Sunday, February 19, 2017

Mendocino Redwood Company planning a pair of THPs between Fort Bragg and Willits, CA.


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THP 1-17-010 MEN (Kelly Gulch THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 671 acres; 50% transition, 32% variable retention, 12% group selection, 6% rehab, misc no-harvest logging.  Russell Brook (Mettick Creek (MD: T17N R15W Sec.26, 27, 28, 33, 34, 35, 36).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 30 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, 3 sensitive plant species, trees up to 34" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 03/01/17. VIEW

This THP is 14 miles SE of Fort Bragg, CA, 11 miles SW of Willits, CA and about 3 miles south of Highway 20 at an elevation of 280 to 1,400 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 Big River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature.  There are 3 landslide terrain sites including 2 earth flows and 1 debris slide, and 11 road related failure sites including; multiple cut bank and fill slope failures, multiple sites of vertical displacement of the road bed, debris slides, rock slides and earth flows.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging.  30 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  Oregon good thread was found in section 27, Maple leaved checkerbloom was found in section 27 and Long beard lichen was found in section 36.  There are 9 spotted owl nesting territories within .7 miles of the THP area.  This THP is just SW of Mendocino Redwood Company’s recently proposed Upper Ranch THP 1-17-014 MEN.

THP 1-17-014 MEN (Upper Ranch THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 621 acres; 52% transition, 26% variable retention, 22% group selection logging.  Russell Brook, East Branch North Fork Big River (MD: T17N R14W Sec.19, 20, 30; T17N R15W Sec.13, 23, 24, 25).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 64 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, trees up to 42" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 03/21/17. VIEW

This THP is 15 miles SE of Fort Bragg, CA, 7.68 miles SW of Willits, CA and about 2 miles south of Highway 20 at an elevation of 320 to 960 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 Big River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature.  There are 10 landslide terrain sites in the THP area including debris slides, steep inner gorges, earth flows and 14 road related failure sites including fill slope, cut bank, and road bank instability.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment on steep slopes over 65% grade in areas designated for cable logging and re-construct 200 feet of existing seasonal road inside a class II (mid sized) watercourse.  There are steep slopes over 50% grade with a high erosion hazard, and 4 landings that extend into class I (year round) watercourse areas.  64 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings and sink holes.  A marbled murrelet stand is located just south of the THP area, and there are 5 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.  This THP is just NE of Mendocino Redwood Company’s recently proposed Kelly Gulch THP 1-17-010 MEN.

Humboldt Redwood Company to helicopter log trees up to 70” dbh near Grizzly Creek State Park.


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THP 1-17-008 HUM (Blue Bull THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 578 acres; 67% group selection, 18% selection, 14% no-harvest, 1% special, misc roadside logging.  Root Creek, Stevens Creek (HUM: T1N R2E Sec.1, 2, 3, 4, 9, 11; T2N R2E Sec.34, 35).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, landslide terrain, 28 road drainage work sites, large tree helicopter logging, grizzly creek state park, herbicides, coho watershed, impaired 303.d watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, pacific fisher, trees up to 70" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 03/01/17. VIEW

This THP is about 6 miles SE of Carlotta, CA and just north of Highway 36 near Grizzly Creek State Park (units 1 & 10 are adjacent) at an elevation of 400 to 1,400 feet.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning a tractor, cable and helicopter logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir and grand fir forests.  Helicopter logging is planned adjacent to large tree marbled murrelet stands D619 and D575, and units 1, 2, and 6 have trees up to 48" dbh, and units 3, 4, 5, 7, 8 and 9 have trees up to 70" dbh.  The THP area flows into the Van Duzen River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment/siltation and temperature.  There are 40 landslide terrain sites in the THP area including; multiple debris slides, debris slide slopes, earth flows, rock falls, and disrupted ground.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable or helicopter logging, construct 2 segments of road L53.2251 across an unstable area in unit 2, and use an existing skid road inside a class III (mid sized) watercourse area.  28 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 Pacific fisher den site within .25 miles of the THP area, and 15 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Roseburg Resources Company to clearcut log east of McCloud, CA.


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THP 2-17-001 SIS (South Trumpet THP) Roseburg Resources Company, 367 acres; 100% clearcut logging.  Middle Bear Creek (MD: T39N R2E Sec.2, 3, 10, 11).  Winter operations, low erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, wet area, northern goshawk, bald eagle, long haired star tulip, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline:02/27/17. VIEW

This THP is about 21 miles east of McCloud, CA and about 3 miles NW of Pondosa, CA and Highway 89 at an elevation of 4,100 to 4,640 feet.  Roseburg Resources Company is planning a 100% clearcut tractor based logging operation in ponderosa pine, sugar pine, Douglas fir, white fir, incense cedar and lodge pole pine forests.  Construction of roads and landings are proposed during the winter period.  Historic northern goshawk sightings were reported in sections 09, 23 and 34, and a bald eagle was observed 1 mile south of the THP area. There is an active willow flycatcher population at Bear Creek bridge on Pondosa Way, and long haired star tulip was found in unit 1101.

Green Diamond Resource Company to log on steep and unstable slopes NE of Klamath, CA.


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THP 1-17-004 DEL (U 1000 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 219.5 acres; 53% commercial thin, 31% clearcut, 10% no-harvest, 6% selection, misc roadside logging.  Lower Turwar Creek, Upper Turwar Creek (HUM: T13N R2E Sec.4, 8, 9, 10, 16; T14N R2E Sec.28, 29, 33).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 75%, steep roads, landslide terrain, 6 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, bald eagle, osprey, fisher, great blue heron, sharp shinned hawk, southern torrent salamander, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 02/20/17. VIEW

This THP is about 4 miles NE of Klamath, CA and Highway 101 at an elevation of 560 to 2,200 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, western hemlock, western red cedar and Douglas fir 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 8 unstable areas including; 3 deep seated landslide terrain sites on the eastern edge of unit C, 1 shallow rapid landslide terrain site in unit C, 2 shallow rapid landslide terrain sites in unit D, and 2 landslide terrain sites on steep stream side slopes in the northern edge of unit C.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to construct 2 segments of temporary road on slopes over 50% grade that does not flatten before reaching a watercourse, construct a temporary steep road in unit C with a grade exceeding 20% for 300 feet, and construct a temporary steep road in unit D with a grade exceeding 20% for 200 feet.  Six road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/ replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  Several bald eagle nests are located along the Klamath River 1.5 miles SW of the THP area, and a pacific fisher was reported inside unit C in 1994.  There is marbled murrelet habitat on Green Diamond Resource Company lands and 2 osprey nests are located within .25 miles of the Arrow Mills Road.  A sharp shinned hawk was observed in 1997, 250 feet south of unit A, southern torrent salamanders are known to occur in unit C, and there is an historic great blue heron rockery 1.6 miles SW of the THP Area.  Seven northern spotted owl nesting territories are located within 1.3 miles of the THP area, including spotted owl nesting territories within .25 miles of units A and C, and within .5 miles of unit D.

Green Diamond Resource Company to Rehab log north of the Highway 299 Coast Range Summit.


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THP 1-17-003 HUM (Dolly Varden THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 171 acres; 78% rehab, 16% no-harvest, 5% clearcut, 1% selection, misc roadside logging.  Toss-up Creek, Roaring Gulch (HUM: T7N R2E Sec.13; T7N R3E Sec.7, 8, 18, 19).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, 8 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, trees over 60" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 02/20/17. VIEW

This THP is about 10 miles NE of Arcata, CA and about 3 miles north of the Highway 299 coast range summit at an elevation of 1,120 to 3,400 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly rehab (similar to clearcut logging - used to re-set a stand) tractor and cable logging operation in Douglas fir forests.  The THP area flows into Redwood Creek which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature.  Unit D has trees over 60" dbh, and there is a small shallow rapid landslide terrain site in unit B.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to construct and use roads and landings during the winter period.  Eight road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/ replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  There are 7 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area, including spotted owl nesting territories within .25 miles of unit B, and .5 miles of unit A.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log near the Highway 299 Coast Range Summit.


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THP 1-17-002 HUM (Miller Prairie THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 211 acres; 36% clearcut, 29% commercial thin, 15% selection, 15% no-harvest, 6% rehab logging.  Long Prairie Creek (HUM: T6N R2E Sec.1, 2, 11, 12; T6N R3E Sec.6; T7N R2E Sec.36).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 70%, steep roads, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 33 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, northern red legged frog, trees over 40" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 02/20/17. VIEW

This THP is about 8 miles NE of Arcata, CA near the Highway 299 coast range summit at an elevation of 550 to 1,740 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood and Douglas fir forests.  The THP area flows into the Mad River which was listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, turbidity and temperature.  There are multiple road failure sites including fill slope failures, cut bank failures, bank sloughing, gullying and erosional voids near crossings.  19 unstable areas are located in the THP area including; 3 shallow rapid landslide terrain sites along the northern boundary of unit A, 1 shallow rapid landslide terrain site along the NW boundary of unit A, 2 small roadside fill failures off the K&K 92 Road, 4 shallow rapid landslide terrain sites along the western boundary of unit A, 1 shallow rapid landslide terrain site along the central portion of unit B, 1 shallow rapid and 1 deep seated landslide terrain sites along the SE boundary of unit B, 1 shallow rapid landslide terrain site in the western portion of unit D, 1 deep seated landslide terrain site in the northern central portion of unit B, 1 shallow rapid landslide terrain site in the eastern portion of unit D, 1 deep seated landslide terrain site in the central portion of unit E, 1 deep seated landslide terrain site in the eastern portion of unit E, and a 1 deep seated landslide terrain site in the NW portion of unit E.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging in unit A, and use a short segment of seasonal road inside unit B within a class I (year round) watercourse area.  They also want to use ground based equipment in unstable areas on 3.3 acres of deep seated landslide terrain within unit D, and on unstable areas on the K&K 90 and K&K 92 Roads.  Over 600 feet of temporary road is proposed for construction on steep slopes over 65% grade, and 3 segments of road are proposed for construction with average grades exceeding 15%, including grades over 20% for 500 feet.  33 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/ replacement and restoration of washed out crossings and sink holes.  There are 12 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area including, spotted owl nesting territories within .25 miles of units B, E and F, and within .5 miles of units A, C and D.

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


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THP 1-17-001 DEL (Tube Road THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 276.8 acres; 49% clearcut, 23% commercial thin, 19% no-harvest, 6% selection, 2% roadside, 1% special logging.  McGarvey Creek (HUM: T13N R1E Sec.27, 28, 33, 34).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, steep roads, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 13 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, oversized units, redwood national park, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, osprey, tailed frog, trees up to 48" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 02/20/17. VIEW

This THP is about 2.5 miles south of Klamath, CA near Highway 101 and the eastern boundary of Redwood National Park at an elevation of 320 to 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, Sitka spruce and Douglas fir forests.  The THP area flows into the Klamath River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, temperature, dissolved oxygen and nutrients.  A Special Treatment Area (STA) will be located inside unit D within 200 feet of Redwood National Park to hide the effects of clearcutting. There are 17 unstable areas in the THP area including; 1 shallow rapid landslide terrain site in the SW portion of unit B, 1 shallow rapid landslide terrain site in the eastern portion of unit C, 8 shallow rapid landslide terrain sites in the NW portion of unit D, 1 deep seated landslide terrain site in the northern portion of unit E, 2 shallow rapid landslide terrain sites near haul roads in unit F, 1 shallow rapid landslide terrain site on the fill slope of a haul road near Highway 101, and 3 shallow rapid landslides on a road cut adjacent to Highway 101.  Multiple road failure sites exist in the THP area including fill slope failures, cut bank failures, bank sloughing, gullying and erosional voids near crossings.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to use a segment of existing temporary road between two class II (mid sized) watercourses for loading and decking operations inside unit D, and construct a steep seasonal road over 20% grade, and construct a temporary road in unit D which may exceed 15% grade for over 200 feet.  They also want to construct a seasonal road within 150 feet of a class I (year round) watercourse, and construct another temporary road inside a class II (mid sized) watercourse in unit D.  13 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/ replacement and restoration of washed out crossings and sink holes.  Two historic osprey nests are adjacent to Highway 101, and within .25 miles of two permanent haul roads, and tailed frogs are known to occur in or immediately adjacent to unit H.  Marbled murrelet habitat is located on Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park lands within .25 miles of several seasonal and permanent haul roads, and on Green Diamond Resource Company lands within .25 miles of the MG-170 Road.  A spotted owl nesting territory is located within .5 miles of units C and F.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

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


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THP 1-16-143-DEL (Wilson Ridge THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 91 acres; 84% clearcut, 9% selection, 7% no-harvest, 1% roadside logging. North of Teds Ridge (HUM: T14N R1E Sec.3, 4, 9, 10; T15N R1E Sec.33).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, landslide terrain, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, wet area, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, osprey, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 02/17/17. VIEW

This THP is about 6 miles north of Klamath, CA and about 9 miles SE of Crescent City, CA at an elevation of 1,000 to 1,600 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir and western hemlock forests.  There are 3 unstable areas in the THP including a shallow rapid landslide terrain site in unit B, and 2 shallow rapid landslide terrain sites in unit C.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to use temporary roads and landings during the winter period.  An historic osprey nest is located within .25 miles of the W10 Road, and marbled murrelet habitat is located within .25 miles of the W10 Road and H200 Road.  There is a wet area in unit A.  Five spotted owl nesting territories are located within 1.3 miles of the THP area, including spotted owl nesting territories within .5 miles of units A and C.

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


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THP 1-16-142 HUM (The Final Bow THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 211.5 acres; 51% clearcut, 35% commercial thin, 12% selection, 2% no-harvest, misc roadside logging.  Pitcher Creek (HUM: T9N R1E Sec.16, 17, 21, 25, 26; T9N R1W Sec.25).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 55%, landslide terrain, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, bald eagle, osprey, great blue heron, sharp shinned hawk, trees up to 32" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 02/17/17. VIEW

This THP is about 5 miles north of Trinidad, CA and a few miles NE of Patrick's Point State Park near Big Lagoon and Highway 101 at an elevation of 600 to 2,000 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in redwood, Douglas fir, Sitka spruce, western hemlock and pine forests.  There is marbled murrelet habitat within .25 miles of the LP Mill Road, within 1.02 miles of unit D, within .25 miles of the BL 2000 Road, and adjacent to Highway 101 on state park property.  An osprey nest is located within .25 miles of the LP Mill Road, and within .29 miles of Highway 101.  A second osprey nest is located within .25 miles of the BL 1000 Road, and a third osprey nest is located within .25 miles of the BL 2000 Road.  A bald eagle nest is located 1.2 miles NW of the THP area, a sharp shinned hawk was reported in 2007 approximately 1.3 miles east of unit E, and a great blue heron rockery exists .22 miles east of the BL 2000 Road.  There are 2 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Green Diamond Resource Company to log on steep and unstable slopes south of Klamath, CA.


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THP 1-16-141 DEL (Drury Gate THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 306.5 acres; 51% commercial thin, 26% clearcut, 16% no-harvest, 5% selection, 2% roadside logging.  McGarvey Creek (HUM: T12N R1E Sec.2, 3; T13N R1E Sec.25, 26, 35, 36, 38).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, 6 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, wet areas, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, bald eagle, southern torrent salamander, tailed frog, great blue heron, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 02/15/17. VIEW

This THP is about 3 miles south of Klamath, CA near the eastern boundary of Redwood National Park and Highway 101 at an elevation of 80 to 960 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Douglas fir, redwood, western hemlock, Sitka spruce and western red cedar 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 5 unstable areas within the THP; including a shallow rapid landslide terrain site in unit C, and 4 shallow rapid landslide terrain sites in unit F.  Six road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, and culvert repair/replacement and restoration.  A bald eagle territory is located 1.5 miles NE of unit A, marbled murrelet habitat is located on Redwood National Park lands within .19 miles of unit E, within .25 miles of the SA-10 Road, and adjacent to Highway 101 near THP units.  There is a historic great blue heron rockery 1.3 miles NE of the THP area, and southern torrent salamanders and tailed frogs are known to occur in and immediately adjacent to unit F.  Two spotted owl nesting territories are located within 1.3 miles of the THP area and within .5 miles of unit F.

Green Diamond Resource Company to log on steep and unstable slopes south of Eureka, CA.


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THP 1-16-140 HUM (R-13 Thin THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 304 acres; 75% commercial thin, 14% no-harvest, 6% clearcut, 3% selection, 1% roadside logging.  Lower N. Fork Elk River, Ryan Slough (HUM: T4N R1E Sec.19; HUM: T4N R1W Sec.13, 14, 23, 24, 25).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 70%, landslide terrain, 18 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, osprey, peregrine falcon, trees up to 46" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 2/13/17. VIEW

This THP is about 4 miles south of Eureka, CA and Highway 101 near the community of Ridgewood at an elevation of 100 to 500 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Sitka spruce and Douglas fir forests.  The THP Area Flows into Freshwater Creek which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment.  There are shallow rapid landslides adjacent to units A, C, D and E, and 3 deep seated landslide terrain sites in units A and C.  18 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  An historic osprey nest is located 60 feet outside of unit A, 430 feet outside of unit B and within .25 miles of THP roads.  A second osprey nest is located within .25 miles of units B and C, and 3 additional osprey nests are located within .25 miles of the R Line Road.  An historic peregrine falcon nest site is also located within .25 miles of the R Line Road.  There are over a dozen spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area, including spotted owl nesting territories within .25 miles of units B, C and E, and within .5 miles of units A and D.

Green Diamond Resource Company to log on steep and unstable slopes east of Orick, CA.


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THP 1-16-139 HUM (TT 100 Bridge THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 358.75 acres; 48% commercial thin, 29% clearcut, 16% no-harvest, 8% selection, misc roadside logging.  Upper Tectah Creek (HUM: T10N R2E Sec.8, 9, 16, 17).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 80%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 23 road drainage work sites, herbicides, oversized units, impaired 303.d watershed, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, Del Norte salamander, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 02/11/17. VIEW

This THP is about 14 miles NE of Trinidad, CA and 17 miles SE of Klamath, CA near Orick, CA and Redwood National Park at an elevation of 980 to 2,260 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood and Douglas fir forests.  The THP area flows into the Klamath River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, temperature, dissolved oxygen and nutrients.  There are 25 unstable areas within the THP including; 5 shallow rapid landslide terrain sites and 2 deep seated landslide terrain sites in unit A, 5 shallow rapid landslide terrain sites and 1 deep seated landslide terrain site in unit B, 2 shallow rapid landslide terrain sites and a cut slope failure in unit C, 5 shallow rapid landslide terrain sites and 1 deep seated landslide terrain site in unit F, and 4 shallow rapid landslide terrain sites in unit H.  Multiple road failure sites exist including bank sloughing, erosional voids, gullying, fill failures and cut bank failures.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to construct and use temporary roads and landings during the winter period, and construct and/or re-construct steep segments of roads on slopes over 65% grade.  23 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  There is marbled murrelet habitat on Redwood National Park lands within .25 miles of the mainline TT-100 Road, and Del Norte salamander habitat in unit B.  Three spotted owl nesting territories are located within 1.3 miles of the THP area, including spotted owl nesting territories within .5 miles of units E and H.

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut trees up to 7 feet in diameter east of Eureka, CA.


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THP 1-16-138 HUM (Boulder Creek North THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 316 acres; 71% clearcut, 11% selection, 10% no-harvest, 8% roadside logging.  Boulder Creek (HUM: T4N R3E Sec.1, 2, 3, 10, 11, 12).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 80%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 35 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, oversized units, coho watershed, spotted owl, golden eagle, red tree vole, Cooper's hawk, sharp shinned hawk, trees up to 84" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 02/09/17. VIEW

This THP is about 17 miles east of Eureka, CA and Highway 101 at an elevation of 1,860 to 3,560 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Douglas fir forests.  Trees up to 84" dbh were reported in unit H, trees up to 72" were reported in units J and M, trees up to 60" dbh were reported in units A, B, C, E and L, and trees up to 52" dbh were reported in unit I.  The THP area flows into the Mad River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, turbidity and temperature.  There are 32 unstable landforms in the THP area including 15 shallow rapid landslide terrain sites, 17 deep seated landslide terrain sites, and multiple road failure sites with bank sloughing, fill failures and cut bank failures.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to use an existing road inside a class II (mid sized) watercourse area in unit I for loading, decking and yarding purposes, and use the SC 2200 Road inside a class II (mid sized) watercourse area adjacent to unit A for loading, decking and yarding purposes.  They also are planning to use roads and landings during the winter period, and use ground based equipment to construct and/or re-construct a road across an unstable area in unit K for yarding and decking operations.  35 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  In 1996, a Cooper's hawk was reported 2.3 miles SE of the THP area, in 2000, a sharp shinned hawk was reported 1.4 miles SE of the THP area, and a golden eagle was recently spotted 1 mile SW of the THP area.  Red tree voles were detected in units F and L in 2003, and in units D and E in 2004.  There are 8 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area, including spotted owl nesting territories within .25 miles of units A, B, C, D, E, F H, I and M, and within .5 miles of units G, J, K and L.

Friday, January 20, 2017

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


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THP 1-16-137 HUM (BL 2011/2682 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 211 acres; 57% clearcut, 32% selection, 11% no-harvest, misc roadside logging.  Maple Creek (HUM: T8N R1E Sec.1, 4; T8N R2E Sec.6, 7, 8, 18).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, landslide terrain, 5 road drainage work sites, herbicides, oversized units, wet area, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, osprey, great blue heron, sharp shinned hawk, tailed frog, southern torrent salamander, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 02/03/17. VIEW

This THP is about 7 miles NE of Trinidad, CA and Highway 101 and within a mile of the SW boundary of Redwood National Park at an elevation of 560 to 1,960 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut feller buncher, shovel and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir, grand fir, bishop pine, Sitka spruce and western hemlock forests.  There are 12 landslide terrain sites in the THP area including; 1 unstable area along the eastern portion of unit A, 2 unstable areas along the eastern boundary of unit B, 2 unstable areas along the southern portion of unit C, 3 unstable areas in unit D, 3 unstable areas along the western portion of unit F, and an unstable area along the SW corner of unit G.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to use temporary roads and landings during the winter period, and construct a new temporary road inside a class II (mid sized) watercourse area in unit D.  Five road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  The "Clear Creek" marbled murrelet stand is located within .25 miles of units D and F, and the mainline BL 2000 Road, and also on Humboldt Redwoods State Park lands within .25 miles of the mainline LP Mill Road.  There is an osprey nest tree within .25 miles of the LP Mill Road, within .25 miles of the BL 2660 Road, and 2 osprey nest trees within .25 miles of the BL 2000 Road.  A sharp shinned hawk was observed in 2000, 1.7 miles west of the THP area, coastal tailed frogs are known to occur in unit B, and southern torrent salamanders are known to occur immediately within and adjacent to units B and D.  A newly colonized great blue heron rockery is located .22 miles east of the BL 2000 Road.  There are 5 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area, including spotted owl nesting territories within .25 miles of units A and B, and within .5 miles of unit C.

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


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THP 1-16-135 HUM (The Ridge THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 217 acres; 83% clearcut, 7% roadside, 6% no-harvest, 4% selection logging.  Upper Roach Creek, Lower Tully Creek, Upper Tully Creek (HUM: T9N R3E Sec.4, 7, 8, 9, 17, 18; T10N R3E Sec.33).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 80%, landslide terrain, 11 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, oversized units, coho watershed, spotted owl, golden eagle, trees up to 60" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 02/03/17. VIEW

This THP is about 15 miles NE of Trinidad, CA and about 4 miles east of Redwood National Park at an elevation of 1,800 to 2,800 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Douglas fir forests.  The THP Area Flows into the Lower Klamath River watershed which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, temperature, nutrients and dissolved oxygen.  There is a deep seated landslide terrain site located in the NE corner of unit D, 5 shallow rapid landslide terrain sites related to road fill failures adjacent to the northern boundary of unit D, and a shallow rapid landslide terrain site that originated along the outboard fill of a legacy skid road in unit F.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to use temporary roads and landings during the winter period, and use ground based equipment on 2 existing skid roads in areas designated for cable logging in unit C.  Eleven road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  Golden eagles have been spotted within .5 miles of the THP area.  There are seven spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area, including spotted owl nesting territories within .5 miles of units A and C.

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log trees up to 50” dbh east of Redwood National Park.


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THP 1-16-134 HUM (In Between THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 267 acres; 58% clearcut, 20% selection, 16% commercial thin, 5% no-harvest, 1% roadside logging.  Ah Pah Creek (HUM: T12N R2E Sec.20, 28, 29, 32, 33).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 5 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, coho watershed, spotted owl, bald eagle, marbled murrelet, tailed frog, great blue heron, ruffed grouse, trees up to 50" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 02/03/17. VIEW

This THP is about 7 miles SE of Klamath, CA, and just east of highway 101 and Redwood National Park at an elevation of 600 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 and Douglas fir forests.  The THP Area Flows into the Lower Klamath River watershed which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, temperature, nutrients and dissolved oxygen.  There are multiple landslide terrain sites including; a shallow rapid landslide terrain site located on a haul road fill slope along the southern boundary of unit B, a small cut slope failure located upslope of a larger fill slope failure that has deposited debris on a road surface, and deep seated landslide terrain sites, including a headwall swale along the northern portion of unit F.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to re-construct 100 feet of seasonal road inside a class II (mid sized) watercourse, and re-construct 130 feet of temporary road inside a class III (intermittent) watercourse area. Five road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  Marbled murrelet habitat is located in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park lands within .25 miles of the CL North Road.  Bald eagles were reported along the Klamath River .9 miles east of the THP area, an historic great blue heron rockery is located .6 miles NE of the THP area, tailed frogs are known to occur immediately adjacent to unit G, and a ruffed grouse was spotted in 1991 close to unit H.  There are 5 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area, including nesting territories within .25 miles of units A, B, C, E and H, and within .5 miles of units D, F and I.

Mendocino Redwood Company to log on steep and unstable slopes NE of Westport, CA.


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THP 1-16-133 MEN (Rock Howard THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 429 acres; 45% selection, 38% group selection, 10% variable retention, 7% transition logging.  Howard Creek (MD: T21N R17W Sec.2, 3, 9, 10, 15, 16).  Wet weather operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, steep roads, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 42 road drainage work sites, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, tailed frog, southern torrent salamander, Humboldt milk vetch, redwood lily, trees up to 42" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 02/03/17. VIEW

This THP is a few miles east of Highway 1, and about 3 miles NE of Westport, CA along the Mendocino coastline.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir and western hemlock forests at an elevation of 260 to 2,100 feet.  There are 49 landslide terrain and road failure sites including; shallow and dormant earth flows, debris slides, debris slopes, rockslides, disrupted ground, cut bank failures, fill slope failures, steep scarps and bank sloughing.  Many of the landslide terrain features and road failure sites are related to watercourse areas and legacy roads that we will be cable logged instead of tractor logged.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment on unstable slopes, and use ground based equipment on steep slopes over 65% grade in unit 4.  They also are planning to construct and use steep segments of roads over 15% grade for distances greater than 500 feet.  42 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  Tailed frogs and southern torrent salamanders were reported in the Rock Creek and Howard watersheds.  Over 200 Humboldt milk vetch plants and 75 redwood lily plants were found along roads in sections 2, 3 and 10.  There are 4 spotted owl nesting territories within .7 miles of the THP area.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Mendocino Redwood Company to log on steep and unstable slopes SE of Fort Bragg, CA.


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THP 1-16-130 MEN (Dunlap THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 478 acres; 53% group selection, 47% transition logging.  Lower North Fork Big River (MD: T17N R15W Sec.17, 18, 19, 20).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 26 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, 3 sensitive plant species, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/27/17. VIEW

This THP is about 12 miles SE of Fort Bragg, CA and about 12.5 miles SW of Willits, CA at an elevation of 200 to 1,000 feet.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning a tractor based logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood and Douglas fir forests. The THP Area Flows into the Big River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature.  There are 13 landslide terrain sites in the THP area; including 11 sites which were excluded from operations, and 2 sites within THP units (dormant debris slope/fill slope failure and debris slide gully).  Mendocino Redwood Company wants to use ground based equipment on steep slopes over 65% grade, and construct 100 feet of an existing road that crosses an unstable area.  Two short segments of tractor roads are proposed for use that enter a class II (mid sized) watercourse area, 1 short segment of tractor road is proposed for use that enters a class III (intermittent) watercourse area, and 2 landings are proposed for use inside a class I (year round) watercourse area.  26 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, and culvert repair/replacement.  California pine foot, glory bush and Oregon goldthread were reported in section 17.  There are 5 spotted owl nesting territories within .7 miles of the THP area.

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


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THP 1-16-129 HUM (CL North THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 88.5 acres; 59% clearcut, 34% selection, 6% no-harvest logging.  Ah Pah Creek (HUM: T12N R2E Sec.30, 31).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 85%, landslide terrain, 6 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, Redwood National Park, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/25/17. VIEW

This THP is about 9 miles SE of Klamath, CA and just east of Highway 101 and Redwood National Park (units A and D are adjacent) at an elevation of 880 to 1,650 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in redwood and Douglas fir forests.  The THP area flows into the Klamath River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, temperature, dissolved oxygen and nutrients.  A Special Treatment Area (STA) has been designated to hide the effects of clearcutting along the boundary of Redwood National Park with units A and D.  6 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  There are bald eagle and osprey nesting territories 2.5 miles east of the THP area along the Klamath River, and an historic great blue heron rockery 2.2 miles east of the THP area. Marbled murrelet habitat is located within .25 miles of unit A in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, and the CL North Road.  Two spotted owl nesting territories are located within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Roseburg Resources Company to clearcut log SW of Burney, CA and Highway 299.


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THP 2-16-091 SHA (Covey THP) Roseburg Resources Company, 464 acres; 77% clearcut, 15% seed tree, 7% selection, 2% roadside logging.  Silver Lake (MD: T33N R1E Sec.9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22).  Winter operations, moderate erosions hazard, steep slopes over 65%, landslide terrain, 7 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, chinook watershed, bald eagle, northern goshawk, cascade frog, 3 sensitive plant species, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/29/17. VIEW

This THP is about 10 miles SW of Burney, CA and about 8 miles south of the town of Montgomery Creek and Highway 299 at an elevation of 3,300 to 5,000 feet.  Roseburg Resources Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in ponderosa pine, sugar pine, Douglas fir, white fir and incense cedar forests.  There are 4 mapped unstable areas in units 1603, 1606, 1605W, and 1001, including 2 pre historic dormant landslide terrain sites in the northern portion of unit 1603W.  Roseburg Resources Company is planning to use and construct roads/landings during the winter period, and use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging. Seven road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement.  Northern goshawk has been reported 1.5 miles north of the THP area, and bald eagles have been sighted .25 miles east of the THP area at nearby Arthur Lake.  Cascade frogs were reported at Arthur Lake .25 miles east of the THP Area, and at Silver Lake .5 miles NE of the THP area. Rattlesnake fern was found in section 20, northern clarkia was found in section 22 adjacent to unit 1503 along the D Line Road, Butte county fritillary was found in the SE corner of section 13, on the west side of section 16 near unit 1601, and in the SE portion of section 17.

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log near Feather Falls east of Lake Oroville.


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THP 2-16-090 BUT (Sucker THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 626 acres; 69% clearcut, 14% commercial thin, 11% fuelbreak, 5% selection, 1% roadside logging.  Ponderosa Reservoir, Lower Sucker Run (MD: T20N R6E Sec.13, 24; T20N R7E Sec.4, 7, 8, 9, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 29, 30).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, unstable area, 55 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, 6 sensitive plant species, CA spotted owl, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/23/17. VIEW

This THP is just south and east of the town of Feather Falls, CA and about 5 miles east of Lake Oroville at an elevation of 2,680 to 3,960 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 is an unstable area in section 19 on either side of a class III (intermittent) watercourse in unit 4.  SPI is planning to use and construction roads/landings during the winter period, and construct 1.5 miles of fuel break along the E Line Road.  55 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  Humboldt lily was found in sections 24 and 29, Sanborn's onion was found in section 29, Sierra foothills brodiaea was found in sections 20 and 29, Mosquin's clarkia was found in section 29, sulphur flower buckwheat was found in sections 29 and 32, and Butte county fritillary was found in section 32.  There are 5 CA spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area, including spotted owl nesting territories in sections 6, 15, 17, and 19.

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


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THP 1-16-127 HUM (Wiregrass East THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 213.9 acres; 69% rehab, 26% selection, 5% no-harvest, misc roadside logging.  Toss-up Creek (HUM: T7N R2E Sec.24; T7N R3E Sec.19, 29, 30, 32).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, steep roads, landslide terrain, 9 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, southern torrent salamander, trees up to 30" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/25/17. VIEW

This THP is a few miles north of the Highway 299 coast range summit between Arcata, CA and Willow Creek, CA at an elevation of 640 to 3,400 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut (rehab) feller buncher, shovel and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Douglas fir and western hemlock forests.  The THP Area Flows into Redwood Creek which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature.  There is a small landslide area in unit A that originates from a fill slope off a road into a class II (mid sized) watercourse area.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to use temporary roads and landings during the the winter period.  Nine road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  Southern torrent salamanders were reported in unit D.  There are seven spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area, including nesting territories within .5 miles of units F and G.  This THP is just north of Green Diamond Resource Company’s recently proposed Long Prairie THP 1-16-128 HUM.

THP 1-16-128 HUM (Long Prairie THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 157.4 acres; 49% clearcut, 28% selection, 18% rehab, 4% no-harvest, 1% roadside logging.  Long Prairie Creek (HUM: T6N R3E Sec.5, 6, 7, 8).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, steep roads, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 20 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, coho watershed, spotted owl, pacific fisher, southern torrent salamander, red tree vole, trees up to 40" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/25/17. VIEW

This THP is about a mile south of the Highway 299 coast range summit between Arcata, CA and Willow Creek, CA at an elevation of 1,200 to 2,200 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut feller buncher, shovel and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Douglas fir and grand fir forests.  The THP areas flows into the Mad River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, turbidity and temperature.  Seven landslide terrain sites were found along the road system and within units B and C, including several unstable areas along the K&K Road, a fill failure from a poorly designed skid trail crossing, and several road related cut slope failures.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to use heavy equipment in unstable areas to re-align a portion of the K&K 95.49 Road around an unstable area, re-construct a failed class II (mid sized) watercourse crossing and fill failure along the NW portion of Road 13, and re-open portions of the K&K 95.49L Road that were blocked by cut bank failures.  Two roads are proposed that have average grades above 15% with pitches of 20% or greater for over 500 feet in units C and E.  20 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and restoration of washed out crossings.  A pacific fisher was reported within unit C, red tree voles have been observed in units C and D, and southern torrent salamanders are known to occur immediately adjacent to unit D.  There are 8 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area, including spotted owl nesting territories within .25 miles of units A, B, C, D, and within .5 miles of unit E.  This THP is just south of Green Diamond Resource Company’s recently proposed Wiregrass East THP 1-16-127 HUM.

Humboldt Redwood Company to log inside marbled murrelet stands 268C, 246C, 274C and 302C with trees up to 60” dbh near Weott.


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THP 1-16-126 HUM (Great Scott THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 207.5 acres; 45% group selection, 29% variable retention, 19% no-harvest, 7% selection, misc roadside logging.  Lower Larabee Creek (HUM: T1S R3E Sec.4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 16, 17).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, landslide terrain, 16 road drainage work sites, logging inside large tree marbled murrelet stands, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, peregrine falcon, golden eagle, trees up to 60" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/23/17. VIEW

This THP is about 4 miles NE of Weott, CA and Highway 101 at an elevation of 190 to 2,880 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.  There are multiple dormant and active landslide terrain sites including debris slides, inner gorge and cut slope failures.  Larabee Creek flows into the Eel River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment/siltation and temperature. Humboldt Redwood Company is planning to use use ground based equipment on existing skid trails in areas designated for cable logging. 16 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  There are trees up to 60" dbh in units 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 and logging is proposed inside large tree marbled murrelet stands 268C, 246C, 274C and 302C.  A peregrine falcon nesting territory is located within .5 miles of Shively Road near Holmes Bluff, and an historic golden eagle nest tree is located near Larabee Creek.  Willow flycatcher habitat is located along Larabee Creek in sections 1 and 6 and within unit 1.  There are 9 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area, including a nest tree in unit 2.

Friday, December 30, 2016

Sierra Pacific Industries to log near Salt Springs Reservoir by the Upper Mokelumne River.


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THP 4-16-008 CAL (No Moore THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 262 acres; 49% sanitation salvage, 17% shelterwood, 17% no-harvest, 13% clearcut, 4% selection logging.  Moore Creek (MD: T7N R16E Sec.16).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, 13 road drainage work sites, herbicides, wet area, impaired 303.d watershed, goshawk, Sierra Nevada yellow legged frog, 4 sensitive plant species, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/31/17. VIEW

This THP is about 8 miles west of Bear Valley Ski Area and about 13 miles NE of Arnold, CA and Highway 4 at an elevation of 5,400 to 6,400 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a tractor based sanitation salvage, shelterwood (overstory removal) and clearcut logging operation in white fir, incense cedar, red fir, sugar pine and Jeffrey pine forests.  The THP area is close to Salt Springs Reservoir, a popular swimming and hydroelectric reservoir on the Upper Mokelumne River.  SPI is planning to use an existing landing within a watercourse area, and construct and/or expand landings during the winter period.  13 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  A historic goshawk territory and sightings were recorded within .25 miles of the THP area in sections 15 and 22, and an historic (1995) Sierra Nevada yellow legged frog was reported 1.5 miles from the THP area.  Three species of moonworts (upswept moonwort, scalloped moonwort, Mingan moonwort) were found within class II (mid sized) watercourses and also within unit 4769, Stebbens desert parsley was found on a lava cap surrounding unit 4763, Coleman's piperia was found in units 4749, 4755, 4761, and near unit 4759, and obtuse starwort was found in unit 4769.  There are 5 CA spotted owl territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area, within sections 8, 11, 15, 17 and 22.

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log near Stumpy Meadows Lake Recreation Area NE of Placerville.


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THP 4-16-007 ELD (Airperson THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 1,559 acres; 49% clearcut, 26% fuelbreak, 18% commercial thin, 6% selection, 1% roadside logging.  Lower Pilot Creek, Upper Pilot Creek, Missouri Canyon, Whaler Creek, Brass Creek, Zero Spring, Little Grizzly Canyon, Gaddis Creek (MD: T13N R11E Sec 25, T12N R11E Sec 1, T13N R12E Sec 31, 32, 33, 34, T12N R12E Sec 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 80%, 21 road drainage work sites, rubicon roadless area, herbicides, oversized units, impaired 303.d watershed, goshawk, osprey, bald eagle, Cooper's hawk, foothill yelled legged frog, 4 sensitive plant species, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/25/17. VIEW

This THP is about 12 miles NE of Placerville, CA and about 10 miles north of Pollock Pines and Highway 50 near the townsite of Quintette at an elevation of 3,200 to 4,800 feet.  It is also adjacent to Stumpy Meadows Lake, a popular picnicking, swimming, fishing, boating, and camping destination with 3 campgrounds, a boat launch and nearby waterfall hiking and OHV trails.  Section 2 is adjacent to the Rubicon Roadless Area.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in ponderosa pine, sugar pine, incense cedar, Douglas fir and white fir forests.  Ground based equipment is proposed for use in areas designated for cable logging in units 330M, 332M, 102M, 256M, 310M, 251M, 254M, 400H, 401H and 331M.  Existing landings and roads are also proposed for use within the watercourse zone of Pilot Creek in unit 100M, and also for skidding operations within the watercourse zone of Pilot Creek in unit 331M.  SPI wants an exception to the Forest Practice Rules to be able to tractor pile slash on slopes between 40% and 50% grade, and use tractors on slopes over 30% grade that do not flatten before reaching a watercourse.  21 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement. Three goshawk nests were reported including a goshawk nest in section 4 within the THP area, and two goshawk nests were reported .8 miles from the THP area in sections 2 and 35.  Four osprey nests were reported including an osprey nest within 125 feet of the THP area in section 4, two osprey nests were reported within .2 miles of the THP area in section 11, and an osprey nest was reported 1.6 miles from the THP area.  Two Cooper's hawks were also reported including a nest in section 10 within the THP area, and a nest in section 24, one mile from the THP area.  Three bald eagle nests were reported within .7 miles of the THP area in section 13, and a foothill yellow legged frog was reported 1.2 miles from the THP area in section 18.  There are 14 CA spotted owl nesting territories within the THP area (within 230 feet to 1.6 miles of THP units).    Stebbin's phacelia was found in section 10, Red Hills soap plant was found in section 25, arching sedge was found in sections 4, 10, 25, 31 and 32 and Sierra bayberry was found in section 10 along the banks of Pilot Creek.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log trees up to 84” dbh just south of Redwood National Park.


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THP 1-16-125 HUM (East Coyote THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 182 acres; 44% clearcut, 39% commercial thin, 11% no-harvest, 3% special, 2% selection, 1% roadside logging.  Coyote Creek (HUM: T8N R2E Sec.1; T8N R3E Sec.6; T9N R2E Sec.36; T9N R3E Sec.31).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 80%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 23 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, redwood national park, Lyons ranch trailhead, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, southern torrent salamander, running pine, trees up to 84" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/13/17. VIEW

This THP is about 12 miles NE of Trinidad, CA and Highway 101 and just south of Redwood National Park (unit E is adjacent).  Units B, C, D and E are directly across Coyote Creek and visible from the Lyons Ranch Trail parking lot on Redwood National Park lands.  The THP area flows into Redwood Creek which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Douglas fir, redwood and western hemlock forests at an elevation of 1,240 to 2,400 feet.  There are multiple road failure sites including fill failures, cut bank failures, road bed slumping and 10 unstable areas including 5 shallow rapid landslides, 4 dormant landslides and 1 large erosional feature in unit A.  Units A and B have trees up to 60" dbh, and unit E has trees up to 84" dbh.  A special treatment area will be created to hide the effects of clearcutting between unit E and the boundary of Redwood National Park.  23 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  There is marbled murrelet habitat on Redwood National Park lands over 1 mile west and NW of the THP area, and southern torrent salamanders are known to occur in or around class II (mid sized) watercourses in unit E.  Spotted owl nesting territories are located within .25 miles of units C and E, and within .5 mile of unit D.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log east of Trinity Center and Trinity Lake.


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THP 2-16-088 TRI (Nelly THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 178 acres; 91% clearcut, 7% selection, 2% roadside logging.  Nelson Creek, Cedar Creek, Hay Gulch (MD: T35N R7W Sec.3; T36N R6W Sec.7, 19; T36N R7W Sec.1).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, unstable area, 22 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, oversized units, spotted owl, northern goshawk, bald eagle, trees up to 36" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/09/17. VIEW

This THP is about 4 miles east of Trinity Center, CA and Highway 3, and a few miles east of Trinity Lake at an elevation 2,400 to 4,000 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a tractor and cable clearcut logging operation in white fir, Douglas fir, ponderosa pine, sugar pine and incense cedar forests.  There are unstable areas outside of THP units in sections 19 and 31.  SPI is planning to use heavy equipment within unit 19G on slopes exceeding 50% grade that does not flatten before reaching a watercourse.  An historic bald eagle nest tree exists adjacent to Hay Gulch watershed near Trinity lake, and an historic goshawk nesting territory exists in section 26.  There are 5 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log east of Westwood, CA near the Coppervale Ski Area.


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THP 2-16-087 LAS (Officeview THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 1,391 acres; 46% shelterwood, 25% clearcut, 21% commercial thin, 6% fuelbreak, 1% roadside, 1% no-harvest, misc selection logging.  Coppervale Station, Upper Goodrich Creek (MD: T28N R10E Sec.5, 6; T29N R9E Sec.22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 36; T29N R10E Sec.19, 20, 29, 30, 31, 32).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, 135 road drainage work sites, coppervale ski area, highway 36, wet meadow, CA spotted owl, northern goshawk, greater sandhill crane, bald eagle, golden eagle, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/08/17. VIEW

This THP is about 4 miles east of Westwood, CA and is adjacent to Highway 36 and the Coppervale Ski Area.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a tractor based shelterwood (overstory removal) and clearcut logging operation in ponderosa pine, sugar pine, Jeffrey pine, white fir, red fir and incense cedar forests at an elevation for 5,000 to 6,600 feet.  Temporary roads under 500 feet length are planned for construction without pre-designation to connect roads and landings, and new roads and landings are proposed for construction during the winter period.  135 road drainage sites are planned for construction including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  There is a goshawk nest tree in section 31 that is .15 miles from the closest THP unit and was last active in 2005, and greater sandhill cranes have been spotted along Goodrich Creek and inside MacKenzie meadows.  An active bald eagle nest tree is located in section 26 that will have a 150 foot no-cut buffer, and an active golden eagle nest tree is located in section 36 outside of the THP area, but within .3 mi of THP units.  There are 3 CA spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.