8N R1E Sec.2, 3, 11; T9N R1E Sec.35).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, landslide terrain, road failure site, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, osprey, red tree vole, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 07/19/16. VIEW

This THP is about 5 miles NE of Trinidad, CA and about 2 miles SW of Redwood National Park at an elevation of 600 to 1,080 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.  There is an unstable area along the eastern boundary of unit A, and a seep that concentrates water across a road causing outboard fill erosion.  Potential marbled murrelet habitat exists within .25 mi of the LP Mil Road, and there is an osprey nest within .25 mi of the LP Mil Road, and 2 osprey nests within .25 mi of the  BL2000 Road.  Red tree voles were reported in 1994 to be in unit C.  There are spotted owl nesting territories within .5 miles of unit E.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Mendocino Redwood Company to log on steep and unstable slopes between Elk and Philo.


PANORAMIC Photo By Damon Tighe
THP 1-16-052 MEN (SE Corral THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 420 acres; 52% group selection, 37% selection, 12% transition logging.  Lower Greenwood Creek (MD: T14N R16W Sec.1, 2, 11, 12; T15N R16W Sec.35).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes over 70%, steep roads, landslide terrain, 51 road drainage work sites, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 07/10/16. VIEW

This THP is about 6 miles SE of Elk, CA, and about 7 miles NW of Philo, CA at an elevation of 450 to 1,460 feet.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir and grand fir forests.  There are 7 landslide terrain sites including steep headwall swales, debris flows, earth flows and disrupted ground.  51 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  There is marbled murrelet habitat adjacent to the THP area.  Two spotted owl nesting territories are located within .7 miles of the THP area.

Mendocino Redwood Company to log on steep and unstable slopes west of Willits, CA.


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THP 1-16-049 MEN (Northspur THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 659 acres; 58% transition, 27% variable retention, 14% group selection, 1% no-harvest logging.  North Fork Noyo River (MD: T18N R15W Sec.4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 17).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 53 road drainage work sites,  impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, redwood lily, trees over 24" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 07/06/16. VIEW

This THP is about 10 miles west of Willits, CA and about 5 miles north of Highway 20 at an elevation of 320 to 1,360 feet.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood and Douglas fir forests.  There are 4 road failure sites including cut bank failures in sections 5 and 9, scarp failures upslope and downslope of roads in section 9, and a landslide terrain site near a class II (mid sized) watercourse in section 5.  The THP area flows into the Noyo River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment/sedimentation.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging, use ground based equipment on steep slopes over 65% grade, and use a landing and several skid roads inside a watercourse area.  53 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, and culvert repair/replacement.  There are spotted owl nesting territories within .7 mi of the THP area.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log trees up to 40” dbh near Weavervile, CA.


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THP 2-16-018 TRI (Dutch THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 281 acres; 96% clearcut, 3% selection,  1% roadside logging.  Dutch Creek, Soldier Creek (MD: T32N R11W Sec.1, 2, 11; T33N R10W Sec.30, 31; T33N R11W Sec.36).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, 12 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, osprey, trees up to 40" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 06/30/16. VIEW

This THP is about 6 miles SW of Weavervile, CA and Highway 299 at an elevation of 1,840 to 3,960 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in Douglas fir, ponderosa pine, 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.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning to use ground based equipment on steep slopes up to 65% grade to construct fire lines.  12 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, and culvert repair/replacement.  There is an active osprey nest in section 30, within 170 feet of a haul road and within 300 feet of Soldier Creek Road.  3 Spotted owl nesting territories are located within 1.3 miles of the THP area, and within .5 mi of units 103 and 201.

Humboldt Redwood Company to log trees up to 55” dbh just south of Avenue of Giants.


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THP 1-16-048 HUM (Going Green THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 339 acres; 42% group selection, 31% no-harvest, 15% variable retention, 10% selection, 2% roadside logging.  Bear Creek (HUM: T1N R1E Sec.25, 26, 35, 36; T1S R1E Sec.1, 2).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, 7 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, Cooper's hawk, trees up to 55" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 06/30/16. VIEW

This THP is a mile south of the Avenue of the Giants and Highway 101 and about 4 miles SE of Scotia, CA.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir and grand fir forests at an elevation of 150 to 2,350 feet.  The THP area flows into the Eel River which is listed as impaired watershed for sediment and temperature.  The THP area contains trees up to 55" dbh, and will allow for the logging inside large tree marbled murrelet stands 307C, 319C and 320C.  There are multiple landslide terrain sites including debris slides, debris flows, earth flows, rock slides and disrupted ground.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging.  7 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings/sinkholes.  There are 3 Cooper's hawk nests in unit 4, and eight spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

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


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THP 1-16-046 HUM (KK Panther THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 161.9 acres; 57% commercial thin, 32% clearcut, 9% no-harvest, 1% selection, 1% roadside logging.  Panther Creek (HUM: T8N R2E Sec.13, 14, 23, 24, 25; T8N R3E Sec.30).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, landslide terrain, 10 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, trees up to 36" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 06/25/16. VIEW

This THP is about a dozen miles east of Trinidad, CA and a few miles SE of Redwood National Park at an elevation of 500 to 1,800 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir and western hemlock forests.  The THP area flows into Redwood Creek which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature.  There are dormant landslide terrain sites in units A, B and C.  Ten road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings and sink holes.  There are spotted owl nesting territories within .5 miles of units A and D.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut at Butte Meadows NE of Chico, CA.


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THP 2-16-014 BUT (Bolts THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 891 acres; 41% clearcut, 30% commercial thin, 29% selection, 1% roadside logging.  Coon Hollow, Cascade Creek, Bolt Creek, Bull Creek (MD: T26N R4E Sec.14, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 33, 36).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, unstable area, 41 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, wet areas, meadow, oversized units, herbicides, chinook watershed, CA spotted owl, goshawk, osprey, cascade frog, 5 sensitive plant species, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 06/23/16. VIEW

This THP is at Butte Meadows about 25 miles NE of Chico, CA and about 18 miles SW of Chester, CA.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a tractor based clearcut and commercial thin logging operation in ponderosa pine, sugar pine, white fir and incense cedar forests at an elevation of 4,200 to 5,600 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning 12,014 feet of new road construction, and 7,250 feet of road re-construction.  Existing road 120E2 is proposed for use inside a class I (year round) watercourse, and seasonal road 140E1 is proposed for use adjacent to a wet area.  There is a debris slide outside of the THP area near several haul roads in section 29.  41 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  Three goshawk sightings were reported; including a sighting in section 15 (within .25 mi of units 4, 5 and haul roads 180E, 350G13), a sighting in section 11, and a sighting in section 36.  Other wildlife sightings include: an historical (1978) sighting of a Sierra Nevada red fox within 1 mile of the THP area in section 30, an osprey sighting in section 30 (within .25 mi of haul roads 190A and the A Line Road), and a cascade frog sighting in section 29.  There are CA spotted owl nesting territories in section 10, and within .25 miles of unit 10 in sections 31 and 32.  Upswept moonwort was found in unit 15B, scalloped moonwort was found in units 3, 25B and haul road 180E, Mingan moonwort was found in unit 15B, Nightblooming false bindweed was found in units 1, 3 and haul road 180E, and Jonesville Springbeaugy was found in unit 15B.

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


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THP 1-16-041 HUM (Robber's Gulch THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 409 acres; 53% clearcut, 22% commercial thin, 17% selection, 7% no-harvest, 2% roadside Logging.  Upper Tully Creek (HUM: T9N R3E Sec.16, 17, 18, 19, 20).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, steep roads, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 65 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, golden eagle, tailed frog, trees up to 36" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 06/13/16. VIEW

This THP is about 15 miles NE of Trinidad, CA and about 6 miles SW of Weitchpec, CA along the eastern boundary of Redwood National Park.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Douglas fir forests at an elevation of 1,710 to 2,890 feet.  The THP area flows into the Klamath River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, temperature, nutrients and dissolved oxygen.  There are 22 landslide terrain/road failure sites within the THP area related to watercourses and roads including cut bank, fill slope, debris slides, earth flows, rock slides and disrupted ground.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to re-construct 3 segments of existing roads across unstable areas, and re-construct 2 segments of existing roads on slopes over 20% grade within units I and J.  They also want to re-construct an existing short segment of road inside unit G that exceeds 35% grade within 90 feet of a class II (mid-sized) watercourse.  65 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings (sink holes, bank sloughing, road bed channeling, bank sloughing, etc).  Golden eagles have been sighted within .5 mi of the THP area, and tailed frogs are known to occur immediately adjacent to unit A.  There are spotted owl nesting territories within .5 mi of units E and G.  This THP is just north of Green Diamond Resource Company’s recently proposed “Tully Green” THP 1-16-042 HUM.

THP 1-16-042 HUM (Tully Creek THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 332 acres; 80% clearcut, 14% selection, 4% no-harvest, 2% roadside logging.  Lower Little Pine Creek, Upper Little Pine Creek, Upper Tully Creek, Snow Camp Creek (HUM: T9N R3E Sec.15, 16, 19, 20, 21, 28).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 41 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, adjacent to Redwood National Park, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, Sonoma tree vole, golden eagle, tailed frog, trees up to 36" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 06/13/16. VIEW

This THP is about 14 miles NE of Trinidad, CA and about 6 miles SW of Weitchpec, CA along the eastern boundary of Redwood National Park (Unit A is adjacent).  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 at an elevation of 1,700 to 3,200 feet.  The THP area flows into the Klamath River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, temperature, nutrients and dissolved oxygen.  There are 6 landslide terrain sites including 4 unstable areas in unit C, 1 unstable area in unit D, 1 large unstable area with smaller unstable areas in unit G, and 5 road failure sites including cut bank failures, fill failures, road bed slumping and road bed channeling.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to re-construct a section of existing seasonal road across an unstable area in unit G.  41 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings (sink holes, bank sloughing, road bed channeling, bank sloughing, etc).  A Sonoma tree vole was reported to be in unit G during a 2001 survey, golden eagles have been sighted 1.3 miles NW of the THP area, and tailed frogs are known to occur immediately adjacent to unit A.  There are spotted owl nesting territories within .5 mi of unit I.  This THP is just south of Green Diamond Resource Company’s recently proposed “Robber's Gulch” THP 1-16-041 HUM.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut trees up to 68” dbh east of Redwood National Park.


PANORAMIC Photo By Tall Redwood
THP 1-16-039 HUM (R-120 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 193.5 acres; 81% clearcut, 10% selection, 7% no-harvest, 2% roadside logging.  Upper Roach Creek (HUM: T9N R2E Sec.1, 2; T9N R3E Sec.6; T10N R2E Sec.36).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, landslide terrain, 8 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, wet areas, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, golden eagle, trees up to 68" dbh. Estimated public comment deadline: 06/06/16. VIEW

This THP is about 13 miles NE of Trinidad, CA and about 10 miles west of Weitchpec, CA near the eastern boundary of Redwood National Park.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Douglas fir and redwood forests.  The THP area flows into the Klamath River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, temperature, nutrients and dissolved oxygen.  There is a steep headwall swale and a shallow rapid landslide terrain site in the eastern portion of unit D.  8 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  Golden eagles have been sighted within .5 mi of the THP area.  There are trees up to 68" dbh in unit D, and spotted owl nesting territories within .25 mi of unit D, and within .5 mi of units E and F.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut trees up to 72” dbh near the CA/OR border.


PANORAMIC Photo By Heather Myers
THP 1-16-038 DEL (WI 1600/1700 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 198 acres; 60% clearcut, 23% selection, 13% commercial thin, 4% no-harvest, 1% roadside logging.  S. Fork Winchuck River (HUM: T18N R1E Sec.6; T18N R1W Sec.1; T19N R1E Sec.31).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 80%, landslide terrain, 11 road drainage work sites, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, tailed frog, trees up to 72" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 06/01/16. VIEW

This THP is about 15 miles NE of Crescent City, CA and within a mile of the CA/OR border at an elevation of 560 to 1,600 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in Douglas fir, redwood and western hemlock forests.  There are 3 landslide terrain sites in units B, E and F, and trees up to 60" dbh in unit B, and trees up to 72" dbh in units E & G.  11 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  Tailed frogs were reported adjacent to units A, E and G.  There are 2 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

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


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THP 1-16-037 DEL (H-370 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 107 acres; 74% clearcut, 23% no-harvest, 3% selection logging.  Upper West Fork Hunter Creek, North of Teds Ridge (HUM: T15N R1E Sec.33, 34).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, landslide terrain, steep slopes over 65%, 4 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, osprey, marbled murrelet, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 05/30/16. VIEW

This THP is about 8 miles SE of Crescent City, CA and just SE of Highway 101 and Redwood National Park at an elevation of 800 to 1,640 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, nutrients and dissolved oxygen.  There are 2 landslide terrain sites located along the northern and eastern boundaries of unit B, and disrupted ground in unit C.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to use ground based equipment on steep slopes over 65% grade within unit A on designated skid trails.  Four road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  There is an osprey nest site within .25 miles of the W10 haul road, and a marbled murrelet stand within .25 miles of the H200 haul road and within 300 feet of the W10 haul road.

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


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THP 1-16-036 HUM (CL-800 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 168 acres; 69% clearcut, 26% selection, 5% no-harvest logging. Surpur Creek, Bear Creek, Ah Pah Creek (HUM: T11N R2E Sec.3, 4, 5, T12N R2E Sec.32, 33, 34).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 6 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, bald eagle, osprey, great blue heron, trees up to 48" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 05/29/16. VIEW

This THP is about 6 miles NE of Orick, CA and about 9 miles SE of Klamath, CA just east of Highway 101 and Redwood National Park at an elevation of 300 to 1,840 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 red cedar and western hemlock forests. The THP area flows into the Klamath River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, temperature, nutrients and dissolved oxygen.  There is 1 shallow rapid landslide in unit A, 2 shallow rapid landslides in unit B, 5 shallow rapid landslides and an unstable perched fill off an old landing in unit C, and 2 shallow rapid landslides in unit D.  There are also 4 road failure sites where water has been diverted down the road bed resulting in fill failures that will need to be re-constructed.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to re-construct the CL-1040 Road within a watercourse inside unit A, and construct a steep road on slopes over 65% within unit B.  Six road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings. There is an osprey nest within unit B, within .25 mi of unit E, within .25 mi of the CL-1040 Road, and a second osprey nest within .25 mi of the CL-1040 and CL-1800 roads.  A bald eagle nest is located within 120 feet of the Klamath River, within .45 miles of the CL-1800 Road, and a second bald eagle nest is located within 100 feet of the Klamath River, and within .44 miles of the CL-1890 Road.  There is a great blue heron rockery 1.2 miles north of unit E.  Spotted owl nesting territories are located within .35 mi of units B, C and D, and within .5 mi of units A and E.  This THP is just north of Green Diamond Resource Company’s recently submitted Miley's Thin THP 1-16-008 HUM.

Mendocino Redwood Company to log on steep and unstable slopes west of Willits, CA.


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THP 1-16-035 MEN (Three Chop THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 541 acres; 79% transition, 19% variable retention, 2% group selection logging.  James Creek, Olds Creek (MD: T18N R15W Sec.13, 14, 23, 24).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 50 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, Sonoma tree vole, long beard lichen, trees up to 42" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 05/29/16. VIEW

This THP is 7 miles west of Willits, CA and a few miles north of Highway 20 at an elevation of 400 to 1,640 feet.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood and Douglas fir forests.  The THP area flows into the Noyo River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature.  There are multiple landslide terrain sites including rock slides, earth flows, debris slides and 6 road failure sites including multiple cut bank, fill slopes and seep related failures.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning to use heavy equipment for skidding operations on steep slopes over 50% grade with a high erosion hazard.  50 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  There are 6 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

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


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THP 1-16-033 HUM (Pitcher Creek 17 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 168 acres; 81% clearcut, 18% selection, 1% no-harvest, misc roadside logging. Pitcher Creek (HUM: T9N R1E Sec.21, 25, 26, 28, 35, 36).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 60%, landslide terrain, 7 road drainage work sites, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, osprey, southern torrent salamander, tailed frog, trees up to 36" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 05/26/16. VIEW

This THP is about 6 miles NE of Trinidad, CA and about 6 miles east of Patrick's Point and Highway 101 at an elevation of 1,200 to 2,400 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut feller buncher, cable and shovel logging operation in redwood and Douglas fir forests.  There is an unstable area between 2 watercourses in unit D, and several small unstable areas along the southern boundary of unit D.  7 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction and culvert repair/replacement.  Marbled murrelet stands are located 1.02 miles south of unit D, within .25 mi of the BL2000 haul road, adjacent to highway 101 and within .25 mi of the LP Mill Road.  An historic osprey nest is located within .29 mi of Highway 101, within .25 mi of the LP Mill Road, and within .25 mi of the BL2000 haul road.  Southern torrent salamanders and tailed frogs are know to occur in watercourse areas of Pitcher Creek.  There are 6 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 mi of the THP area.

Humboldt Redwood Company to log trees up to 70” dbh south of Scotia, CA.


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THP 1-16-032 HUM (Power Bear THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 649 acres; 54% variable retention, 23% no-harvest, 12% selection, 9% rehab, 2% group selection, misc roadside logging. Happy Valley, Beer Bottle (HUM: T1S R1E Sec.9, 16, 17, 18, 19, 21, 28, 29; T1S R1W Sec.13, 24).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, 43 road drainage work sites, landslide terrain, road failure sites, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, sharp shinned hawk, trees up to 70" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 05/26/16. VIEW

This THP is about 7.5 mi south of Scotia, CA and Highway 101 at an elevation of 1,200 to 3,600 feet.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood and Douglas fir forests.  Within the THP area are 60 landslide terrain sites including; debris flows, debris slides, rock falls, earth flows, disrupted ground and steep inner gorges.  There are 4 road failure sites including a road bed destroyed by a large earth flow, and 3 cut bank and fill failures.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging, and construct 3 segments of logging roads across unstable areas along the D86, F88.65 and F Roads.  43 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  A sharp shinned hawk nest is located in unit 3, and there is potential habitat for fisher, marten, marbled murrelet, and golden eagle.  There are 12 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 mi of the THP area.

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


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THP 1-16-031 MEN (May Springs THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 545 acres; 75% group selection, 20% variable retention, 5% transition logging. Upper Elk Creek (MD: T13N R16W Sec.1, 2; T14N R16W Sec.23, 24, 25, 26, 36).  Wet weather operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, steep roads, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 17 road drainage work sites, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owls, trees up to 42" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 05/21/16. VIEW

This THP is about 7.5 mi SE of Elk, CA and about 7.5 mi SW of Philo, CA along the Mendocino coastline.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood and Douglas fir forests at an elevation of 500 to 1,600 feet.  The THP area contains 13 landslide terrain sites including earth flows, debris slide slopes, debris slides, and soil creep.  There are multiple road failure sites including cut bank failures, fill failures and washed out crossings.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning to use heavy equipment on unstable areas (deep seated landslide terrain), and use heavy equipment on steep slopes between 50% grade and 65% grade with a high erosion hazard in units 1, 6 and 8.  They also want to use heavy equipment on steep slopes over 65% grade along the NW corner of unit 1, and construct 2 segments of seasonal steep roads between 15% and 20% grade that exceed 500 feet in length.  17 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/restoration.  There are 5 spotted owl nesting territories within .7 mi of the THP area.

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


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THP 1-16-030 HUM (WM 700 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 174.5 acres; 52% commercial thin, 28% clearcut, 12% selection, 9% no-harvest, misc roadside logging. Lower Tully Creek (HUM: T9N R3E Sec.8, 9).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, steep roads, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 11 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, golden eagle, pacific fisher, southern torrent salamander, trees up to 32" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 05/20/16. VIEW

This THP is about 8 miles west of Weitchpec, CA  and about 15 miles NE of Trinidad, CA near the eastern boundary of Redwood National Park.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Douglas fir forests at an elevation of 1,740 to 2,880 feet.  The THP area flows into the Klamath River which is listed as an impaired watershed for nutrients, temperature, dissolved oxygen and sediment.  There are shallow rapid landslide terrain sites and bank failures inside units A and B mostly related to watercourses.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to use 3 existing skid trails on steep slopes over 65% grade, and use a skid trail for 100 feet inside the outer edge of a class II (mid sized) watercourse in unit C.  There are 4 segments of steep road that exceed 15% grade for a distance of 200 to 500 feet in units A and C, and road re-construction is planned on 60 feet of road prism that failed on an existing road in unit B.  11 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  Golden eagles have been sighted within .5 mi of the THP area, and southern torrent salamanders are known to occur approximately 200 feet downstream of unit C.  There are 5 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Sierra Pacific Industries to log adjacent to Forbestown, CA.


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THP 2-16-011 BUT (Forbestown THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 143 acres; 76% shelterwood, 17% meadow restoration, 4% no-harvest, 3% clearcut, 1% selection logging.  Costa Creek, Ponderosa Reservoir,  Daken Flat (MD: T19N R6E Sec.10, 12).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, meadow restoration, CA spotted owl, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 05/28/16. VIEW

The THP area is about 15 miles east of Oroville, CA and adjacent to the town of Forbestown, CA.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly shelterwood (overstory removal) tractor based logging operation in ponderosa pine, sugar fir, Douglas fir and incense cedar forests at an elevation of 2,720 to 3,240 feet.  SPI is planning to use heavy equipment on 24 acres inside seasonal wet meadow areas to remove encroaching conifers in section 12.  There was a 1982 sighting of a goshawk .7 mi north of the THP area.

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log redwood trees up to 60” dbh near the Avenue of the Giants.


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THP 1-16-029 HUM (Zin THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 214 acres; 80% clearcut, 18% selection,  1% roadside, 1% no-harvest logging.  Cameron Creek, Thompson Creek (HUM: T2S R3E Sec.2, 11, 13, 24).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, unstable areas, 21 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, 3 sensitive plant species, trees up to 60" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 05/20/16. VIEW

This THP is a few miles east of Myers Flat and highway 101, and east of the famed Avenue of the Giants where majestic redwood trees tower to over 200 feet high.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in Douglas fir (trees up to 48"  dbh) and redwood (trees up to 60” dbh) forests at an elevation of 200 to 1,440 feet.  The THP area flows into the Eel River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment/siltation and temperature.  There are unstable areas adjacent to units 2X, 2Y, and 13N.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging, and to construct fire lines on slopes up to 65% grade within cable units.  21 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, ditch cleaning, dip construction and culvert repair/replacement.  Heart leaved twayblade was found in section 7, 8 and 11, Oregon fawn lily was found in sections 12 and 13, and Howell's montia was found in sections 7 and 18.  There are six spotted owl nesting territories within .7 mi of the THP area.

Timber Products Company to clearcut log near the CA/OR border.


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THP 2-16-008 SIS (Eagle THP) Timber Products Company, 465 acres; 69% clearcut, 25% commercial thin, 6% meadow restoration logging.  Middle Shovel Creek, Upper Shovel Creek, Deer Creek, Lower Shovel Creek, Bear Canyon, Negro Creek (MD: T47N R3W Sec.16, 17, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29, 33, 34).  Winter operations, low erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, herbicides, wet meadows, impaired 303.d watershed, spotted owl, goshawk, osprey, scattered large trees. Estimated public comment deadline: 05/14/16. VIEW

This THP is about 11 miles NW of MacDoel, CA and 23 miles NE of Yreka, CA at an elevation of 5,400 to 6,000 feet.  Timber Products Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor based logging operation in nice high elevation stands of white fir, red fir, Douglas fir, sugar pine, incense cedar and ponderosa pine forests.  There are 27 acres of meadow, aspen and wet meadow restoration proposed where heavy equipment will be used within watercourse areas to remove encroaching conifers in unit 2A.  Goshawk territories are located within sections 21 and 23 (near units 15 and 26), and an osprey territory is located 1.8 mies NE of the THP area.  A spotted owl nesting territory is located within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Sierra Pacific Industries to log SE of Quincy, CA.


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THP 2-16-007 PLU (Ranch THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 652 acres; 53% sanitation salvage, 35% clearcut, 9% commercial thin, 3% selection, misc roadside logging.  Estnay Creek (MD: T23N R11E Sec.5, 6; T24N R11E Sec.29, 31, 32).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, 56 road drainage work sites, herbicides, CA spotted owl, goshawk, Quincy lupine, trees up to 30" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 05/12/16. VIEW

This THP is about 6 miles SE of Quincy, CA and a mile east of Highway 89 at an elevation of 4,000 to 4,500 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a tractor based logging operation in Douglas fir, white fir, sugar pine and ponderosa pine forests.  There are some existing road segments within a watercourse in sections 5, 6, 29, 30, 31 and 32.  Fifty-six road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.   A northern goshawk was reported in section 29, and Quincy lupine was reported in sections 5, 6, 29, 31 and 32.

Monday, April 25, 2016

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


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THP 1-16-027 DEL (KM 850 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 145 acres; 78% clearcut, 11% selection, 9% no-harvest, 2% roadside logging.  Lower West Fork Hunter Creek, Lower Turwar Creek, Upper Turwar Creek, Hoppow Creek (HUM: T13N R2E Sec.6; T14N R1E Sec.36; T14N R2E Sec.19, 30, 31).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 9 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, osprey, marbled murrelet, sharp shinned hawk, southern torrent salamander, tailed frog, Indian pipe, trees over 32" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 05/03/16. VIEW

This THP is 3.25 miles NE of Klamath, CA and about 3.25 miles east of Highway 101 at an elevation of 640 to 2,000 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir and western hemlock forests. The THP area flows into the Klamath River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, temperature, dissolved oxygen and micronutrients.  There are landslide terrain sites in units A, C, F and G; including a large active debris slide along the southern portion of unit F, and multiple road failure sites including cut slope failures above and below the T-150 road system in unit C, and cut slope and fill failures along a road in unit G.  Nine road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair/replacement, sink hole repair, bank stabilization and restoration of washed out crossings.  There are 3 osprey nests within .25 mi of the mainline T10 haul road, and 2 marbled murrelet stands within 300 feet and .25 miles of the T10 haul road, and within .25 miles of unit B.  Sharp shinned hawk nest sites are located 1.34 miles east of unit C, and 2.13 miles west of unit A.  Southern torrent salamanders and tailed frogs have been reported within the Turwar Creek and Hoppaw Creek watersheds.  Spotted owl nesting territories are located within .5 mi of unit B.  Indian pipe was located in unit C.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Green Diamond Resource Company to log near Klamath, CA and the Klamath River.


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THP 1-16-023 DEL (D-10 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 256.5 acres; 57% commercial thin, 18% clearcut, 14% no-harvest, 7% sanitation salvage, 4% selection, 1% special logging.  McGarvey Creek (HUM: T13N R1E Sec.15, 16, 21, 22).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 20 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, redwood national park, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, scattered large trees. Estimated public comment deadline: 04/25/16. VIEW

This THP is 1.5 miles south of the town of Klamath, CA and Highway 101 near Redwood National Park at an elevation of 37 to 900 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a 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, nutrients and dissolved oxygen (unit B is adjacent to the Klamath River).  There are 20 landslide terrain sites in the THP area including 7 sites in unit B, 10 sites in unit C, 2 sites in unit E, and 1 site in unit F.  Most of the landslide terrain sites are related to failures along roads and skid trails, and within steep watercourse areas.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to use heavy equipment on an unstable area along the D-120 road to fix a failing watercourse crossing.  20 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement, sinkhole, cut bank/fill failures and restoration of washed out crossings. There are 5 marbled murrelet stands close to the THP area including 1 stand within .25 mi of unit B, 1 stand within .25 mi of units F and G, and within .25 mi of unit A on Redwood National Park property.  Spotted owl nesting territories are located within .25 mi of units A, B, C, and within .5 mi of units D and E.

Friday, March 25, 2016

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


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THP 1-16-022 HUM (CR 2150 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 30.9 acres; 80% clearcut, 16% selection, 4% no-harvest logging.  Bulwinkle Creek (HUM: T7N R1E Sec.11, 12).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, osprey, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 04/21/16. VIEW

This THP is about 6 miles SE of Trinidad, CA and about 4 miles east of Highway 101.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut feller buncher, shovel and cable logging operation in redwood, Douglas fir, Sitka spruce, grand fir and western hemlock forest.  The THP area drains into the Little River which is listed as an impaired watershed. Three osprey nests are located within .25 mi of the mainline road CR2100, and there is a peregrine falcon site 1 mile SE of unit B.  Southern torrent salamanders and tailed frogs were reported near unit B.  Spotted owl nesting territories are within .25 mi of unit A, and within .5 mi of unit B.

Humboldt Redwood Company to log trees up to 40” DBH within a few miles of Eureka, CA.


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THP 1-16-021 HUM (Back to School THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 192.3 acres; 87% group selection, 8% selection, 5% no-harvest, misc roadside logging.  Cloney Gulch (HUM: T5N R1E Sec.27, 28, 33, 34).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 15 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, coho watershed, spotted owl, trees up to 40" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 04/21/16. VIEW

This THP is 3 miles east of Eureka, CA and Highway 101 at an elevation of 50 to 600 feet.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir and grand fir forests.  The THP area drains into Freshwater Creek which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and siltation.  There are 7 landslide terrain sites including debris slides and debris torrents mostly related to embankment failures.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging on slopes between 50% and 65% grade in unit #1, and use ground based equipment on slopes between 50% and 65% grade with a moderate erosion hazard.  15 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  There are 2 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Monday, March 14, 2016

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


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THP 4-16-002 TUO (North Griswold THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 305 acres; 70% clearcut, 27% fuelbreak, 3% selection, 1% roadside logging. Upper Beaver Creek, Upper Griswold Creek (MD: T5N R16E Sec.12, 13, 16, 24; T5N R17E Sec.4, 5, 7, 8, 16, 17, 18).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, 35 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, oversized units, 6 CA spotted owls within 1.3 mi, goshawk, Sierra Nevada yellow legged frog, trees up to 150 years old.  Estimated public comment deadline: 04/03/16. VIEW

This THP is about 6 miles east of Highway 4 and Dorrington, CA and about 3 miles NE of Calaveras Big Trees State Park at an elevation of 5,600 to 6,400 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor based logging operation in Ponderosa pine, sugar pine, white fir, red fir, Douglas fir and incense cedar forests.  The THP area drains into the North Fork of the Stanislaus River.  SPI wants to use ground based equipment on existing roads for skidding operations inside class II (mid sized) watercourses within units 4784 and FB1, and use class III (intermittent) watercourse crossings during the winter period.  35 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair/replacement and re-construction of washed out crossings.  There was a 2009 goshawk nest reported in section 33, and Sierra Nevada yellow legged frogs were reported at crossings for haul roads 5N02 and 5N13, and at a waterhole near road 5N13.  CA spotted owl territories were reported in sections 9, 11, 13, 17, 21 and 33.