Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log near Eagle Lake and Susanville.


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THP 2-15-038 LAS (Big Merrill THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 276 acres; 99% clearcut, 1% roadside logging.  Hog Flat Reservoir, Big Merrill Flat (MD: T30N R10E Sec.5, 6; T31N R10E Sec.32, 33).  Winter operations, low erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, 2 CA spotted owl territories within 1.3 mi, 7 goshawk territories within 1.3 mi, historic osprey nest within .5 mi, trees up to 125 years old.  Estimated public comment deadline: 08/06/15. VIEW

This THP is about 8 miles NE of Susanville, CA and about 3 miles south of Eagle Lake at an elevation of 5,760 to 6,360 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a clearcut tractor based logging operation in white fir, ponderosa pine sugar pine, incense cedar and Douglas fir forests.  The THP area is along the north side of Highway 44, near McCoy and Hogs Flat Reservoirs.  SPI wants to be able to construct short spur roads up to 500 feet to access units without pre-designation.  An historic (1971) osprey nest was reported to be within .5 mi of the THP area within section 33, and there are 7 goshawk territories; 3 of which are located near the THP area, and 4 territories south of highway 44. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut on highly erosive slopes near Stirling City and Inskip.


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THP 2-15-036 BUT (Shews THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 978 acres; 68% clearcut, 31% selection, 1% roadside logging.  Fall Creek, Crane Valley Big Kimshaw Creek (MD: T23N R4E Sec.2, 11, 13; T23N R5E Sec.6; T24N R4E Sec.1, 12, 13, 14, 23, 24, 25, 26, 35, 36; T24N R5E Sec.6, 8, 9, 16, 17, 18, 20, 21, 28, 29, 30, 31).  Winter operations, steep slopes up to 70%, extreme erosion hazard, road failure sites, 167 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, chips creek roadless area, wet area, 5 CA spotted owls within 1.3 mi, 2 goshawk territories within .25 mi, cascade frog within I mi, 3 sensitive plant species, trees up to 100 years old.  Estimated public comment deadline: 08/01/15. VIEW

This THP is about 20 miles NE of Chico, CA up near Stirling City and Inskip by the headwaters of Kimshew Creek.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on highly erosive granitic soils in ponderosa pine, sugar pine, white fir, Douglas fir and incense cedar forests at an elevation of 3,000 to 6,000 feet.  Sections 8 & 9 are adjacent to the Chips Creek Roadless Area, and the headwaters of Kimshaw Creek contains several waterfalls popular with hikers. There are multiple road failure sites including moderate rilling and sediment transport from seasonal roads 21OU2 and the P Line road, extensive rilling and sediment transport along seasonal roads 310R and 320R, and 300 feet of road failure along seasonal road 22OU5 inside a class I (year-round) watercourse.  1.9 miles of road construction is planned, and over .8 miles of road re-construction is planned.  SPI wants to use ground based equipment on steep slopes designated for cable logging to construct firebreaks and install waterbars.  167 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair/replacement and re-construction of washed out crossings.  A cascade frog was reported in section 19, and there are 3 goshawk territories nearby, including a goshawk territory within .25 mi of unit 5, a goshawk territory within .25 mi of unit 17, and a goshawk territory in section 1. Clifton’s eremogone were found in units 6, 26, 29, 30, 31, 33, 34, 35; close throat beardtongue was found in unit 3 and Mildred’s clarkia was found in units 12, 19, 20 and 21.  There are CA spotted owl nesting territories within .25 mi of units 6, 7, 19, 20, and 21. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Mendocino Redwood Company planning another THP near Compatche, CA.



THP 1-15-062 MEN (Pit Stop THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 710 acres; 61% transition, 20% group selection, 19% variable retention, misc no-harvest logging.  Lower North Fork Big River, Two Log Creek, East Branch North Fork Big River (MD: T17N R15W Sec.20, 21, 27, 28, 29).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, steep roads, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 71 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, 5 spotted owls within .7 mi, Oregon gold thread, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 08/01/15. VIEW

This THP is about 11 miles SW of Willits, CA and about 3 miles NE of Compatche, CA at an elevation of 200 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 drains into the Big River which is listed as impaired for sediment and temperature. There are 12 road failure sites including multiple fillslope and cut bank failures, and road bed re-construction planned across active and dormant earth flows.  Mendocino Redwood Company wants to use tractors on steep slopes over 65% grade with a moderate erosion hazard, use tractors on steep slopes over 65% grade to end line logs, and construct seasonal roads on steep slopes over 65% grade.  71 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  Populations of Oregon gold thread were found along the banks of the North Fork of the Big River. For spotted owl nesting territory MD075 (2013): foraging habitat decreased by 4 acres within .7 mi; for spotted owl nesting territory MD239 (2014) foraging habitat decreased by 18 acres within .7 mi; and for spotted owl nesting territory MD438 (2014) foraging habitat decreased by 37 acres within .7 mi.  This THP is just north of Mendocino Redwood Company’s  1-15-013 MEN (Jeep Trail) and 1-15-031 MEN (Mettick-Poverty) THPs. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Friday, July 3, 2015

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


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THP 1-15-060 DEL (B10 13/18 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 67.5 acres; 87% clearcut, 13% no-harvest logging.  Lower Turwar Creek (HUM: T13N R2E Sec.8).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, steep roads, landslide terrain, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, marbled murrelet stand near haul road, 3 spotted owls within 1.3 mi, 2 bald eagle territories within 2.24 mi, southern torrent salamander and tailed frog sightings nearby, trees up to 40" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 07/23/15. VIEW

This THP is within a few miles of the towns of Klamath and Klamath Glen where the Klamath River meets the Pacific Ocean.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut feller buncher, shovel and cable logging operation in Douglas fir, redwood and western cedar forests at an elevation of 400 to 1,800 feet. The THP area drains down Turwar Creek into the Klamath River which is listed as an impaired watershed and contains coho, chinook salmon and steelhead.  There are seven landslide terrain sites in the NE portion of unit C, located within the 4.5 acre no harvest area.  Two bald eagle territories were reported to be 2.24 mi south of the THP area, and southern torrent salamanders and tailed frogs have been spotted along Turwar Creek.  A marbled murrelet stand is located within 300 feet of the A10 haul road, and 1 mile north of the THP area.  There are spotted owl nesting territories within .5 mi of units A, B and C. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Mendocino Redwood Company planning a THP near Elk, CA.


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THP 1-15-058 MEN (Beacon 2015 THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 108 acres; 56% transition, 44% selection logging.  Lower Elk Creek (MD: T14N R16W Sec.4, 5, 8, 9).  Wet weather operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, 13 road drainage work sites, coho watershed, 1 spotted owl within .7 mi, trees up to 30" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 07/23/15. VIEW

This THP is about 4 mi SE of Elk, CA and Highway 1 at an elevation of 1,120 to 1,800 feet.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir and grand fir forests.  There are 3 landslide terrain sites near an old scarp and existing road, near an existing road and spring, and on hummocky grounds.  Ground based equipment is proposed for use on landslide terrain, on steep slopes over 65% grade, and on slopes over 50% grade with a high or extreme erosion hazard.  An existing road and landing are also proposed for use inside a class II (mid-sized) watercourse. 13 road drainage sites will require work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, and culvert repair/replacement. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log near Redwood National Park.


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THP 1-15-057 HUM (Holter Ridge THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 175.2 acres; 57% clearcut, 26% selection, 13% no-harvest, 4% no-harvest logging.  Upper Tectah Creek, Lower Tectah Creek (HUM: T11N R2E Sec.27, 28, 29, 32, 33).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 42 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, redwood national park, herbicides, oversized units, coho watershed, 2 spotted owls within 1.3 mi, fisher sightings in unit B, southern torrent salamander and tailed frog sightings in Tectah Creek, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 07/23/15. VIEW

This THP is about 5 miles east of Orick, CA, just east of the Redwood National Park boundary at an elevation of 520 to 2,100 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in redwood, Douglas fir and western hemlock forests. The THP area drains down Tectah Creek into the Klamath River which is listed as an impaired watershed and contains coho, chinook salmon, steelhead and coastal cutthroat trout. To hide the effects of clearcutting, there will be a light cut within 200 feet of the boundary with Redwood National Park (units A, B and C).  There is shallow rapid landslide terrain in units B, C and D, and multiple road failure sites including fill failures, cut bank failures and road bed channeling.  42 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and re-construction of washed out crossings.  The THP includes over 7,800 feet of seasonal road construction, and 11,352 feet of seasonal road re-construction. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Sierra Pacific Industries to log east of Feather Falls and Lake Oroville


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THP 2-15-031 BUT (Patches THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 982.1 acres; 74% commercial thin, 12% clearcut, 10% seed tree, 4% rehab logging.  Frey Creek, Lower Sucker Run, Upper Sucker Run (MD: T20N R6E Sec.1, 12, 13; T20N R7E Sec.4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 18).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, 3 unstable areas, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, oversized units, mine shaft, 21 road drainage work sites, 5 CA spotted owls within 1.3 mi, Humboldt lily, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 07/08/15. VIEW

This THP is about 16 miles NE of Oroville, CA and a few miles NE of the town of Feather Falls at an elevation of 3,080 to 4,000 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a tractor based logging operation in ponderosa pine, sugar pine, Douglas fir, white fir and incense cedar forests. There are 3 unstable areas adjacent to THP units in sections 6 and 7, and a mine shaft in unit T-6.  SPI is requesting an exemption from the Butte County Air Resources Board to be able to log inside an area known to have naturally occurring asbestos.  They also want to use an existing landing inside a class II (mid-sized) watercourse, and an existing skid trail and landing near a class II wet area.  21 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and repair/replacement of culverts.  There is a spotted owl territory adjacent to unit T-2 in section 5, and Humboldt lily was reported to be adjacent to unit T-6. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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


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THP 1-15-053 HUM (CR2400 15 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 176.5 acres; 77% clearcut, 21% selection, 2% no-harvest logging.  Maple Creek (HUM: T8N R1E Sec.6, 7, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 22; T8N R1W Sec.1, 12).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, landslide terrain, 6 road drainage work sites, herbicides, oversized units, coho watershed, 10 spotted owls within 1.3 mi, 2 osprey nests within .25 mi of haul road, Southern torrent salamanders and tailed frog sightings, trees up to 48” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 07/05/15. VIEW

This THP is a few miles NE of Trinidad, CA and Highway 101 at an elevation of 600 to 1,300 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut feller buncher, cable and shovel logging operation in Douglas fir, redwood, grand fir, spruce and western hemlock forests. The THP are drains into Maple Creek which drains into Big Lagoon at the Pacific Ocean and contains coho, chinook salmon, coastal cutthroat trout and steelhead.  There is 1 shallow rapid landslide terrain site in the southern portion of unit C.  Six road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and repair/replacement of culverts.  There are 2 osprey nests within .25 mi of haul road CR1400, and southern torrent salamanders and tailed frogs were spotted adjacent to units B,C,D,E and F.  Spotted owl nesting territories are located within .5 mi of unit B.  This THP is just SE of Green Diamond Resource Company’s THP 1-15-055 HUM (CR West 1000 16).  

THP 1-15-055 HUM (CR West 1000 16 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 195 acres; 73% clearcut, 24% selection, 2% visual screening, 1% no-harvest logging.  McDonald Creek (HUM: T8N R1E Sec.18, 19; T8N R1W Sec.1, 2, 11, 12, 13; T9N R1W Sec.35, 36).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, 8 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, oversized units, coho watershed, osprey nest within .25 mi of haul road, northern red-legged frog in unit C, southern torrent salamander near unit D, trees up to 40” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 0710/15. VIEW

This THP is a few miles north of Trinidad, CA and Highway 101 at an elevation of 400 to 800 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut feller buncher, shovel and cable logging operation in redwood, bishop pine, Douglas fir, sitka spruce and grand fir forests.  4.2 acres adjacent to Highway 101 are designated as a “Special Treatment Area”, and will be lightly logged to hide the effects of clearcutting within unit D.  Eight road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and repair/replacement of culverts. There is an osprey nest site within .25 mi of the BL3000 haul road.  This THP is just NW of Green Diamond Resource Company’s THP 1-15-053 HUM (CR2400 15). More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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


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THP 1-15-052 HUM (CL1040 A600 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 159.5 acres; 37% clearcut, 27% commercial thin, 15% shelterwood, 12% no-harvest, 7% selection, 3% roadside logging.  Surpur Creek (HUM: T11N R2E Sec.2, 3; T12N R2E Sec.34, 35).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, 7 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, 7 spotted owls within 1.3 mi, 2 bald eagle nests within .5 mi, 4 osprey nests within .25 mi, southern torrent salamander and tailed frog sightings nearby, scattered large trees.   Estimated public comment deadline: 07/05/15. VIEW

This THP is 9 miles NE of Orick, CA and east of Redwood National Park along the lower Klamath River at an elevation of 420 to 1,280 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir, and Western hemlock forests.  There is 1 shallow rapid landslide terrain site along the western boundary of unit C, and 3 shallow rapid landslide terrain sites in Unit F located near a class III watercourse, near the lower boundary of unit F, and along the SW corner of unit F by Little Surpur Creek. 7 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and repair/replacement of culverts.  Two bald eagle nests are located .16 mi north of unit B, and .5 miles from unit C and haul roads A600 and CL1040.  There are 4 osprey nests including 2 nests within .25 mi of unit B, and 2 nests within .25 mi of haul roads A600 and CL1040.  Southern Torrent Salamanders and Tailed Frogs were reported to be in Surpur Creek, and Little Surpur Creek.  Spotted owl nesting territories are located within .25 mi of units C, E and F, and within .5 mi of units A, B and D. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

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


PANORAMIC Photo By Mike Marler
THP 1-15-050 HUM (Hancorne 2015 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 130 acres; 79% clearcut, 15% selection, 5% no-harvest, 1% roadside logging.  Middle Roach Creek, Upper Roach Creek, Mettah Creek (HUM: T10N R2E Sec.22, 23, 26, 27).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, 7 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, oversized units, coho watershed, 3 spotted owls within 1.3 mi, cutthroat trout in units B and C, southern torrent salamanders and tailed frogs in units C and E, marbled murrelet within 1.8 mi, osprey and fisher sightings nearby, trees up to 50" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 07/04/15. VIEW

This THP is a few miles east of Redwood National Park between Orick and Weitchpec near the Bald Hills Road at an elevation of 1,500 to 2,275 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in Douglas fir and redwood forests.  The THP area flows eastward into the Klamath River which is listed as an impaired watershed and contains Coho, Chinook salmon, steelhead and coastal cutthroat trout.  There are multiple shallow rapid landslide terrain sites in units B, C and D, and 300 feet of steep temporary road exceeding 20% grade is proposed to access unit E.  Seven road drainage work sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair/replacement and re-construction of washed out crossings.  Spotted owl nesting territories exist within .5 mi of Unit C. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Green Diamond Resource Company to log on steep and unstable slopes near Smith River.


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THP 1-15-048 DEL (DO 1900 16 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 268 acres; 52% clearcut, 30% selection, 15% commercial thin, 3% no-harvest, 1% roadside logging.  S. Fork Winchuck River, Lower Rowdy Creek, Dominie Creek (HUM: T18N R1E Sec.7, 18; T18N R1W Sec.11, 12).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%,  landslide terrain, 11 road drainage work sites, herbicides, oversized units, coho watershed, 2 spotted owls within 1.3 mi, southern torrent salamander and tailed frog sightings, bald eagle within 2.5 mi, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 07/01/15. VIEW

This THP is a few miles NE of the town of Smith River, CA and Highway 101 near the CA/OR border at an elevation of 500 to 1,650 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in  in redwood, Douglas fir, grand fir and western hemlock forests.  The THP area drains into the South Fork of the Winchuck River and Domaine Creek which flows into the Smith River.  There are 4 shallow rapid landslide terrain sites in unit A, and 3 shallow rapid landslide terrain sites in unit E.  11 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  Coho and Chinook salmon, steelhead and coastal cutthroat trout occur in Domaine Creek, and southern torrent salamander and tailed frogs are known to occur in class II (mid-sized streams) in units B,D,E and F. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log near Fortuna.


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THP 1-15-046 HUM (Salmon Creek 16 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 178 acres; 82% clearcut, 14% selection, 4% no-harvest logging.  Middle Salmon Creek (HUM: T3N R1W Sec.2, 3, 10, 11).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, landslide terrain, 15 road drainage sites, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, 12+ spotted owls within 1.3mi, 2 osprey nests within .25 mi, bald eagle territory within .92 mi, chinook salmon, coho salmon, steelhead, and coastal cutthroat trout sightings in unit A, southern torrent salamander and tailed frog sightings nearby, trees up to 96” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 06/27/15. VIEW

This THP is about 4 miles NE of Fortuna, CA and Highway 101 at an elevation of 200 to 800 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut feller buncher, shovel and cable logging operation in Douglas fir and redwood forests.  There is shallow rapid landslide terrain in units A and G, and deep seated landslide terrain in unit G.  Over 6,000 feet of temporary road construction is planned, and 1,000 feet of road re-construction is planned.  15 road drainage sites are scheduled for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  A bald eagle territory exists .92 mi north of the THP area, and there are 2 historic osprey nests within .25 mi of unit A, and several osprey nests within .25 mi of the SA1000 haul road.  Chinook and Coho salmon, steelhead and coastal cutthroat trout are know to occur in the class I (year-round) habitat in Unit A, and southern torrent salamanders and tailed frogs are known to occur in the class II (mid-sized) habitat in the Salmon Creek watershed.  There are spotted owl nesting territories within .25 miles of units A,B,C and G, and within .5 miles of units E and F. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log trees up to 72” dbh near Klamath, CA.


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THP 1-15-045 DEL (Hunter Creek West THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 231 acres; 58% clearcut, 31% commercial thin, 6% selection, 5% no-harvest logging.  Upper West Fork Hunter Creek, Lower West Fork Hunter Creek (HUM: T14N R1E Sec.2, 3, 10, 11, 15).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 80%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 16 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, 8 spotted owls within 1.3mi, fisher sighting in unit B, southern torrent salamander and tailed frog sightings in units D and E, sharp shinned hawk nest within .95 mi, trees up to 72” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 06/24/15. VIEW

This THP is about 5 miles north of the town of Klamath, CA and about 3 miles east of Highway 101 at an elevation of 300 to 1,600 feet. Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in a redwood, Douglas fir and hemlock forests. Trees within the clearcut portion of unit E, have diameters of 16-72 inches DBH, with an average of approximately 26 inches. The THP area drains down Hunter Creek to the Klamath River which supports coho, steelhead, resident rainbow trout and coastal cutthroat trout. Shallow rapid landslide terrain is located inside and adjacent to units A,C,D,E and F. There are 4 road failure sites including a an existing seasonal road located adjacent to a cutback slide and outboard fill failure, an existing seasonal road adjacent to an unstable area on a cutback hillslope, a watercourse crossing adjacent to a cutslope slide, and a steep cutslope on a main haul road near the northern boundary of unit C.  There are 16 road drainage sites planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  Spotted owl nesting territories are located within .25 mi of unit E, and .5 mi of units A & D. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Green Diamond Resource Company to log on steep and unstable slopes SE of Korbel, CA.


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THP 1-15-044-HUM (Ward Road 2016 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 293.1 acres; 52% commercial thin, 24% clearcut, 17% no-harvest, 7% selection, misc roadside logging.  Upper Cannon Creek, Dry Creek, Lower Cannon Creek (HUM: T5N R2E Sec.2, 3, 10, 11, 12, 13; T5N R3E Sec.6, 8).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 17 road drainage sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, oversized units, coho watershed, 12+ spotted owls within 1.3mi, Sonoma tree vole in units A and D, tailed frog and southern torrent salamander sightings in unit D, purple martin nest within .77 mi, trees up to 36” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline:  06/21/15. VIEW

This THP is 4 miles SE of Korbel, CA and Highway 299 at an elevation of 560 to 2,600 feet. Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood and Douglas fir forests.  The THP area flows into the Mad River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, temperature and turbidity and contains coho, chinook salmon, steelhead and coastal cutthroat trout. There are 6 landslide terrain sites; including multiple deep seated landslide terrain features along the northern and northeastern portions of unit B, and displacement of existing roads.  Green Diamond Resource Company wants to use of an existing skid road inside a class II (mid sized) watercourse for skidding and timber falling operations.  There are 17 road drainage work sites including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  Spotted owl nesting territories are located within .25 mi of units A,B,C,D,and E. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Green Diamond Resource Company to log near the Mad River Fish Hatchery.


PANORAMIO Photo By Andy Smith
THP 1-15-043 HUM (MR5100 Thin 16 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 172.5 acres; 84% commercial thin, 16% no-harvest logging.  Powers Creek (HUM: T5N R1E Sec.1; T5N R2E Sec.6; T6N R2E Sec.31).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, landslide terrain, 8 road failure sites, wet area in unit A, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, 12+ spotted owls within 1.3mi, red tree vole in unit B, tailed frog and southern torrent salamander sightings in unit A, cooper’s hawk nest within 520 ft, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 06/21/15. VIEW

This THP is 4 miles SE of Arcata, CA and a few miles east of the Arcata Community Forest near the Mad River Fish Hatchery at an elevation of 120 to 1,040 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a commercial thin tractor and cable logging operation in redwood and Douglas fir forests.  The THP area is adjacent to the Mad River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, temperature and turbidity and contains coho, chinook salmon, steelhead and coastal cutthroat trout.  There are 6 shallow rapid landslide terrain sites in unit A, 4 shallow rapid landslide terrain sites in unit B (including 2 steep headwall swales), and 8 road related failure sites including fill failures, overtopped culverts, and washed out crossings.  An historic (1994) Cooper’s hawk nest exists within 520 feet west of unit A.  Spotted owl nesting territories are located within .25 mi of unit A, and .50 mi of unit B. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Gualala Redwoods to remove individual trees along the banks of the Gualala River.


PANORAMIO Photo By Alfonso Buongiorno
THP 1-15-042 SON (Dogwood THP) Gualala Redwoods, 402 acres; 80% selection, 17% no-harvest, 3% special logging.  Mouth of Gualala River, Little Creek, Annapolis, Big Pepperwood Creek (MD: T10N R14W Sec.4, 5, 6, 8, 15, 16, 17, 21, 22, 27; T11N R14W Sec.30, 31, 33; T11N R15W Sec.25, 26, 36).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, landslide terrain, 59 road drainage work sites, wet areas, impaired 303.d watershed, coho watershed, 7 spotted owls within .7 mi, Cooper’s hawk sighting, trees up to 100 years old.  Estimated public comment deadline: 06/21/15. VIEW

This THP will remove individual trees along the alluvial flats of the Gualala River and tributaries from .5 mi to 9 miles out from the town of Gualala, CA.  Gualala Redwoods is planning a tractor based selection logging operation in Douglas fir and redwood forests at an elevation of 30 to 240 feet.  The Gualala River is listed as impaired for sediment and temperature and contains coho salmon and steelhead.  Gualala Redwoods wants to use an existing haul road inside a class I watercourse (Gualala River).  There are 59 road drainage work sites including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  A cooper's hawk was reported along the eastern edge of the Gualala River in the THP area. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Fruit Growers Supply Company HCP invalidated.

Greens Win One for Salmon & Owls
By Rebekah Kearn, Courthouse News Service

SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - A federal judge vacated 50-year "incidental take permits" for timber harvesting in Northern spotted owl and Coho salmon habitat in a wilderness area.

Plaintiffs' attorney Wyatt Golding told Courthouse News that he and his clients are excited about the May 29 ruling.

"It's a win for the spotted owls and Coho salmon," Golding said. "The judge is right that the permits and environmental analysis violated the Endangered Species Act."

Designated in 1984, the Siskiyou Wilderness stretches across 182,802 acres and three national forests in Del Norte, Siskiyou and Humboldt counties in Northern California. It is home to several species of conifers, including the rare Alaska cedar, several rare fish and wildlife species, such as the Coho salmon and spotted owl, and a vast array of old-growth forests.

In 2009, defendant-intervenor Fruit Growers Supply Company applied to the National Marine Fisheries Service and the Fish and Wildlife Service for 50-year permits to take, meaning to harm or kill, Northern spotted owl and Coho salmon in the course of timber harvesting on company land.

Fruit Growers and the federal agencies developed a habitat conservation plan and environmental impact statement purporting to mitigate harm to the animals. The agencies issued biological opinions that concluded the permits would not jeopardize the species or their critical habitats.

Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center, the Center for Biological Diversity and the Klamath Forest Alliance challenged the permits and the environmental studies in August 2013.

Among other things, the groups argued that the documents relied on "speculative" assumptions about the habitat conservation plan's ability to protect spotted owls despite not knowing whether the nonparty U.S. Forest Service planned to log in the sites protected by the permits.

The groups also claimed that the habitat conservation plan erroneously concluded that Fruit Growers could protect Coho salmon from sediment discharge though it did not know how much would be discharged.

The court found in April this year that the services acted arbitrarily and capriciously in issuing two of the permits based on invalid no-jeopardy findings in the biological opinions and insufficient analysis of the cumulative impacts of the permits in the environmental impact statement.

The plaintiffs moved to vacate the remaining permits, and the Fisheries Service's biological opinion, the environmental impact statement, and the records of decision. They also wanted Fruit Growers to account for any take that has already occurred under the invalid permits.  MORE >>>

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Sierra Pacific Industries planning to clearcut along the Upper Trinity River.


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THP 2-15-025 TRI (Ramblin THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 197 acres; 95% clearcut, 5% selection logging.  Rainshorn Creek, Sherer Creek (MD: T39N R6W Sec.19; T39N R7W Sec.24, 25).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, oversized units, herbicides, Impaired 303.d watershed, 1 spotted owl within 1.3 mi, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 06/08/15. VIEW

This THP is 8 miles north of Coffee Creek and Trinity Lake, and a few miles east of Highway 3 towards the Scott Mountain summit.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a clearcut tractor based logging operation in Douglas fir, ponderosa pine, white fir, sugar pine, incense cedar and knob cone pine forest at an elevation of 4,000 to 5,840 feet. The THP area flows into the Upper Trinity River which is listed as impaired for sediment  and temperature.  SPI is planning to use ground based equipment on existing skid trails with steep slopes over 65% grade in units 2401, 2407 and 2437; and use ground based equipment on slopes exceeding 50% grade with a high erosion hazard in units 2407 and 2437.  They also want to use ground based equipment on slopes exceeding 50% grade that do not flatten before reaching a watercourse in units 2401 and 2397, and use 400 feet of existing road inside a class II (mid sized) spring. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log north of Bieber and Lookout.


PANORAMIO Photo By Tim Wilson
THP 2-15-024 MOD (McKay THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 714 acres; 73% clearcut, 27% fuel break, 1% roadside logging.  Upper Mud Lake, Webb Flat Reservoir, Spaulding Reservoir, Washington Creek, Damons Butte (MD: T41N R7E Sec.4; T42N R7E Sec.2, 3, 10, 11, 15, 16, 21, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 33).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 40%, 26 road drainage work sites, oversized units, herbicides, osprey within 750 feet, goshawk nest within .9 mi, bald eagle territory within 1 mi, greater sandhill cranes within .6 mi, 4 sensitive plant species, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 06/04/15. VIEW

This THP is 15 miles north of Lookout, CA and 3 miles south of Highway 139 near the California/Oregon border in Modoc County.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor based logging operation in ponderosa pine, incense cedar, and white fir forests at an elevation of 4,600 to 5,360 feet.  7,500 feet of new seasonal road is proposed, and 26 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, and culvert repair/replacement.  There are several small springs within unit 25A in the NE corner of section 25.  A bald eagle nesting territory lies within 1 mi of the THP area between Spaulding and Beeler Reservoirs, and a goshawk territory and nest are located .9 mi north of the THP area in section 36.  Greater sandhill cranes were spotted on the east side of Spaulding Reservoir .6 mi from the THP area. Long haired stared tulip was found on the edge of unit 25B, Castlegar Hawthorne was found west and downstream of unit 26A, and Silvery False Lupine was found in unit FB1 and 10A. Slender Orcutt Grass was also found along the western boundary of unit 21A, near the 91 road and along the eastern boundary of unit 15A. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut adjacent to the town of Burney, CA.


PANORAMIO Photo By Shain Paiment
THP 2-15-023 SHA (Rabbit THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 516 acres; 97% clearcut, 3% fuel break logging. Jackrabbit Flat, Washburn Bue Park (MD: T34N, R3E, Sec 5,6,7; T35N, R3E, Sec 29,30,31,32).  Winter operations, low erosion hazard, slopes up to 30%, herbicides, goshawk nest within 100 ft, trees up to 120 years old.  Estimated public comment deadline: 06/01/15. VIEW

This THP is .5 mi south of Burney, CA and Highway 299 at an elevation of 3,200 to 4,400 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a tractor based logging operation in white fir, Douglas fir, incense cedar, sugar pine and ponderosa pine forests. The THP includes 14 acres of fuel break in conjunction with the Burney Community Fuelbreak Project. There is a goshawk nest (2014) within 100 ft of unit 7B in section 7, a bald eagle territory 3.5 miles away in section 6, and an historic (1992) osprey territory 4 miles away in section 3. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log near Trinity Lake.


PANORAMIO Photo By Mike Marler
THP 2-15-022 TRI (Bowerman THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 217 acres; 97% clearcut, 2% selection, 1% seed tree logging.  Strope Creek, Bear Gulch (MD: T35N, R8W, Sec 15,23,27).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, impaired 303.d watershed,  alpine view campground, herbicides, bald eagle and osprey sightings nearby, 1 spotted owl within 1.3 mi, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 06/01/15. VIEW

This THP is about 10 miles NE of Weaverville, CA along Trinity Lake and just east of Highway 3 at an elevation of 2,400 to 3,740 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a clearcut tractor based logging operation in Douglas fir, ponderosa pine, white fir, sugar pine and incense cedar forests.  Unit 439 is adjacent to Alpine View Campground within section 13.  Tractors are proposed for use on steep slopes over 65% grade on existing skid trails, and on slopes up to 60% grade within units designated for cable logging to construct fire lines.  SPI also wants to reduce the buffer area within a class II (mid-sized) spring to 50 feet at a specific location in unit 438.  There is a bald eagle nest .5 mi from the THP area in section 28, and a spotted owl nesting territory within 1.3 mi (TRI00300) which SPI is attempting to get invalidated so they can log out the habitat. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Sierra Pacific Industries planning a new clearcut THP east of Arnold, CA.


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THP 4-15-006 TUO (Red Soap THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 423 acres; 88% clearcut, 6% selection, 4% commercial thin, 1% meadow restoration logging.  Dry Meadow Creek, Soap Creek (MD: T4N R15E Sec.13; T4N R16E Sec.1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 15, 16, 17, 18; T4N R17E Sec.6, 7, 16, 17).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 60%, 3 unstable areas, 79 road drainage work sites, oversized units, herbicides, 17 CA spotted owls within 1.3 mi, 2 goshawk nest sites in units 1909 and 1324, trees up to 150 years old.  Estimated public comment deadline: 06/01/15. VIEW

This THP is about 9 miles SE of Arnold, CA and about 5 miles west of Beardsley Reservoir at an elevation of 3,500 to 5,500 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor based logging operation in ponderosa pine, sugar pine, incense cedar and white fir forests.  The THP includes 6 acres of conifer removal around Grohl Meadow, and drains towards the Middle Fork of the Stanislaus River.  There are 3 unstable areas including 2 concave areas formed from past skidding operations, and a cut bank slump off an existing road inside a class I watercourse.  SPI wants to use 2 existing skid trails inside a class II watercourse, 2 existing seasonal roads inside a class I watercourse, and a landing inside a class III watercourse.  They also want to be able to use ground based equipment across class III watercourse crossings during the winter period.  79 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings. Goshawk nest sites are located in sections 4,11 and 13. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log up against the Trinity Alps Wilderness.


Stoney Ridge Trail PANORAMIC Photo By aliandgohiking
THP 2-15-021 TRI (Yesmon THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 195 acres; 75% clearcut, 16% selection, 9% seed tree logging.  Stoney Creek, Trinity Alps Creek (MD: T35N, R9W, Sec 15, 21, 27).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, 17 road drainage work sites, unstable areas, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, trinity alps wilderness nearby, stoney ridge trail, elk gulch trail, 2 spotted owls within 1.3 mi, bald eagle and osprey sightings nearby, 7 sensitive plant species, trees up to 50" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 05/24/15. VIEW

This THP is about 10 miles NE of Weaverville, CA and a few miles west of Trinity Lake near the Bridge Camp Trailhead that leads into the Trinity Alps Wilderness.  Unit 1385 in section 15 is adjacent to the Trinity Alps Wilderness boundary, and the THP area contains 2 trails; the Stoney Ridge Trail in section 15 (unit 1385), and the Elk Gulch Trail in section 21 (units 1390 and 560).  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor logging operation in Douglas fir, ponderosa pine, incense cedar, white fir and sugar pine forests at an elevation of 2,400 to 5,200 feet.  There are unstable areas in sections 15, 21 and 27, and SPI wants to build a new temporary road crossing at the Stuart Fork stream to access their landlocked lands in section 27.  Two skid trails are proposed for use inside a class II (mid sized) watercourse, 3 landings are proposed for use inside a class II watercourse, and a landing is proposed for use inside a class III (intermittent) watercourse.  They also want to use tractors on steep slopes over 65% grade within units 565 and 3527.  17 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction and culvert repair/replacement.  California pitcher plant was found in unit 560, Congdon’s buckwheat was found on the edge of unit 1385, Engelmann’s desert parsley was found on the edge of unit 1385, slender false lupine was found in units 575, 1390, 550, 565, 560 and 1288, California’s lady slipper was found in unit 560, Oregon fireweed was found in unit 560, and Cascade grass of parnassus was found in sections 15,16 and 22. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.
 

Mendocino Redwood Company to log on steep and unstable slopes in the Upper Albion River area.


MRC hack and squirt herbicide use, Redwood Coast Watersheds Alliance website.
THP 1-15-031 MEN (Mettick-Poverty THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 584 acres; 82% transition, 11% variable retention, 7% seed tree logging.  Mettick Creek, Upper Albion River (MD: T16N, R15W, Sec 3,4,9,10).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 45 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, 7 spotted owls within 1.3 mi, trees up to 54" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 05/20/15. VIEW

This THP is about 2.25 miles east of Comptche, CA in the Upper Albion River Watershed at an elevation of 560 to 1,520 feet.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation in redwood and Douglas fir forests. The THP area flows into Big River and the Albion River which are listed as impaired watersheds for sediment and temperature and contain coho salmon and steelhead.  There are 18 landslide terrain sites including multiple debris slides and earth flows, and 15 road failure sites including multiple cut bank failures, fill failures and bank sloughing sites.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning to use tractors on steep slopes up to 65% grade within units designated as cable logging to swing yard and for guy line anchors.  They also want to do some re-construction of existing roads on unstable soils, and use roads and landings inside a class II (mid-sized) watercourse and near a wet area. 45 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  For spotted owl nesting territory MD0170 (2014): foraging habitat will decrease by 25 acres within .7 mi; for spotted owl nesting territory MD0079 (2012) foraging habitat will decrease by 113 acres within .7 mi; and for spotted owl nesting territory MD0076 (2014) foraging habitat will decrease by 136 acres within .7 mi. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Humboldt Redwood Company to log in large tree stands NE of Grizzly Creek State Park.


PANORAMIC Photo By Rob Gendreau
THP 1-15-027 HUM (Griz 14 THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 126.7 acres; 44% variable retention, 33% group selection, 10% selection, 9% no-harvest, 4% roadside logging.  Stevens Creek, Grizzly Creek, Swains Flat (HUM: T1N, R2E, Sec 1; T1N, R3E, Sec 5,6,7).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, steep roads, landslide terrain, 17 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, logging inside large tree stands, grizzly creek redwoods nearby, coho watershed, 12+ spotted owls within 1.3 mi, trees up to 40" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 05/10/15. VIEW

This THP is about a mile NE of Grizzly Creek State Park and Highway 36 near Maple Grove, CA.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation in redwood, grand fir and Douglas fir forests at an elevation of 700 to 1,600 feet.  The THP area drains into the Van Duzen River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature.  There are 20 active to dormant landslide terrain sites in the THP area including earth flows, debris slides, rock slides and steep inner gorges. Logging inside large tree stands will occur along the SW corner of the THP area.  Humboldt Redwood Company plans to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging to long line trees, swing yard and provide tail holds, and use heavy equipment for a skid trail re-opening through a class III (intermittent) watercourse. 17 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, ditch cleaning, dip construction and culvert repair/replacement. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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


Jacoby Creek Watershed Photo by EPIC
THP 1-15-026 HUM (G-140 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 181.4 acres; 36% clearcut, 33% commercial thin, 16% selection, 15% no-harvest logging.  Lower Jacoby Creek (HUM: T5N, R1E, Sec 10,14,15).  Wet weather operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, 9 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, 3 spotted owls within 1.3 mi, bald eagle within .52 mi, 26 osprey nests within .25 mi, 2 peregrine falcon nests within .25 mi, southern torrent salamander sightings in units D,E and G, trees up to 40" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 05/10/15. VIEW

This THP is about 5 miles NE of Eureka, CA and about a mile south of Bayside and Highway 101.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation in redwood, Douglas fir, grand fir and western hemlock forests. The THP area drains into Jacoby Creek which is listed as impaired for sediment and contains chinook, coho salmon, steelhead, and coastal cutthroat trout.  9 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair/replacement and re-construction of washed out crossings. There are 26 current and historic osprey nest sites within .25 mi of the THP area; including 2 nests within unit A, one nest within unit B, and 2 nests within unit F.  One bald eagle territory lies .52 mi west of the THP area, and 2 peregrine falcon nests are located within .25 mi of unit B, and within .5 mi of units A,C,D,E and G.  Spotted owl nesting territories are located within .5 mi of unit B. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut near Hayfork, CA


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THP 2-15-015 TRI (2D Glades THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 344 acres; 99% clearcut, 1% roadside logging.  Duncan Creek, Potato Creek (MD: T31N, R10W, Sec 8,17,18,20,29).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, wells mountain roadless area, herbicides, coho watershed, 3 spotted owls within 1.3mi, Clustered lady's slipper, Howell's lewisia, scattered large trees. Estimated public comment deadline: 05/06/15. VIEW

This THP is about 7 - 8 miles east of Hayfork, CA and Highway 3 at an elevation of 3,280 to 5,020 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in Douglas fir, ponderosa pine, white fir, sugar pine and incense cedar forests.  The THP area flows into the South Fork of the Trinity River which is listed as impaired for sediment/siltation and temperature and contains chinook, coho salmon and steelhead.  SPI is planning to use tractors in units designated for cable logging, and use tractors on slopes up to 60% grade with a high erosion hazard to construct fire breaks.  The Wells Mountain roadless area is located in adjacent sections 7, 13 and 19.  Clustered lady's slipper was found in unit 2039, and Howell's lewisia was found in section 3. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Timber Products Company to log near Port Orford cedar stands in the Sacramento Canyon.


Port Orford cedar Photo By Wikipedia and USFS
THP 2-15-014 SHA (Hunter THP) Timber Products Company, 74 acres; 65% shelterwood, 34% clearcut, 1% roadside logging. Flume Creek (MD: T37N, R4W, Sec 4).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, herbicides, fisher sighting nearby, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 05/03/15. VIEW

This THP is in the Sacramento Canyon about 3 miles south of Castella, CA and across the road from I-5 at an elevation of 1,800 to 2,400 feet.  Timber Products Company is planning a clearcut and shelterwood (overstory removal) tractor and cable logging operation in Douglas fir, ponderosa pine, sugar pine, white fir and Port Orford cedar forests.  Port Orford cedar is uncommon in the Sacramento Canyon, and logging can spread Port Orford cedar root rot disease.  The THP area contains road failure sites and unstable areas including 2 unstable areas along the banks of a class II (mid-sized) watercourse, 2 unstable ares with hummocky ground inside a tractor clearcut unit, and 3 road failure sites with roadside fill failures in sections 4, 9 and within unit 2.  Ground based equipment is proposed for use in units designated for cable logging inside units 3 and 4. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Campbell Timberlands to log on steep and unstable slopes NE of Fort Bragg, CA.


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THP 1-15-022 MEN (Dutchman East THP) Campbell Timberlands, 217 acres; 54% variable retention, 40% selection, 6% commercial thin logging.  Redwood Creek, Churchman Creek, Campbell Creek (MD: T19N, R16W, Sec 10,11,14,15,23).  Wet weather operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 95 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, 2 spotted owls within .7mi, trees up to 48" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 05/01/15. VIEW

This THP is about a dozen miles NE of Fort Bragg, CA and Highway 1 at an elevation of 400 to 1,680 feet.  Campbell Timberlands is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir, western hemlock and grand fir forests. The THP area flows into the Ten Mile River which is listed as an impaired watershed for temperature and sediment.  There are multiple dormant and active earthflows and landslides above the North Fork of Redwood Creek, near North Fork of Gulch Two and above Redwood Creek.  Campbell Timberlands is planning to use tractors on unstable soils in units C, H, I, L, and M; and use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging to construct fire lines.  They also are planning to use ground based equipment on steep slopes over 65%, and on slopes over 50% grade with a moderate erosion hazard in units A, C, H, I, L and M.  Tractor roads are proposed for use inside a class II (mid-sized) watercourse at 4 locations, inside a class III (intermittent) watercourse at 5 locations, and near a wet area.  95 road drainage sites require work including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair/replacement, ditch cleaning and re-construction of washed out crossings. An unoccupied marbled murrelet stand is located near a haul road. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Green Diamond Resource Company to log near the Korbel Mill and Blue Lake, CA.


Korbel Mill, Photo By www.krcrtv.com
THP 1-15-018 HUM (Korbel Combo 16 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 305 acres; 76% commercial thin, 14% no-harvest, 10% clearcut logging.  Hutchery Creek, Powers Creek (HUM: T5N, R2E, Sec 3, T6N, R2E, Sec 21,27,28,33,34).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 80%, landslide terrain, 11 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, 12+ spotted owls within 1.3 mi, fisher sighting in unit D, coastal tailed frog and southern torrent salamander sightings, trees up to 36" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 04/26/15. VIEW

This THP is adjacent to the town of Blue Lake and the Korbel Mill near Highway 299 at an elevation of 150 to 1,100 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly commercial thin tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, grand fir and Douglas fir forests.  The THP area flows into the North Fork of the Mad River and the Mad River which is listed as impaired for sediment, temperature and turbidity and contains coho salmon, chinook salmon, steelhead and coastal cutthroat trout.  There are 16 unstable areas mostly related to unit C including steep headwall swales, over steepened banks, earthflows, debris slides, and rock slides. 11 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings. Southern torrent salamanders were seen along Sullivan Gulch and along the tributaries of the North Fork of the Mad River.  Coastal tailed frogs were reported to be near units B and E, and also along the North Fork of the Mad River.  There are spotted owl nesting territories within .5 mi of units A,B,E and F. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.