Saturday, January 23, 2016

Green Diamond Resource Company to log on steep and unstable slopes near Trinidad, CA.


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THP 1-15-134 HUM (Danielle Creek Thin) Green Diamond Resource Company, 457 acres; 77% commercial thin, 15% no-harvest, 6% clearcut, 1% selection, 1% roadside logging. Lower South Fork, Bulwinkle Creek (HUM: T7N R1E Sec.2, 3; T8N R1E Sec.25, 26, 27, 28, 33, 34, 35, 36; T8N R2E Sec.30, 31).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 21 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, 9 spotted owls within 1.3 mi, fisher sightings in units D, E, H and J, osprey nest within 160 feet of unit C, western pond turtle within 1.6 mi, trees up to 26" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/30/16. VIEW

This THP is about 4 miles east of Trinidad, CA and a dozen miles north of Arcata, CA at an elevation of 200 to 1,400 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir and Sitka spruce forests.  There are unstable areas in the northern portions of units C and J, and seven road failure sites including fill failures along the CR2300, CR2310 and CR2613 roads.  21 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair/replacement and re-construction of washed out crossings including sink holes, diverted channels and fill failures.  An osprey nest is located within 160 feet of unit C, and within .25 mi of the CR1300 Road.  A western pond turtle was observed 1.6 mi SW of unit D, and fisher sightings were reported between the years 2001 to 2010 in units D, E, H and J. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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


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THP 1-15-132 HUM (Johnson 16 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 155 acres; 46% clearcut, 30% commercial thin, 18% selection, 6% no-harvest logging. Mettah Creek (HUM: T10N R2E Sec.2, 3, 10; T11N R2E Sec.34, 35).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 85%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 18 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, redwood national park, coho watershed, 4 spotted owls within 1.3 mi, fisher sighting in unit F (1999), Del Norte salamander sighting in unit C (1994), scattered large trees. Estimated public comment deadline: 01/30/16. VIEW

This THP is 7 miles east of Orick, CA and Highway 101 near Redwood National Park (unit A is adjacent) at an elevation of 1,240 and 2,100 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a clearcut and commercial thinning tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Douglas fir, redwood, western hemlock and western red cedar forests. The THP area flows into the Klamath River which is listed as an impaired watershed for temperature, nutrients and dissolved oxygen.  There are shallow rapid landslides associated with watercourses in units B, C and D. 18 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair/replacement and re-construction of washed out crossings including sink holes, diverted channels and fill failures.  More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log east of Eureka, CA.


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THP 1-15-130 HUM (Two Cabins THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 151 acres; 80% clearcut, 20% selection, misc roadside logging.  Graham Creek, Goodman Prairie Creek, Wilson Creek (HUM: T4N R3E Sec.25, 26, 35, 36).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, 2 spotted owls within 1.3 mi, golden eagle sightings within .5 mi, western pond turtle within 1.68 mi, scattered large trees. Estimated public comment deadline: 01/30/16. VIEW

This THP is about 18 miles SE of Eureka, CA and Highway 101 at an elevation of 3,800 to 4,400 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Douglas fir, white fir and incense cedar forests.  The THP area flows into the Mad River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, temperature and turbidity.  There are 3 unstable areas within units C and D, and road construction is proposed on a short segment of temporary road inside a class II (mid sized) watercourse in unit B.  A golden eagle nest is located 2.47 mi south of the THP area, and a western pond turtle was reported 1.68 mi west of unit A.  There are spotted owl nesting territories within .5 mi of unit D. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Green Diamond Resource Company to log on steep and unstable slopes near Rio Dell and Scotia.


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THP 1-15-129 HUM (Boyscout 16 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 344.3 acres; 62% commercial thin, 19% no-harvest, 15% clearcut, 3% selection, 1% roadside logging.  Wolverton Gulch (HUM: T2N R1E Sec.27, 28, 29, 30, 32, 33, 34).  Wet weather operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 60%, steep roads, landslide terrain, road failure sites, impaired 303.d watershed, 56 road drainage work sites, herbicides, oversized units, coho watershed, 9 spotted owls within 1.3 mi, osprey nest within .21 miles, bald eagle nest within 2.18 mi, northern red legged frog sightings, trees up to 36" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/30/16. VIEW

This THP is located between the Eel and Van Duzen Rivers just north of Rio Dell/Scotia and Highway 101 at an elevation of 80 to 1,500 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir and grand fir forests.  The THP area drains into the Van Duzen River which is listed as an impaired watershed for temperature and sediment.  There are 7 landslide terrain sites including 2 shallow rapid landslides near class II (mid sized) and class III (intermittent) watercourses, a headwall swale in unit A; 2 shallow rapid landslides and a deep seated landslide near class II watercourses in unit B; and a complex landslide including a debris slide near a class II watercourse in unit C.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging in unit A, and re-const 3 segments of existing road inside a class I (year round) watercourse.  Multiple sections of steep road are proposed including 800 feet of road exceeding 15% grade in unit B, 150 feet of road exceeding 20% grade is proposed in unit B, and 3 segments of road is proposed exceeding 15% for over 200 feet but less than 500 feet in length.  56 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings including fill failures and sinkholes.  There is an osprey nest .21 miles SW of unit B, and spotted owl nesting territories are located within .25 mi of unit C, and .5 mi of unit B. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log near the Highway 299 coast range summit.


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THP 1-15-128 HUM (King's Canyon #2 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 439 acres; 45% clearcut, 33% commercial thin, 13% selection, 8% no-harvest logging. Lower South Fork, Canyon Creek (HUM: T7N R2E Sec.10, 15, 16, 17, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29, 33, 34). Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, landslide terrain, steep slopes up to 65%, 6 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, 10 spotted owls within 1.3 mi, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/30/16. VIEW

This THP is about 8 miles NE of Arcata, CA and a few miles NW of the Highway 299 coast range summit at an elevation of 1,500 to 2,000 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is panning a clearcut and commercial thinning feller buncher, cable and shovel logging operation in redwood and Douglas fir forests.  The THP area flows into the Mad River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to re-construct a short segment of existing road across an unstable area, and use ground based equipment on the K&K 600 road inside unit K along a class I watercourse to sort, deck and load logs.  Six road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair/replacement and re-construction of washed out crossings.  Over 6,500 feet of new seasonal road, and 6,500 feet of new temporary road is proposed.  There are spotted owl nesting territories within .25 mi of units C, I, J, L, and within .5 mi of units B and K. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Fruit Growers Supply Company to log near Grass Lake in Siskiyou County.


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THP 2-15-092 SIS (Bear Bones THP) Fruit Growers Supply Company, 690 acres; 66% shelterwood, 31% clearcut, 3% special logging.  Wallow Creek, Smith Spring (MD: T44N R3W Sec.3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10; T45N R3W Sec.33, 34).  Winter operations, slopes up to 40%, low erosion hazard, impaired 303.d watershed, seasonal meadows, wet areas, herbicides, coho watershed, 2 spotted owls within 2 mi, 5 goshawk territories within 2 mi, bald eagle nest, sandhill crane sightings nearby, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/08/16. VIEW

This THP is about 22 miles east of Yreka, CA and 18 miles north of Weed, CA near Grass Lake off Highway 97 at an elevation of 5,400 to 6,200 feet.  Fruit Growers Supply Company is planning a shelterwood (overstory removal) and clearcut tractor based logging operation in white fir, ponderosa pine, Douglas fir, incense cedar, sugar pine and red fir forests.  Heavy equipment is proposed for use inside seasonal wet areas and watercourses for meadow restoration.  There are 22 acres of aspen, meadow, and wet meadow restoration where encroaching conifers will be cut within 100 feet.  A bald eagle nest is located at nearby Grass Lake within 2 mi inside section 21, and sandhill cranes have been spotted at Grass Lake. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Fruit Growers Supply Company to log near the CA/OR border.


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THP 2-15-088 SIS (Home Boy THP) Fruit Growers Supply Company, 835 acres; 62% selection, 37% clearcut, 1% no-harvest logging.  Soda Springs, West Fork Cottonwood Creek (MD: T47N R7W Sec.3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10; T48N R7W Sec.33, 34).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, unstable area, 42 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, 5 spotted owls within 1.3 mi, fisher sightings nearby, trees average 105 years old.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/08/16. VIEW

This THP is a few miles SW of Hilt, CA and Interstate 5 near the California/Oregon border.  Fruit Growers Supply Company is planning a tractor based logging operation in Douglas fir, white fir, ponderosa pine, sugar pine and incense cedar forests.  The THP area drains into the Klamath River which is listed as an impaired watershed and contains coho, chinook salmon and steelhead.  Fruit Growers Supply Company is planning to use ground based equipment on steep slopes over 65% grade for tractor logging on 2 acres, and use ground based equipment on an existing skid trail over 65% grade that does not flatten before reaching a watercourse.  Road construction is proposed within 150 feet of a class I watercourse, and 3 existing landings are proposed for use inside a watercourse.  There are 42 road drainage sites planned for work including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair/replacement and re-construction of washed out crossings.  For spotted owl nesting territory SK360: this THP will remove 40 acres of foraging habitat with 1.3 mi; for spotted owl nesting territory SK467; this THP will remove 12 acres of foraging habitat within 1.3 mi. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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


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THP 2-15-087 MOD (Triple Mac THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 779 acres; 59% clearcut, 29% fuelbreak, 12% no-harvest logging.  Mosquito Lake, Little Hot Spring Valley, Jimmerson Spring (MD: T39N R5E Sec.2, 3, 4; T40N R5E Sec.21, 22, 26, 27, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, herbicides, Shasta beardtongue, California goldenbanner, scattered trees over 30" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/08/16. VIEW

This THP is about 13 miles NW of Bieber, CA and about 15 miles north of Fall River Mills at an elevation of 4,400 to 5,400 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut and fuel break tractor based logging operation in ponderosa pine, sugar pine, incense cedar, Douglas fir and white fir forests.  Shasta beardtongue was found near units 29F and 30B, and California golden banner was found near units 29C, 29F, 30A, 30B. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log SW of Burney, CA.


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THP 2-15-086 SHA (Terry THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 492 acres; 74% clearcut, 23% selection, 2% roadside logging.  Upper Montgomery Creek, Green Burney Creek (MD: T34N R2E Sec.8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 18).  Winter operations, low erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, 7 road drainage work sites, herbicides, wet areas, 1 CA spotted owl within 1.3 mi, goshawk territory in section 17, osprey sightings nearby, trees up to 46" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/08/16. VIEW

This THP is about 5 miles SW of Burney, CA and about 3 miles south of the Highway 299 summit at an elevation of 3,800 to 4,800 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor based logging operation in white fir, Douglas fir, ponderosa pine, sugar pine and incense cedar forests.  There are 7 road drainage sites planned for work including rocking, dip construction and culvert maintenance.  Wet areas are located in sections 16, 17 and 18. Osprey sightings were reported near Burney Creek and Green Burney Creek.  A CA spotted owl nesting territory is located in section 16. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Friday, December 25, 2015

Mendocino Redwood Company to log on steep and unstable slopes along the Mendocino coast.


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THP 1-15-126 MEN (Upper Elk Creek THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 659 acres; 76% selection, 12% transition, 9% variable retention, 3% group selection logging. Upper Elk Creek (MD: T13N R15W Sec.6; T14N R15W Sec.19, 20, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33; T14N R16W Sec.9, 15, 21, 22, 23, 25, 26, 27, 28, 34, 36).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 80%, steep roads, 16 landslide terrain sites, road failure sites, 91 road drainage work sites, herbicides, coho watershed, 7 spotted owls within .7 mi, long beard lichen, trees up to 40” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/15/16. VIEW

This THP is about 7 miles west of Philo, CA and 5 miles east of Highway 1 on the Mendocino coast.  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 280 to 2,240 feet.  There are 16 landslide terrain sites including multiple locations with scarps, bank sloughs, hummocky ground, rockslides, disrupted ground, earth flows, fill failures and cut bank failures.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment on unstable soils including skid trails in unit L, road construction in unit H, and road construction and skid trails in unit I.  They also want to use ground based equipment on steep slopes over 65% grade in units C and D, and use an existing landing and road inside a class I (year round) watercourse in unit L.  Construction of 150 feet of road on steep slopes is proposed between 50% to 60% grade, and on 1,100 feet of road across unstable hummocky terrain.  91 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and re-construction of washed out crossings and sink holes. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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


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THP 1-15-124 HUM (Bulwinkle Thin THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 481.5 acres; 79% commercial thin, 18% no-harvest, 2% clearcut, 2% selection logging. Bulwinkle Creek (HUM: T7N R1E Sec.3, 4, 5, 9, 10).  Wet weather operations, low erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 24 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, 3 spotted owls within 1.3 mi, fisher sightings in units E and F, osprey nest within .25 mi of unit F, tailed frog sightings in unit F, trees up to 26" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/09/16. VIEW  

This THP is 3 miles SE of Trinidad, CA, a few miles east of Highway 101 and 4 miles north of McKinleyville, CA at an elevation of 200 to 500 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir, western hemlock and Sitka spruce forests.  There are 3 unstable areas including an unstable area in unit A, and fill failures in units D and E.  24 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair/replacement, fill failure, cut bank failure, sink hole and restoration of washed out crossings.  There is a spotted owl nesting territory within .25 mi of unit F, and within .5 mi of unit G. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Mendocino Redwood Company to log NW of Willits, CA.


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THP 1-15-123 MEN (Four Ponds THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 652 acres; 64% transition, 36% variable retention logging. Middle Fork N. Fork Noyo River (MD: T19N R15W Sec.9, 16, 17, 21, 22).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, 17 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, 4 spotted owls within 1.3 mi, 3 sensitive plant species, trees up to 38" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/08/16. VIEW

This THP is 11.5 mi NW of Willits, CA and Highway 101 at an elevation of 680 to 2,240 feet.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation in redwood and Douglas fir forests.  The THP area drains into the Noyo River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning to use tractors on steep slopes up to 65% grade inside areas designated for cable logging operations, and use tractors on steep slopes over 50% grade with a high erosion hazard rating.  They also want to re-const 350 feet of an existing road across an unstable area.  There are 17 road drainage sites planned for work including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair/replacement and re-construction of washed out crossings.  Humboldt milk vetch was found along a road in section 16, Redwood lily was found along roads in sections 16 and 21, and Long beard lichen was found in section 21. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Humboldt Redwood Company to helicopter log in old growth stands near Carlotta, CA.


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THP 1-15-121 HUM (Westside THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 359.7 acres; 75% group selection, 12% clearcut, 11% no-harvest, 3% special, misc roadside logging.  Hely Creek (HUM: T1N R1E Sec.1; T1N R2E Sec.6; T2N R1E Sec.36; T2N R2E Sec.31).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, steep roads, 70 landslide terrain sites, 30 road drainage work sites, helicopter logging inside old growth stands, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, 15 spotted owls within 1.3 mi, trees up to 34" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/08/16. VIEW

This THP is 2.5 mi SE of Carlotta, CA near the Van Duzen River and Highway 36 at an elevation of 170 to 1,050 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.  There are over 70 landslide terrain features in the THP area including disrupted ground, debris slides, earth flows, debris flows and steep headwall swales.  Logging is proposed in old growth stands 314C, 328C and 610D.  The THP area flows into the Van Duzen River which is listed as impaired for sediment and temperature.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging, use ground based equipment in unstable areas on existing roads, and use ground based equipment on slopes up to 50% grade that do not flatten before reaching a watercourse. They are also planning to construct steep road L36.1954 that exceeds 15% grade for 315 feet. 30 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Roseburg Resources Company to clearcut log in the Sacramento Canyon.


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THP 2-15-083 SHA (Locked Out THP) Roseburg Resources Company, 271 acres; 83% clearcut, 16% selection, 1% roadside logging.  North Salt Creek, North Fork Shotgun Creek, Boulder Creek (MD: T36N R4W Sec.7; T36N R5W Sec.12, 13; T37N R4W Sec.19, 30; T37N R5W Sec.25, 36).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes over 70%, 4 unstable areas, road failure sites, herbicides, 1 spotted owl within 1.3 mi, 2 fisher sightings within 1 mi, goshawk nest in unit 3000, Townsend’s big eared bat sighting in unit 3000, 2 osprey nests within 1.5 mi, bald eagle nest within 1.5 mi, foothill yellow legged frog sighting near unit 3601, 2 western pond turtle sightings within .5 mi, scattered large trees. Estimated public comment deadline: 12/25/15. VIEW

This THP is about a mile east of I-5 and 7 miles north of Lakehead and Shasta Lake in the Sacramento Canyon at an elevation of 1,600 to 3,000 feet.  Roseburg Resources Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Douglas fir, incense cedar, ponderosa pine and sugar pine forests. There are 4 unstable areas in the THP area including an active scarp, and 4 unstable areas along existing haul roads including multiple cut bank and fill failures.  Roseburg Resources Company wants to use heavy equipment to construct  2 short segments of roads on steep slopes over 65% grade in section 12, and use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging for site preparation and to construct fire breaks.  There are 4 roads proposed for use inside class II (mid sized) watercourses, including 2 roads in the vicinity of unit 2500, and 2 roads in the vicinity of unit 3000.  A bald eagle was reported 1.5 mi SW of the THP area along the Sacramento River, and a Townsend's big eared bat was spotted near the NW corner of unit 3000.  An osprey nest is located 1.5 mi west of unit 1202 along the Sacramento River, and an osprey nest is located 1/3 mile SW of unit 3601.  There were 2 western pond turtle sightings reported including a sighting immediately west of unit 1901 and within .5 mi of unit 1201 along North Salt Creek.  Foothill yellow legged frogs were seen inside in a class II watercourse along the northern boundary of unit 3601. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Roseburg Resources Company to clearcut log near Big Bend, CA.


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THP 2-15-082 SHA (West Cantrell THP) Roseburg Resources Company, 197 acres; 98% clearcut, 1% selection, 1% no-harvest logging.  Deep Creek, Little Roaring Creek, Bush Bar (MD: T36N R1E Sec.7, 17, 18; T36N R1W Sec.13).  Winter operations, low erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, fisher sighting in unit 1802, osprey sightings within 1 mi, rattlesnake fern, English peak greenbriar, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/25/15. VIEW

This THP is about 8 miles north of Highway 299 and 2.2 miles SW of Big Bend, CA at an elevation of 2,340 to 3,220 feet.  Roseburg Resources Company is planning a clearcut tractor based logging operation in Douglas fir, white fir, incense cedar, ponderosa pine and sugar pine forests.  There was a fisher sighting in unit 1802, and multiple osprey sightings within 1 mi of the THP area.  Rattlesnake fern was found in sections 17 and 18, and English peak greenbriar was found inside/adjacent to units 700, 702, 702W, 1802W and 1803. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log near the Mad River.


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THP 1-15-119 HUM (Wiggings North THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 360.5 acres; 83% clearcut, 13% selection, 2% roadside, 2% no-harvest logging.  Maple Creek, Boulder Creek (HUM: T4N R3E Sec.1, 2, 3; T4N R4E Sec.6; T5N R3E Sec.34, 35).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 80%, landslide terrain, 13 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, oversized units, coho watershed, 12+ spotted owls within 1.3 mi, fisher sighting within unit L, trees up to 48" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/25/15. VIEW

This THP is about 15 miles SE of Arcata, CA and about 13 miles SW of Willow Creek, CA at an elevation of 1,985 to 4,280 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut feller buncher, cable and shovel logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Douglas fir and white fir forests.  The THP area flows into the Mad River which is listed as impaired for sediment, turbidity and temperature.  There are 4 unstable areas including deep seated landslide terrain along the western portion of unit E, and 2 shallow rapid landslide terrain sites in the cable portion of unit E.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to use shovel logging equipment to deck and load logs from within a class II (mid sized) watercourse along the SC 2000 Road.  13 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  There are spotted owl nesting territories within .25 mi of units C, E, F, G, and within .5 mi of units A, B, H. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

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


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THP 2-15-085 BUT (Buck THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 411 acres; 52% clearcut, 44% commercial thin, 4% selection, misc roadside logging. Coyote Gap, Mtn. House Creek, Bush Creek, Marble Creek, Kelly Reservoir (MD: T22N R6E Sec.3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 15, 16; T23N R6E Sec.33).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 60%, 14 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, 3 CA spotted owls within 1.3 mi, marten sighting within 1 mi, red tailed hawk nest within .25 mi, 4 sensitive plant species, trees up to 120 years old.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/25/15. VIEW

This THP is about 18 miles NE of Oroville, CA and about 18 miles SW of Quincy, CA at an elevation of 3,840 to 5,080 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a tractor based logging operation in white fir, sugar pine, ponderosa pine, Douglas fir and incense cedar forests.  The use of existing watercourse crossings is planned inside class I (year round) and class II (mid sized) watercourses.  14 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction and culvert repair/replacement.  There is a red tailed hawk nest within .25 mi of the THP area in section 11, and a pacific marten was reported within 1 mi of the THP area in section 28.  Giant checker bloom was found in sections 3, 4, 10, 13, 15, 33, 51 (within/near units 4, 5, 6, 17, 20), Clifton’s eremogone was found in sections 2 and 33, Mildred’s clarkia was found in sections 10 and 14 (within units 7, 9, 11), and Mosquin’s clarkia was found in sections 3, 4, 15, 33 (near/within units 1, 5, 7, 8, 17, 22). More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Sierra Pacific Industries to log out trees up to 150 years old above Lake Almanor.


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THP 2-15-080 PLU (Susivesi THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 1,789 acres; 50% shelterwood, 31% fuelbreak, 19% clearcut, misc roadside logging. E. Side Lake Almanor, Upper Wolf Creek (MD: T27N R8E Sec.1, 2, 3, 11, 12, 14; T28N R8E Sec.26, 27, 34, 35).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 60%, 73 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, wet area, 1 CA spotted owl within 1.3 mi, bald eagle nest within section 34, 3 osprey nests within 1.15 mi, 3 sensitive plant species, trees up to 150 years old.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/23/15. VIEW.

This THP is 4 miles SW of Westwood, CA along the eastern shoreline of Lake Almanor.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly shelterwood (large tree overstory removal) tractor and cable logging operation in white fir, Douglas fir, ponderosa pine, red fir, sugar pine and incense cedar forests at an elevation of 4,680 feet to 7,120 feet.  73 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, and culvert repair/replacement.  There is a bald eagle nest inside the THP area in section 34, and 3 osprey nests were reported within 1.15 mi including an osprey nest inside the THP area in section 34, an osprey nest within 800 feet of the THP area, and an osprey nest within 1.15 mi of the THP area.  Jonesville spring beauty was found in section 1, Dudley’s rush was found in section 6 and Plumas alpine aster was found in sections 2, 12, and 35. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut by Chester, CA and Lake Almanor.


PANORAMIO Photo By Vincent James
THP 2-15-079 PLU (Benner Creek THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 472 acres; 86% clearcut, 14% fuelbreak, misc roadside logging. Benner Creek (MD: T29N R6E Sec.13, 14, 23, 24, 25; T29N R7E Sec.19, 29, 30, 31).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, 10 road drainage work sites, herbicides, 4 CA spotted owls within 1.3 mi, bald eagle nest within .5 mi, goshawk nest within 450 ft, sandhill crane sighting within 1 mi, great gray owl sightings within 1.5 mi, sandhill crane and cascade frog sightings within 1 mi, historic red fox sightings, Rocky Mountain chickweed, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/23/15. VIEW

This THP is .5 mi north of Chester, CA and Lake Almoner at an elevation of 4,560 to 5,320 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor based logging operation in ponderosa pine, Jeffrey pine, sugar pine, white fir and incense cedar forests. 10 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction and culvert repair/replacement.  Sierra Nevada red fox sightings have been reported .5 mi south of the THP area in section 6, and 1.5 miles north of the THP area in section 12.  A goshawk nest site is located within 450 feet of the proposed fuel break, and within 1,250 feet of unit 6.  A bald eagle nest is also located .5 mi south of the THP area at the junction of Warner Valley and Juniper Lake Roads.  There have been great gray owl sightings in section 32, and 1.5 mi east of the THP area. Cascade frog sightings were reported 1 mi SSE of the THP area near the North Fork of the Feather River, and greater sandhill crane sightings were reported 1 mi ENE of the THP area near Lake Almanor.  Rocky Mountain Chickweed was found along the banks of Benner Creek.  There are 4 CA spotted owl nesting territories within 2.5 mi, including 1 territory that is located within 500 feet of the THP area in section 30. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Fruit Growers Supply Company to log next to Eagle Lake and Merrill Campgrounds at Eagle Lake


PANORAMIO Photo By jwkeene
THP 2-15-077 LAS (Eagle THP) Fruit Growers Supply Company, 2,972 acres; 74% commercial thin, 24% sanitation salvage, 2% clearcut, 1% rehab logging.  Papoose Creek, Merrill Creek, Fox Mtn. (MD: T31N R10E Sec.13, 14, 15, 24, 25, 36; T31N R11E Sec.18, 19, 29, 30, 31, 32).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, 20 road drainage work sites, papoose meadow, Eagle Lake and Merrill Campgrounds, herbicides, 1 CA spotted owl within 1.3 mi, goshawk within 1 mi, bald eagle nest within .75 mi, osprey nest within 200 ft, yellow rail and sandhill crane sightings at Papoose meadow, red tailed hawk nest, Susanville beardtongue, trees up to 30" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/23/15. VIEW

This THP is 9 miles NW of Susanville, CA and adjacent to Eagle Lake and Merrill Campgrounds along the southern shoreline of Eagle Lake.  Fruit Growers Supply Company is planning a tractor based logging operation in white fir, sugar pine, incense cedar and ponderosa pine forests at an elevation of 5,200 to 6,300 feet.  20 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction and culvert repair/replacement.  There is a goshawk territory 1 mi SW of the THP area in section 2, a bald eagle nest .75 mi north of the THP area in section 7, and a bald eagle nest in section 10.  An osprey nest was reported to be .5 mi east of the THP area in section 17, and another osprey nest was reported to be 200 feet north of the THP area in section 14.  Greater sandhill cranes have been spotted at nearby Papoose Meadow, and there is a red tailed hawk nest in section 18.  Susanville beardtongue was located in the west half of section 33. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Roseburg Resources Company to clearcut log near Pondosa, CA


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THP 2-15-073 SIS (West Tom Young THP) Roseburg Resources Company, 419 acres; 100% clearcut, misc selection logging.  North Fork Bear Creek, Middle Bear Creek (MD: T39N R2E Sec.13, 14, 15).  Winter operations, low erosion hazard, slopes up to 35%, 16 road drainage work sites, tom young meadow, herbicides, goshawk territory within .5 mi, greater sandhill crane sightings within .25 mi, bald eagle sighting within 9,500 ft, long haired star tulip, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/05/15. VIEW

This THP is 21 miles east of McCloud, CA and about 1 mile NW of Pondosa, CA near Highway 89 at an elevation of 4,000 to 4,500 feet.  Roseburg Resources Company is planning a clearcut tractor based logging operation in Douglas fir, ponderosa pine, sugar pine, white fir, lodge pole pine and incense cedar forests.  16 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction and culvert repair/replacement.  The Bear Lake goshawk territory is within .5 mi of the THP area in section 23, a bald eagle was reported 9,500 feet SW of the THP area, and greater sandhill cranes were reported to be at nearby Tom Young Meadow.  A population of Long Haired Star Tulip was reported inside unit 1404 within section 14, and adjacent to Tom Young Meadow. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log north of Burney, CA.


PANORAMIO Photo By sjgoodin
THP 2-15-072 SHA (Dana THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 898 acres; 95% clearcut, 5% fuelbreak logging.  Cayton Creek, Thousand Springs, Dry creek (MD: T38N R3E Sec.9, 10, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, 25, 26, 27, 28, 34, 35, 36).  Winter operations, low erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, 4 spotted owls within 1.3 mi, goshawk territory within 1.5 mi, 3 sensitive plant species, trees over 32" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/05/15. VIEW

This THP is 15 miles north of Burney, CA near the junction of Highway 89 and Lassen County Road A19 (Dana/McArthur Road).  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a clearcut tractor based logging operation in Douglas fir, ponderosa pine, white fir and incense cedar forests at an elevation of 3,300 to 4,200 feet.  There is a goshawk territory within 1.5 mi of THP units in section 7.  Susanville milk vetch was found in unit 16C, California gold banner was found in units 9C, 10A, 16C and 15D, and Silvery false lupine was found in units 35C, 35D, and 36C. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log in the Sacramento Canyon.


PANORAMIO Photo By oldadit
THP 2-15-071 SHA (Tater THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 531 acres; 100% clearcut logging, misc roadside logging.  Lower South Fork Sacramento R., Upper South Fork Sacramento R. (MD: T37N R4W Sec.21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 33).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, impaired 303.d watershed, Girard roadless area, herbicides, 2 spotted owls within 1.3 mi, trees up to 36" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/05/15. VIEW

This THP is 30 miles north of Redding, CA and 7 miles south of Castella, CA in the Sacramento Canyon at an elevation of 2,000 to 4,000 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in Douglas fir, ponderosa pine, sugar pine and white fir forests.  Sections 24, 25, 26 and 33 are adjacent to the Girard Roadless Area.  Sierra Pacific Industries wants to construct 300 feet of temporary road on steep slopes over 65% grade in unit 28C, and use tractors on steep slopes over 65% grade within units 26A and 27D. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Fruit Growers Supply Company to log in nice high elevation stands north of Westwood, CA.


PANORAMIO Photo By Josh Kincheloe
THP 2-15-070 LAS (Round Valley THP) Fruit Growers Supply Company, 1,487 acres; 57% selection, 25% sanitation salvage, 17% clearcut, 1% shelterwood, misc roadside logging.  Norvell, Pine Lake, Pine Creek Valley (MD: T31N R8E Sec.15, 21, 22, 23, 26, 27, 28, 33).  Winter operations, low erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 60%, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, 5 CA spotted owls within 1.3 mi, 3 goshawk nests within .25 mi, 2 Sierra Nevada red fox sightings within .75 mi, greater sand hill cranes within .5 mi, 2 badger sightings nearby, trees up to 115 years old.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/05/15. VIEW

This THP is about 14 miles north of Westwood, CA near the junction of Highway 44 and Lassen County road A21 at an elevation of 5,674 to 6,396 feet.  Fruit Growers Supply Company is planning a tractor based logging operation in high elevation stands of Jeffrey pine, western white pine, red fir, white fir, western hemlock and lodge pole pine.  Two goshawk nests are located within .25 mi of the THP area in section 22, and 1 goshawk nest is located within .25 mi of the THP area in section 21. Multiple Sierra Nevada red fox sightings were reported within .25 mi and .75 mi of the THP area in sections 4, 29 and 34. There have been American marten sightings in the general area, 2 badger sightings in the THP area within section 28, and sandhill cranes have been spotted nesting at nearby long lake and feather lake. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Sierra Pacific Industries to log out nice high elevation stands near Donner Lake.


PANORAMIO Photo By A. T. Burke
THP 2-15-069 PLA (Deep Cold THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 3,116.2 acres; 77% group selection, 20% sanitation salvage, 2% no-harvest, 1% commercial thin, misc shelterwood, seed tree and roadside logging.  Trout Creek, Emigrant Canyon, Deep Creek (MD: T16N R15E Sec.1; T16N R16E Sec.5, 6, 7; T17N R15E Sec.25, 34, 35, 36; T17N R16E Sec.30, 31).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, landslide terrain, 52 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, pacific crest trail, herbicides, 4 CA spotted owl sightings within 1,600 feet, 2 goshawk sightings in sections 30 and 35, marten sighting in section 31, 6 mountain beaver sightings within 3,700 feet, lahontan cutthroat trout sighting within 3,600 feet, donnor pass buckwheat, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/05/15. VIEW

This THP is 4 miles SW of Truckee, CA and 1.5 miles south of Donner Lake and Interstate 80 near the Sierra crest at an elevation of 6,200 to 8,020 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a tractor based logging operation on steep and unstable slopes amongst nice high elevation stands of Jeffrey pine, western white pine, red fir, white fir, western hemlock and lodge pole pine.  The THP area is close to the Pacific Crest Trail in section 34, and drains towards the Truckee River which is listed as an impaired watershed for siltation.  There are 3 granitic/sandy slide areas in sections 35 and 26, including over steep headwall scarps and loose hummocky terrain.  52 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  Donnor pass buckwheat was reported within 3,600 feet of the THP area. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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


PANORAMIO Photo By valarienne
THP 1-15-105 DEL (Sultan NB-340 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 213.5 acres; 47% clearcut, 27% commercial thin, 16% selection, 6% no-harvest, 3% roadside, 1% special logging. Little Mill Creek (HUM: T17N R1E Sec.7, 8, 17, 18, 19).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 21 road drainage work sites, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, 2 spotted owls within 1.3 mi, ruffled grouse sighting, Indian pipe, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/05/15. VIEW

This THP is about 8 miles NE of Crescent City, CA and about 4 miles NW of Gasquet, CA and Highway 199 at an elevation of 80 to 1,300 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir and western hemlock forests.  The THP area drains into the Smith River Watershed which contains chinook, coho, steelhead and coastal cutthroat trout.  There are multiple road failure sites including fill failures, cut bank failures, channelized road beds, sink holes and bank sloughing.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to construct a new temporary road inside a class I (year round) watercourse in unit A.  21 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and re-construction of washed out crossings.  Indian Pipe was found in units D, E and F. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log near Beardsley Lake and the Middle Fork of the Stanislaus River.


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THP 4-15-014 TUO (Middle Fork THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 337 acres; 72% clearcut, 24% fuelbreak, 4% selection, misc roadside logging. Dry Meadow Creek (MD: T4N R16E Sec.13; T4N R17E Sec.7, 16, 17, 18, 21, 28, 29).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, 2 unstable areas, steep slopes up to 60%, 35 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, 7 CA spotted owls within 1.3 mi, 2 goshawk nest sites > 1 mi, trees up to 60" dbh. Estimated public comment deadline: 12/11/15. VIEW

This THP is about a dozen miles SE of Arnold, CA near Beardsley Lake and the Middle Fork of the Stanislaus River at an elevation of 3,100 to 4,700 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a tractor based logging operation in ponderosa pine, sugar pine, white fir, Douglas fir and incense cedar forests.  SPI wants to use 4 skid trails inside class I, class II and class III watercourses, and use tractors at class III (intermittent) watercourse crossings during the winter period. 35 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log amongst trees up to 52” dbh near Calaveras Big Trees State Park.


Calaveras Big Trees State Park photo by Tony Immoos
THP 4-15-013 TUO (Moody Lynx THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 389 acres; 84% clearcut, 8% shelterwood, 8% selection logging.  Lower Griswold Creek, McCormick Creek (MD: T4N R15E Sec.1, 11, 12, 13, 14; T4N R16E Sec.5, 6, 7, 8; T5N R16E Sec.32, 33).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 60%, unstable area in section 8, wet areas, 24 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, Calaveras big trees state park, 15 CA spotted owls within 1.3 mi, goshawk nest in unit 1277, 2 foothill yellow legged frog sightings within 1.2 mi, trees up to 52" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/10/15. VIEW

This THP is about 4 miles SE of Arnold, CA, near the southern border of Calaveras Big Trees State Park and McKay Reservoir at an elevation of 3,435 to 5,150 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in ponderosa pine, Douglas fir, sugar pine, white fir and incense cedar forests.  SPI wants to use several segments of skid roads inside class II (mid sized) and class III (intermittent) watercourses, and a segment of seasonal road inside a class I (year round) watercourse.  24 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  There are goshawk nests in unit 1277 and section 4, and 2 foothill yellow legged frogs were reported within 800 feet and 1.2 mi of the THP area. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Roseburg Resources Company to clearcut log south of Mt. Shasta.


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THP 2-15-067 SIS (Shasta View THP) Roseburg Resources Company, 344 acres; 92% clearcut, 7% selection, 1% roadside logging. Ney Springs Creek, Big Canyon Creek (MD: T39N R4W Sec.2, 3, 10, 11, 15, 16; T40N R4W Sec.33).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, unstable areas, 66 road drainage work sites, herbicides, osprey nest within 3,000 feet, foothill yellow legged frog within 2,200 feet, peregrine falcon nearby, Rattlesnake fern, Klamath fawn lily, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/30/15. VIEW

This THP is 3 miles south of Mt Shasta, CA and 3 miles NW of Dunsmuir, CA at an elevation of 3,100 to 5,520 feet.  Roseburg Resources Company is planning a clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in white fir, sugar pine, Douglas fir, ponderosa pine and incense cedar forests.  Ground based equipment is planned for use in areas designated for cable logging inside units 1003, 1004, 1500, 1501, 1604, 1606, 3300 and 3302.  66 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/restoration.  An osprey nest is located within 3,000 feet of unit 3301 in section 34, a peregrine falcon site is located near sections 15 and 16, and a foothill yellow legged frog was seen 2,200 feet upstream from unit 3302.  Rattlesnake fern was found in section 11, and Klamath fawn lily was found in section 16 south of unit 1603. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

SPI planning a pair of clearcut THPs in nice high elevation red fir large tree stands near Mt. Shasta.


PANORAMIO Photo By Aaron Nuffer
THP 2-15-065 SIS (Cold Pilgrim THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 499 acres; 95% clearcut, 4% shelterwood, 1% selection logging. Pilgrim Creek, Upper Ash Creek, Widow Spring (MD: T41N R2W Sec.17, 19, 21, 28, 29).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, herbicides, oversized units, high elevation red fir stand, 2 spotted owls within 1.3 mi, 3 goshawk sightings within 1.2 mi, martin sighting within 4,285 feet, Wilkin's bellflower, trees over 36" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/30/15.  VIEW

This THP is about a dozen miles NE of the city of Mt. Shasta, and a few miles east of Mt. Shasta at an elevation of 5,440 to 7,120 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a tractor based clearcut logging operation in a high elevation pure red fir forest with trees over 36” dbh.  There were 3 goshawk sightings within 1.2 mi of the THP area in sections 15, 22 and 32, and a martin sighting within 4,285 feet of the THP area in section 16. There is also an historic (1989) sighting of a Sierra Nevada red fox within 1.6 mi of the THP area in section 9, and an historic (1980) sighting of a pacific fisher within 1,829 feet of the THP area in section 20. Wilkin's bellflower was found within units 21B and 21C.  This THP is just NE of SPI’s 2-15-068 SIS (Panther THP) and 2-15-066 SIS (Red Intake THP).

THP 2-15-066 SIS (Red Intake THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 321 acres; 92% clearcut, 6% roadside, 3% selection logging. Squaw Valley Creek (MD: T40N R2W Sec.7; T40N R3W Sec.1, 2, 11, 13).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 60%, herbicides, 2 spotted owls within 1.3 mi, 3 goshawk sightings within 1 mi, trees over 40" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/30/15.  VIEW

This THP is about 8 miles east of the city of Mt. Shasta, 3 miles east of the ski area and about 3 to 5 miles north of McCloud, CA at an elevation of 4,600 to 6,700 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in nice high elevation red fir, white fir, sugar pine, Douglas fir, ponderosa pine and incense cedar forests with trees over 40" dbh.  SPI wants to use temporary skid trail crossings inside class III (intermittent) watercourses during the winter period, and use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging inside units 1D and 11A.  There were 3 goshawk sightings reported including a sighting over 1,000 feet from the THP area in section 7, a sighting over a mile away in section 12, and a sighting about 2,400 feet from the THP area in section 6. For spotted owl nesting territory SIS0230, this THP will reduce foraging habitat by 71 acres within 1.3 mi.  This THP is just SW of SPI’s 2-15-065 SIS (Cold Pilgrim THP) and NE of SPI’s 2-15-068 SIS (Panther THP). More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut east of Trinity Lake.


PANORAMIO Photo By jpobursky
THP 2-15-064 SHA (Clear Onion THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 277 acres; 96% clearcut, 4% shelterwood logging.  Damnation Creek, Slate Creek (MD: T35N R6W Sec.5, 7; T35N R7W Sec.1).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, unstable areas, impaired 303.d watershed, wet areas, herbicides, oversized units, 6 spotted owls within 1.3 mi, 2 fisher sightings within 1,089 feet, goshawk nest within 4,654 feet, 6 sensitive plant species, trees over 32" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/30/15. VIEW

This THP is about 6 miles SE of Trinity Center and about 5 miles east of Trinity Lake at an elevation of 3,120 to 5,000 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a tractor and cable clearcut logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Douglas fir, ponderosa pine, sugar pine and incense cedar forests.  There is an unstable area in section 5, and wet areas in sections 1, 5 and 7.  SPI wants to use tractors on slopes over 50% grade with a high erosion hazard in units 1b, 5C and 5J.  Two pacific fisher sightings were reported within 289 and 1,089 feet of unit 5A, 2 historic (1972) sightings of pacific tailed frogs were reported within 1.5 mi of unit 5A, and there is a goshawk nest within 4,654 feet of unit 5A.  English peak greenbrier was found in unit 5G, Klamath mountain catchfly was found in units 5A and 5C, Slender false lupine was found in unit 5L, Bear valley buckwheat was found in unit 7C, Northern clarkia was found near unit 7D and the road cut below, and Siskiyou onion was found near unit 7D. For spotted owl nesting territory SHA0020, this THP will reduce foraging habitat by 26 acres within .7 mi; for spotted owl nesting territory SHA0022, this THP will reduce foraging habitat by 63 acres within 1.3 mi; for spotted owl nesting territory SHA0035, this THP will reduce foraging habitat by 4 acres within 1.3 mi; for spotted owl nesting territory SHA0103, this THP will reduce foraging habitat by 13 acres within 1.3 mi. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log south of Trinity Lake.


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THP 2-15-063 TRI (Smurfer THP) Sierra Pacific Industries; 310 acres; 87% clearcut, 6% rehab, 5% selection, 2% roadside logging.  Buckeye Creek, Mooney Gulch (MD: T34N R8W Sec.29; T34N R9W Sec.11, 13, 14).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, oversized units, coho watershed, 4 spotted owls within 1.3 mi, 2 bald eagle nest sites within 1 mi, 6 sensitive plant species, trees up to 24" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/10/15. VIEW

This THP is about 7 miles NE of Weaverville, CA and 3 miles west of Lake Trinity Dam at an elevation of 2,680 to 3,280 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor based logging operation on steep slopes in Douglas fir, ponderosa pine, white fir, sugar pine and incense cedar forests.  Tractors are proposed for use on slopes over 65% in units 4825, 4826, 4829 and 4858, and on class III (intermittent) temporary crossings during the winter period.  Twelve road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction and culvert repair/replacement.  There are Bald eagle nest sites in sections 9 and 29.  Slender false lupine was found in unit 4874; tauschia glacua was found in units 4825, 4829, 4869, 4872 and 4874; Clustered lady's slipper was found in unit 4029; Siskiyou onion was found in unit 5132B; Klamath mountain catchfly was found in units 4858 and 4874; and English peak greenbrier was found in unit 4872. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut east of Trinidad, CA.


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THP 1-15-104 HUM (M Line Creek 17 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 146.5 acres; 69% clearcut, 24% no-harvest, 7% selection logging.  Maple Creek, McDonald Creek (HUM: T8N R1E Sec.9, 16, 17, 20, 21, 22).  Wet weather operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 80%, landslide terrain, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, 6 spotted owls within 1.3 mi, 2 osprey nests within .25 mi of units B and C, southern torrent salamander sightings near units A and D, red legged frog sightings in units B and C, scattered large trees. Estimated public comment deadline: 11/10/15. VIEW

This THP is 3 miles east of Trinidad, CA and Highway 101 at an elevation of 500 to 1,400 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, grand fir, Sitka spruce, western hemlock and Douglas fir forests.  There is a shallow rapid landslide terrain site along the upper portion of unit A, a headwall swale in the center of unit C, and 7 shallow rapid landslide terrain sites and 5 headwall swales in unit E.  An osprey nest is located within .25 mi of units B, C, haul roads CR1400 and CR1430, and a second osprey nest is located within .25 mi of unit B, and the CR1400 haul road. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Humboldt Redwood Company to log inside large tree marbled murrelet stands near Scotia.


PANORAMIC Photo of giant redwood in Bull Creek By Steve Tignor.
THP 1-15-103 HUM (Thunder Mug THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 291 acres; 54% group selection, 19% variable retention, 19% no-harvest, 7% selection, 1% roadside logging.  Jordan Creek (HUM: T1N R1E Sec.35; HUM: T1S R1E Sec.2, 3).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, landslide terrain, steep slopes over 65%, impaired 303.d watershed, logging inside large tree marbled murrelet stands, coho watershed, herbicides, 7 spotted owls within 1.3 mi, trees up to 36" dbh. Estimated public comment deadline: 11/10/15. VIEW

This THP is 5 miles SW of Scotia, CA and a few miles south of Highway 101 at an elevation of 560 to 2,600 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.  The THP area flows into the Eel River which is listed as an impaired watershed for temperature and sediment. There are 3 landslide terrain sites including a debris slide, inner gorge slope and swale in unit 1, 3 debris slides in unit 2, 11 landslide terrain sites in unit 4 including debris slides and fill slope failures, and 11 landslide terrain sites in unit 5 including disrupted ground, debris slides, debris flows and steep stream side slopes.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment on slopes designated for cable logging, and log inside marbled murrelet stands within unit 2 (464D) and 470D. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.