Sunday, October 14, 2018

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


PANORAMIC Photo By Kurt Minard
THP 1-18-101 MEN (Bowman Gulch THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 406 acres; 57% transition, 31% variable retention, 13% selection, misc roadside logging. Mettick Creek (MD: T16N R15W Sec.2, 11, 12, 13, 14).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, steep roads, landslide terrain, 61 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, white flowered rein orchid, trees over 34” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 10/24/18. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 15 miles SE of Mendocino, CA and about 11 miles SW of Willits, CA, near Comptche, CA at an elevation of 320 to 1,240 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 82 landslide terrain sites in the THP area including; numerous debris slides, debris flows, earth flows, rockslides, steep inner gorges, disrupted ground, and steep headwall swales, and several road failure sites including a washed out road, multiple fill failures and cut bank failures.  The THP area flows into the Big River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment on existing skid trails in areas designated for cable logging, construct 450 feet of seasonal road on slopes exceeding 65%, and construct a road above an unstable area.  61 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  White flowered rein orchid was spotted within a harvest unit in section 14, and within 100 feet of a harvest unit in section 12.  There are 4 spotted owl nesting territories within .7 miles of the THP area.

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


PANORAMIC Photo By spewydog
THP 1-18-100 HUM (Mini Brucer THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 241.2 acres; 75% group selection, 18% no-harvest, 7% selection logging. Little Freshwater Creek, Upper Freshwater Creek (HUM: T4N R1E Sec.13, 23, 24; T4N R2E Sec.18, 19).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 60%, landslide terrain, impaired 303.d watershed, coho watershed, spotted owl, osprey, trees up to 36” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 10/24/18. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 7 miles SE of Eureka, CA and Highway 101 at an elevation of 610 to 1,520 feet.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning a cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir and grand fir forests. There are 31 landslide terrain sites including multiple debris slides, earth flows, steep headwall swales, and cut bank failures. The THP area flows into Freshwater Creek which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and siltation.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging inside unit 1. There are several osprey nests along haul roads in the THP area, and 4 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

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


PANORAMIC Photo By blacksilverfan12
THP 1-18-098 DEL (Upper West Fork Hunter Creek THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 204 acres; 73% clearcut, 24% selection, 2% no-harvest, 1% roadside logging. Upper West Fork Hunter Creek, North of Teds Ridge (HUM: T14N R1E Sec.2, 3, 4; T15N R1E Sec.34, 35).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, oversized units, 6 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, osprey, coastal tailed frog, southern torrent salamander, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 10/24/18. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 7 miles north of Klamath, CA and about 3 miles east of highway 101 and Redwood National Park at an elevation of 400 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, Douglas fir and western hemlock forests.  There are a few shallow rapid landslides in units B and D, and a road with a sunken grade.  The THP area flows into the Lower Klamath River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, temperature, nutrients and dissolved oxygen. Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to construct 175 feet of road within 150 feet of a class I (year round) watercourse (Hunter Creek).  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 a marbled murrelet stand within .25 miles of the W10 and H200 Roads, and an historic osprey nest and active osprey nest within .25 miles of the W10 Road.  Coastal tailed frogs were reported 1,000 feet west of unit B, and southern torrent salamanders were reported 1 mile SE of unit E.  There are spotted owl nesting territories within .5 miles of units B, D and E.

Humboldt Redwood Company planning a second THP that logs inside large tree marbled murrelet stands near the BLM Headwaters Forest Reserve.


Headwaters Forest Reserve Photo by Recreation.gov
THP 1-18-096 HUM (Baratheon THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 304.3 acres; 89% group selection, 8% selection, 3% no-harvest logging.  Lower N. Fork Elk River, Upper N. Fork Elk River (HUM: T3N R1E Sec.1, 2, 12; T4N R1E Sec.35, 36).  Wet weather operations, low erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 50%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, impaired 303.d watershed, 19 road drainage work sites, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, foothill yellow legged frog, trees up to 40” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 10/24/18. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 4 miles NE of Fortuna, CA, just east of the BLM Headwaters Forest Reserve at an elevation of 400 to 1,400 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.  Logging is proposed inside large tree marbled murrelet stand 399D within unit 1, and also adjacent to an occupied large tree marbled murrelet stand 680E within unit 2.  The THP area flows into the Elk River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature.  There are 38 landslide terrain sites including multiple earth flows, disrupted ground, and debris slides, and 7 road related failure sites including multiple fill failures, cut bank failures and sink holes.  19 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  Foothill yellow legged frogs have been spotted within the THP area, and there are 9 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.  This THP is just east of Humboldt Redwood Company’s recently proposed Holy Diver THP 1-18-031 HUM (See Humboldt Redwood Company to log trees up to 40” dbh adjacent to the BLM Headwaters Forest Reserve).

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Gualala Redwood Timber to target individual trees growing in the alluvial flats of the Little North Fork of the Gualala River.


North Fork of the Gualala River By Peter Cafferata 
THP 1-18-095 MEN (Little THP) Gualala Redwood Timber, 251 acres; 79% selection, 21% no-harvest logging. Doty Creek (MD: T11N R15W Sec.4, 9, 10, 14, 15, 23).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, 18 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, coho watershed, CA red legged frog, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 10/24/18. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is a few miles NE of Gualala, CA and Highway 1 along the Mendocino coastline at an elevation of 40 to 440 feet. Gualala Redwood Timber is planning a tractor based logging operation in redwood and Douglas fir forests amongst the alluvial flats of the Little North Fork of the Gualala River (the THP units are located in 90 to 100 year old forests mostly along river bottoms (alluvial flats) adjacent to the Little North Fork of the Gualala River, including a flood prone area in the southern portion of unit 1). The THP area flows into the Gualala River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature.  Gualala Redwood Timber is planning to use an existing haul road system that enters class I (year round) and class II (mid sized) watercourse areas at 12 locations along the Little North Fork of the Gualala River, and use 2 landings near watercourse areas. 18 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  CA red legged frogs were reported inside a ditch adjacent to the plan area and there are 2 spotted owl nesting territories within .7 miles of the THP area.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log trees over 48” dbh NE of Weott, CA.


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THP 1-18-094 HUM (Lucky THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 294 acres; 76% clearcut, 20% selection, 2% rehab, 2% roadside logging. Horse Creek, Mill Creek (HUM: T1S R4E Sec.2, 3, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, unstable areas, 29 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, scattered large trees over 48” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 10/21/18. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 11 miles NE of Weott, CA and Highway 101, and about 3 miles south of Highway 36 at an elevation of 1,720 to 3,680 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries 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 Van Duzen River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment/siltation, and into the Eel River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature.  There is a small unstable area in unit 11G, a small unstable area in unit 11H, and several minor roadside slumps.  SPI is planning to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging, and construct roads and landings during the winter period.  29 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  There are 3 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Mendocino Redwood Company to log in marbled murrelet stands adjacent to Navarro River Redwoods State Park.


PANORAMIO Photo By Robert Syms
THP 1-18-093 MEN (Ironbar THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 491 acres; 77% transition, 13% selection, 5% no-harvest, 3% variable retention, 2% special logging.  Mouth of Navarro River, Big Salmon Creek, Ray Gulch (MD: T15N R16W Sec.6, 7, T15N R17W Sec.1, 11, 12).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 33 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, Navarro Redwoods State Park, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, Mendocino pygmy cypress, long beard lichen, trees up to 46” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 10/20/18. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 3 miles north of Elk, CA and about 8 miles SE of Mendocino, CA by Highway 128 and Navarro River Redwoods State Park (units 6 and 9 are adjacent) at an elevation of 40 to 720 feet.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning a tractor, cable and helicopter logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood and Douglas fir forests. The THP area flows into the Navarro River which is listed as an impaired watershed for temperature and sediment. Over 80 landslide terrain sites are located in the THP area including multiple: earth flows, debris flows, debris slides, debris slide slopes, disrupted ground, steep gullies, rock slides, fill slope and cut bank failures.  Seven unstable road failure sites are located in the THP area including a seep causing a fill failure on temporary road, a bank seep at the base of a debris slide on a temporary road, multiple sink holes on existing roads, a fill slope failure below an existing road, and a road that has sunk 1 to 2 feet.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning to use an existing temporary road across an unstable area (earth flow), construct 350 feet of new road across an unstable area, and use an existing landing near an unstable area (earth flow).  33 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  There is potential marbled murrelet habitat in the NE portion of section 11 within the THP area, and also on Navarro River Redwoods State Park lands.  Mendocino pygmy cypress was found along the edge of a seasonal road, and long beard lichen was found adjacent to an open landing at the end of a spur road.  There are 6 spotted owl nesting territories within .7 miles of the THP area.

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log SE of Placerville, CA near Jenkinson Lake.


Google Earth Photo By Wayne Calhoon
THP 4-18-014 ELD (Super Fun THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 420 acres; 65% clearcut, 21% fuel break, 5% sanitation salvage, 5% commercial thin, 4% no-harvest, 1% roadside logging.  Upper Alder Creek, Snow Creek, Headwaters Camp Creek, North Sly Park Creek, Lower Sly Park Creek, Van Horn Creek, Middle Butte (MD: T10N R13E Sec.13, 15, 16, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27; T10N R14E Sec.20, 22, 23, 27; T10N R15E Sec.19, 29).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, unstable area, 9 road drainage work sites, Jenkinson Lake, herbicides, CA spotted owl, northern goshawk, bald eagle, golden eagle, foothill yellow legged frog, Sierra Nevada yellow legged frog, 3 sensitive plant species, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 10/15/18. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP  

This THP is about 17 miles SE of Placerville, CA and about 4 miles south of Highway 50 near Jenkinson Lake, a popular fishing, boating, swimming, camping and hiking destination. Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor based logging operation in incense cedar, ponderosa pine, white fir, sugar pine, and Douglas fir forests at an elevation of 3,520 to 6,200 feet.  There is a small unstable area (outside edge of a landing that has failed/eroded) in unit 230 within section 23.  SPI is planning to use ground based equipment on slopes up to 50% grade for tractor pilling, use ground based equipment at a fill failure site within unit 230 for restoration work, and use an existing landing inside a class III (intermittent) watercourse area within unit FB6.  Nine road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  There are 8 northern goshawk territories (.4 mi to 1.5 mi from THP units), a bald eagle territory at Jenkinson Lake within .6 miles of THP units in section 9, and in 1996, a golden eagle was reported within 1.6 mi of THP units in section 36. Sierra Nevada yellow legged frogs were spotted in section 29 (.55 mi from THP units), section 11 (1 mi from THP units), and section 27 (1.4 mi from THP units), and Foothill yellow legged frogs were reported (1992 to 1999) at Camp Creek (.6 mi and .9 mi from THP units), and at Snow Creek (1.5 mi from THP units).  Coleman’s piperia was found in units FB5, 200, 201, 220, 272 and 273, Sierra clarkia was found in units SE1, FB2, FB6, 190, 200, 201, 272, and 273, and Kellogg’s lewisia was found outside of THP units.  There are 27 California spotted owl territories (.13 mi to 1.7 mi from THP units).

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

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


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THP 1-18-091 HUM (Elk Camp THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 95 acres; 81% clearcut, 12% selection, 6% no-harvest, 1% roadside logging.  Upper Tectah Creek (HUM: T10N R2E Sec.20, 28, 33). Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, Redwood National Park, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, foothill yellow legged frog, trees up to 36” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 10/13/18. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about a dozen miles NE of Trinidad, CA by Redwood National Park (units A and C are adjacent) and the Bald Hills Road at an elevation of 1,880 to 2,600 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in Douglas fir, redwood and western hemlock forests.  The THP area flows into the Lower Klamath River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, temperature, dissolved oxygen and nutrients.  There is potential marbled murrelet habitat within .25 miles of unit A, and an occupied marbled murrelet stand on Redwood National Park lands .7 miles west of the THP area.  Foothill yellow legged frogs were reported at Redwood Creek 1.75 miles west of unit A, and there are 3 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area. This THP is just NW of Green Diamond Resource Company’s recently proposed Bear Prairie THP 1-18-092 HUM.

THP 1-18-092 HUM (Bear Prairie THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 289 acres; 61% clearcut, 37% selection, 2% roadside, 1% no-harvest logging.  Upper Roach Creek (HUM: T9N R2E Sec.1, 2, 3; T10N R2E Sec.26, 27, 34, 35).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, 24 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, redwood national park, herbicides, coho watershed, golden eagle, southern torrent salamander, Del Norte salamander, coastal tailed frog, trees up to 30” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 10/19/18. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about a dozen miles NE of Trinidad, CA by Redwood National Park (unit A is adjacent) and the Bald Hills Road at an elevation of 1,000 feet to 2,400 feet.  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 Lower Klamath River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, temperature, dissolved oxygen and nutrients, and there are 2 unstable areas in unit D, and 2 unstable areas in unit E. 24 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  In 1992, Del Norte salamanders were observed in units A and E, and golden eagles have been spotted within .5 miles of unit B. Coastal tailed frogs were reported 3,500 feet west of unit B, and southern torrent salamanders were reported 1,000 feet east of unit E.  There are spotted owl nesting territories within .5 miles of unit E.  This THP is just SE of Green Diamond Resource Company’s recently proposed Elk Camp THP 1-18-091 HUM.

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Mendocino Redwood Company to log near the mouth of the Navarro River.


Google Earth Photo of Navarro River By Natalie Furman
THP 1-18-086 MEN (Bear Pen THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 552 acres; 85% group selection, 10% transition, 6% variable retention logging. Mouth of Navarro River, Middle Navarro River (MD: T15N R16W Sec.7, 16, 17, 18, 19; T15N R17W Sec.12, 13, 24).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes over 75%, landslide terrain, 10 road drainage work sites, Navarro River, wet areas, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, osprey, bald eagle, Bolander’s reed grass, leafy stemmed miterwort, trees over 38” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 10/05/18. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is 3.5 miles NE of Elk, CA and 5 miles SE of Albion, CA near the Navarro River (there are 4 THP units adjacent) at an elevation of 50 to 1,160 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 7 landslide terrain sites in the THP area including multiple debris slides, disrupted ground, earth flows, and multiple wet areas within THP units.  The THP area flows into the Navarro River and is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature. Mendocino Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment on existing skid trails in areas designated for cable logging.  10 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  In 2017, a pair of bald eagles were observed in the THP area near the Navarro River, and 3 osprey nests are located near the THP area, including; 1 osprey nest within the THP area, 1 osprey nest 3,000 feet downstream from the THP area, and 1 osprey nest along the Navarro River within a mile of THP units. Bolander’s reed grass was observed on roads and landings in the THP area, and leafy stemmed miterwort was found on a road along the northern boundary of the THP area.  There are 9 spotted owl nesting territories within .7 miles of the THP area.

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


Google Earth Photo By Whitney Deboice
THP 1-18-085 HUM (Ole Jacoby THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 178 acres: 55% clearcut, 39% selection, 6% no-harvest, misc roadside logging. Fay Slough, Lower Jacoby Creek (HUM: T5N R1E Sec.10, 15, 16, 21).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, landslide terrain, 3 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, osprey, peregrine falcon, tailed frog, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 09/29/18. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 4 miles NE of Eureka, CA and about 1.5 miles south of Bayside, CA and Highway 101 at an elevation of 80 to 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. There are 10 landslide terrain sites in the THP area including 6 unstable areas in unit C, and 4 unstable areas in unit F.  The THP area is located within the Lower Jacoby watershed which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment.  Three historic peregrine falcon nest sites are located in the THP area, a bald eagle nest is located within .5 miles of the THP area, and tailed frogs are known to occur immediately adjacent to unit C.  There are historic and active osprey nests within the THP area including; 10 nests within .25 miles of unit A, 8 nests within .25 miles of unit B, 3 nests within unit C, 13 nests within .25 miles of unit C, 9 nests within .25 miles of unit D, 6 nests within .25 miles of unit E, and 9 nests within .25 miles of unit F. Spotted owl nesting territories are located within .25 miles of units B and C, and within .5 miles of units A and D.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log near Little Grass Valley Reservoir SW of Quincy, CA.


Google Earth Little Grass Valley Reservoir Photo By OG
THP 2-18-046 PLU (Tama THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 592 acres; 74% clearcut, 18% seed tree, 7% selection, 1% roadside logging. Willow Creek, Little Bear Creek, Upper Fall River, Post Creek (MD: T21N R8E Sec.2, 3, 4; T22N R8E Sec.16, 17, 22, 23, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 33, 34, 35). Wet weather operations, high erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, unstable area, 77 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, middle fork roadless area, herbicides, CA spotted owl, goshawk, 3 sensitive plant species, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 09/27/18. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 14 miles SW of Quincy, CA and about 25 miles NE of Oroville, CA at an elevation of 4,960 to 5,600 feet by Little Grass Valley Reservoir; a popular camping, boating, fishing, hiking, water-skiing, and picnicking area (Middle Fork Roadless Area is adjacent to sections 16 and 17).  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in ponderosa pine, sugar pine, white fir, Douglas fir and incense cedar forests.  There is an unstable area (hydraulic mining wash and mining ditch) within 25 feet to 75 feet of unit 003 in section 16.  Five existing landings are proposed for use in watercourse areas within units 3, 13, 14 and 30, and five segments of existing skid trails are proposed for use in watercourse areas within units 7, 9, 30, 31 and 34. Ground based equipment is proposed in areas designated for cable logging, and roads and landings are proposed for construction during the winter period.  77 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  Northern Sierra daisy was observed within and east of unit 1, Clifton’s eremogone was observed east of unit 05-T, and Mt Lassen fleabane was observed adjacent to the 66OA3 Road. There is a goshawk territory within .25 miles of the D Line Road in section 33, and 7 CA spotted nesting territories within .5 miles of the THP area in sections 10, 21, 23, 30, 31, 33 and 34.

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


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THP 1-18-084 HUM (Cuttoff Road THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 438 acres; 48% clearcut, 36% commercial thin, 14% selection, 2% no-harvest, misc roadside logging. Long Prairie Creek, Pollock Creek, Upper Cannon Creek, Lupton Creek, Noisy Creek (HUM: T6N R3E Sec.7, 8, 16, 17, 18, 20, 21, 28, 29).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, oversized units, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 12 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, sharp shinned hawk, trees up to 48” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 09/23/18. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 9 miles east of Arcata, CA, and a few miles south of the Highway 299 coast range summit at an elevation of 1,200 to 2,600 feet. Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a clearcut and commercial thinning tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Douglas fir, western hemlock, western red cedar forests. The THP area flows into the Redwood Creek and the Mad River watersheds which are listed as impaired watersheds for sediment and temperature. There are 5 landslide terrain sites in the THP area including; 2 unstable areas in unit B, 1 unstable area in unit C, 1 unstable area in unit E, 1 unstable area in unit J, and 1 road failure site along the CP 1000 Road. In 2011 and 2016, a sharp shinned hawk was reported within 200 feet of unit D, and a pair of red tailed hawks were reported near a nest in unit F.  There are spotted owl nesting territories within .25 miles of units C, E, and I, and spotted owl nesting territories within .5 miles of units B, D and J.

SPI to clearcut log scattered residual old large trees east of Fortuna, CA.


Google Earth Photo By Humboldt Bay Jay
THP 1-18-083 HUM (Power THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 248 acres; 88% clearcut, 11% selection, 1% roadside logging.  Deer Creek, Showers Creek (HUM: T3N R4E Sec.21, 22, 27, 28).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, unstable areas, 20 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, osprey, bald eagle, trees over 40” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 09/21/18. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 22 miles east of Fortuna, CA and about 25 miles SE of Eureka, CA at an elevation of 2,760 to 4,040 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Douglas fir forests (some scattered residual old large trees will be harvested). The THP area flows into the Mad River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment/siltation, temperature and turbidity, and there are unstable areas in and around units 27J and 28L.  SPI is planning to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging for yarding logs and for fire line construction.  20 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement. Foraging habitat exists for osprey and bald eagle 3000 feet from the THP area along the Mad River.  There are 6 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

ACTION ALERT: Stop the Gutting of California's THP Process. Oppose SB 901/AB 425.


Photo Courtesy of Sierra Club Stop Clearcutting CA Campaign
Faced with the worst summer fire season in 10 years, Gov. Jerry Brown is proposing broad new changes to California’s logging rules that would allow landowners to cut larger trees and build temporary roads without obtaining a permit (THP) as a way to thin more forests across the state.

The proposal — which has the support of the timber industry but is being opposed by more than a dozen environmental groups — would represent one of the most significant changes to the state’s timber harvesting (THP) rules in 45 years.

  • SB 901/AB 425 would allow trees to be removed from 300-acre plots without the benefits of timber harvest (THP) planning process.  
  • SB 901/AB 425 would increase the legally allowed diameter of trees that can be removed without triggering a timber harvest plan requirement. The diameter size will increase from the current 26 to 32 inches in logged areas and up to 36 inches in roadway construction areas.
  • SB 901/AB 425 would allow up to 600-foot long roads to be cut through forested areas with little to no oversight. This language essentially allows 600-foot-long clearcuts throughout California’s forests without the benefit of agency oversight. 
  • SB 901/AB 425 would lead to widespread biomass burning and increased air pollution.  
PLEASE CALL your state senator and assembly member and ask them to oppose AB 425 and SB 901. California already has an existing Timber Harvest Plan (THP) plan process where landowners and individuals can harvest trees utilizing the Forest Practices Act, so changes are not needed. Go to http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov/ and enter your address to contact your state assembly member and state senator.

Monday, August 20, 2018

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


Google Earth Photo By Christian Wulfestieg
THP 2-18-040 TRI (Bullychop THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 233 acres; 88% clearcut, 12% selection logging. Upper Indian Creek (MD: T31N R8W Sec.2, 3; T32N R8W Sec.33).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, 3 sensitive plant species, trees up to 30” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 09/14/18. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 8 miles SW of Whiskeytown, CA, 10 miles SE of Douglas City, CA and about 4 miles south of Highway 299 at an elevation of 3,000 to 5,500 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in Douglas fir, ponderosa pine, incense cedar, white fir and sugar pine forests.  The THP area flows into the Trinity River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment.  SPI is planning to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging, and construct and use crossings, landings and roads during the winter period.  Blushing wild buckwheat was found along an open rocky ridge in unit 32D, California lady’s slipper was found along a seep and road near unit 32D, and Heckner’s Lewisia was found along open rocky outcroppings and rocky soil in and around unit 32D.  There are 2 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Green Diamond Resource Company planning a pair of clearcut THPs NE of Klamath, CA and the Klamath River.


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THP 1-18-080 DEL (T10 East THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 234.5 acres; 59% commercial thin, 25% clearcut, 9% no-harvest, 6% selection, 1% roadside logging. Lower West Fork Hunter Creek, Hoppaw Creek (HUM: T13N R1E Sec.1, 2, 12; T14N R1E Sec.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, marbled murrelet, osprey, Del Norte salamander, foothill yellow legged frog, southern torrent salamander, coastal tailed frog, trees up to 35” dbh. Estimated public comment deadline: 09/11/18. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is just NE of the town of Klamath, CA and the Klamath River at an elevation of 400 to 2,000 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation in redwood, Douglas fir, grand fir, western hemlock and Sitka spruce forests. The THP area flows into the Lower Klamath River watershed which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, temperature, dissolved oxygen and nutrients. 16 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  The T 10 marbled murrelet stand is within .25 miles of unit F, the T10 Road and T100 Road, and the Big Mynot marbled murrelet stand is within .25 miles of the T10 Road. Three osprey nests are located within .25 miles of the T10 Road, southern torrent salamanders were reported 100 feet west of unit F, and coastal tailed frogs were reported 3,500 feet south of unit F.  In 1990, a Del Norte salamander was reported in unit C, and foothill yellow legged frogs were found 1.5 miles south of unit H along the Klamath River.  There are 4 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

THP 1-18-081 DEL (T10 West THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 237 acres; 76% clearcut, 14% selection, 9% no-harvest, 1% roadside logging. Lower West Fork Hunter Creek, Lower Turwar Creek (HUM: T14N R1E Sec.23, 24, 25, 26, 36; T14N R2E Sec.30, 31).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, landslide terrain, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, osprey, southern torrent salamander, coastal tailed frog, foothill yellow legged frog, scattered large trees. Estimated public comment deadline: 09/11/18. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is a few miles NE of the town of Klamath, CA and the Klamath River at an elevation of 200 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, grand fir, western hemlock and Sitka spruce forests. The THP area flows into the Lower Klamath River watershed which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, temperature, dissolved oxygen and nutrients. There is a large deep seated landslide terrain site in unit I, and a steep headwall swale along the northern portion of unit E. Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to construct two segments of roads over 300 feet within 100 feet of a class II (mid sized) watercourse area in unit C. Four marbled murrelet stands are located within the THP area including: the “East Fork Hunter” marbled murrelet stand within .25 miles of units D and E, the T10 Road, T400.59R Road, and T400 Road, the “T10 Shop” marbled murrelet stand within .25 miles of the T10 Road, the “Big Mynot” marbled murrelet stand within .25 miles of the T10 and T200 Roads, and the “Pisgah View” marbled murrelet stand within .25 miles of the Mynot Creek Road.  There are 3 osprey nests within .25 miles of the T10 Road, foothill yellow legged frogs are known to occur at Turwar Creek 4,000 feet east of unit H, and southern torrent salamanders and coastal tailed frogs are known to occur within or immediately adjacent to unit I. Spotted owl nesting territories are located within .25 miles of unit E, and within .5 miles of units A, B, C, D, F, G and I.

Humboldt Redwood Company to log on steep and unstable slopes SW of Scotia, CA.


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THP 1-18-077 HUM (Howe Grandis THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 262.5 acres; 55% variable retention, 25% no-harvest, 14% group selection, 6% selection logging.  Howe Creek (HUM: T1N R1W Sec.14, 15).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 27 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, trees up to 42” dbh. Estimated public comment deadline: 08/31/18. SUBMIT COMMENTS, VIEW THP

This THP is about 3 miles SW of Scotia, CA and Highway 101 at an elevation of 830 to 1,920 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 flows into the Eel River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature.  There are 28 landslide terrain sites including multiple debris slides, earth flows, debris slide slopes, debris flow torrents, disrupted ground, steep inner gorges, gullying, and multiple road related fill slope and cut bank failures.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging on existing skid trails, and use an existing skid road inside a class II (mid sized) watercourse area in the NE corner of unit one. 27 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  There are six spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Sierra Pacific Industries to log by Malakoff Diggins State Park NE of Nevada City, CA.


Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park Photo By Wikipedia
THP 2-18-034 NEV (Humbug THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 1,045 acres; 79% commercial thin, 19% clearcut, 2% rehab, misc special logging. S. Fork Poorman Creek, Squirrel Creek, Roscoe Creek, Humbug Creek (MD: T17N R9E Sec.1; T17N R10E Sec.3, 4, 5, 6, 7; T18N R10E Sec.25, 27, 34, 35).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 80%, impaired 303.d watershed, Malakoff Diggins State Park, Missouri Bar Trail, herbicides, spotted owl, northern goshawk, foothill yellow legged frog, Sierra Nevada yellow legged frog, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 08/19/18. VIEW

This THP is about 9 miles NE of Nevada City, CA and a few miles north of the South Fork of the Yuba River by Malakoff Diggins State Park (unit 0101 is within 200 feet) at an elevation of 2,800 to 4,800 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is proposing a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in white fir, ponderosa pine, sugar pine, Douglas fir and incense cedar forests. There are 2 unstable areas in section 25 that appeared after severe weather during the winter of 2017.  SPI is planning to use and construct roads, landings and crossings during the winter period, and use an existing road and landing inside a class III (intermittent) watercourse area near unit 27-0309.  Seven foothill yellow legged frog sightings were reported near the THP area ranging from .01 to 1.52 miles away.  In 2016, a California spotted owl was reported in section 3, within .1 miles of the nearest THP unit, and in 1990, a California spotted owl was reported in section 12, within .15 miles of the nearest THP unit.  In 1998, a northern goshawk was reported in section 13, within 1.2 miles of the nearest THP unit, and in 2000, a Sierra Nevada yellow legged frog was reported at Poorman Creek within .66 miles of the nearest THP unit.  2,300 feet of the Missouri Bar Trail passes through the THP area in section 7.

Friday, August 3, 2018

Humboldt Redwood Company to log trees up to 60” DBH east of Carlotta, CA.


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THP 1-18-073 HUM (Yager Vista THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 255.6 acres; 61% group selection, 25% variable retention, 10% selection, 3% no-harvest, 1% roadside logging.  Copper Mill Creek, Cummings Creek, Blanton Creek, South Fork Yager Creek (HUM: T2N R1E Sec.13; T2N R2E Sec.7, 16, 18, 21).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, landslide terrain, 25 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, trees up to 60” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 08/17/18. VIEW

This THP is about 3 miles east of Carlotta, CA and Highway 36 at an elevation of 1,200 to 2,400 feet.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood and Douglas fir forests (unit 4 has trees up to 60” dbh).  The THP area flows into the Van Duzen River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature.  There are 23 landslide terrain sites including multiple debris slides, earth flows, disrupted ground, incised channels and gullies within units 1 and 4.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment in unstable areas to construct roads and landings within unit 1, use ground based equipment on an existing skid trail segment within a watercourse area in unit 1, and use ground based equipment on 2 existing skid trail segments within a watercourse area in unit 3.  Twenty five road drainage sites are planned for use including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  The Allen Creek marbled murrelet stand is within .25 miles of unit A, and there are 7 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Mattole Residents File Grievance Over Certification of Humboldt Redwood Company Forest Logging.


Press Release from the Lost Coast League
PETROLIA, Calif., –  The Petrolia-based Lost Coast League (LCL) filed a formal grievance with SCS Global Services for certifying as sustainable a logging plan by Humboldt Redwood Co. (HRC) on untouched, primary forests in the Mattole River watershed on Rainbow Ridge.

SCS has contracted to review timber companies’ practices for the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification program.  Firms awarded certification are allowed to brand their lumber as coming from sustainably managed lands.  This can bring companies higher prices per unit at lumber yards and preferred market positions.

In the grievance letter the LCL contends that cutting those old forests is a violation of FSC standards, which restrict “sustainable” production to previously managed forests and prohibit the conversion of old, mature forests to plantations.

Secondly, the LCL letter cites FSC standards that require HRC to “use integrated pest management and silviculture systems which avoid, or aim at eliminating, the use of chemical pesticides,” clearly limiting herbicide use to what LCL terms “extreme and exceptional circumstances.”  To date, however, nearly 25 percent of HRC (and sister company Mendocino Redwood Co, or MRC) holdings have been chemically treated.  LCL contends that the timber company is using herbicides well beyond the “extreme and exceptional threshold.”  (The HRC/MRC website notes 78,000 acres have been treated with herbicides.  But more acres have been treated since the time of that assertion — including some 163 acres of previously un-entered Douglas-fir/mixed hardwood stands at Rainbow Ridge in the Mattole watershed.)

According to LCL President Ellen E. Taylor, “Our efforts to resolve this issue directly with the company have been extensive and fully exhausted.  For this reason we seek resolution through the dispute resolution process afforded under SCS and FSC policy.”

The League’s David Simpson added, “There is a wide community interest in seeing the health of the Mattole watershed restored.  Since 1980 many resident landowners, together with state and federal agencies, have committed enormous private and public resources to moving the restoration process forward.

“Logging Rainbow Ridge’s native forests cannot qualify as sustainable under any reasonable criteria, especially under FSC’s published standards, and would only serve to set back the gains our community’s restoration efforts have made.”

Filing this letter sets into motion a formal grievance process.  SCS has five business days to acknowledge the letter and 14 days to respond as to whether an investigation is warranted and what recourses are available for resolution.

In submitting the letter, LCL is joined by over 40 Mattole residents, as well as the Mattole Salmon Group, members of the Mattole Restoration Council, the Center for Biological Diversity, the Environmental Protection Information Center (EPIC), Ecological Rights Foundation, Institute for Sustainable Forestry, Forests Forever, Californians for Alternatives to Toxics, Julia Butterfly Hill, actor Peter Coyote and more than 50 additional concerned citizens.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log trees up to 50” dbh NE of Trinidad, CA.


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THP 1-18-069 HUM (Scattered Maple THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 268.5 acres; 59% clearcut, 32% selection, 9% no-harvest logging.  Maple Creek (HUM: T8N R1E Sec.3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, 17, 32; T8N R1W Sec.12; HUM: T9N R1E Sec.32).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 3 road drainage work sites, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, osprey, marbled murrelet, sharp shinned hawk, southern torrent salamander, coastal tailed frog, trees up to 50” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 08/12/18. VIEW

This THP is about 3.5 miles NE of Trinidad, CA and Highway 101 at an elevation of 200 to 1,240 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 (units E, F, G, H and I have trees up to 48” dbh).  There are 12 landslide terrain sites; including unstable areas inside units C, D, I and G, and a road related fill slope failure off the BL 2220 Road.  Ten osprey nests are located within .25 miles of haul roads; including an historic osprey nest within .25 miles of the LP Mill Road, an historic osprey nest within .25 miles of the BL1000 Road, and historic osprey nests within .25 miles of units C, D, H and I.  Marbled murrelet habitat is located 2.1 miles east of unit F, and marbled murrelet habitat exists in Humboldt Redwoods State Park lands within .25 miles of the LP Mill Road.  Southern torrent salamanders are known to occur within .5 miles of units B, C, D and G.  A sharp shinned hawk was reported .4 miles east of unit A, coastal tailed frogs are known to occur within .5 miles of units A, B and G, and there is a great blue heron rockery within .25 miles of the BL2000 Road.  There are spotted owl nesting territories within .25 miles of units C, D, E, H and I, and within .5 miles of units B and F.

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


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THP 1-18-067 MEN (Lower Greenwood THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 332 acres; 100% selection logging.  Lower Greenwood Creek (MD: T15N R16W Sec.30, 31; T15N R17W Sec.25).  Wet weather operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 49 road drainage work sites, herbicides, coho watershed, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 08/11/18. VIEW

This THP is 1.2 miles east of Elk, CA and Highway 1 on the Mendocino coastline at an elevation of 120 to 1,330 feet.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning a selection tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood and Douglas fir forests.  There are 28 landslide terrain sites including multiple road related fill slope and cut slope failures, and multiple locations with debris slides, rock slides and debris flows near Greenwood Creek.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment on existing skid trails with slopes over 50% grade with a high erosion hazard in units 1 and 2, and use ground based equipment on existing skid trails with steep slopes exceeding 65% grade within the west end of unit 2.  49 road drainage sites are planned for use including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings. There re two spotted owl nesting territories within .7 miles of the THP area.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log near the Klamath River.


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THP 1-18-063 HUM (J 1700 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 221.1 acres; 57% clearcut, 19% commercial thin, 11% no-harvest, 10% selection, 2% shelterwood, 1% roadside logging. Mettah Creek, Johnson Creek (HUM: T11N R2E Sec.19, 24, 25, 29, 30).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, landslide terrain, 10 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, coho watershed, spotted owl, bald eagles, osprey, peregrine falcon, Cooper ‘s hawk, foothill yellow legged frog, southern torrent salamander, great blue heron, trees up to 24” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 08/02/18. VIEW

This THP is about 6 miles NE of Orick, CA, and 13 miles SE of Klamath, CA along the Klamath River (units E and F are adjacent) at an elevation of 600 to 2,200 feet. Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Douglas fir forests.  The THP area flows into the Lower Klamath River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, temperature, dissolved oxygen and nutrients. There are 3 landslide terrain sites including; a deep seated landslide in the northern portion of unit F, a deep seated landslide in the southern portion of unit F, and a deep seated landslide in the eastern portion of unit F.  Ten road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  There are multiple bald eagle and osprey nests along the Klamath River greater than 1 mile north of the THP area, and a peregrine falcon nest was reported adjacent to the Klamath River along the boundary of unit F.  In 2012, a Cooper’s hawk was reported .35 miles east of unit G, Southern torrent salamanders are known to occur .5 miles from units A and G, and Foothill yellow legged frogs have been reported 1 mile away from the THP area at Clirliah Creek.  A great blue heron rockery is located greater than .5 miles north of the THP area, and there are spotted owl nesting territories within .25 miles of units C and G, and within .5 miles of units A, B, D, E and F.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Humboldt Redwood Company planning a pair of THPs to log inside large tree marbled murrelet stands near Redcrest, CA and Humboldt Redwoods State Park.


THP 1-18-011 HUM (Threadbear THP) is just west of Redcrest, CA and will log inside large tree marbled murrelet stands 373C and 583D, and THP 1-18-061 HUM (Redcrest THP) is just south of Redcrest, CA and will log inside large tree marbled murrelet stands 89D, 416D and 419D. VIEW

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THP 1-18-061 HUM (Redcrest THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 352 acres; 69% group selection, 22% no-harvest, 9% selection, misc roadside logging. Chadd Creek (HUM: T1S R2E Sec.9, 10, 15, 16).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, landslide terrain, 17 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, logging inside large tree marbled murrelet stands, Humboldt Redwood State Park, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, bald eagle, osprey, trees up to 48” dbh. Estimated public comment deadline: 07/25/18. VIEW

This THP is just south of the town of Redcrest, CA and Highway 101 and north of Humboldt Redwoods State Park (the southern boundary of unit 2, and the southern and eastern boundaries of unit 1 are adjacent) at an elevation of 600 to 1,700 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.  Logging is proposed inside large tree marbled murrelet stands 89D, 416D and 419D.  The THP area flows into the Eel River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature.  There are 47 landslide terrain sites including multiple debris slides, debris flows, earth flows, disrupted ground, debris side slopes and inner gorge slopes mostly related to watercourses.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging inside unit 1, and use a skid trail across an unstable area.  17 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement. There is a bald eagle nest within .5 miles of unit 1, five osprey nests within 1.3 miles of the THP area, and five spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

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

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


Sunday, June 24, 2018

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log NW of Big Bend, CA.


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THP 2-18-028 SHA (Straw Gun THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 105 acres; 66% clearcut, 31% selection, 3% roadside logging. Stump Creek (MD: T37N R1E Sec.19, 30; T37N R1W Sec.24).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, unstable areas, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, trees up to 30” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 07/22/18. VIEW

This THP is a few miles NW of Big Bend, CA and about a dozen miles NW of Burney, CA and Highway 299 at an elevation of 2,500 to 2,800 feet. Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable soils (there are 2 small areas of instability within unit 19) in Douglas fir, white fir, incense cedar, ponderosa pine and sugar pine forests.  The THP area flows into the Pit River which is listed as an impaired watershed for temperature, nutrients and dissolved oxygen.  There is 1 spotted owl nesting territory within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log near Lakehead, CA and Shasta Lake.


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THP 2-18-026 SHA (Bass Canyon THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 246 acres; 90% clearcut, 10% roadside logging.  Lower Middle Salt Creek, Nawtawaket Creek, Upper Middle Salt Creek, Upper Salt Creek (MD: T35N R4W Sec.3; T36N R4W Sec.25, 35, 36).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, steep roads, unstable area, 6 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, West Girard roadless area, herbicides, spotted owl, Sierra Nevada yellow legged frog, trees over 32” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline:  07/18/18. VIEW

This THP is about 22 miles NE of Redding, CA and about 5 miles NE of Lakehead, CA near Shasta Lake at an elevation of 2,200 to 4,200 feet.  Section 25 is adjacent to the West Girard Roadless Area.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a clearcut cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Douglas fir, ponderosa pine, sugar pine and incense cedar forests.  Unit 25C has a small unstable area near the bottom of a proposed road crossing.  SPI wants to build a road across state lands to access their lands, construct steep segments of roads on slopes exceeding 65%, and construct roads and landings during the winter period. In 2007, a Sierra Nevada yellow legged frog was reported .75 miles east of unit 25D in section 30, and there is an historic (1982) report of a spotted owl in or adjacent to the THP area.

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log by Hayward Flat Campground at Trinity Lake.


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THP 2-18-025 TRI (Thor THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 252 acres; 87% clearcut, 8% shelterwood, 3% selection, 2% roadside logging. Davis Creek, East Fork Stuart Fork, Strope Creek (MD: T35N R8W Sec.3, 4, 17, 21).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, steep roads, unstable areas, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, Hayward Flat Campground, spotted owl, Glaucous umbrellawort, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 07/15/18. VIEW

This THP is about 6 miles SW of Trinity Center, CA by Hayward Flat Campground near Trinity Lake and Highway 3 at an elevation of 2,500 to 4,000 feet. Hayward Flat Campground is adjacent to units 2130 and 2170, and unit 410 is adjacent to Highway 3. Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes (unit 330) in Douglas fir, ponderosa pine, sugar pine and Pacific yew forests.  There are 3 segments of roads proposed for use exceeding 20% grade in section 21, and 75 feet of an existing skid trail is proposed for use within a class II (mid sized) watercourse in unit 2210.  Glaucous umbrellawort was found within unit 400L, and there is a spotted owl nesting territory within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log near Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park.


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THP 1-18-059 HUM (S Line 100 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 217 acres; 69% clearcut, 27% selection, 2% no-harvest, 1% roadside logging.  Tarup Creek, Ah Pah Creek (HUM: T12N R1E Sec.11, 12, 13; T12N R2E Sec.7, 18). Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, steep roads, 10 road drainage work sites, redwood national park, oversized units, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, southern torrent salamander, tailed frog, Del Norte salamander, red tree vole, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 07/15/18. VIEW

This THP is about 6 miles south of Klamath, CA and about a mile east of Highway 101 near Redwood National Park (unit A is adjacent) at an elevation of 200 to 1,500 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes (shallow rapid landslides in units B, C and E) in redwood, Douglas fir and western hemlock forests.  The THP area flows into the Lower Klamath River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, temperature, dissolved oxygen and nutrients. Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to construct 3 segments of steep road on slopes exceeding 50% grade for over 500 feet.  10 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/restoration.  There is marbled murrelet habitat on Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park lands within .25 miles of unit A, and within .25 miles of the S Line Road.  Tailed frogs are known to occur immediately adjacent to unit F, and southern torrent salamanders are known to occur within 500 feet of units D and E.  In 1994, Del Norte salamanders were reported within unit D, and in 1990, Del Norte salamanders were reported within unit E.  In 1994, red tree voles were reported inside unit F.  There are spotted owl nesting territories within .5 miles of unit A.