Thursday, November 14, 2019

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log by the CA/OR Border.


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THP  1-19-158 DEL (Winchuck 1900 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 257 acres; 57% clearcut, 20% selection, 13% commercial thin, 9% no-harvest, 1% roadside logging.  Gilbert Creek, South Fork Winchuck River (HUM: T18N R1E Sec 6, 7; T18N R1W Sec 1,3, 4; T19N R1W Sec 34).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 80%, steep roads, landslide terrain, 15 road drainage work sites, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, foothill yellow legged frog, southern torrent salamander, coastal tailed frog, red tree vole, trees over 30” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/31/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 3 miles north of the town of Smith River, CA, and about 1 mile east of Highway 101 by the CA/OR border at an elevation of 100 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, western hemlock and Douglas fir forests.  There are 16 shallow rapid landslide terrain sites within and adjacent to units A, B, C, E and G. Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to use temporary roads and landings during the winter period, and use a short segment of steep road exceeding 20% grade for 75 feet in Unit A. 15 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  Potential marbled murrelet habitat exists on SIskiyou National Forest lands 323 feet north of unit A and within .25 miles of the W-1000 Road.  In 1995, red tree voles were observed inside unit B, and foothill yellow legged frogs are known to occur near unit B along the South Fork of the Winchuck River. Coastal tailed frogs are known to occur immediately adjacent to units E, F and G, and southern torrent salamanders are known to occur immediately adjacent to units B and G.  There are spotted owl nesting territories within .25 miles of unit B, and within .5 miles of units A, C, E, F and G.

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


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THP 1-19-156 HUM (Forks of Ah Pah THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 315.50 acres; 68% clearcut, 25% selection, 7% no-harvest logging.  Ah Pah Creek, Bear Creek (HUM: T12N R1E Sec 13; T12N R2E Sec 7, 9 16, 21, 22, 28).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, landslide terrain, oversized units, impaired 303.d watershed, redwood national park, herbicides, coho watershed. spotted owl, marbled murrelet, bald eagle, osprey, great blue heron, Del Norte salamander, foothill yellow legged frog, southern torrent salamander, tailed frog, trees up to 30” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/31/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS, VIEW THP

This THP is about 6 miles SE of Klamath, CA between Redwood National Park (unit D is adjacent) and the Klamath River (unit G is adjacent) at an elevation of 150 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, western hemlock and Douglas fir forests. The THP area flows into the Lower Klamath River watershed which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, temperature, dissolved oxygen and nutrients.  There are 12 unstable areas including; 3 landslide terrain sites in unit A, 1 landslide terrain site in unit B, 5 landslide terrain sites in unit D, and 3 landslide terrain sites in unit H.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to use temporary roads and landings during the winter period.  Three osprey nests are located within the THP area including; a nest within .25 miles of seasonal roads used to access unit F, a nest within .25 miles of unit G, and a nest within .25 miles of seasonal roads used to access unit A.  Three bald eagle nests are located within .5 miles of the THP area including; a nest within 270 feet of the CL1800 Road, a nest within .5 miles of unit F, and a nest 450 feet east of the CL1800 Road by the Klamath River.  Foothill yellow legged frogs are known to occur immediately adjacent to units G and H in the Klamath River and at Ah Pah Creek, and southern torrent salamanders and tailed frogs are known to occur immediately adjacent to unit H.  In 1994, a Del Norte salamander was observed inside unit F, and in 1991, a Del Norte salamander was observed inside unit B. There is an historic (2007) great blue heron rockery within .25 miles of seasonal roads used to access unit H. Marbled murrelet habitat exists on Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park lands within .25 miles of the S Line Road.  Spotted owl nesting territories are located within .25 miles of units A, B, F and G, and within .5 miles of unit E.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log trees up to 46” dbh by Calaveras Big Trees State Park and Dorrington, CA.


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THP 4-19-179 TUO (Geazzer THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 388 acres; 70% clearcut, 14% fuel break, 11% selection, 3% commercial thin, 2% special, 1% roadside logging.  Lower Beaver Creek, Middle Beaver Creek (T05N R16E Sec 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, steep roads, landslide terrain, impaired 303.d watershed, 55 road drainage work sites, CA big trees state park, herbicides, CA spotted owl, northern goshawk, 4 sensitive plant species, trees up to 46” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/16/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 2.7 miles SE of Dorrington, CA and Highway 4 by Calaveras Big Trees State Park at an elevation of 4,550 to 5,570 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in ponderosa pine, sugar pine, white fir, Douglas fir and incense cedar forests.  There are 3 landslide terrain sites in the THP area including; an unstable area adjacent to unit 1194, an unstable area within unit 2471, and an unstable area adjacent to a haul road.  Six acres of Special Treatment Area (STA) have been designated adjacent to California Big Trees State Park to hide the visual impacts of clearcutting (combination selection and fuel break prescription).  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning to use and construct roads, landings and crossings during the winter period, use ground based equipment on slopes between 50% and 65% with a moderate erosion hazard, use 2 existing skid trails inside a class III (intermittent) watercourse areas, and use a portion of an existing landing inside a class I (year round) watercourse area.  They also are planning to construct segments of steep temporary road exceeding 15% to 20% grade in unit 2967, construct segments of steep temporary road exceeding 15% to 20% grade in unit 1600 and 1607, and construct segments of steep temporary road exceeding 15% to 20% grade in unit 1637.  55 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  In 1999, a northern goshawk nest was reported within .66 miles of the nearest unit (2521) in section 15. Threebract onion was found along a road adjacent to unit 2471, cut leaved monkey flower was found in unit 1515, Coleman’s rein orchid was found in units 2619, 2630, 3018, 2967, 1637, 1463 and 2521, and Rocky Mountain chickweed was found in or adjacent to units 1634, 1637, 1463 and 2521.  There are 10 CA spotted owl territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Sierra Pacific Industries to group select and fuel break log between Truckee, CA and the North Shore of Lake Tahoe.


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THP 2-19-155 PLA (Lobos THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 1,473 acres; 58% group selection, 25% fuel break, 10% sanitation salvage, 5% clearcut, 2% seed tree logging.  West Martis Creek (MD: T16N R17E Sec 2, 3, 4; T17N R17E Sec 28, 33, 34, 35).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, 3 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, goshawk, willow flycatcher, trees up to 32” dbh. Estimated public comment deadline: 11/31/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 3 miles SE of Truckee, CA, about 3 miles north of the north shore of North Lake Tahoe, and a few miles east of Northstar Ski Area at an elevation of 6,500 to 7,700 feet. Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a group selection and fuel break tractor based logging operation in nice high elevation stands of red fir, white fir, Jeffrey pine, western white pine, lodgepole pine and sugar pine forests.  The THP area flows into the Truckee Watershed which is listed as an impaired watershed for sedimentation/siltation and is a popular year round recreation area for locals and tourists. Construction and use of landings and crossings is proposed during the winter period.  Three road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  In 2018, a northern goshawk was reported within .7 miles of the nearest THP unit in section 34, and in 2004, a pair of willow flycatchers were reported near the THP area.

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log SE of Mt Shasta near Bieber and Lookout, CA.


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THP 2-19-149 MOD (Whitecap THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 1,724 acres; 93% clearcut, 7% fuel break, misc roadside logging.  Armentrout Flat, Frog Waterhole, Mosquito Lake (MD: T40N R4E Sec 1, 12; T40N R5E Sec 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18; T40N R6E Sec 7, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, osprey, greater sandhill crane, northern goshawk, elk, 3 sensitive plant species, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/24/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 13 miles NW of Bieber, CA, 8 miles NW of Lookout, CA and about 38 miles SE of Mt. Shasta at an elevation of 4,000 to 4,600 feet. Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor based logging operation in ponderosa pine, sugar pine, incense cedar and white fir forests.  Construction of roads and landings is proposed during the winter period. Greater sandhill cranes and elk are known to frequent nearby Whitehorse Flat and Mosquito Lake.  There are 5 historic (over 5 years) northern goshawk sightings within the THP area, and in 2018, an osprey nest was reported inside unit 8A.  Silvery false lupine and Shasta beardtongue were found in a grassland area, and long haired star tulip was found near units 19D and 20D.

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


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THP 1-19-150 HUM (CR2400/1640 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 284.60 acres; 56% clearcut, 20% commercial thin, 19% selection, 5% no-harvest, misc roadside logging.  Maple Creek, McDonald Creek (HUM: T8N R1E Sec 7, 8, 15, 16, 17, 18, 22).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, landslide terrain, steep slopes up to 70%, steep roads, 6 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, strawberry rock, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, osprey, southern torrent salamander, sharp shinned hawk, trees up to 40” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/20/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is a few miles NE of Trinidad, CA and about a mile east of Strawberry Rock, a popular hiking destination with great views of the Pacific Ocean.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a clearcut and commercial thinning tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes (there is a steep headwall swale in unit E) in redwood, Douglas fir, Sitka spruce, shore pine, Bishop pine and Port Orford cedar forests at an elevation of 700 to 1,400 feet.  Construction of a steep segment of temporary road is proposed exceeding 20% grade for 100 feet to access unit A, and construction of 2 segments of temporary road is proposed exceeding 20% grade for 100 feet to access unit H.  Six road drainage sites are proposed for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  There are 3 osprey nests within the THP area including; an osprey nest within unit F, and 2 osprey nests within .25 miles of haul roads.  In 2000, a sharp shinned hawk was reported .8 miles north of unit A, and southern torrent salamanders are known to occur immediately adjacent to unit C.  There are 8 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Timber Products Company to clearcut log west of Fort Jones, CA near the Marble Mountain Wilderness Area.


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THP 2-19-145 SIS (Snow Creek THP) Timber Products Company, 341 acres; 88% clearcut, 6% sanitation salvage, 6% shelterwood logging. Boulder Creek, Isinglass Creek, Member Creek, Snitklaw Creek (MD: T44N R10W Sec 29, 31, 32, 33; T44N R11W Sec 36).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, marble mountain wilderness area, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, northern goshawk, cascade frog, Scott Bar salamander, Oregon polemonium, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/16/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 9 miles of Fort Jones, CA and about a mile south of the Scott River at an elevation of 3,600 to 6,500 feet (section 36 is adjacent to the Marble Mountain Wilderness Area near Isinglass Lake). Timber Products Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor based logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Douglas fir, white fir, red fir, incense cedar, sugar pine and ponderosa pine forests.  There are unstable areas in sections 31, 32 and 36 and the THP area drains towards the Scott River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature. Timber Products Company is planning to use and construct roads and landings during the winter period, and re-construct an existing road across an unstable area in section 36.  Northern goshawks have been reported within .25 miles of the THP area, and there is Scott Bar Salamander habitat within the THP area.  A cascade frog was reported .5 miles south of the THP area at the headwaters of Isinglass Lake.  Oregon polemonium was found in section 32.  There are 7 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Sierra Pacific Industries planning a large 619 acre fuel break THP west of Union Valley Reservoir.


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THP 4-19-146 ELD (Trivien THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 805 acres; 77% fuel break, 11% clearcut, 11% no-harvest, 1% selection, 1% roadside logging.  Little Silver Creek, Lower South Fork Rubicon River, Onion Creek, Sugar Pine Creek, Upper Pilot Creek (MD: T12N R13E Sec 1, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 23, 24, 25; T12N R14E Sec 6, 7; T13N R13E Sec 36; T13N R14E Sec 29, 30, 31, 32).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes, steep roads, 7 road drainage work sites, herbicides, CA spotted owl, northern goshawk, osprey, fisher, fringed and yuma myotis bats, 4 sensitive plant species, scattered large trees. Estimated public comment deadline: 11/15/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 8 miles NE of Pollock Pines, CA and Highway 50 near Union Valley Reservoir at an elevation of 5,040 to 6,160 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a fuel break and clearcut tractor based logging operation in ponderosa pine, white fir, sugar pine, incense cedar and Douglas fir forests.  The THP area is adjacent to the 2014 King Fire burn perimeter, and within 2 miles of the South Fork Campground.  SPI is planning to use and construct roads, landings and crossings during the winter period, and use ground based equipment on slopes up to 50% that lead without flattening towards a watercourse area for tractor piling of slash.  Seven road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/restoration.  There are 4 northern goshawk territories within .84 miles to 1.8 miles of the THP area, and an osprey was reported .65 miles from the THP area in section 30.  In 1995, a fisher was spotted 2 miles from the nearest THP unit, and fringed myotis and Yuma myotis bats were reported .65 miles from the THP area.  Arching sedge was found in units FB18, FB21, FB22, FB23, Sierra bayberry was found in unit FB23, Coleman’s piperia was found in units FB1, FB6, FB15, FB19, FB21 and FB24, and Sierra starwort was found in unit FB27.  There are 12 CA spotted owl nesting territories within 2.1 miles of the THP area (.11 to 2.1 miles from THP units).

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

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


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THP 1-19-142 DEL (Mc Garvey West THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 254.5 acres; 74% clearcut, 21% selection, 4% no-harvest, 1% roadside logging.  McGarvey Creek (HUM: T13N R1E Sec 23, 24, 25, 26, 27).  Wet weather operations, steep slopes up to 65%, steep roads, moderate erosion hazard, landslide terrain sites, 5 road drainage work sites, oversized units, impaired 303.d watershed, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, osprey, bald eagle, great blue heron, foothill yellow legged frog, trees over 30” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/05/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is a few miles SE of Klamath, CA, a mile south of the Klamath River and about a mile east of Highway 101 at an elevation of 40 to 1,000 feet. Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir and western hemlock forests.  The THP area flows into the Klamath River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, temperature, dissolved oxygen and nutrients.  There are unstable areas (shallow rapid landslide terrain sites) in units B, C, D, G and H.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to use roads and landings during the winter period, and construct a steep segment of road inside unit A exceeding 20% grade.  Five road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement. There are 27 osprey nests in the THP area including; 15 osprey nests within .25 miles of the MG300 road, 11 osprey nests within .25 miles of the MG10 road, and 1 osprey nest within .25 miles of the MG100 road. Marbled murrelet habitat exists .5 miles NW of unit H and on Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park lands, and a bald eagle nest exists within .5 miles of the MG10 and MG400 roads. An historic great blue heron rockery is located 300 feet east of the MG10 road, and foothill yellow legged frogs are known to occur in McGarvey Creek immediately adjacent to units C and D.  Spotted owl nesting territories exist within .5 miles of units G and H.

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log trees up to 72" dbh east of Eureka, CA.


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THP 1-19-140 HUM (Boulder Road THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 206.5 acres; 62% clearcut, 19% selection, 19% no-harvest, misc roadside logging.  Barry Ridge, Boulder Creek (HUM: T4N R3E Sec 3, 4, 9, 10).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 60%, oversized units, landslide terrain, 16 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, red tree vole, foothill yellow legged frog, golden eagle, trees up to 72” dbh. Estimated public comment deadline: 11/03/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 15 miles east of Eureka, CA and Highway 101 at an elevation of 600 to 2,200 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Douglas fir and grand fir forests.  The THP area flows into the Mad River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, temperature and turbidity.  There are unstable areas in units A and C including; 4 deep seated landslide terrain sites in unit A, and 1 deep seated landslide terrain site in unit C.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to use temporary roads and landings during the winter period, and use ground based equipment on unstable areas in units A and C for shovel yarding operations. 16 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  In 1994, a red tree vole was spotted inside unit F, a golden eagle was reported over 1 mile south of the THP area, and foothill yellow legged frogs are known to occur inside Boulder Creek adjacent to units A and C.  There are spotted owl nesting territories within .25 miles of units A, C, D, E and F, and within .5 miles of units B and G.

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut and fuel break log SE of Placerville, CA.


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THP 4-19-141 AMA (Mill Dew THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 1,000 acres; 59% fuel break, 22% clearcut, 13% commercial thin, 4% special, 2% selection logging.  Mill Creek, Tiger Creek (MD: T7N R13E Sec 1, 2; T7N R14E Sec 5, 6, 7; T8N R13E Sec 25, 35, 36; T8N R14E Sec 21, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, CA spotted owls, foothill yellow legged frog, 2 sensitive plant species, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/08/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 17 miles SE of Placerville, CA, and about 5 miles NE of Pioneer, CA by Highway 88 (Carson Pass Highway) at an elevation of 3,600 to 4,960 feet. Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a fuel break and clearcut logging operation on steep slopes in ponderosa pine, sugar pine, incense cedar, white fir and Douglas fir forests.  The THP area flows into the Mokelumne River which is listed as an impaired watershed for zinc and copper from past mining activities. Sierra Pacific Industries is planning to use roads and landings during the winter period, use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging inside unit 4355, and use ground based equipment within watercourse areas inside units 4460 and 4480.  Coleman’s piperia was found inside unit 4355, and Sierra clarkia was found inside units 4247, 4250, 4260, 4493, 4650 and 4651. Foothill yellow legged frogs were reported at Tiger Creek within 1.27 miles of the THP area, and California spotted owl sightings were reported within sections 02, 04, 06, 18, 26, 32 and 33. This THP is just SE of SPI’s recently proposed Schell THP 4-19-010 ELD.

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.