Thursday, January 16, 2020

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log near Klamath, CA and Klamath Glen, CA.


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THP 1-19-221 DEL (Hoppaw THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 70.5 acres; 87% clearcut, 7% selection, 6% no-harvest logging. Hoppaw Creek, Lower Turwar Creek (HUM: T13N R1E Sec 12; T13N R2E Sec 7; T14N R2E Sec 31).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, 4 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, osprey, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/28/20. SUBMIT COMMENTS, VIEW THP

This THP is about a mile NE of Klamath, CA and just north of the town of Klamath Glen at an elevation of 480 to 1,600 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir and western hemlock forests. The THP area flows into the Lower Klamath River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, temperature, dissolved oxygen and nutrients.  There is a shallow rapid landslide terrain site in unit B. Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to use roads and landings during the winter period.  Four road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement. Eight osprey nest sites are located within the THP area including; 7 osprey nest sites within .25 miles of the T10 and KM10 Roads, an osprey nest within .25 miles of unit D, and 2 marbled murrelet stands are located within .25 miles of the T10 haul road.  There are spotted owl nesting territories within .5 miles of units A and C.

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


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THP 1-19-220 DEL (Wilson 300 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 160.5 acres; 67% clearcut, 22% selection, 11% no-harvest logging. High Prairie Creek, North of Teds Ridge (HUM: T14N R01E Sec 3, 4, 9, 10, 16, 17).  Wet weather operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, steep roads, landslide terrain, 13 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, osprey, sharp shinned hawk, foothill yellow legged frog, Indian pipe, trees over 30” dbh. Estimated public comment deadline: 01/28/20. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 6 miles north of Klamath, CA and about a mile east of Highway 101 and Redwood National Park at an elevation of 240 to 1,440 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir and western hemlock forests.  The THP area flows into the 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, C and D.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to use temporary roads and landings during the winter period, use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging inside unit C, and use a steep section of road in unit A exceeding 20% grade.  13 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  There are 3 osprey nests within the THP area including; an osprey nest within 235 feet of the W10 Road, an osprey nest within 400 feet of the W100 Road, and an osprey nest within .25 miles of the W100 Road and unit E. Marbled murrelet stands are located within 300 feet of unit A, .25 miles of unit B, and within .25 miles of the W10 and W100 Roads.  In 2011, a sharp shinned hawk nest was observed 2 miles south of unit D, and Foothill yellow legged frogs are known to occur in McGarvey Creek immediately adjacent to units C and D. Indian pipe was found in unit D.  There are spotted owl nesting territories within .5 miles of units A and C.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log trees up to 55" dbh near Trinidad, CA and Strawberry Rock.


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THP 1-19-215 HUM (CR 1000 West #2 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 40.5 acres; 64% clearcut, 34% selection, 1% no-harvest logging. McDonald Creek (HUM: T08N R01W Sec 11).  Winter operations, low erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, landslide terrain, oversized units, 5 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, osprey, great blue heron, southern torrent salamander, trees up to 55” dbh.   Estimated public comment deadline: 01/28/20. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 2 miles north of Trinidad, CA and about a mile NW of Strawberry Rock, a popular hiking area with great views of the Pacific Ocean.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut feller buncher, shovel and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood and bishop pine forests at an elevation of 440 to 880 feet.  There is a shallow rapid landslide terrain site below the CR1800 Road in unit A.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to use temporary roads and landings during the winter period.  Five road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement. Potential marbled murrelet habitat exists on Humboldt Redwoods State Park lands within .25 miles of the LP Mill Road.  There are 3 osprey nests in the THP area including; an osprey nest within .25 miles of the LP Mill Road, an osprey nest 250 feet north of unit A, and an osprey nest 457 feet NW of unit A.    Southern torrent salamanders are known to occur immediately adjacent to unit A, and a great blue heron rockery is located .22 miles east of the BL2000 Road.

Humboldt Redwood Company to log trees up to 42” dbh east of Eureka, CA.


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THP 1-19-214 HUM (Fickle Jac THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 132.30 acres; 66% variable retention, 34% no-harvest logging. Blue Slide Creek, Dry Creek, Upper Jacoby Creek (HUM: T4N R2E Sec 3, 4; T5N R2E Sec 33). Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 11 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, coho watershed, trees up to 42” dbh. Estimated public comment deadline: 01/26/20. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 9 miles east of Eureka, CA and about 1.6 miles NE of Kneeland, CA at an elevation of 1,560 to 2,100 feet.  Humboldt 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 Mad River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, siltation, turbidity and temperature.  There are 7 landslide terrain sites in the THP area including; 2 debris slides in unit 1, 2 debris slides in unit 5 and 3 road related cut bank and fill slope failure sites.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging, and use ground based equipment on an existing skid trail with steep slopes exceeding 65% within unit 3.  They also are planning to use ground based equipment on slopes between 50% and 65% with a moderate erosion hazard.  11 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  There are 4 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

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


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THP 1-19-212 DEL (Morrison Thin THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 372.5 acres; 90% commercial thin, 10% no-harvest logging. Little Mill Creek (HUM: T17N R1E Sec 6, 7; T17N R1W Sec 1, 12; T18N R1E Sec 31; T18N R1W Sec 36).  Winter operations, low erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 60%, landslide terrain, 5 road drainage work sites, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, scattered large trees. Estimated public comment deadline: 01/21/20. SUBMIT COMMENTS, VIEW THP

This THP is about 2 miles SE of the town of Smith River, CA and about a mile east of Highway 101 at an elevation of 400 to 1,600 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly commercial thinning tractor based logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Douglas fir, redwood and western hemlock forests.  There are multiple shallow rapid landslide terrain sites in units A and B, and 1 deep seated landslide terrain site in unit A. Five road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  Potential marbled murrelet habitat is located within .91 miles of unit B, and there are 3 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

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


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THP 1-19-210 MEN (Crow’s Feet THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 368 acres; 58% selection, 19% variable retention, 15% transition, 7% no-harvest, 1% roadside logging. Lower Elk Creek, Lower Greenwood Creek (MD: T14N R16W Sec 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16).  Wet weather operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, steep roads, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 138 road drainage work sites, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, northern red legged frogs, 3 sensitive plant species, trees over 48” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/20/20. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 5 miles SW of Navarro, CA and about 3 miles SE of Elk, CA and Highway 101 along the Mendocino coastline.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood and Douglas fir forests at an elevation of 300 to 2,000 feet.  There are 50 landslide terrain sites including multiple debris slides, debris flows, steep head wall swales, rock slides, earth flows, and 7 road related failure sites including multiple fill failures, cut bank failures and road sloughing and cracking areas.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment on steep slopes exceeding 65% in units A, B, C, E, G, I and L, and construct steep segments of roads over 15% grade in unit I.  They also are planning to use ground based equipment over an unstable area in unit E, use ground based equipment along an existing skid trail that crosses an unstable area in unit G, and construct a 140 foot segment of road across an unstable area in unit I.  138 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  There are 10 mapped tree sites within and adjacent to the THP area which contain potential marbled murrelet habitat (trees 48” to 120” dbh) and potential marbled murrelet habitat 1 mile north of the THP area.  Northern red legged frogs have been reported in close proximity to the THP area.  Hoffman’s bristley jewelflower was found inside unit E, coast fawn lily was found along a seasonal road in unit M, and Methuselah’s beard lichen was found in sections 10 and 15.  There are 4 spotted owl nesting territories within .7 miles of the THP area.

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Green Diamond Resource Company planning a pair of clearcut THPs west of Redwood National Park.


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THP 1-19-208 HUM (BL1600/2720 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 158.5 acres; 65% clearcut, 31% selection, 4% roadside logging.  Pitcher Creek (HUM: T9N R1E Sec 15,16, 21, 22, 27, 28).  Winter operations, low erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 60%, steep roads, landslide terrain, oversized units, redwood national park, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, osprey, bald eagle, great blue heron, sharp shinned hawk, red tree vole, foothill yellow legged frog, trees up to 35” dbh. Estimated public comment deadline: 01/19/20. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 6 miles NE of Trinidad, CA near the western boundary of Redwood National Park (Unit B is adjacent) at an elevation of 600 to 1,800 feet elevation.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir, grand fir, western hemlock and Sitka spruce forests.  There are 5 landslide terrain sites in the THP area including; 3 deep seated and 1 shallow rapid landslide terrain site in unit A, and 1 deep seated landslide terrain site in unit B.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to use temporary roads and landings during the winter period, use ground based based equipment on existing skid trails across unstable areas in units A and B, and re-construct an existing steep section of road exceeding 15% grade in unit D. Potential marbled murrelet habitat exists on Humboldt Redwoods State Park property within .25 miles of the LP Mill Road, and within .25 miles of the BL2000 Road on GDRC property.  There are 4 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 BL1000 Road, and 2 osprey nests within .25 miles of the BL2000 Road.  A bald eagle nest is located 1.8 miles NW of the THP area, a great blue heron rockery is located .25 miles east of the BL2000 Road, and red tree voles have been observed .53 miles south of unit E.  In 2007, a sharp shinned hawk was reported 1.59 miles SW of unit D, and a foothill yellow legged frog was reported 1.5 miles west of unit D in Maple Creek. There are 7 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.  This THP is just NW of Green Diamond Resource Company’s recently submitted Relief Pitcher THP 1-19-209 HUM.

THP 1-19-209 HUM (Relief Pitcher THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 175.7 acres; 63% clearcut, 36% selection, 1% roadside logging. Pitcher Creek (HUM: T8N R1E Sec 2, 3, 10, 11, T9N R1E Sec 34, 35).  Wet weather operations, low erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, steep roads, oversized units, 17 road drainage work sites, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, osprey, great blue heron, trees up to 72” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/19/20. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 4 miles NE of Trinidad, CA near the western boundary of Redwood National Park at an elevation of 600 to 1,200 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in redwood and Douglas fir forests.  Temporary roads and landings are proposed for use during the winter period, and 300 feet of road is proposed for construction to access unit C with steep pitches exceeding 15% to 20% grade.  17 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  There is potential marbled murrelet habitat within .25 miles of the LP Mill Road, and within .25 miles of the BL2000 Road, and 3 osprey nests are located within the THP area including; an osprey nest within .25 miles of the LP Mill Road, and 2 osprey nests within .25 miles of the BL2000 Road.  In 2016, a blue heron rockery was reported .22 miles east of the BL2000 Road.  There are spotted owl nesting territories within unit A, within .25 miles of units B, C and F, and within .5 miles of units D and E.  This THP is just SE of Green Diamond Resource Company’s recently submitted BL1600/2720 THP 1-19-208 HUM.

Friday, December 27, 2019

Logging proposed amongst 500+ year old giant sequoia trees in Mountain Home State Forest NE of Porterville, CA.


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THP 4-19-205 TUL (Tub Flat THP) Mountain Home State Forest, 630 acres; 76% selection, 21% no-harvest, 4% group selection logging. Silver Creek, Upper North Bear Creek (MD: T19S R30E Sec 24, 25, 36; T19S R31E Sec 30, 31).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 60%, 5 road drainage work sites, logging near old growth giant sequoias, shake camp campground, loop and loop cutoff trails, Moses roadless area, CA spotted owl, northern goshawk, pacific fisher, sharp shinned hawk, Cooper’s hawk, trees up to 140 years old.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/12/20. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 8 miles NE of Springville, CA and about 18 miles NE of Porterville, CA by Shake Camp Campground and the Loop Trail and Loop Cutoff Trails within Mountain Home State Forest at an elevation of 6,200 to 7,000 feet. Mountain Home State Forest is planning a mostly individual tree selection tractor based logging operation in ponderosa pine, sugar pine, incense cedar, white fir, Douglas fir and giant sequoia forests. Sections 24, 30 & 31 are adjacent to the Moses Roadless Area, and logging is proposed amongst scattered old growth giant sequoias 500+ years old. Five road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  In 1992, a pacific fisher was spotted within .5 miles of the THP area, and there is a northern goshawk territory within .75 miles of the THP area in the Upper North Bear Creek Watershed.  Cooper’s hawks and sharp shinned hawks were reported within 1 mile of the THP area, and there are 2 CA spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log by the Mt Shasta Forest Subdivision NE of McCloud, CA.


Ziillow Photo of Mt. Shasta Forest Subdivision Plot
THP 2-19-207 SIS (Widow 31 THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 652 acres; 99% clearcut, 1% roadside logging. Pilgrim Creek, Upper Mud Creek, Widow Spring (MD: T40N R1W Sec 6; T40N R2W Sec 1, 2, 5, 10, 26, 27, 33, 34, 35).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 60%, 4 road drainage work sites, herbicides, spotted owl, northern goshawk, pacific fisher, 1 sensitive plant species, trees up to 100 years old.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/19/20. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 12 miles east of the city of Mt Shasta, and about 4 miles NE of McCloud, CA by the cabin community known as the Mt Shasta Forest Subdivision at an elevation of 3,970 to 5,520 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a clearcut tractor based logging operation in white fir, red fir, ponderosa pine, Jeffrey pine, sugar pine and incense cedar forests.  They are planning to use and construct of roads, landings and crossings during the winter period, and use 140 feet of a seasonal road along the outer edge of a class II (mid sized) watercourse area between units 6C and 6G.  Four road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement. A pacific fisher was reported within .75 miles from the nearest THP Unit in section 11, and also within 1.7 miles of the nearest THP unit, and a northern goshawk territory is located within 1 mile of the THP area in section 7.  Hot rock daisy was found just south of unit 5A in section 5. There is a spotted owl nesting territory within 1.2 miles of the THP area, and spotted owls were reported in sections 16, 29 and 30.

Mendocino Redwood Company to log NW of Ukiah, CA.


Google Earth Photo By Greg Papciak
THP 1-19-204 MEN (Mountain Dew THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 288 acres; 62% variable retention, 38% transition logging. Little North Fork Navarro River (MD: T16N R14W Sec 30, 31; T16N R15W Sec 23, 24, 25, 26, 36).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, landslide terrain, 31 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, redwood lily, trees up to 36” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/12/20. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 13 miles NW of Ukiah, CA, and about 5 miles SE of Comptche, CA at an elevation of 520 to 1,520 feet.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning a variable retention and transition tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir and Monterrey pine forests.  The THP area flows into the Navarro River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature. There are landslide terrain sites in the THP area including; 1 unstable area in unit 2, 2 unstable areas in unit 4, and 1 unstable area in unit 6. Mendocino Redwood Company is planning to use an existing tractor landing within a class I (year round) watercourse area, and use ground based equipment on existing skid trails in areas designated for cable logging.  31 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement. Redwood lily was found along a haul road between units in the THP area, and there are 2 spotted owl nesting territories within .7 miles of the THP area.

Thursday, December 26, 2019

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log south of Mineral, CA and Lassen Volcanic National Park.


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THP 2-19-200 TEH (Cement THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 253 acres; 97% clearcut, 7% selection logging. Cement Creek, Round Valley (MD: T27N R3E Sec 12, 13, 14, 23, 24; T27N R4E Sec 5, 6, 7, 8).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, 37 road drainage work sites, oversized units, chinook watershed, mill creek roadless area, herbicides, northern goshawk, foothill yellow legged frog, Mildred’s clarkia, scattered large trees. Estimated public comment deadline: 01/07/20. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 10 miles south of Mineral, CA and Highway 36, and about 13 miles south of Lassen Volcanic National Park near Highway 32 at an elevation of 5,000 to 5,400 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in white fir, Douglas fir, sugar pine, ponderosa pine and incense cedar forests.  Sections 6 and 12 are adjacent to the Mill Creek Roadless Area.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning to construct roads, landings and crossings during the winter period, and use ground based equipment on slopes between 50% and 65% with a moderate erosion hazard.  37 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  A northern goshawk was reported within .25 miles of the nearest THP unit in section 24, and foothill yellow legged frogs were reported within 1 mile (4,800 feet) of the nearest THP unit in section 26. Mildred’s clarkia was reported inside unit 6.  There are 3 CA spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area in sections 7, 8, 13, 17, 18, 24, 26, and 27.

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


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THP 1-19-199 DEL (Rowdy 1210 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 137 acres; 66% clearcut, 27% selection, 6% no-harvest, 1% roadside logging.  Lower Rowdy Creek (HUM: T18N R1E Sec 17, 18, 19, 20).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 80%, landslide terrain sites, 8 road drainage work sites, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, Del Norte salamander, foothill yellow legged frog, coastal tailed frog, trees over 30” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/05/20. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is a few miles NE of the town of Smith River, CA and Highway 101, and about 3 miles south of the CA/OR border at an elevation of 200 to 1,600 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 shallow rapid landslide terrain sites in units B (2) and E, and 1 deep seated landslide terrain site in unit C. Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to use temporary roads and landings during the winter period, and construct 3 temporary roads segments inside a class II (mid sized) watercourse area within unit B.  Eight road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  Foothill yellow legged frogs are known to occur at Rowdy Creek within .25 miles of unit E, and within .5 miles of unit F.  In 2008, a Del Norte salamander was reported within .6 miles of units E and F, and coastal tailed frogs are known to occur immediately adjacent to unit E.  There are spotted owl nesting territories within .25 miles of unit F.

Humboldt Redwood Company to log inside large tree marbled murrelet stand 376D and spotted owl nesting site 242.


Photo of nearby Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park by Californiabeaches.com
THP 1-19-198 HUM (Bitter Root THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 441 acres; 88% group selection, 9% no-harvest, 2% selection logging.  Root Creek (HUM: T1N R2E Sec 14, 15, 16, 17, 20, 21, 22).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 60%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 18 road drainage work sites, logging inside large tree marbled murrelet stand 376D, grizzly creek redwoods state park, herbicides, impaired 303.d watershed, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, osprey, peregrine falcon, willow flycatcher, trees up to 36” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/05/20. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 10 miles SE of Fortuna, CA and about 4 miles east of Stafford, CA and Highway 101 near Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park (unit 1 is adjacent) at an elevation of 400 to 1,600 feet.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning a mostly group selection tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir and grand fir forests.  Large tree marbled murrelet stand 376D and northern spotted owl nesting site 242 are located inside Unit 1. The THP area flows into the Van Duzen River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature.  24 landslide terrain sites exist in the THP area including multiple debris slides, earth flows, disrupted ground and 6 road related fill failures and cut bank failures.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning to construct and use roads, landings and crossings during the winter period, and use ground based equipment on slopes between 50% and 65% with a moderate erosion hazard.  18 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement. There is a peregrine falcon nesting site along Holmes Bluff near the THP area, and several osprey nests are situated along the Van Duzen River within the THP area. Potential willow flycatcher habitat exists along the banks of the Van Duzen River in sections 15 and 16.  10 spotted owl nesting territories are located within 1.3 miles of the THP area, including a spotted owl nesting territory inside unit 1 (NSO Site 242).

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log SE of Quincy, CA near Cromberg, CA.


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THP 2-19-195 PLU (Ridge THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 423 acres; 62% clearcut, 17% fuel break, 14% roadside, 8% selection logging.  Happy Valley, Little Long Valley (MD: T23N R12E Sec 5, 6, 8, 9; T24N R11E Sec 25, 36; T24N R12E Sec 29, 30, 31, 32). Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, steep roads, landslide terrain, oversized units, 27 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, CA spotted owl, northern goshawk, Quincy lupine, scattered large trees. Estimated public comment deadline: 12/31/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 12 miles SE of Quincy, CA and about 1.5 miles NE of Cromberg, CA and Highway 89 at an elevation of 5,280 to 6,960 feet. Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Jeffrey pine, ponderosa pine, sugar pine, white fir, incense cedar and Douglas fir forests. There is an unstable area near the LV Line Haul Road in section 17. Sierra Pacific Industries is planning to construct roads and landings during the winter period, and use ground based equipment on slopes between 50% and 65% with a moderate erosion hazard. 27 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  Quincy lupine was found was found in units 6 and 12, and adjacent to unit 11 (section 31).  There is a goshawk territory within 1.3 miles of the THP area (section 33), and 6 CA spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Gualala Redwood Timber Company to log trees up to 48” dbh NE of Gualala, CA.


North Fork of the Gualala River By Peter Cafferata 
THP 1-19-197 MEN (Hoodoo THP) Gualala Redwood Timber Company, 231 acres; 54% selection, 39% fuel break, 6% transition, 1% roadside logging.  Robinson Creek (MD: T11N R14W Sec 7, 18, 19; T11N R15W Sec 12, 13, 24).  Wet weather operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 23 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, trees up to 48” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/31/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 3 miles NE of Gualala, CA and Highway 1 at an elevation of 80 to 1,380 feet.  Gualala Redwood Timber Company is planning an individual tree selection and fuel break tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir, sugar pine and grand fir forests. The THP area flows into the Gualala River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature. There are 12 landslide terrain and road failure sites including multiple debris slides, debris torrents, bank failures, skid trail and tractor road failure sites, steep gullies, fill slope and cut bank failures.  Gualala Redwood Timber Company is planning to use roads, landings and crossings during the winter period, and use ground based equipment on existing tractor roads with steep slopes between 50% and 65% with a moderate erosion hazard.  23 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement. Potential marbled murrelet habitat is located at Green Bridge along a haul road, and there is 1 spotted owl nesting territory within .5 miles of the THP area.

Saturday, December 14, 2019

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log SW of Dinsmore, CA and Highway 36.


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THP 1-19-193 HUM (Ness THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 221 acres; 67% clearcut, 14% selection, 13% special, 6% rehab, misc roadside logging.  Horse Creek (HUM: T01N R05E Sec 31; T01S R05E Sec 6).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, landslide terrain, oversized units, 15 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, western pond turtle, peregrine falcon, 3 sensitive plant species, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/29/19 SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 13 miles NE of Weott, CA and about 6.5 miles SW of Dinsmore, CA and Highway 36 at an elevation of 2,480 to 4,860 feet.  The THP area flows into the Van Duzen River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Douglas fir, white fir and ponderosa pine forests.  There are 8 unstable areas in section 31, and 1 unstable area in section 6. Sierra Pacific Industries is planning to use roads and landings during the winter period.  15 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement. There is an historic (1995) peregrine falcon nest site in close proximity to the THP area, and a western pond turtle was found in a wet area in close proximity to the THP area.  Redwood lily was found in units 31A and 6F, white flowered rein orchid was found near unit 6F, and Howell’s montia was found within and adjacent to unit 31A.  One spotted owl nesting territory is located within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

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


North Fork of the Gualala River By Peter Cafferata 
THP 1-19-191 MEN (Combo Main THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 408 acres; 43% selection, 32% transition, 17% variable retention, 8% rehab logging.  Doty Creek, South Fork Garcia River (MD: T11N R15W Sec 3, 4, 5: T12N R15W Sec 31, 32, 33).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 74 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, 3 sensitive plant species, trees up to 36” dbh.  public comment deadline: 12/25/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is 4.5 miles NE of Gualala, CA, and about 3 miles east of Highway 1 at an elevation of 200 to 800 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 Gualala River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature.  There are 38 landslide terrain sites in the THP area (units 1, 2, 3 and 4, and 10) including multiple debris slides, 23 of which have road related fill slope and cut bank failures.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment on slopes between 50% and 65% with a moderate erosion hazard, use ground based equipment on 2 existing skid trails with slopes over 65% inside units 5 and 6, and use ground based equipment on unstable areas within units 1, 2, 3 and 4. 74 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings. Humboldt milk vetch was found in section 33, Bolander’s reed grass was found in sections 4 and 32, and Swamp harebell was found adjacent to unit 2 in section 4.  There are 5 spotted owl nesting territories within .7 miles of the THP area.

Saturday, December 7, 2019

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


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THP 2-19-186 LAS (Buffy THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 1,155 acres; 51% clearcut, 42% fuel break, 3% roadside, 2% shelterwood, 1% selection, 1% special logging. Coppervale Station, Lower Goodrich Creek, Mountain Meadows Creek (MD: T28N R10E Sec 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 17, 18; T28N R9E Sec 1, 2, 11, 12, 13; T29N R10E Sec 29, 32; T29N R9E Sec 35, 36).  Winter operations, low erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, landslide terrain, 88 road drainage work sites, oversized units, herbicides, Lassen wolf pack, northern goshawk, greater sandhill crane, willow flycatcher, great gray owl, long toed salamander, 3 sensitive plant species, scattered large trees. Estimated public comment deadline: 12/18/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 4 miles east of Westwood, CA between Coppervale Ski Area and Mountain Meadows Reservoir at an elevation of 5,120 to 6,640 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a clearcut and fuel break tractor based logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in ponderosa pine, sugar pine, Douglas fir, incense cedar and white fir forests.  There is a shallow rapid landslide terrain site that has discharged sediment into Duffy Creek in section 5.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning to use and construct roads and landings during the winter period, and use 2 existing skid trails inside a watercourse area within the aspen release area.  88 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  In 2019, the Lassen wolf pack was documented traveling in close proximity to the THP area.  There is potential willow flycatcher and great gray owl foraging habitat in the THP area, and Sandhill cranes are known to forage nearby at Mountain Meadows Reservoir adjacent to the THP area.  In 2004, northern goshawks were reported 1 mile east and 1.5 miles south of the THP area in sections 10 and 28.  In 2017 and 2019, a long toed salamander was found at waterhole #4. Clustered lady’s slipper was found in fuel break unit #F2, blushing wild buckwheat was found in fuel break units #F8 and #F9, and Susanville beardtongue was found in fuel break units #F8 and #F9.  There are 3 CA spotted owl territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area in sections 10 and 22.

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log NW of Eagle Lake and Susanville, CA.


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THP 2-19-185 LAS (Pat THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 814 acres; 93% clearcut, 7% roadside logging. Black Hole, Bullard Lake (MD: T34N R10E Sec 7, 8, 17, 18, 19; T34N R9E Sec 2, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 23, 24, 25, 26; T35N R9E Sec 35).  Winter operations, low erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, 72 road drainage work sites, herbicides, goshawk, 2 sensitive plant species, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/18/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 20 miles SE of Bieber, CA, 25 miles NW of Susanville, CA, and about 8 miles NW of Eagle Lake at an elevation of 6,000 to 6,600 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor based logging operation in ponderosa pine, Jeffrey pine, white fir and incense cedar forests.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning to use and construct roads, landings and crossings during the winter period.  72 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, and culvert repair/replacement.  In 1999, a northern goshawk was reported .75 miles from the nearest THP unit in section 06.  Hillside Arnica was found adjacent to unit 204, and Liddon’s sedge was found adjacent to units 204, 205, 221, 239 and 271.  There is 1 CA spotted owl nesting territory within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log SW of Burney, CA by the Highway 299 summit.


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THP 2-19-183 SHA (Vista Flat THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 350 acres; 87% clearcut, 7% fuel break, 6% commercial thin, misc roadside logging. Terry Lake (MD: T34N R2E Sec 2, 3, 10; T35N R2E Sec 26, 27, 33, 34).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 55%, herbicides, CA spotted owl, osprey, 2 sensitive plant species, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/18/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 3 miles SW of Burney, CA and just south of the Highway 299 summit at an elevation of 3,300 to 4,900 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor based logging operation in ponderosa pine, sugar pine, white fir, Douglas fir and incense cedar forests.  Ground based equipment is proposed for use on slopes between 50% and 65% with a moderate erosion hazard rating.  Two osprey territories were reported within the THP area including; an osprey nest within.42 miles of the nearest harvest unit in section 2, and an osprey nest within .15 miles of the THP area in section 2. California goodbanner and Castlegar hawthorn were found adjacent to unit 26A.  There is a CA spotted owl nesting territory within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log trees up to 48” dbh near Lassen Volcanic National Park and Mineral, CA.


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THP 2-19-180 TEH (Rio Gatito THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 822 acres; 80% clearcut, 15% fuel break, 5% commercial thin, misc roadside logging. Panther Creek (MD: T29N R2E Sec 14; T29N R3E Sec 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, 45 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, chinook watershed, CA spotted owl, northern goshawk, Butte Country fritillary, trees up to 48” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/18/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 26 miles NE of Red Bluff, CA, 4 miles SW of Lassen Volcanic National Park and a few miles north of Mineral, CA and Highway 36 at an elevation of 4,200 to 5,700 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor based logging operation in white fir, Douglas fir, ponderosa pine, sugar pine, incense cedar, and red fir forests. The THP area flows into the Battle Creek Watershed which is listed as an impaired watershed.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning to use and construct roads, landings and crossings during the winter period.  45 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  Butte Country fritillary was found in section 19. There is a northern goshawk nest within .25 miles of units 185 and 191 in section 19, and 1 CA spotted owl nesting territory within .5 miles of the THP area in section 10.

Humboldt Redwood Company to log trees up to 60” dbh near the BLM Headwaters Reserve Elk River Trailhead SE of Eureka, CA.


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THP 1-19-181 HUM (Winterfell THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 228.5 acres; 67% group selection, 21% no-harvest, 12% selection logging.  Lower North Fork Elk River (HUM: T4N R1E Sec 30, T4N R1W Sec 25, 36).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, landslide terrain, impaired 303.d watershed, 35 road drainage work sites, BLM headwaters forest reserve, coho watershed, spotted owl, osprey, trees up to 60” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/16/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 5 miles SE of Eureka, CA and Highway 101 by the BLM Headwaters Reserve Elk River Trailhead (the closest unit is about .25 miles NE of the trail) at an elevation of 75 to 500 feet. Humboldt Redwood Company is planning a group selection tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood and Douglas fir forests.  There are 47 landslide terrain sites in the THP area including; multiple debris slides, debris slide slopes, gully erosion, steep headwall swales, earth flows, disrupted ground, debris flows, cut bank and fill failures.  The THP area flows into the Elk River watershed which is listed as an impaired watershed for sedimentation/siltation.  At least 1 landowner is objecting to how past logging damaged his water supply.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment on slopes up to 50% in areas designated for cable logging, and use ground based equipment on unstable areas to construct a new road and landing.  35 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  There are several historic osprey nest trees within the THP area, and 7 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Sunday, November 24, 2019

Timber Products Company to clearcut log SW of Etna, CA and Yreka, CA.


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THP 2-19-174 SIS (Ruffey THP) Timber Products Company, 259 acres; 80% clearcut, 14% seed tree, 5% selection, 2% roadside logging.  Mill Creek (MD: T41N R10W Sec 1, 11, 15; T41N R9W Sec 7).  Wet weather operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, steep roads, landslide terrain, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, cascade frog, leafy stemmed mitrewort, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/14/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 3 miles SW of Etna, CA and about 22 miles SW of Yreka, CA at an elevation of 3,600 to 5,700 feet.  Timber Products Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in nice high elevation stands of Douglas fir, white fir, ponderosa pine, sugar pine, incense cedar, mountain hemlock, red fir and Brewers spruce forests.  There are 2 landslide terrain sites in the THP area including; an unstable area in section 1 (adjacent to unit U3Y), and an unstable area in section 7 (within unit U9Y).  The THP area flows from Etna Creek into the Scott River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment/siltation and temperature. Timber Products Company is planning to use ground based equipment on existing skid trails in areas designated for cable logging, construct 2 segments of roads on steep slopes over 65%, and construct a segment of road on slopes over 50% within 100 feet of a watercourse area. They also are planning to construct a new segment of road through a class II (mid sized) watercourse area in section 11 to access cable yarding unit U5Y.  In 2007, a cascade frog was reported at Upper Ruffey Lake, 1.5 miles south of the THP area.  Leafy stemmed mitrewort was found at watercourse crossings along roads in close proximity to units 7, 8 and 9.  There are 3 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log by Round Valley Reservoir north of Quincy, CA.


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THP 2-19-172 PLU (Bellas THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 190 acres; 69% clearcut, 27% fuel break, 2% selection, 1% roadside logging. Lower Wolf Creek (MD: T26N R09E Sec 20, 21, 22, 27).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, 20 road drainage work sites, herbicides, CA spotted owl, bald eagle, willow flycatcher, 1 sensitive plant species, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/14/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 3 miles south of Greenville, CA and about 10 miles north of Quincy, CA by Round Valley Reservoir at an elevation of 3,480 to 7,480 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor based logging operation in Douglas fir, white fir, ponderosa pine sugar pine, incense cedar and red fir forests.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning to construct roads, landings and crossings during the winter period, and use ground based equipment on steep slopes between 50% and 60% with a moderate erosion hazard using existing skid trails within unit 106.  There are 20 road drainage work sites including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  In 2018, a bald eagle nest was occupied within 125 feet of the nearest THP unit in section 22, and in 1990, a willow flycatcher was reported in section 16 within .5 miles of the nearest THP unit.  Closethroat beardtongue was found along the western portion of the THP area (within units 101, 102, 103 and 104).  There is a CA spotted owl nesting territory within .5 miles of the THP area in section 16.

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log between Quincy, CA and Lake Oroville, CA.


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THP 2-19-170 PLU (Pinch THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 914 acres; 58% clearcut, 30% fuel break, 8% selection, 3% no-harvest, 1% roadside logging. Middle Fall River, Pinchard Creek, Upper Fall River (MD: T21N R07E Sec 1, 2, 3, 4, 10, 11, 12, 13, 24, 25, 36; T21N R08E Sec 5, 6, 7, 8; T22N R07E Sec 35, 36; T22N R08E Sec 31).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 60%, oversized units, 22 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, CA spotted owl, Sierra Nevada mountain beaver, foothill yellow legged frog, Sierra Nevada yellow legged frog, 3 sensitive plant species, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/12/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 16 miles SW of Quincy, CA, 16 miles NE of Oroville, CA and about 8 miles north of Strawberry Valley at an elevation of 3,800 to 5,500 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a clearcut and fuel break tractor and cable logging operation in white fir, incense cedar, ponderosa pine, sugar pine and Douglas fir forests.  Ground based equipment (masticators) are proposed for use in areas designated for cable logging on slopes up to 50%.  Foothill yellow legged frogs were reported in sections 2 and 23, Sierra Nevada mountain beaver was reported in sections 7, 14 and 23, and Sierra Nevada yellow legged frogs were reported in section 18. Mingan’s moonwort was found in section 11 and in units 16, 18, 30 and 32, Mildred’s clarkia was found in sections 2, 3 and 31, and in units 12, 14, 15, 16, 19 and 33, and Feltleaf violet was found in unit 25 and in section 13. There are 14 CA spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log along Highway 3 north of Weaverville, CA.


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THP 2-19-169 TRI (Hawkeye THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 265 acres; 90% clearcut, 10% selection, 1% roadside logging. Little Browns Creek, Upper Rush Creek (MD: T33N R9W Sec 3, 4, 5, 9; T34N R9W Sec 9, 17, 27).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, steep roads, landslide terrain, 41 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, 2 sensitive plant species, trees up to 28” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline:  12/12/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP parallels Highway 3 from Weaverville, CA to about 8 miles north of Weaverville at an elevation of 2,200 to 4,400 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Douglas fir, ponderosa pine, sugar pine, white fir and incense cedar forests. There are 29 landslide terrain sites in the THP area including; 8 unstable areas in section 27, 7 unstable areas in section 5, 1 unstable area in section 3, 10 unstable areas in section 4, and 3 unstable areas in section 9.  The THP area flows into the Trinity River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and siltation.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning to construct and use of roads, landings and crossings during the winter period and use ground based equipment on existing skid trails on slopes exceeding 50% with a high erosion hazard within units 1710 and 1720.  They also are planning to construct a steep road exceeding 15% grade for less than 200 feet in section 27, and use 250 feet of an existing skid within a class II (mid sized) watercourse area. Several adjacent landowners and residents near Union Gulch and Little Browns Creek have voiced concerns within the THP plan about water quality degradation and the use of herbicides by SPI near their wells and drinking water supply.  41 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  English peak greenbriar was reported in the SW corner of unit 910, inside units 320 and 430, and glaucus umbrellawort was found in unit 1720.  There are 5 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

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


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THP 1-19-167 HUM (Liitle Bull Thin) Green Diamond Resource Company, 452 acres; 77% commercial thin, 23% no-harvest logging.  Bulwinkle Creek, Lower South Fork (HUM: T7N R1E Sec 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11; T8N R1E Sec 35, 36).  Wet weather operations, low erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, 17 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, pacific fisher, bald eagle, peregrine falcon, Cooper’s hawk, western pond turtle, foothill yellow legged frog, coastal tailed frog, southern torrent salamander, trees up to 26” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/10/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 2 miles NE of McKinleyville, CA and about 3 miles SE of Trinidad, CA at an elevation of 80 to 480 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a commercial thin tractor based logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir, western hemlock and Sitka spruce forests.  The THP area flows into the Little River which is listed as an impaired watershed for indicator bacteria.  There are 3 landslide terrain sites in the THP area including; 1 unstable area adjacent to unit A, 1 unstable area within unit E, and 1 unstable area inside unit F. 17 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 bald eagle nest .31 miles from unit A, and a bald eagle nest .5 miles from several haul roads, and in 2010, a fisher was observed inside unit E.  In 2012, a cooper’s hawk was observed 1.6 miles south of unit C, and in 2008, a cooper’s hawk was observed 1.2 miles SE of unit G.  Southern torrent salamanders and coastal tailed frogs are known to occur immediately adjacent to unit F.  An historic peregrine falcon eyrie exists 1.4 miles SE of unit G, a western pond turtle was observed .07 miles NW of unit D, foothill yellow legged frogs are known to occur in the Little River near units C and D, and a bank swallow nesting colony is located .42 miles west of the THP area near Moonstone Beach.  There are spotted owl nesting territories within .5 miles of units C and D.

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log by the Trinity Alps Wilderness Area (Rush Creek Trail) north of Weaverville, CA.


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THP 2-19-163 TRI (Slingshot THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 541 acres; 87% clearcut, 10% selection, 3% shelterwood logging. Mule Creek, Stoney Creek, Trinity Alps Creek (MD: T34N R09W Sec 3; T35N R09W Sec 13, 23, 24, 25, 27, 33).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 11 road drainage work sites, trinity alps wilderness, rush creek trail, oversized units, herbicides, spotted owl, bald eagle, osprey, 10 sensitive plant species, trees up to 30” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/10/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 9 miles north of Weaverville, CA and about 1 mile north of Highway 3 and Trinity Lake near the Trinity Alps Wilderness Area (section 33 is adjacent, and clearcut unit 33C is within .25 miles of the Rush Creek Trail) at an elevation of 2,500 to 4,500 feet. Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Douglas fir, ponderosa pine, incense cedar, white fir and sugar pine forests.  There are multiple road failure sites and 11 landslide terrain sites in the THP area including; 1 unstable area in unit 33B, 1 unstable area in unit 33F, 1 unstable area adjacent to unit 27A, 3 unstable areas adjacent to unit 23A, 4 unstable areas adjacent to unit 23C and 1 unstable area in unit 13C (special treatment area).  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning to remove individual trees from watercourse areas, and construct roads and landings during the winter period. They also are planning to use ground based equipment on steep slopes over 50% with a high erosion hazard rating in unit 13A, and use ground based equipment across unstable areas (small historic slides) within unit 13C.  11 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement. Bald eagle and osprey are known to occur at Trinity Lake within 1 mile of the THP area.  There are 10 sensitive plant species in the THP area including; Clustered lady’s slipper was found in units 23A, 23B and 24E, Heckner’s lewisia was found in unit 33A, Threadleaf beardstongue was found in unit 27D, Klamath Catchfly was found in units 23F and 24E, Purdy’s fritillary was found near unit 27D, Redwood lily was found unit 24D, Tracy’s lupine was found in unit 23F and 24D, English peak greenbriar was found in units 24C, 24E and 27G, Glaucous umbrellawort was found in units 3B, 24C, 24D and 24E and Slender golden banner was found in units 27A, 13D, 23F and 33C. There are 8 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut and fuel break log near Twain Harte, CA and Highway 108.


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THP 4-19-189 TUO (South Stan THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 778 acres; 54% clearcut, 27% fuel break, 10% seed tree, 6% selection, 2% commercial thin, 1% rehab, misc roadside and special logging.  Ivons Creek, Johnie Gulch, Red Cloud Mine, Upper Sullivan Creek (T2N R16E Sec 3; T3N R16E Sec 13, 24, 25, 26, 34, 35; T3N R17E Sec 8, 9, 18, 19, 30).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, steep roads, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 60 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, osprey bald eagle, goshawk, great gray owl, trees up to 150 years old. Estimated public comment deadline: 12/21/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 10 miles NE of Sonora, CA and about 2 miles NE of Twain Harte, CA by Lyons Reservoir, a popular picnicking, hiking, fishing, bicycling and horse back riding area. 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, Douglas fir and incense cedar forests at an elevation of 3,976 to 5,345 feet.  There are unstable areas adjacent to units 4295, 1903, 1789 and FB2, and a proposed road re-alignment and restoration through a road failure site along the FR 4N90 Road. Sierra Pacific Industries is planning to use and construct roads, landings and crossings during the winter period, and use 3 landings and associated roads inside class I (year round) watercourse areas.  They also are planning to construct a segment of steep road exceeding 18% to access unit FB22, construct a segment of steep road exceeding 20% to access unit 4208, and construct several segments of steep roads exceeding 16% to access units 4297, 4147 and FB17.  60 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  There are 2 goshawk territories including; a goshawk nest .6 miles SW of the nearest harvest unit in section 27, and a goshawk nest 700 feet SW of the nearest harvest unit in section 26.  Two osprey nests are located within the THP area including; an osprey nest on PG&E land east of Lyons Dam, and an osprey nest on USFS land on the north side of the South Fork of the Stanislaus River (.5 miles SW of Lyons Dam).  A bald eagle nest is located within 1,600 feet of the nearest harvest unit in section 18, and potential great gray owl habitat exists at Rushing Meadow within the THP area. Stebbins desert parsley was found adjacent to units 3888 and 5230, yellowlip pansy monkey flower was found within and adjacent to unit FB 20, threebract onion was found adjacent to unit 5230, and Fresno mat was found near units 4165, 1897 and FB9.  There are 11 CA spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.