Thursday, December 6, 2018

Sierra Pacific Industries to log near the North Fork of the American River east of Colfax, CA.


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THP 2-18-143 PLA (Westwood THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 768 acres; 57% sanitation salvage, 32% clearcut, 5% fuel break, 5% selection, 1% no-harvest logging. El Dorado Canyon, Grouse Creek, Secret Canyon (MD: T15N R12E Sec 8, 9, 16, 17, 19, 21, 31).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 80%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 26 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, North Fork American River Roadless Area, herbicides, CA spotted owl, northern goshawk, Sierra blue grass, wooly violet, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/17/18. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 15 miles east of Colfax, CA and I-80 near the North Fork of the American River at an elevation of 3,700 to 5,300 feet.  Units 21 and 31 are adjacent to the North Fork American River Roadless Area.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a sanitation salvage and clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in ponderosa pine, white fir, Douglas fir, sugar pine, and incense cedar forests.  There are 4 unstable areas in the THP area including; 2 unstable areas related to roads, and 2 unstable areas within and adjacent to THP units.  SPI is planning to use and construct roads, landings and crossings during the winter period, and use ground based equipment (tractors) in areas designated for cable logging to skid logs in units 08-0603, 08-01, and 17-810.  They also are planning to use 2 landings and a skid trail inside a watercourse area in section 17, and re-construct a road at the head of a landslide area in section 10, re-construct a road around a landslide area in section 31, and repair several road related fill failures.  26 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  A northern goshawk was reported within .7 miles of the nearest harvest unit in section 25, and an historic (1989) sighting of a Sierra Nevada Red Fox exists within .9 miles of the THP area in section 27.  Wooly violet was found in unit 8-403, and Sierra blue grass was observed in units 19-301, 17-806, 9-407, 9-808, and 17-302.  Three CA Spotted owl sightings were reported including; a CA spotted owl sighting in a sanitation salvage unit in section 9, a CA spotted owl sighting within .12 miles of the THP area in section 18, and a CA spotted owl sighting within .9 miles of the THP area in section 15.

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


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THP 1-18-141 HUM (TT 515 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 214.3 acres; 48% clearcut, 26% commercial thin, 17% selection, 9% no-harvest, misc roadside logging. Upper Tectah Creek (HUM: T10N R2E Sec 17, 18, 19, 20).   Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, steep roads, landslide terrain, 12 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, Redwood National Park, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, foothill yellow legged frog, southern torrent salamander, coastal tailed frog, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/16/18. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 12 miles NE of Trinidad, CA and about 5 miles SE of Orick, CA by Redwood National Park (units A and E are adjacent) at an elevation of 1,200 to 2,000 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir and western hemlock forests.  Special Treatment Areas (STAs) are planned to hide the effects of clearcutting within units A and E which are adjacent to Redwood National Park. There is a landslide terrain site (partial failure of the outbound edge of the TT-535.31L Road) in unit C, and a landslide terrain site (cut slope and fill slope failure off the TT-515 Road) between units A and B. The THP area flows into the Lower Klamath River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, temperature, nutrients and dissolved oxygen.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to construct a temporary segment of steep road that exceeds 60% grade inside unit D, and construct a temporary road inside a class II (mid sized) watercourse area in the western portion of unit E.  12 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement. Occupied marbled murrelet habitat is located on Redwood National Park lands within .25 miles of units A and E. Coastal tailed frogs are known to occur 3,500 feet east of unit C, southern torrent salamanders are known to occur 4,000 feet north of unit C, and foothill yellow legged frogs are known to occur immediately adjacent to unit C.  There are 6 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log close to the rarely seen Sierra Nevada Red Fox by Lassen National Volcanic Park and the Caribou Wilderness Area.


Sierra Nevada Red Fox Photo
THP 2-18-137 LAS (Slope THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 1,283 acres; 79% clearcut, 20% fuel break, 1% roadside logging. Middle Butte Creek, (MD: T32N R6E Sec 11, 12, 13, 14, 23, 24, 25 T32N R7E Sec 7, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 28, 29, 30).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, herbicides, oversized units, Highway 44, bald eagle, northern goshawk, Sierra Nevada Red Fox, 3 sensitive plant species, scattered large trees. Estimated public comment deadline: 12/15/18. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 9 miles SE of Old Station, CA and about 3 miles NE of Lassen National Volcanic Park and the Caribou Wilderness Area.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor based logging operation in ponderosa pine, Jeffrey pine, white fir, sugar pine and incense cedar forests.  This THP is just NE of one of two populations of Sierra Nevada red foxes in California, and there are 9 historic sightings ranging from Pine Creek Valley south to Lassen National Park (a 2001 sighting was 1.1 miles south of the THP area).  There are also historic bald eagle and goshawk nests at Poison Lake in section 9.  Susanville milkvetch was found in fuelbreak A, and in unit 231, Sucksdorf’s milkvetch was found in unit 220U, and north of unit 209, and Blushing wild buckwheat was found in units 204 and 208.

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log trees up to 60” dbh near Redwood National Park.


PANORAMIC Photo By inna12
THP 1-18-140 HUM (North McDonald THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 175 acres; 79% clearcut, 12% selection, 8% no-harvest, 1% roadside logging. McDonald Creek (HUM: T10N R1E Sec 28, 32, 33, T9N R1E Sec 4).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 70%, 8 road drainage work sites, oversized units, Redwood National Park, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, osprey, trees up to 60” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/15/18. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 10 miles NE of Trinidad, CA and about 5 miles south of Orick, CA by Big Lagoon and Redwood National Park (units A, B and F are adjacent) at an elevation of 440 to 1,720 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in redwood, Douglas fir, Sitka spruce, grand fir and western hemlock forests. Eight road drainage sites are planned 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 .25 miles of the LP Mill Road, an osprey nest within .25 miles of the BL 1300 Road, and an osprey nest within .25 miles of unit E and the BL 1300 Road. Potential marbled murrelet habitat is located on Humboldt Redwoods State Park lands within .25 miles of the LP Mill Road.  Spotted owl nesting territories are located within .25 miles of units C and D, and within .5 miles of units A, B and F.

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Humboldt Redwood Company to log trees up to 56” dbh inside large tree marbled murrelet stand 507D east of Eureka, CA.


Marbled Murrelet Photo By National Park Service
THP 1-18-139 HUM (Mid Cloney THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 327.3 acres; 74% group selection, 17% selection, 9% no-harvest, misc roadside logging. Cloney Gulch (HUM: T4N R1E Sec 2, T5N R1E Sec 26, 35, 36).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 11 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, logging inside large tree marbled murrelet stand 507D, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, peregrine falcon, trees up to 56” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/15/18. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 6 miles east of Eureka, CA and about a mile NW of Kneeland, CA at an elevation of 110 to 1,200 feet.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning a mostly group selection tractor and cable logging operation in redwood and Douglas fir forests. Logging is proposed within large tree marbled murrelet stand 507D inside unit 4. The THP area flows into Freshwater Creek which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and siltation. There are 26 landslide terrain sites in the THP area including; multiple earth flows, debris flows, debris slides, debris side slopes, rock slides and multiple road related fill slope and cut bank failures.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging, and use ground based equipment in unstable areas. 11 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  There is a peregrine falcon nest on the ridge between McCready Gulch and Cloney Gulch within .5 miles of unit 2.  Six spotted owl nesting territories are located within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log NE of Chico, CA by Highway 32.


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THP 2-18-131 TEH (Windy THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 1460 acres; 75% clearcut, 22% fuelbreak, 3% selection, misc roadside logging. Calf Creek, Cement Creek, North Fork Calf Creek, Transfer (MD: T26N R3E Sec 1, 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 22, 23, 24, T26N R4E Sec 5, 6, 7, T27N R3E Sec 33, 34, 35, 36, T27N R4E Sec 31).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, landslide terrain, 45 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, highway 32, polk springs roadless area, herbicides, chinook watershed, CA spotted owl, northern goshawk, foothill yellow legged frog, 5 sensitive plant species, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/09/18. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 25 miles NE of Chico, CA, 4 miles NW of Butte Meadows, CA by Highway 32 and the Polk Springs Roadless Area (sections 4, 9, 22 and 33 are adjacent) at an elevation of 3,260 to 4,360 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in ponderosa pine, sugar pine, Douglas fir, incense cedar and white fir forests. There are 5 landslide terrain sites in the THP area including; a landslide within unit 21 adjacent to a class III (intermittent) watercourse area, an unstable area adjacent to unit 24, and 3 landslide terrain sites within units 3, 4 and 25. SPI is planning to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging inside units 6, 21, 26, 35, 45 and 62, and use an existing skid trail within a class II (mid sized) watercourse area to access a landing inside unit 23.  45 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  A goshawk territory is located within 1.3 miles of the THP area, and between 1991 and 2017, seven California spotted owl sightings were recorded in the THP area. There is an historic report of a Sierra Nevada Red Fox sighting in section 13, and a foothill yellow legged frog was reported in section 26. Shieldbract monkeyflower was found in units 19, 21, Sanborn’s onion was found in units 21, 25, Hall’s rupertia was found in units 25, 26, 27, along roads 420A and the H Line Road, western catchfly was found in units 4 and 5, and Butte County morning glory was found in units 58 and 63.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log NE of Bieber, CA.


Google Earth Photo By Jacob Pratt
THP 2-18-124 MOD (Dry Elk THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 826 acres; 88% clearcut, 12% fuelbreak, misc roadside logging. Ben Eberli Waterhole, Upper Mud Lake, Webb Flat Reservoir (MD: T41N R6E Sec 1, 13, 23, 24, T41N R7E Sec 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 18, T42N R6E Sec 36, T42N R7E Sec 7, 16, 17, 18, 20, 21, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33).  Winter operations, low erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, oversized units, seasonal wet meadows, road herbicides, northern goshawk, 4 sensitive plant species, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/04/18. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 22 miles NE of Bieber, CA and about 16 miles west of Canby, CA and Highway 299 at an elevation of 4,300 to 5,200 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor based logging operation in ponderosa pine, incense cedar and white fir forests.  There is a goshawk nest tree .35 miles NW of the nearest harvest unit in section 18, and a goshawk nest tree .25 miles NW of the nearest harvest unit in section 19. Silvery false lupine was found within and adjacent to units 113C, 113D, 124B, 124C and 124D, Susanville milkvetch was found alongside unit 228B and outside of unit 232A, Sierra beardtongue was found within and adjacent to units 105A, 220A, 221A, 231A and 236A, and long haired star tulip was found within and adjacent to units 105A, 220A, 221A, 231A, 232A, and 236A.

Monday, November 26, 2018

Fruit Growers Supply Company to log adjacent to Burney, CA.


Google Earth Photo by Christian Wulfestieg
THP 2-18-123 SHA (Ledge THP) Fruit Growers Supply Company, 2,057 acres; 43% sanitation salvage, 40% commercial thin, 7% clearcut, 5% no-harvest, 4% selection, misc roadside logging.  Jackrabbit Flat, Rocky Ledge, Washburn Park (MD: T34N R3E, Sec 3, 4, 5, 6, T35N R3E Sec 27, 28, 29, 32, 33, 34).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, goshawk, osprey, Diamond clarkia, Susanville milk vetch, trees up to 21” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/02/18. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is a mile SE of Burney, CA and Highway 299 at an elevation of 3,800 to 5,800 feet.  Fruit Growers Supply Company is planning a sanitation salvage and commercial thinning tractor based logging operation in white fir, Douglas fir, ponderosa pine, sugar pine and incense cedar forests.  The THP area flows into the Pit River which is listed as an impaired watershed for temperature, dissolved oxygen, nutrients, and organic enrichment. There is a goshawk territory in section 7, approximately 1.5 miles SW of the THP area, and osprey was reported at Burney Creek 1 mile west of the THP area.  Susanville milkvetch was reported in sections 27, 28, 33 and 34, and Diamond clarkia was found in the northern portion of the THP area.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log trees up to 150 years old adjacent to Calaveras Big Trees State Park and Dorrington, CA.


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THP 4-18-128 TUO (Sour Boards THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 529 acres; 67% clearcut, 17% fuel break, 7% selection, 5% special, 3% seed tree, 1% roadside logging. Mill Creek (MD: T5N R16E Sec 3, 4, 8, 9, 16, 17, 19, 20).  Winter operations, extreme erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, landslide terrain, 39 road drainage work sites, Calaveras Big Trees State Park, oversized units, CA spotted owl, northern goshawk, 2 sensitive plant species, trees up to 150 years old.  Estimated public comment deadline:12/06/18. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 5 miles NE of Arnold, CA, 2 miles east of Dorrington, CA and Highway 4 by Calaveras Big Trees State Park (29 acres of Special Treatment Area (STA) fuel break prescription are proposed adjacent to Calaveras Big Trees State Park to hide the effects of clearcutting).  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in ponderosa pine, sugar pine, Douglas fir, incense cedar and white fir forests at an elevation of 3,000 to 5,800 feet.  There are multiple unstable areas (debris slides, dormant slips, rotational slumps, headwall swales) including; an unstable area in Special Treatment Area 2, and 3 unstable areas (adjacent to fuel break 6, and alternative units 1046 and 1092. SPI is planning to use temporary roads, crossings and landings during the winter period, and use ground based equipment on existing skid trails in areas of high/extreme erosion hazard.  They also are planning to use an existing skid trail between class II (mid sized) and class III (intermittent) watercourse areas within the fuel break, use a pair of skid trails within the edge of class II (mid sized) watercourse areas in units 2690 and 5817, and use a skid trail within the edge of a class III (intermittent) watercourse area in unit 1046.  A northern goshawk was reported on forest service lands within 1 mile of the THP area in section 32, and there are 10 CA spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.  Threebract onion was found in unit 1092, and Coleman’s piperia was found in unit 2544.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Tree Sitters Protest Sierra Pacific Industries (SPI) Clearcut Logging.



Photo By North Coast Forest Defenders Mattole
Humboldt County, CA—After putting up a tree-sit 100’ high in an active Sierra Pacific Industries‘ (SPI) logging plan last Thursday, about a dozen forest defenders were on the ground in the plan this morning, resulting in the shutting down of the logging activity. The timber harvest plan (THP) is in the Rainbow Ridge area in the Mattole River watershed in Humboldt County, site of a long-running, multi-pronged campaign to preserve the legacy forests there under Humboldt Redwood Co. (HRC) ownership. Nearby HRC land is the SPI plan, near Taylor Peak on the North Fork of the Mattole River, and is the “Pig Mat THP 1-12-032 HUM”, according to CalFire. Logging trucks on site, attempting to move huge Douglas Fir and Tanoak logs, have left the forest area, about 17 miles in from county roads, and have not returned.


The tree sit, plus a group of activists, and several surrounding old growth trees remain. This action follows on the heels of the raising of the tree-sit last week, in efforts to protect this area from clearcut logging and the cutting of old growth in the Mattole River watershed. SPI, the largest private landowner in California, is the most prolific clearcutter. A press release on the tree-sit, with further background, can be found at: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2018/11/18/18819249.php

Monday, November 12, 2018

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log east of Mt. Shasta.


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THP 2-18-121 SIS (Fons Butte THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 508 acres; 90% clearcut, 8% shelterwood, 1% selection, 1% roadside logging. Swamp Creek (MD: T41N R01W Sec 5, 7, 9, 15; T41N R02W Sec 11, 13, 25).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 40%, oversized units, herbicides, spotted owl, northern goshawk, McCloud River redband Trout, trees up to 100 years old.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/29/18. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 10 miles NE of McCloud, CA and about 8 miles east of Mt Shasta, at an elevation of 4,400 to 5,600 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor based logging operation in white fir, ponderosa pine, sugar pine, incense cedar and knob cone pine forests.  The regionally significant Upper McCloud River Redband Trout are located nearby at Swamp Creek in section 5 of the THP area, and there is an active northern goshawk nest within 965 feet of unit 9B in section 9.  Two spotted owl nesting territories are located within 1.3 miles of the THP area in sections 4 and 30.

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log trees over 40" DBH west of Lassen Volcanic National Park.


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THP 2-18-119 SHA (Dan’s Cow THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 579 acres; 100% clearcut, misc roadside logging.  Atkins Creek, Huckleberry (MD: T32N R2E Sec 1, 2; T33N R2E 20, 21, 22, 23, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, oversized units, herbicides, Chinook watershed, CA spotted owl, osprey, 3 sensitive plant species, trees over 40” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/26/18. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 14 miles SW of Burney, CA and about 8 miles west of Lassen Volcanic National Park at an elevation of 4,800 to 5,600 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a clearcut tractor based logging operation in ponderosa pine, sugar pine, Douglas fir, incense cedar and white fir forests.  There is an osprey nest along Hunt Creek within 510 feet of unit 29B in section 29.  Upswept moonwort was found near unit 21D and 21E, scalloped moonwort was found in unit 21E, and least moonwort was found in the grassy edge of unit 28D.  There is a CA spotted owl nesting territory along the northern edge of unit 25A.

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log SE of Colfax, CA.


Google Earth Photo By Debbie Innis
THP 2-18-115 PLA (Baker Divide THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 815 acres; 54% commercial thin, 45% clearcut, 1% no-harvest logging.  Brushy Canyon, Huges Mill (MD: T14N R10E Sec 12, 13; T14N R11E Sec 6, 7, 8, 17, 18, 19).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, CA spotted owl, foothill yellow legged frog, 2 sensitive plant species, trees up to 100 years old.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/24/18. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 8 miles SE of Colfax, CA and Highway 80, and about 2.7 miles NE of Foresthill, CA at an elevation of 2,400 to 4,100 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a commercial thinning and clearcut tractor and cable logging logging operation in ponderosa pine, sugar pine, Douglas fir, white fir and incense cedar forests.  SPI is proposing to use temporary skid roads in class III (intermittent) watercourse areas during the winter period. Two foothill yellow legged frogs were reported in the THP area including; a foothill yellow legged frog sighting within .25 miles of harvest units in section 8, and a foothill yellow legged frog sighting within 1 mile of harvest units in section 5. Van Zuik’s morning glory was observed along the road bordering unit 08-0804 and along the Finning Mill Road, and Sierra blue grass was observed inside units A and B.  There are 4 CA spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Monday, November 5, 2018

Sierra Pacific Industries to log between the Middle Fork of the American River and the Rubicon River NE of Auburn, CA.


Google Earth Photo By Paul Hindt
THP 2-18-111 PLA (Ralston THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 898 acres; 33% fuelbreak, 32% clearcut, 32% commercial thin, 3% no-harvest, misc roadside logging. Big Mosquito Creek, Brushy Canyon, Long Canyon, Zero Spring (MD: T13N R11E Sec1; T13N R12E Sec 1, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 11; T14N R12E Sec 33, 35).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 60%, 12 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, northern goshawk, CA red legged frog, foothill yellow legged frog, 3 sensitive plant species, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/20/18. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 25 miles NE of Auburn, CA and about 11 miles NE of Georgetown, CA near the Middle Fork of the American River and the Rubicon River at an elevation of 3,400 to 4,800 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a fuel break, commercial thinning and clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in ponderosa pine, sugar pine, white fir, Douglas fir and incense cedar forests.  Ground based equipment is proposed for use in areas designated for cable logging, and the construction of temporary “jump roads” are proposed to access roads and landings under 500 feet in length without pre-designation. 12 road drainage sites are panned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  There are 3 northern goshawk territories including; a goshawk territory .25 miles east of CT unit 2, a goshawk territory .25 miles west of CC unit Jen, and a goshawk territory .25 miles east of CT unit 2.  In 2001, a CA red legged frog was spotted within .5 miles of the nearest unit in section 1, and 5 foothill yellow legged frog sightings were reported ranging from .5 miles to 1.5 miles from the THP area.  Sierra blue grass was found in clearcut harvest units Zoe and Jes, Sanborn’s onion was found on both sides of a road accessing CC unit Eli, also within CC unit Eli, and along the southern boundary of unit FBC, and Fresno mat was found on the edge of a road between harvest units Joe and Tom.  There are 8 CA spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log by Redwood National Park and Highway 101 near Klamath, CA.


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THP 1-18-114 DEL (Headwaters of McGarvey THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 278.5 acres; 62% clearcut, 22% selection, 9% shelterwood, 5% no-harvest, 2% roadside logging.  Tarup Creek, McGarvey Creek (HUM: T13N R1E, Sec 26, 34, 35, 36; T12N R1E, Sec 1, 2).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 80%, 14 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, Redwood National Park, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, osprey, southern torrent salamander, tailed frog, scattered large trees. Estimated public comment deadline: 11/23/18. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 4 miles south of Klamath, CA by Highway 101 and Redwood National Park at an elevation of 300 to 1,800 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Douglas fir, redwood, grand fir, Sitka spruce, western hemlock, and Port Orford cedar forests. A Special Treatment Area (STA) has been proposed adjacent to the entrance of highway 101 and Redwood National Park to hide the effects of clearcutting. 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 shallow rapid landslide terrain sites in units A, B, C, and H, deep seated landslide terrain sites in units F and B, steep stream side slopes adjacent to a class II (mid sized) watercourse in unit H, and an unclassified swale in unit H. 14 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 within .25 miles of units B, D, the MD-170 Road near Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park lands, and occupied marbled murrelet habitat exists within .25 miles of the S Line haul road.  There is an osprey nest within .25 miles of units B, C, D, E and F, an osprey nest near unit E, and also within .25 miles of units B, C, D, E, and F.  Tailed frogs were spotted 1,000 feet north of unit H, and southern torrent salamanders were spotted 800 feet north of unit I.  There are spotted owl nesting territories within .5 miles of unit I.

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log east of Arcata, CA near the Highway 299 coast range summit.


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THP 1-18-109 HUM (Bald Mountain Creek THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 128 acres; 87% clearcut, 12% selection, 1% no-harvest logging.  Pollock Creek (HUM: T6N R2E, Sec 25, 26; T6N R3E, Sec 18, 19, 30).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, 5 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, red tree vole, foothill yellow legged frog, trees up to 70” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/13/18. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 9 miles east of Arcata, CA and about 3 miles south of the Highway 299 coast range summit at an elevation of 1,600 to 2,400 feet. Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in Douglas fir, redwood, western red cedar and western hemlock forests.  There is an unstable area along the NW corner of unit A.  The THP area flows into the Mad River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, temperature and turbidity. Potential marbled murrelet habitat exists within .25 miles of units A, B, the CB1000 Road and several seasonal roads. Foothill yellow legged frogs were spotted 1.5 miles NW of unit A, and in 1994, a red tree vole was reported inside unit A. There are spotted owl nesting territories within .5 miles of units A and D.

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log near Pelican Bay State Prison by Crescent City, CA.


Pelican Bay State Prison photo by The Curry Coastal Pilot
THP 1-18-107 DEL (Fort Dick THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 197.5 acres; 82% clearcut, 17% selection, 2% no-harvest logging.  King’s Valley, Little Mill Creek, Upper Jordan Valley (HUM: T17N R01W Sec 13 , 22, 24, 27).  Wet weather operations, low erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, 12 road drainage work sites, herbicides, coho watershed, northern red legged frog, foothill yellow legged frog, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/12/18. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 5 miles NE of Crescent City, CA near Highway 101 and Pelican Bay State Prison at an elevation of 100 to 400 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in redwood, Douglas fir, Sitka spruce and western hemlock forests.  12 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement. Foothill yellow legged frogs were reported 1 mile NE of unit A, and northern red legged frogs were reported in units F and G.  There is 1 spotted owl nesting territory within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log on steep and unstable slopes along the CA/OR border.


PANORAMIC Photo By Heather Myers
THP 1-18-106 DEL (South Fork Winchuck THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 225 acres; 65% clearcut, 29% selection, 6% no-harvest logging.  Gilbert Creek, S Fork Winchuck River (HUM: T18N R01W Sec 1, 2, 3, 4, 9; 19N R01W Sec 33 , 34, 35, 36).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, steep roads, landslide terrain, 16 road drainage work sites, oversized units, wet areas, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, southern torrent salamander, Del Norte salamander, trees up to 32” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/09/18. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 15 miles north of Crescent City, CA along the California/Oregon state line border at an elevation of 140 to 1,080 feet. Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir and western hemlock forests.  There are 9 landslide terrain sites including; 1 deep seated landslide and 1 shallow rapid landslide terrain site in unit A, 1 shallow rapid landslide terrain site in unit B, 1 shallow rapid landslide terrain site in unit C, 2 shallow rapid landslide terrain sites in unit E, and 3 shallow rapid landslide terrain sites in unit F. Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to re-construct a seasonal road exceeding 15% to 20% grade for a distance of 500 feet or greater to access unit A, and construct a seasonal road exceeding 15% grade for a distance of 500 feet or greater to access unit F.  16 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  There is potential marbled murrelet habitat within .25 miles of the WI-1000 Road on Siskiyou National Forest and Oregon State lands.  In 2008, Del Norte salamanders were spotted in or near units A, C, D, E and F, and in 2008, Del Norte salamanders were reported within the vicinity of units B, C, D, E and F.  Southern torrent salamanders are known to occur in or adjacent to unit E, and within .5 miles of units B, C, D and F.  There are 2 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Mendocino Redwood Company To log out large tree marbled murrelet stands adjacent to Mendocino Headlands State Park.


Photo By Save The Redwoods League.
THP 1-18-105 MEN (Escola THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 437 acres; 80% selection, 13% no-harvest, 7% special logging.  Lower Albion River, Middle Albion River, South Fork Albion River (MD: T16N R16W Sec 7, 8, 17).  Wet weather operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 58 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, Mendocino Headlands State Park, herbicides, coho watershed, Sonoma tree vole, Oregon goldthread, trees over 40” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/09/18. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 4 miles NE of Albion, CA and about 6 miles SE of Mendocino, CA near Mendocino Headlands State Park lands at an elevation of 40 to 960 feet. Mendocino Redwood Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir, grand fir and western hemlock forests. There are 54 landslide terrain sites in the THP area including; multiple debris slides, debris flows, debris slide slopes, earth flows, disrupted ground, steep inner gorges, rock slides and 17 road failure sites including; multiple fill slope and cut bank failures. Mendocino Redwood Company is planning to log out 2 locations containing large tree marbled murrelet habitat, directly impacting 4 designated marbled murrelet stands (North Escola, West Escola, Escola Ridge and Escola) within the THP area. The THP area flows into the Albion River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging in units 6 and 8, and use ground based equipment on 2 deep seated landslide terrain areas.  58 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  In August 2017, a possible Sonoma tree vole nest was observed within the THP area, and in 2007, Oregon goldthread was reported along a haul road inside the THP area. There are 3 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Friday, October 26, 2018

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log trees up to 58” dbh north of Dorrington, CA.


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THP 4-18-016 CAL (Mulligan THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 513 acres; 73% clearcut, 17% fuelbreak, 9% selection, 2% commercial thin logging.  Airola Creek (MD:T06N R15E Sec 24, 25, 26, 27, 35, 36; T06N R16E Sec 20, 29, 30, 31).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, landslide terrain, 89 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, CA spotted owl, northern goshawk, 3 sensitive plant species, trees up to 58” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/06/18. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 6 miles NE of Arnold, CA, 3 miles north of Dorrington, CA, and just north of Highway 4 at an elevation of 4,100 to 6,000 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a clearcut and fuel break tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in ponderosa pine, sugar pine, white fir and incense cedar forests.  There are 6 unstable areas including multiple rotational slumps, dormant slips and broken uneven ground.  SPI is planning to use 15 skid trails, roads and landings inside class I (year round), class II (mid sized) and class III (seasonal) watercourse areas.  89 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  In 2015, a goshawk was reported in section 19, and in 2006, a goshawk was reported in section 18.  Stebbin’s lomatium was found in unit 3551, scalloped moonwort was found near unit 3388, and Coleman’s piperia was found in unit 3559.  There are 6 CA spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area in sections 1, 6, 19, 25, 26, 27, 31, 34 and 36.

SPI planning a large clearcut THP near a roadless area and 8 sensitive plant species NE of Chico, CA.


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THP 2-18-063 TEH (Bello THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 896 acres; 93% clearcut, 5% selection, 2% fuelbreak, misc roadside logging. Campbell Creek, Devils Kitchen, Rock Creek (MD: T24N R03E Sec 5, 6 ; T25N R02E Sec 12, 13, 14, 24, 25, 36 ; T25N R03E Sec 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 28, 29, 31, 32, 33).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, 216 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, polk springs roadless area, oversized units, herbicides, chinook watershed, goshawk, foothill yellow legged frog, 8 sensitive plant species. scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/06/18. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 18 miles NE of Chico, CA, 9 miles north of Forest Ranch, CA, and just west of Highway 32 at an elevation of 2,200 to 4,000 feet. Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor based logging operation in ponderosa pine, sugar pine, Douglas fir, white fir, and incense cedar forests.  The Polk Springs Roadless Area is adjacent to sections 5 and 6.  SPI is planning to use 3 existing roads in or around watercourse areas including; the 130G Road adjacent to a class II (mid sized) watercourse area, the 130G12 Road adjacent to a class II (mid sized) watercourse area, and the 110H Road adjacent to a class I (year round) watercourse area.  216 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  There is a goshawk occurrence within .50 miles of the THP area in section 22, and a foothill yellow legged frog was reported in section 12.  8 sensitive plant species were identified including; Clustered Mariposa lily in section 9, Shield bracted monkeflower in sections 7, 9, 19, Sanborn’s onion in sections 9, 19, 21, 28, 29, 33, Nightblooming false bindweed in sections 6, 7, 13, 18, 35, Slender Clarkia in section 25, Humboldt’s Lily in section 33, Hall’s Rupertia in sections 6, 7, 9, 13, 21, 25, 35, and Long fruit jewelflower in section 7.  There are 7 CA spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Sonoma County Superior Court rules in favor of Friends of Gualala River’s second lawsuit over the “Dogwood” floodplain timber harvest plan (THP)


Redwood tree marked for cutting in Gualala River floodplain; Mike Shoys
GUALALA - Sonoma County Superior Court once again has ruled in favor of Friends of Gualala River (FoGR) in its lawsuit against CAL FIRE’s approval of logging of coastal floodplain redwood forest in hundreds of acres of the Wild and Scenic Gualala River. The controversial “Dogwood” timber harvest plan (THP) proposed by Gualala Redwoods Timber LLC has been opposed by public protests, petitions, and litigation since 2015.

On October 16, 2018, Judge René Chouteau concluded that the second Dogwood THP failed to meet California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) requirements for evaluating project alternatives with less environmental impact, and for assessing cumulative environmental impacts to the river, forest and floodplain, in addition to those from the Dogwood THP itself.

FoGR, Forest Unlimited, and California Native Plant Society previously sued CAL FIRE over similar environmental review flaws in the first Dogwood THP (1-15-042), and prevailed in case SCV 259216, requiring CAL FIRE to revoke the permit to log “Dogwood” in March, 2017. The applicant, Gualala Redwoods Timber (GRT), resubmitted the logging plan with minimal corrections, and CAL FIRE again approved it over major public opposition on March 30, 2018. FoGR again sued over the same basic flaws in CAL FIRE’s environmental review process for “Dogwood II” in case SCV 262241. READ MORE

Monday, October 15, 2018

Sierra Pacific Industries planning a large fuel break THP east of Pollock Pines, CA.


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THP 4-18-015 ELD (Icebreaker THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 1,480 acres; 96% fuel break, 3% no-harvest, 1% roadside logging. Fry Creek, Twentyfive Mile Canyon, Peavine Creek (MD: T11N R14E Sec.9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 20, 21, 22, 23).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, unstable areas, 34 road drainage work sites, herbicides, 3 sensitive plant species, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 10/28/18. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 9 miles east of Pollock Pines, CA near Highway 50 and Ice House Reservoir at an elevation of 4,000 to 5,400 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning 1,480 acres of fuel break tractor logging, some of it out to 3/4 mile from the nearest road in ponderosa pine, incense cedar, sugar pine and Douglas fir forests.  There is a unstable area in section 20, and an unstable area in section 22.  34 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  Pleasant valley mariposa lily was found in sections 21 and 22, Sierra clarkia was found in sections 15, 16 and 21, and Yellow bur navarretia was found in section 21.  There are 3 CA spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

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


PANORAMIC Photo By Greg Nyquist
THP 1-18-103 HUM (Headwaters of Tarup THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 321 acres; 76% clearcut, 19% selection, 5% no-harvest, misc roadside logging. Tarup Creek, Ah Pah Creek (HUM: T12N R1E Sec.1, 12; T12N R2E Sec.5, 6, 7, 41, 42).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, red tree vole, southern torrent salamander, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 10/29/18. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 6 miles SE of Klamath, CA, and just east of Redwood National Park and Highway 101 at an elevation of 200 to 1,500 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir and western hemlock forests.  There are 10 landslide terrain sites in the THP area including; 3 unstable areas in unit A, 1 unstable area in unit D, 1 unstable area in unit E, 1 unstable area in unit F, 1 unstable area in unit G, 2 unstable areas in unit H, and a headwall swale in unit I.  The THP area flows into the Lower Klamath River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, temperature, nutrients and dissolved oxygen.  Marbled murrelet habitat is located inside Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park lands within .25 miles of the S Line Road. In 1994, a red tree vole was spotted inside unit F, coastal tailed frogs are known to occur immediately adjacent to units A and C, and southern torrent salamanders are known to occur immediately adjacent to units C and I.  There are 2 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

This THP is about 7 miles north of Klamath, CA and about 3 miles east of highway 101 and Redwood National Park at an elevation of 400 to 1,640 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir and western hemlock forests.  There are a few shallow rapid landslides in units B and D, and a road with a sunken grade.  The THP area flows into the Lower Klamath River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, temperature, nutrients and dissolved oxygen. Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to construct 175 feet of road within 150 feet of a class I (year round) watercourse (Hunter Creek).  Six road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  There is a marbled murrelet stand within .25 miles of the W10 and H200 Roads, and an historic osprey nest and active osprey nest within .25 miles of the W10 Road.  Coastal tailed frogs were reported 1,000 feet west of unit B, and southern torrent salamanders were reported 1 mile SE of unit E.  There are spotted owl nesting territories within .5 miles of units B, D and E.

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


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

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

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

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


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

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

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

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


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

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

Sunday, October 7, 2018

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


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

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