Saturday, October 5, 2019

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


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

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

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


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

This THP is about 4 miles SE of Eureka, CA and Highway 101 at an elevation of 250 to 800 feet.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning a group selection and individual tree selection tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir and grand fir forests.  The THP area flows into Freshwater Creek which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and siltation.  45 landslide terrain sites exist within the THP area including multiple fill failures, debris flows, disrupted ground, debris slides, earth flows, debris slide slopes and steep inner gorges.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging.  There are several osprey nests in close proximity to haul roads, and 7 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

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


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

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

Monday, September 23, 2019

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


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

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

Sunday, September 15, 2019

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


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

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

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


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

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

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

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


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

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

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log SE of Del Norte Redwoods State Park.


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THP 1-19-120 DEL (Wilson End THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 80.5 acres; 65% clearcut, 32% selection, 2% no-harvest, 1% roadside logging. North of Ted’s Ridge (HUM: T15N R1E Sec 27, 28, 33).  Wet weather operations, low erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, landslide terrain, oversized units, 17 road drainage work sites, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, osprey, marbled murrelet, southern torrent salamander, trees over 29” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 09/28/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 9 miles north of Klamath, CA and a few miles east of Del Norte Redwoods State Park and Highway 101 at an elevation of 1,000 to 1,400 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 4 unstable areas in the THP area including; 1 shallow rapid landslide terrain site in unit A, and 3 shallow rapid landslide terrain sites in unit B.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to use temporary roads and landings during the winter period. 17 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement. There is a marbled murrelet stand and 2 osprey nests within .25 miles of the W10 Road, and southern torrent salamanders are known to occur in unit A.  Spotted owl nesting territories are located within .5 miles of unit B.

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log trees over 48” dbh SE of Redcrest, CA.


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THP 1-19-119 HUM (Jets THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 214 acres; 75% clearcut, 22% selection, 2% rehab, 1% roadside logging.  Mill Creek (HUM: T1S R4E Sec 16, 19, 20, 21).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, landslide terrain, oversized units, 16 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, yellow legged frog, 3 sensitive plant species, trees over 48” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 09/20/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 10 miles SE of Redcrest, CA and Highway 101, and about 4 miles north of the Eel River at an elevation of 960 to 2,460 feet. Sierra Pacific Industries 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 Eel River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment/siltation and temperature, and unstable areas are adjacent to units 20A, 20E, 20F, and 21B.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning to use and construct roads, landings and crossings during the winter period.  16 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  Oregon fawn lily was reported in unit 20C, redwood lily was reported in units 20A and 20C, and heart leaf twayblade was reported in units 20C, 20D and 21A. There are 4 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area, and yellow legged frogs were observed along Larabee Creek.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Humboldt Redwood Company to log trees up to 60” dbh south of Scotia, CA.


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THP 1-19-117 HUM (Double Down THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 314.5 acres; 44% group selection, 40% selection, 15% no-harvest logging. Jordan Creek (HUM: T1N R1E Sec 20, 21, 29, 32).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, landslide terrain, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, Cooper’s hawk, trees up to 60” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 09/15/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 2.5 miles south of Scotia, CA and about 1.5 miles west of Stafford, CA and Highway 101 at an elevation of 300 to 2,600 feet. Humboldt Redwood Company is planning a group selection and selection tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir and grand fir forests. The THP area flows into the Eel River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature. There are 25 landslide terrain sites in the THP area including; 7 unstable areas in unit 1, 10 unstable areas in unit 2, 4 unstable areas in unit 3, 2 unstable areas in unit 4, and 2 unstable areas in unit 5. Humboldt Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging, use ground based equipment on unstable areas and construct roads and landings during the winter period. They also are planning to use ground based equipment on slopes between 50% and 65% with a moderate erosion hazard.  A Cooper’s hawk nest is located inside unit 1, and there are 6 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Humboldt Redwood Company to log inside 5 large tree marbled murrelet stands SE of Eureka, CA.


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THP 1-19-114 HUM (Winnie THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 214.5 acres; 74% group selection, 19% selection, 7% no-harvest logging. Lower North Fork Elk Creek (HUM: T4N R1E Sec 21, 26, 27, 28).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, landslide terrain, impaired 303.d watershed, 3 road drainage work sites, logging inside 5 large tree marbled murrelet stands, coho watershed, spotted owl, osprey, trees up to 40” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 09/03/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 6 miles SE of Eureka, CA and Highway 101 at an elevation of 200 to 900 feet.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning a mostly group selection tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir and grand fir forests (logging is proposed inside large tree marbled murrelet stands 141 (unit 1) 490 (unit 3) 623 (units 2 and 3) 36 (unit 5) and 345 (unspecified)). The THP area flows into the Elk River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and siltation. There are 38 landslide terrain sites within THP units including: 3 landslide terrain sites in unit 2, 3 landslide terrain sites in unit 3, 3 landslide terrain sites in unit 4, and 29 landslide terrain sites in unit 5. Humboldt Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging. Three road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  There are osprey nest sites adjacent to some of the haul roads, and 7 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Mendocino Redwood Company to log NW of Willits, CA.


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THP 1-19-108 MEN (NF Hayworth E THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 617 acres; 71% transition, 29% variable retention logging. Hayworth Creek (MD: T19N R15W Sec 13, 14, 23, 24).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, steep roads, landslide terrain, road failure sites, impaired 303.d watershed, 36 road drainage work sites, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, red tree vole, CA red legged frog, 3 sensitive plant species, trees up to 34” dbh. Estimated public comment deadline: 08/16/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 16 miles NE of Fort Bragg, CA and about 8 miles NW of Willits, CA at an elevation of 600 to 2,300 feet.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning a transition and viable retention 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 59 landslide terrain and road failure sites including multiple: fill failures, cut bank failures, bank sloughing, earth flows, debris flows, disrupted ground and steep inner gorges.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging, construct 200 feet of road on steep slopes exceeding 65% grade, and use ground based equipment on unstable areas on existing skid trails at 3 locations.  36 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  In 1993, a red tree vole was found within .7 miles of the THP area, and from 1996 to 2001, four CA red legged frogs were reported within .7 miles of the THP area.  Three sensitive plant species were reported including; 1 white flowered rein orchid along a skid trail above a seasonal road within a unit, 6 populations of redwood lily along roadsides, and 1 California pinefoot within a unit. There are 3 spotted owl nesting territories within .7 miles of the THP area.

Mendocino Redwood Company to log adjacent to the town of Navarro, CA.


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THP 1-19-107 MEN (Navarro THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 459 acres; 70% selection, 12% transition, 10% group selection, 8% variable retention, misc roadside logging. North Fork Navarro River (MD: T15N R15W Sec 7, 17, 18, 20).  Wet weather operations, extreme erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 80%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, impaired 303.d watershed, 54 road drainage work sites, herbicides, coho watershed, scattered large trees. Estimated public comment deadline: 08/16/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

The THP area is adjacent to the town of Navarro, CA and just north of Highway 128 in Mendocino County at an elevation of 360 to 1,200 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 North Fork of the Navarro River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, siltation and temperature. There are 34 landslide terrain sites including multiple: debris slides, steep inner gorges, earth flows, disrupted ground, steep headwall swales and 5 road related failure sites including multiple debris slides, fill failures and cut bank failures. Mendocino Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging, and use ground based equipment on slopes over 50% with a high erosion hazard within unit B.  They also are planning to use ground based equipment on existing tractor roads across unstable areas inside units B, C, D, H and M. 54 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  There are 3 spotted owl nesting territories within .7 miles of the THP area.

Monday, July 29, 2019

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log NE of the town of Smith River, CA.


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THP 1-19-100 DEL (Ravine Creek THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 271.5 acres; 41% commercial thinning, 34% clearcut, 12% no-harvest, 11% selection, 2% roadside logging.  Lower Rowdy Creek, South Fork Winchuck River, Savoy Creek, Upper Bear Creek (HUM: T18N R1E Sec 4, 8, 9, 16, 17, 18, 19, 30).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 80%, landslide terrain, 16 road drainage work sites, oversized units, Packsaddle Roadless Area, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, Del Norte salamander, southern torrent salamander, foothill yellow legged frog, trees over 30” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 08/08/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 1.5 miles NE of the town of Smith River, CA and Highway 101 at an elevation of 100 to 1,800 feet (sections 4 and 9 are adjacent to the Packsaddle Roadless Area).  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a commercial thin and 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 Smith River, and has 11 unstable areas in units A, B, C and E including; 1 shallow rapid landslide terrain site in unit A, 1 shallow rapid landslide terrain site in unit B, 7 shallow rapid landslide terrain sites in unit C, and 2 shallow rapid landslide terrain sites in unit E.  16 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  There is potential marbled murrelet habitat on USFS land .85 miles east of unit C.  Southern torrent salamanders are known to occur immediately adjacent to units A, D and F, foothill yellow legged frogs are known to occur in Rowdy Creek immediately adjacent to unit E, and In 2008, a Del Norte salamander was observed in close proximity (unspecified) to unit E.  There are spotted owl nesting territories within .25 miles of unit D.

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Gualala Redwood Timber planning a second THP which could involve logging large trees within the alluvial flats of the North Fork of the Gualala River.


North Fork of the Gualala River By Peter Cafferata 
THP 1-19-098 MEN (Elk THP) Gualala Redwood Timber, 157 acres; 75% selection, 15% clearcut, 10% no-harvest logging.  Doty Creek, Robinson Creek (MD: T11N R15W Sec 13, 14, 23, 24).  Wet weather operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, landslide terrain, 16 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, possible logging of large trees inside the alluvial flats, coho watershed, spotted owl, CA red legged frog, Cooper’s hawk, fringed corn lily, trees up to 100 years old.  Estimated public comment deadline: 08/11/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 2 2 miles NE of Gualala, CA and Highway 1 at an elevation of 20 to 480 feet, and just south of Gualala Redwood Timber Company’s Little THP 1-18-095 MEN. Gualala Redwood Timber Company is planning a tractor based individual tree selection logging operation with some clearcutting on steep and unstable slopes in redwood and Douglas fir forests.  During the last few years, Gualala Redwood Timber Company has been focusing on logging inside the alluvial flats of the Gualala River and its tributaries which contain remnant old growth Douglas fir and redwood trees.  There are 5 landslide terrain sites in the THP area, and the THP area flows into the Gualala River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature.  Gualala Redwood Timber Company is planning to use ground based equipment on existing skid trails within watercourse areas (alluvial flats), and use ground based equipment on slopes over 50% grade within a high erosion hazard. 16 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  In 2018, a red legged frog was reported 500 feet west of the THP area, and in 2015, a red legged frog was reported in Salal Creek one mile SW of the THP area.  A Cooper’s hawk was spotted nearby along the eastern edge of the Gualala River, and a spotted owl nesting territory is located within the THP area.  Fringed corn lily was found in various locations throughout the THP area.

Monday, July 15, 2019

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut and fuel break log along the northern portion of Union Valley Reservoir NE of Placerville, CA.


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THP 4-19-092 ELD (Futned THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 957 acres; 57% fuelbreak, 31% clearcut, 5% commercial thin, 4% selection, 3% no-harvest, misc roadside logging.  Big Silver Creek, Little Silver Creek, Maud Lake, Tells Creek, Union Valley Reservoir (MD: T12N R14E Sec 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 22, 23, 24, 26; T12N R15E Sec 7). Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, 42 road drainage work sites, oversized units, Pyramid Roadless Area, herbicides, CA spotted owl, bald eagle, golden eagle, osprey, northern goshawk, Cooper’s hawk, sharp shinned hawk, Coleman’s piperia, 3 sensitive plant species, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 08/09/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 21 miles NE of Placerville, CA and about 8 miles north of Highway 50 along the northern shore of Union Creek Reservoir, a popular fishing, picnicking, camping, hiking, boating, swimming, hunting and OHV recreation area. There are 9 public lands campgrounds and 1 SMUD campground near/adjacent to Union Valley Reservoir, including; a SMUD campground adjacent to unit FB28, the Wrench Creek Campground adjacent to unit 141, and the Union Valley Bike Trail adjacent to units 141, 220, FB14, FB15, FB17, FB18 and FB22.  A 250 foot selection logging buffer will be established between the Wrench Creek Campground and unit 141 to hide the visual impacts from clearcutting.  Sierra Pacific Industries is panning a fuel break and clearcut tractor based logging operation in Douglas fir, ponderosa pine, sugar pine, Jeffrey pine and white fir forests at an elevation of 4,880 to 6,280 feet.  Section 7 is adjacent to the Pyramid Roadless Area.  SPI is planning to use and construction roads, crossings and landings during the winter period, and use an existing landing inside a class I (year round) watercourse area inside unit CT2.  42 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement. There are 5 bald eagle nest sites between 175 feet to .79 miles from THP units, and 4 northern goshawk territories between .4 and 1.5 miles of THP units.  In 2007, an osprey was reported nesting inside unit 261, a Cooper’s hawk was reported within .21 miles of the THP area, and a golden eagle was spotted .85 miles from the nearest harvest unit.  Sharp shinned hawks were also reported within .49 to 1.82 miles of the THP area. Red hills soap plant was found inside unit FB11, wolly violet was found in units 261, FB26 and FB27, and Coleman’s piperia was reported inside units 141, 230, 902, FB18 and FB24.  There are 7 CA spotted owl nesting territories within 290 feet to 1.75 miles from the THP area. 

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log by 4 occupied marbled murrelet stands near Klamath, CA.


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THP 1-19-097 DEL (Mynot Creek THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 248.5 acres; 58% clearcut, 15% no-harvest, 14% selection, 13% commercial thin logging. High Prairie Creek, Hoppaw Creek, Lower West Fork Hunter Creek (HUM: T13N R1E Sec 2, 3; T14N R1E Sec 23, 24, 25, 26, 34, 35).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, oversized units, 2 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, osprey, sharp shinned hawk, Del Norte salamander, foothill yellow legged frog, scattered large marbled murrelet trees. Estimated public comment deadline: 08/11/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is a few miles north of the town of Klamath, CA and a few miles east of Highway 101 at an elevation of 200 to 1,800 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir, Sitka spruce and western hemlock forests. The THP area flows into the Lower Klamath River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, temperature, nutrients and dissolved oxygen.  There are 10 landslide terrain sites in the THP area including; 1 shallow rapid landslide terrain site in unit A, 1 shallow rapid landslide terrain site and 5 deep seated landslide terrain sites in unit C, 1 shallow rapid landslide terrain site in unit D, 1 shallow rapid landslide terrain site in unit E, and 1 shallow rapid landslide terrain site in unit G.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to construct 150 feet of steep seasonal road with a grade exceeding 20%. Two road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement. There are 5 marbled murrelet stands within the THP area including; a stand within .25 miles of the T10 Road, a stand within 300 feet of unit F, a stand within 300 feet of units C and B and the T10 Road, a stand within .25 miles of seasonal roads, and a stand within .25 miles of the H10 Road. Unit A is within .20 miles of potential marbled murrelet habitat, units B and C are within .05 miles of occupied marbled murrelet stands, unit F is immediately adjacent to 2 contiguous occupied marbled murrelet stands, and unit G is .35 miles from an occupied marbled murrelet stand.  6 osprey nests are located within the THP area including; 3 nests within .25 miles of the T10 Road, 1 nest within the boundary of unit G, and 2 nests within .25 miles of unit F and the Mynot Creek Road. In 2011, a sharp shinned hawk nest was reported 1 mile north of unit A, in 1990, a Del Norte salamander was observed in unit E, and foothill yellow legged frogs were reported 1 mile south of unit F in the Klamath River.  There are spotted owl nesting territories within .25 miles of units G and H, and within .5 miles of units B, C, D and F.

Monday, July 8, 2019

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


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THP 1-19-094 HUM (Surpur Surprise THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 242.50 acres; 61% clearcut, 21% selection, 18% no-harvest logging. Surpur Creek (HUM: T11N R2E Sec 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10; T12N R2E Sec 34).  Wet weather operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 15 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, osprey, bald eagle, red tree vole, southern torrent salamander, foothill yellow legged frog, trees over 30” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 08/06/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP lies between the eastern boundary of Redwood National Park and the Klamath River, and is about 7 miles NE of Orick, CA and about 10 miles SE of Klamath, CA at an elevation of 300 to 1,700 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Douglas fir, redwood, western hemlock, and Monterey pine 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 19 landslide terrain sites in the THP area including: 2 shallow rapid landslide terrain sites in unit B, 7 shallow rapid landslide terrain sites in unit C, 1 deep seated and 2 shallow rapid landslide terrain sites in unit D, 1 shallow rapid landslide terrain site in unit E, 5 shallow rapid landslide terrain sites and 1 deep seated landslide terrain site in unit F, and multiple road related failures along the A-400 Road.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to use ground based equipment across a deep seated landslide terrain site in unit F, and along the A-400 and A-480 Roads.  15 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  Potential marbled murrelet habitat exists on Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park lands within .25 miles of the CL North Road, and on Redwood National Park lands within .25 miles of the CL South Road. There is a bald eagle nest .43 miles NE of the A600 Road near the Klamath River, and an osprey nest within .25 miles of the CL 1040 Road and Unit A. In 1994, a red tree vole was reported inside unit F, and in 2000, both Del Norte salamanders and southern torrent salamanders were reported inside unit B.  Foothill yellow legged frogs are known to occur immediately adjacent to units B, D and F, and along Surpur Creek.  There are spotted owl nesting territories within .5 miles of units A, D and E, and within .25 miles of unit F.

Mendocino Redwood Company to log west of Willits, CA by the Skunk Train route.


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THP 1-19-088 MEN (Area 10 THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 770 acres; 79% transition, 21% group selection logging. Chamberlain Creek, North Fork Noyo River, Olds Creek (MD: T18N R15W Sec 16, 17, 19, 20, 21).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, 66 road drainage work sites, impaired 403.d watershed, skunk train, herbicides, coho watershed, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 08/05/29. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 10.5 miles west of Willits, CA, 12 miles east of Fort Bragg, CA and about 4 miles north of Highway 20 at an elevation of 320 to 1,600 feet.  The Skunk Train route runs adjacent to the northern portion of the THP area.  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 watershed which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature. Mendocino Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging, and use ground based equipment on short segments of steep slopes exceeding 65% grade with a moderate erosion hazard, and on short segments of steep slopes exceeding 50% grade with a high erosion hazard.  They also are planning to use ground based equipment within an unstable area, construct a road within a wet area, and use 3 existing landings inside watercourse areas.  66 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  There are 3 spotted owl nesting territories within .7 miles of the THP area.

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Proposed HCP for Sierra Pacific Industries (SPI) a Bad Deal for Spotted Owls.

Action Alert: Proposed HCP for SPI a Bad Deal for Spotted Owls, Comments Needed!
By Rob DiPerna, EPIC

Spotted Owl. Photo by Len Blumin
A proposed Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) that would authorize “incidental take” of both Northern Spotted Owls and California Spotted Owls on California timberlands owned and managed by Sierra Pacific Industries (SPI) has been released in its draft form along with a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for public comment.

SPI owns nearly two million acres of private, industrially-managed timberlands in California, and the ownership is squarely within the range of both the federally-threatened Northern Spotted Owl, and the federal-candidate for listing, the California Spotted Owl, much of which is situation in the “checkerboard,” lands, i.e., lands where SPI and the U.S. Forest Service, respectively own alternating square parcels.

The Draft SPI HCP proposes to establish and create so-called, “Potential Habitat Areas,” (PHAs) on SPI ownership for both Northern Spotted Owls and for California Spotted Owls for SPI ownership in the Sierra-Nevada. These PHAs and the habitat retention and other conservation requirements for PHAs proposed in the Draft SPI HCP would allow SPI to rely heavily on adjacent federal and public lands, most notably lands owned by the U.S. Forest Service, for the purposes of the HCP. According to the Draft HCP, SPI could account as much as 75-percent of its PHAs to lands not actually owned or controlled by SPI.

A similar approach to Spotted Owl conservation and impact mitigation were proposed by Fruit Growers Supply Company and approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service previously, only to have the approved-HCP nullified by federal courts upon litigation brought by concerned conservation groups, including the Center for Biological Diversity, the Klamath-Siskiyou Wildands Center, and the Klamath Forest Alliance. Yet, SPI and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service seem bent on creating the exact same HCP framework that failed to pass legal muster in the Fruit Growers’ example.
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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

Monday, June 17, 2019

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Sunday, June 9, 2019

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

SF Bay Area Indymedia, June 7, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, June 3, 2019

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


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

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

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


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

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