Monday, August 29, 2016

Sierra Pacific Industries to log east of Oroville, CA.


PANORAMIO By Mr Goose Skin
THP 2-16-040 YUB (Empire THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 316 acres; 76% group selection, 24% clearcut logging. Indian Creek, Mill Creek (MD: T19N R7E Sec.12, 13, 14).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, New Bullards Bar Reservoir, CA spotted owls, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 10/04/16. VIEW

This THP is about 6 miles NW of Camptonville, CA and about 20 miles east of Oroville, CA at an elevation of 2,700 to 3,400 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a tractor based logging operation in Douglas fir, ponderosa pine, sugar pine and white fir forests. The THP area flows into the New Bullards Bar Reservoir, a popular fishing, boating and swimming destination with 2 powerhouses and a campground.  SPI wants to construct an in-stream waterhole near a spring along Empire Creek, and re-construct an existing skid crossing through Empire Creek.  There are 3 CA spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area, including a CA spotted owl nesting territory within .1 mi of the THP area in section 12, and a CA spotted owl nesting territory within .73 mi of the THP area in section 23.

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


PANORAMIO By Gregg Phipps
THP 1-16-088 DEL (1110/1160 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 297 acres; 50% clearcut, 16% commercial thin, 14% selection, 11% sanitation salvage, 8% no-harvest, 1% roadside logging.  Gilbert Creek, Lower Rowdy Creek, Savoy Creek, Dominie Creek (HUM: T18N R1W Sec.9, 10, 11, 13, 14, 15, 24).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 80%, landslide terrain, 5 road drainage work sites, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, 2 old growth bat trees, southern torrent salamander, trees up to 60" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 10/08/16. VIEW

This THP is about a mile north of the town of Smith River, CA and Highway 101 near the CA/OR border.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in western hemlock, redwood, Sitka spruce and Douglas fir forests.  There are 2 landslide terrain sites within a class II (mid sized) watercourse along the northern boundary of unit H. Five 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 historic bald eagle nest (1974) .5 mi south of unit I, and southern torrent salamanders are known to occur immediately adjacent to units B, E and H.  Two old growth trees will be retained as Townsend's Big Eared bat trees including a 45" dbh western hemlock tree, and a 52" dbh Sitka spruce tree within unit D.  Spotted owl nesting territories are located within .5 mi of units F, G and I.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log trees up to 50” dbh adjacent to the Chanchelulla Wilderness Area.


PANORAMIC Photo By Chris English
THP 2-16-038 TRI (Outhere THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 123 acres; 93% clearcut, 6% selection, 1% special logging. Johnson Gulch (MD: T31N R10W Sec.36).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, unstable area, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, wet meadow, chanchelulla wilderness area, coho watershed, spotted owl, ternate buckwheat, trees up to 50" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 09/24/16. VIEW

This THP is about 16 miles south of Weaverville, CA and about 12 miles SE of Hayfork, CA at an elevation of 3,600 to 5,200 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a clearcut tractor based logging operation in Douglas fir, ponderosa pine, incense cedar, sugar pine and white fir forests next to the Chanchelulla Wilderness Area (units 2394 and 2405 are adjacent). The THP area flows into the Trinity River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and siltation. There is an unstable area in the northern portion of section 36 outside of THP units.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning to use ground based equipment on slopes over 50% grade with a high erosion hazard within units 2394, 2400 and 2403, and on slopes between 50% and 65% grade to construct fire lines and water bars within units 2404 and 2405.  SPI also wants to use an existing skid trail within the outer edge of a class II (mid sized) watercourse in unit 2404, and an existing skid trail and landing inside a class II (mid sized) watercourse in unit 2404.  Ternate buckwheat was found along the NW boundary of unit 2394.  A spotted owl nesting territory is located within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

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


PANORAMIC Photo By Greg Nyquist
THP 1-16-086 HUM (Long Range THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 371 acres; 58% commercial thin, 32% clearcut, 10% selection logging.  Long Prairie Creek (HUM: T6N R2E Sec.1, 2, 12; T7N R2E Sec.36).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, Cooper's hawk, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 10/01/16. VIEW  

This THP is about 9 miles NE of Arcata, CA near the Highway 299 coast range summit at an elevation of 880 to 2,300 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes (units F and G) in redwood, Douglas fir, grand fir and western hemlock forests.  The THP area flows into the Mad River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, temperature and turbidity.  214.5 acres of selection logging and thinning is planned adjacent to Highway 299 to hide the visual effects of clear cutting.  A Cooper's hawk was reported .4 mi north of unit A, and there are spotted owl nesting territories within .5 miles of units G and K.

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log near Patrick’s Point State Park.


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THP 1-16-085 HUM (BL 3900 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 89.1 acres; 75% clearcut, 25% selection logging. McDonald Creek (HUM: T8N R1W Sec.11, 12; T9N R1W Sec.35, 36). Wet weather operations, low erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, osprey, running pine, trees up to 40" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 09/20/16. VIEW

This THP is about 3 miles north of Trinidad, CA and within a mile of Patrick’s Point State Park and Highway 101 at an elevation of 400 to 800 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor based logging operation in redwood, Douglas fir, Sitka spruce and Bishop pine forests.  Potential marbled murrelet habitat exists on Harry Merlo State Recreation Area land within .25 mi of the LP Mill haul road.  An osprey nest is located within .25 miles of the LP Mill haul road, and 4 osprey nests are located within .5 miles of unit B and a seasonal road.  Running pine was found adjacent to a class II (mid sized) watercourse inside unit A.  There is a spotted owl nesting territory within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log north of Lake Shasta.


PANORAMIO Photo By zarpheous
THP 2-16-036 SHA (Green Salt THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 279 acres; 99% clearcut, 1% no-harvest logging.  Campbell Creek, North Salt Creek, Boulder Creek (MD: T36N R4W Sec.9, 15, 17; T36N R5W Sec.13).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, unstable area, oversized units, herbicides, spotted owl, trees over 32" dbh. Estimated public comment deadline: 09/17/16. VIEW

This THP is about 25 miles north of Redding, CA and about 5 miles north of Lakehead, CA near Lake Shasta at an elevation of 2,000 to 3,500 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a 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 is an unstable area along a road in section 13 outside of THP units.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning to use ground based equipment on steep slopes over 65% grade within unit 13D.  Sections 9 and 15 are adjacent to the West Girard roadless area.  An osprey sighting (2003) was reported just south of the community of Sweetbriar, and a western pond turtle was reported to be 2 miles downstream of the THP area along north salt creek.  There is 1 spotted owl nesting territory within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

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

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THP 1-16-083 HUM (Cal Barrel THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 281 acres; 65% clearcut, 33% selection, 2% no-harvest, 1% roadside logging.  Pollock Creek, Hutchery Creek (HUM: T6N R2E Sec.22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 35).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 5 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, oversized units, coho watershed, spotted owl, Sonoma tree vole, sharp shinned hawk, Del Norte salamander, southern torrent salamander, tailed frogs, trees up to 36" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 09/23/16. VIEW

This THP is about 8 miles east of Arcata, CA and about 3 miles east of Blue Lake, CA and Highway 299 near the coast range summit. Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Douglas fir, redwood, Sitka spruce, western cedar, grand fir and western hemlock forests.  The THP area flows into the mad river which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, temperature and turbidity.  There are 7 landslide terrain sites and road failure sites including a landslide along the northern portion of unit B, a cut bank failure along the southern portion of unit B, a small unstable area in the cable portion of unit F, 3 small unstable areas along the eastern portion of unit F, an unstable area in unit D and an old fill slope failure along the CB-1300 road in unit E.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to use ground based equipment on the CB-1100 road within a class II (mid sized) watercourse in unit A.  Five road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  A sharp shinned hawk was sighted 1.6 miles west of the THP area, Del Norte salamanders were reported to be in unit E, and there are historical (1990) reports of Sonoma tree voles in units E and F.  Tailed frogs and southern torrent salamanders are known to occur in most of the streams in the watershed.  There are spotted owl nesting territories within .25 mi of units B, D, F and I, and within .5 mi of units A, C, E, G and H.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log at Butte Meadows NE of Chico, CA.


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THP 2-16-034 BUT (Bull Durham THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 741 acres; 73% clearcut, 23% fuelbreak, 4% selection, misc roadside logging.  Fish Creek, Bolt Creek, Bull Creek (MD: T25N R3E Sec.1, 12, 13, 24, 25; T25N R4E Sec.4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 16, 17, 18, 20, 21, 30; T26N R3E Sec.25, 36; T26N R4E Sec.21, 29, 32, 33).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, oversized units, 109 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, chinook watershed, CA spotted owls, fisher, goshawk, Sierra Nevada red fox, osprey, cascade frog, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 08/30/16. VIEW  

This THP is about 20 miles NE of Chico, CA and about .5 miles north of Butte Meadows, CA near Highway 32.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in white fir, Douglas fir, sugar pine, incense cedar and ponderosa pine forests.  15, 900 feet of seasonal road construction is proposed, and the use of ground based equipment is proposed in areas designated for cable logging to construct fire breaks in units 1, 2, 3, 4, 15, 16, 19, 24, 26, 27, 28, and 29.  109 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  There is a historical (1978) sighting of a red fox located in section 30 a half mile north of the THP area.  Fisher sightings were reported in sections 1, 6, 7, 16, 17, 18, 20, 29, and 30, northern goshawks were reported in sections 20 and 30, osprey was reported in section 30, and a cascade frog was reported in section 29.  There are 9 CA spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area, including sections 23, 25, and 27.

Humboldt Redwood Company to log inside large tree marbled murrelet stands south of Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park.


PANORAMIC Photo By Rob Gendreau
THP 1-16-077 HUM (Swains II THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 153 acres; 55% group selection, 29% variable retention, 9% selection, 7% no-harvest logging.  Swans Flat (HUM: T1N R2E Sec.13, 24).  Winter operations, low erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, road failure sites, landslide terrain, 12 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, logging inside large tree marbled murrelet stands, Humboldt milk vetch, trees up to 36" dbh.   Estimated public comment deadline: 09/03/16. VIEW

This THP is about 10 miles SE of Scotia, CA and about 1.2 miles west of Swains Flat, CA near Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning a tractor based logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir and grand fir forests at an elevation of 1,030 to 1,800 feet.  The THP area drains into the Van Duzen River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, sedimentation and temperature.  There are active inner gorges, debris slides, cut bank, and fill slope failures mostly related to class II (mid sized) and class III (intermittent) watercourses throughout the THP area.  12 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  Large tree marbled murrelet stands D377 and D581 are proposed for harvest (tree size not listed in the THP).  There are 6 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Roseburg Resources Company to clearcut log NW of Burney, CA.


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THP 2-16-032 SHA (East Cantrell THP) Roseburg Resources Company, 188 acres; 99% clearcut, 1% selection logging.  Deep Creek (MD: T36N R1E Sec.16, 17, 21).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, spotted owl, osprey, western pond turtle, scattered large trees. Estimated public comment deadline: 08/25/16. VIEW

This THP is about 30 miles NE of Redding, CA and about 10 miles NW of Burney, CA at an elevation of 2,320 to 4,000 feet.  Roseburg Resources Company is planning a clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in Douglas fir, white fir, incense cedar, sugar pine and ponderosa pine forests.  Roseburg Resources Company is planning to use tractors inside areas designated for cable logging to construct fire breaks and for site preparation activities.  There are osprey nests nearby along the Pit River, and a western pond turtle was reported to be one mile NW of the THP area at Tunnel Reservoir.  One spotted owl nesting territory was reported within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

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


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THP 2-16-031 SHA (Bluemill THP) Roseburg Resources Company, 534 acres; 95% clearcut, 2% roadside, 3% selection logging.  Mill Creek, Upper Oak Run Creek, Silver Lake (MD: T33N R1E Sec.2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 17).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, steep roads, 4 unstable areas, 25 road drainage work sites, chinook watershed, herbicides, cascade frog, rattlesnake fern, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 08/25/16. VIEW

This THP is about 25 miles NE of Redding, CA and about 10 miles SW of Burney, CA at an elevation of 3,420 to 4,960 feet.  Roseburg Resources Company is planning a clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in Douglas fir, white fir, incense cedar, sugar pine and ponderosa pine forests.  There are 4 unstable areas related to instability of slopes above a creek (class II mid sized) watercourse in units 304 and 400.  Roseburg Resources Company is planning to use tractors inside areas designated for cable logging to construct fire breaks and for site preparation activities.  25 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  Pacific fisher sightings were reported in sections 9 and 16 according to THP maps, and a cascade frog was reported to be 1.5 miles SW of the THP area at Silver Lake. There are western pond turtles 2 miles west of the THP area, and foothill yellow legged frogs were reported to be 2 miles south of the THP area.  Three populations of rattlesnake fern were reported; two in unit 404W, and one in unit 800W.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

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


PANORAMIC Photo By yooperjb
THP 1-16-075 HUM (Algar THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 281 acres; 77% clearcut, 20% commercial thin, 3% selection, misc roadside logging.  Maple Creek, High Prarie Creek, Bradford Creek (HUM: T5N R3E Sec.24, 25, 26; T5N R4E Sec.19, 31).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, 3 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, oversized units, coho watershed, spotted owl, trees to over 130 years old.  Estimated public comment deadline: 08/25/16. VIEW

This THP is 20 miles east of Eureka, CA and 11 miles SW of Willow Creek, CA at an elevation of  2,480 to 4,400 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in Douglas fir forest.  The THP area flows into Redwood Creek which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment/siltation and temperature, and the Mad River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment/siltation, temperature and turbidity.  Three road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction and culvert repair/replacement.  There are 9 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log near the CA/OR border.


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THP 1-16-074 DEL (R1400/1000 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 315.5 acres; 65% clearcut, 14% selection, 13% no-harvest, 7% commercial thin, 1% roadside logging.  Lower Rowdy Creek, Upper Rowdy Creek (HUM: T18N R1E Sec.4, 8, 9, 16, 21).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, steep roads, landslide terrain, 3 road drainage work sites, packsaddle roadless area, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, old growth bat tree, Del Norte salamander, southern torrent salamander, tailed frog, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 08/22/16. VIEW

This THP is about 5 miles NE of the town of Smith River and a few miles south of the California/Oregon border at an elevation of 200 to 1,700 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in redwood, Douglas fir and western hemlock forests.  There are unstable areas (shallow rapid landslides) located in units B, C, G and H.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to construct 150 feet of seasonal road on slopes over 65% grade in unit D.  Three road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  Potential marbled murrelet habitat exists in the packsaddle roadless area within 300 feet of unit C on USFS land, and within .25 miles of seasonal roads in unit C.  A Del Norte salamander was reported in 2010 in unit E, tailed frogs were reported within or adjacent to units C and D, and southern torrent salamanders were reported within or adjacent to units A, C, D, and E.  There is a 7 foot diameter old growth tree in unit C that will be retained as a potential Townsend's big eared bat tree.  Spotted owl nesting territories are located within .5 mi of units C, E, F, G and H.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

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


PANORAMIO Photo By phillis1
THP 1-16-072 DEL (MG450 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 168 acres; 42% clearcut, 33% commercial thin, 22% no-harvest, 3% selection logging.  McGarvey Creek (HUM: T13N R1E Sec.25, 26, 27, 35).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 85%, 9 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, osprey, bald eagle, great blue heron, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 08/15/16. VIEW

This THP is a few miles south of the town of Klamath, CA, where the Klamath River meets the Pacific Ocean, and a mile east of Highway 101 at an elevation of 60 to 1,000 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in redwood, Douglas fir and western hemlock forests.  The THP area flows into the Klamath River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, temperature, nutrients and dissolved oxygen.  Nine road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings and sink holes.  A bald eagle nest is located within 120 feet of the Klamath River and .42 mi east of the MG-400 haul road, and 8 osprey nests are located within .25 mi of seasonal roads and the MG-10 haul road. There is a great blue heron rockery 1.3 miles NE of the THP area, and a 12 foot dbh redwood tree with a large cavity will be preserved as a bat tree that is located 70 feet from the boundary of unit D.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log near Paradise Lake NE of Chico, CA.


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THP 2-16-029 BUT (Mosquito THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 960 acres; 33% clearcut, 32% fuelbreak, 28% commercial thin, 7% selection, 1% seed tree, misc roadside logging. Little West Fork, Timbered Crater, Forks of Butte, Mosquito Creek (MD: T23N R3E Sec.1, 12; T23N R4E Sec.5, 6, 7, 8, 18; T24N R3E Sec.13, 24, 25, 26, 35, 36; T24N R4E Sec.18, 19, 31).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, 4 unstable areas, 21 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, CA spotted owl, pacific fisher, osprey, sharp shinned hawk, 5 sensitive plant species, scattered large trees. Estimated public comment deadline: 08/14/16. VIEW

This THP is about a dozen miles NE of Chico, CA near Paradise Lake and Stirling City at an elevation of 2,560 to 3,600 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut and fuel break tractor and cable logging operation in ponderosa pine, sugar pine, white fir, Douglas fir and incense cedar forests.  There are 4 unstable areas including 2 areas of hydraulic mining wash, an unstable area on PID property, and a possible soapstone mining area.  SPI wants to construct 100 feet of skid trail through a watercourse area adjacent to Paradise Lake in section 18, and re-construct a seasonal spur road and drafting pad near a class I (year round) watercourse, and a seasonal spur road and drafting pad near a class II (mid sized) watercourse.  21 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  There is 1 osprey nest adjacent to Paradise Lake Dam, and an unoccupied historic osprey nesting snag in unit 500.  Two pacific fisher denning sites are located approximately 1 mile away in sections 7 and 32, and one sharp shinned hawk nest is located within unit 500-T in section 12.  Six CA spotted owl nesting territories are located within 1.3 miles of the THP area.  There were 5 sensitive plant species reported including: butte county morning glory found in sections 26, 35, true’s manzanita found in sections 6, 35, Sanborn’s onion found in section 12, butte county fritillary found in sections 12, 7 and cascara buckthorn found in section 12.

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log SW of Chester, CA and Lake Almanor.


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THP 2-16-028 PLU (Gigi THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 1,014 acres; 69% clearcut, 24% fuelbreak, 7% shelterwood, misc roadside logging.  Upper Coyote Flat, Johnson Creek, Louse Creek (MD: T28N R6E Sec.9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 35, 36).  Winter operations, low erosion hazard, slopes up to 30%, 15 road drainage work sites, herbicides, CA spotted owl, goshawk, bald eagle, osprey, cascades frog, Sierra Nevada yellow legged frog, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 08/13/16. VIEW

This THP is along the southwestern edge of Chester, CA and Lake Almanor at an elevation of 4,640 to 6,080 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor based logging operation in Ponderosa pine, Jeffrey pine, sugar pine, white fir, incense cedar and lodge pole pine forest.  The THP area drains into Mud Lake, a seasonal wet meadow.  SPI wants to be able to create so called "jump roads" under 500 feet without pre-flagging to connect units with haul roads.  15 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, and culvert repair/replacement.  There is 1 goshawk nest within .5 mi of the THP area in section 25, Four bald eagle territories near Lake Almanor in sections 2, 24, 31, and 32, and two osprey nests near Lake Almanor in sections 11 and 32.  Historic wildlife sightings include; a cascade frog sighting near Chester in section 8, Sierra Nevada Yellow Legged Frog sightings south of the THP area near Chester in section 3, and historic Red Fox sightings in sections 2 and 18.  There are 2 CA spotted owl nesting territories near the THP area, including a territory in section 9.

Sierra Pacific Industries to log near Camptonville, CA.


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THP 2-16-027 YUB (Dew Point THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 290 acres; 62% group selection, 31% clearcut, 7% sanitation salvage logging.  Brandy Creek (MD: T19N R8E Sec.26, 35).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, 3 unstable areas, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, CA spotted owl, foothill yellow legged frog, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 08/10/16. VIEW

This THP is about 15 to 17 miles north of the Nevada City/Grass Valley area and 1 mile north of Camptonville, CA at an elevation of 2,600 to 3,200 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a tractor based logging operation in ponderosa pine, sugar pine, white fir, Douglas fir and incense cedar forests.  There are 3 unstable areas in sections 26 and 35 in close proximity to an existing road that has historic strip mining and tailing damage.  Two sightings of Foothill Yellow Legged Frogs were reported in sections 3 and 24 (within .7 to 1.34 mi of the THP area).  There are 4 CA spotted owl territories within 1.3 mi of the THP area.

Green Diamond Resource Company to log in fisher habitat near Trinidad, CA.


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THP 1-16-068 HUM (Lower South Fork Thin THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 234 acres, 74% commercial thin, 21% clearcut, 4% selection, 1% no-harvest logging.  Lower South Fork (HUM: T7N R1E Sec.1, 13; T7N R2E Sec.3, 4, 5, 6, 18, 19; T8N R1E Sec.36).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, 16 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, peregrine falcon, pacific fisher, trees up to 46" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 08/07/16. VIEW

This THP is about 9 miles SE of Trinidad, CA and about 7 miles NE of McKinleyville, CA at an elevation of 300 to 2,000 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.  There are 2 landslide terrain features in unit D, including a landslide along the NE portion of the unit, and a small slide near a class II (mid sized) watercourse.  16 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and restoration of washed out crossings.  A Pacific fisher has been spotted in units A and E, and there is an historic peregrine falcon eyrie (Hoover Rock) within 550 feet of unit D and within .25 miles of the CR2230 and CR2240 haul roads.  Spotted owl nesting territories are located within .25 miles of unit D, and within .5 miles of units C and E.

Green Diamond Resource Company to log north of the town of Klamath and the Klamath River.


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THP 1-16-064 DEL (T-200 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 188 acres; 57% commercial thin, 22% clearcut, 11% selection, 7% no-harvest, 2% roadside logging.  Lower West Fork Hunter Creek (HUM: T14N R1E Sec.25, 26, 27).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, steep roads, landslide terrain, impaired 303.d watershed, 3 old growth bat trees, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, osprey, Del Norte salamander, sharp shinned hawk, trees up to 40” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 08/07/16. VIEW

This THP is about 4 miles north of the town of Klamath, CA and a few miles east of Highway 101 and Redwood National Park.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation in redwood and Douglas fir forests.  The THP area flows into the Klamath River which is listed as an impaired watershed for nutrients, temperature, dissolved oxygen and sediment.  Construction of 300 feet of seasonal road is proposed across two areas with steep slopes exceeding 65% grade. There are 3 osprey nests located within .25 mi of the T-10 haul road, and haul roads T-10, T200 and H110 pass within .25 mi to 1,200 feet of 4 marbled murrelet stands.  A Sharp Shinned Hawk nest site was located within unit A in 2016, a Del Norte Salamander sighting was reported within unit C in 1990, and 3 old growth bat trees will be retained as habitat for Townsend's big eared bats.  Spotted owl nesting territories are located within .25 miles of units A and B, and within .5 miles of unit C.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Mendocino Redwood Company to log SW of Comptche, CA near the South Fork of the Albion River.


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THP 1-16-062 MEN (Tilley Mack 2016 THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 447 acres; 70% group selection, 30% transition logging.  South Fork Albion River (MD: T16N R16W Sec.16, 17, 20, 21, 28).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 50 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owls, scattered large trees. Estimated public comment deadline: 08/07/16. VIEW

This THP is about 6 miles east of Albion, CA and about 4 miles SW of Comptche, CA at an elevation of 100 to 1,000 feet.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation in redwood and Douglas fir forests.  The THP area is adjacent to the South Fork of the Albion River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning to use heavy equipment inside a watercourse area to long line logs adjacent to a class I (year round) watercourse.  50 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  There are 6 spotted owl nesting territories within .7mi of the THP area.

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


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THP 1-16-067 HUM (Maple Wood THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 196.5 acres; 68% clearcut, 29% selection, 3% no-harvest logging.  Maple Creek (HUM: T8N R1E Sec.10, 11, 14, 15, 23; T8N R2E Sec.17, 18).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, herbicides, oversized units, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, osprey, southern torrent salamanders, trees up to 40" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 08/07/16. VIEW

This THP is about 6 miles east of Trinidad, CA and Highway 101 at an elevation of 560 to 1,720 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood and Douglas fir forests.  There are 2 unstable areas in unit E along the SW boundary of Maple Creek, and 4 unstable areas in unit F along the northern portion of the unit, and near the 2800 road.  Ground based equipment is proposed for use inside watercourse areas to long line logs and deck logs in unit C.  One historic osprey nest occurs within .25 mi of the LP Mill haul road, 2 historic osprey nests are located within .25 mi of the BL2000 haul road, and southern torrent salamanders are known to occur immediately adjacent to unit F.  There is potential marbled murrelet habitat on Harry Merlo State Recreation Area lands within .25 mi of the LP Mill haul road.  Spotted owl nesting territories are located within .25 mi of units B and D, and within .5 mi of units A, C and E.

Sierra Pacific Industries to log out the home of California’s only known Wolverine.


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THP 2-16-030 SIE (Bridge THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 2,718 acres; 70% group selection, 8% sanitation salvage, 7% aspen/meadow restoration, 6% selection, 5% fuelbreak, 3% no-harvest, 1% clearcut, misc seed tree and roadside logging. Jones Valley (MD: T19N R13E Sec.9, 11, 13, 15, 23; T19N R14E Sec.19).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 65%, 8 road drainage work sites, meadow and aspen restoration, herbicides, CA spotted owl, wolverine, marten, fisher, goshawk, osprey, bald eagle, red tailed hawk, subalpine fireweed, Donner Pass buckwheat, trees up to 44" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 08/15/16. VIEW  

This THP is about 13 miles NW of the I-80 Donner Summit Pass, near Jackson Meadows Reservoir, a popular high elevation recreation area and the Pacific Crest Trail.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a tractor based logging operation in red fir, white fir, white pine, mountain hemlock, Jeffrey pine and lodge pole pine forests at an elevation of 6,560 to 7,640 feet.  The only know wolverine to live in California was spotted here in 2009 (within the THP in section 23), within .34 mi of the THP in section 11, and in 2013 was spotted in section 34.  22 aspen restoration areas, and 15 meadow restoration areas are planned where encroaching conifers will be removed.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning to use feller bunchers for aspen/meadow restoration (conifer removal) inside class I (year round), class II (mid sized) and class III (intermittent) watercourses within sections 13,15, 19 and 23.  They also are planning to use 5 existing landings inside class III (intermittent) watercourses in sections 11, 15 and 19.  Eight road drainage sites are planned for work including 7 sites along old county road 301a with failed culverts, and 1 road crossing that diverts water into a class III (intermittent) watercourse.  Significant wildlife sightings include: a pair of osprey located on USFS land just west of section 23, northern goshawk sightings in sections 07, 15, 22, 27, pacific fisher sightings in sections 19, 21, 25, 29, american marten sightings in sections 18, 23, 26, 28, a badger sighting in section 1, and a bald eagle sighting in section 13.  There are CA spotted owl nesting territories in sections 24 and 25.  Three occurrences of subalpine fireweed were reported, and 1 occurrence of Donner Pass buckwheat was reported.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log east of Red Bluff, CA.


PANORAMIC Photo By ExButte Sheriff
THP 2-16-026 TEH (Two Barrel THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 766 acres; 78% clearcut, 22% fuelbreak, 1% selection, misc roadside logging.  Panther Spring (MD: T27N R2E Sec.3, 4, 5; T28N R2E Sec.29, 31, 32, 33, 34).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, 168 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, chinook watershed, CA spotted owl, goshawk, Sanborn's onion, trees up to 48" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 08/05/16. VIEW

This THP is about 22 miles NE of Red Bluff, CA and about 8 miles SE of Paynes Creek and Highway 36 at an elevation of 2,800 to 4,000 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor based logging operation in white fir, sugar pine, incense cedar and ponderosa pine forests.  A new road is proposed inside a class III (seasonal) watercourse to access the Tail Holt Spring, and temporary roads are proposed for use during the winter period.  SPI also wants to construct so called "jump roads" under 500 feet in length as needed without flagging to access units.  168 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 cave sites near unit 54 that were inspected for Townsend's big eared bats with negative results. A California spotted owl territory and northern goshawk territory were reported in section 2, and Sanborn's onion was found in section 31.

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


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THP 1-16-061 HUM (TT100 Gate THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 470 acres; 54% commercial thin, 34% clearcut, 7% selection, 4% no-harvest, 1% roadside logging. Upper Tectah Creek (HUM: T10N R2E Sec.4, 5, 7, 8).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, landslide terrain, 21 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, redwood national park, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, fisher, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 07/30/16. VIEW

This THP is about 5 miles east of Orick, CA and Highway 101 along the eastern edge of Redwood National Park.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood and Douglas fir forests at an elevation of 1,200 to 2,400 feet.  The THP area flows into the 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 D.  21 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  Marbled murrelet habitat exists on redwood national park within 300 feet of units A and H, within .25 mile of the TT-100 road, and there are spotted owl nesting territories within .75 mi of units A and G.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Humboldt Redwood Company to log adjacent to the Eel River near Scotia.


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THP 1-16-057 HUM (Tree Farm THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 99.6 acres; 78% group selection, 21% no-harvest, 1% selection logging.  Jordan Creek Monument Creek (HUM: T1N R1E Sec.16,17,20,21).  Winter operations, low erosion hazard, slopes up to 15%, 4 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, adjacent to eel river wild and scenic area, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, trees up to 34" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 07/29/16. VIEW

This THP is about a half mile south of Scotia, CA and highway 101 at an elevation of 120 to 160 feet.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning a tractor based logging operation in redwood and Sitka spruce forests adjacent to the Eel River which is designated as a wild and scenic recreation area and listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature.  Four road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  There are 8 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 mies of the THP area.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Humboldt Redwood Company to log trees up to 65” dbh near the Headwaters Forest Reserve.


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THP 1-16-056 HUM (Bridge Too Far THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 263.3 acres; 85% group selection, 8% selection, 5% no-harvest, 1% roadside logging.  Lower N. Fork Elk River (HUM: T4N R1E Sec.20, 28, 29, 30; T4N R1W Sec.25).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, steep roads, landslide terrain, 33 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, coho watershed, spotted owls, osprey nests, howell's montia, trees up to 65" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 07/20/16. VIEW

This THP is just north of the Headwaters Forest Reserve and about 5 miles SE of Eureka, CA at an elevation of 200 to 700 feet.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning a group selection and selection (individual tree removal) tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood and Douglas fir forests.  There are 128 acres of late seral stands in the THP area including trees up to 40" dbh in unit 1 that could be logged, trees up to 50" dbh in units 3 & 5 that could be logged, and trees up to 65" dbh in units 2 & 4 that could be logged.  The THP area flows into the Lower North Fork of the Elk River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and siltation.   Eleven landslide terrain sites are located within the THP area including debris slides, disrupted ground, debris flows and cut bank failures.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging in units 2 and 5, and construct a short segment of road inside a class I (year round) watercourse at Dunlap Gulch and the North Fork of Elk River.  They also want to construct steep segments of road U11.40001 on slopes over 65% grade, and within 100 feet of a class I watercourse.  33 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  There are 2 historic osprey nesting trees, and 9 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

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


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THP 1-16-054 HUM (BL2630 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 182 acres, 70% clearcut, 29% selection, 1% no-harvest logging.  Pitcher Creek (HUM: T8N R1E Sec.2, 3, 11; T9N R1E Sec.35).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, landslide terrain, road failure site, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, osprey, red tree vole, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 07/19/16. VIEW

This THP is about 5 miles NE of Trinidad, CA and about 2 miles SW of Redwood National Park at an elevation of 600 to 1,080 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood and Douglas fir forests.  There is an unstable area along the eastern boundary of unit A, and a seep that concentrates water across a road causing outboard fill erosion.  Potential marbled murrelet habitat exists within .25 mi of the LP Mil Road, and there is an osprey nest within .25 mi of the LP Mil Road, and 2 osprey nests within .25 mi of the  BL2000 Road.  Red tree voles were reported in 1994 to be in unit C.  There are spotted owl nesting territories within .5 miles of unit E.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Mendocino Redwood Company to log on steep and unstable slopes between Elk and Philo.


PANORAMIC Photo By Damon Tighe
THP 1-16-052 MEN (SE Corral THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 420 acres; 52% group selection, 37% selection, 12% transition logging.  Lower Greenwood Creek (MD: T14N R16W Sec.1, 2, 11, 12; T15N R16W Sec.35).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes over 70%, steep roads, landslide terrain, 51 road drainage work sites, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 07/10/16. VIEW

This THP is about 6 miles SE of Elk, CA, and about 7 miles NW of Philo, CA at an elevation of 450 to 1,460 feet.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir and grand fir forests.  There are 7 landslide terrain sites including steep headwall swales, debris flows, earth flows and disrupted ground.  51 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  There is marbled murrelet habitat adjacent to the THP area.  Two spotted owl nesting territories are located within .7 miles of the THP area.

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


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THP 1-16-049 MEN (Northspur THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 659 acres; 58% transition, 27% variable retention, 14% group selection, 1% no-harvest logging.  North Fork Noyo River (MD: T18N R15W Sec.4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 17).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 53 road drainage work sites,  impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, redwood lily, trees over 24" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 07/06/16. VIEW

This THP is about 10 miles west of Willits, CA and about 5 miles north of Highway 20 at an elevation of 320 to 1,360 feet.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood and Douglas fir forests.  There are 4 road failure sites including cut bank failures in sections 5 and 9, scarp failures upslope and downslope of roads in section 9, and a landslide terrain site near a class II (mid sized) watercourse in section 5.  The THP area flows into the Noyo River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment/sedimentation.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging, use ground based equipment on steep slopes over 65% grade, and use a landing and several skid roads inside a watercourse area.  53 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, and culvert repair/replacement.  There are spotted owl nesting territories within .7 mi of the THP area.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log trees up to 40” dbh near Weavervile, CA.


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THP 2-16-018 TRI (Dutch THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 281 acres; 96% clearcut, 3% selection,  1% roadside logging.  Dutch Creek, Soldier Creek (MD: T32N R11W Sec.1, 2, 11; T33N R10W Sec.30, 31; T33N R11W Sec.36).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, 12 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, osprey, trees up to 40" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 06/30/16. VIEW

This THP is about 6 miles SW of Weavervile, CA and Highway 299 at an elevation of 1,840 to 3,960 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in Douglas fir, ponderosa pine, sugar pine and incense cedar forests.  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 use ground based equipment on steep slopes up to 65% grade to construct fire lines.  12 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, and culvert repair/replacement.  There is an active osprey nest in section 30, within 170 feet of a haul road and within 300 feet of Soldier Creek Road.  3 Spotted owl nesting territories are located within 1.3 miles of the THP area, and within .5 mi of units 103 and 201.

Humboldt Redwood Company to log trees up to 55” dbh just south of Avenue of Giants.


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THP 1-16-048 HUM (Going Green THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 339 acres; 42% group selection, 31% no-harvest, 15% variable retention, 10% selection, 2% roadside logging.  Bear Creek (HUM: T1N R1E Sec.25, 26, 35, 36; T1S R1E Sec.1, 2).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, 7 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, Cooper's hawk, trees up to 55" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 06/30/16. VIEW

This THP is a mile south of the Avenue of the Giants and Highway 101 and about 4 miles SE of Scotia, CA.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir and grand fir forests at an elevation of 150 to 2,350 feet.  The THP area flows into the Eel River which is listed as impaired watershed for sediment and temperature.  The THP area contains trees up to 55" dbh, and will allow for the logging inside large tree marbled murrelet stands 307C, 319C and 320C.  There are multiple landslide terrain sites including debris slides, debris flows, earth flows, rock slides and disrupted ground.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging.  7 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings/sinkholes.  There are 3 Cooper's hawk nests in unit 4, and eight spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

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


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THP 1-16-046 HUM (KK Panther THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 161.9 acres; 57% commercial thin, 32% clearcut, 9% no-harvest, 1% selection, 1% roadside logging.  Panther Creek (HUM: T8N R2E Sec.13, 14, 23, 24, 25; T8N R3E Sec.30).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, landslide terrain, 10 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, trees up to 36" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 06/25/16. VIEW

This THP is about a dozen miles east of Trinidad, CA and a few miles SE of Redwood National Park at an elevation of 500 to 1,800 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 flows into Redwood Creek which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature.  There are dormant landslide terrain sites in units A, B and C.  Ten road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings and sink holes.  There are spotted owl nesting territories within .5 miles of units A and D.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut at Butte Meadows NE of Chico, CA.


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THP 2-16-014 BUT (Bolts THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 891 acres; 41% clearcut, 30% commercial thin, 29% selection, 1% roadside logging.  Coon Hollow, Cascade Creek, Bolt Creek, Bull Creek (MD: T26N R4E Sec.14, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 33, 36).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, unstable area, 41 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, wet areas, meadow, oversized units, herbicides, chinook watershed, CA spotted owl, goshawk, osprey, cascade frog, 5 sensitive plant species, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 06/23/16. VIEW

This THP is at Butte Meadows about 25 miles NE of Chico, CA and about 18 miles SW of Chester, CA.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a tractor based clearcut and commercial thin logging operation in ponderosa pine, sugar pine, white fir and incense cedar forests at an elevation of 4,200 to 5,600 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning 12,014 feet of new road construction, and 7,250 feet of road re-construction.  Existing road 120E2 is proposed for use inside a class I (year round) watercourse, and seasonal road 140E1 is proposed for use adjacent to a wet area.  There is a debris slide outside of the THP area near several haul roads in section 29.  41 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  Three goshawk sightings were reported; including a sighting in section 15 (within .25 mi of units 4, 5 and haul roads 180E, 350G13), a sighting in section 11, and a sighting in section 36.  Other wildlife sightings include: an historical (1978) sighting of a Sierra Nevada red fox within 1 mile of the THP area in section 30, an osprey sighting in section 30 (within .25 mi of haul roads 190A and the A Line Road), and a cascade frog sighting in section 29.  There are CA spotted owl nesting territories in section 10, and within .25 miles of unit 10 in sections 31 and 32.  Upswept moonwort was found in unit 15B, scalloped moonwort was found in units 3, 25B and haul road 180E, Mingan moonwort was found in unit 15B, Nightblooming false bindweed was found in units 1, 3 and haul road 180E, and Jonesville Springbeaugy was found in unit 15B.

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


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THP 1-16-041 HUM (Robber's Gulch THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 409 acres; 53% clearcut, 22% commercial thin, 17% selection, 7% no-harvest, 2% roadside Logging.  Upper Tully Creek (HUM: T9N R3E Sec.16, 17, 18, 19, 20).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, steep roads, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 65 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, golden eagle, tailed frog, trees up to 36" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 06/13/16. VIEW

This THP is about 15 miles NE of Trinidad, CA and about 6 miles SW of Weitchpec, CA along the eastern boundary of Redwood National Park.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Douglas fir forests at an elevation of 1,710 to 2,890 feet.  The THP area flows into the Klamath River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, temperature, nutrients and dissolved oxygen.  There are 22 landslide terrain/road failure sites within the THP area related to watercourses and roads including cut bank, fill slope, debris slides, earth flows, rock slides and disrupted ground.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to re-construct 3 segments of existing roads across unstable areas, and re-construct 2 segments of existing roads on slopes over 20% grade within units I and J.  They also want to re-construct an existing short segment of road inside unit G that exceeds 35% grade within 90 feet of a class II (mid-sized) watercourse.  65 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings (sink holes, bank sloughing, road bed channeling, bank sloughing, etc).  Golden eagles have been sighted within .5 mi of the THP area, and tailed frogs are known to occur immediately adjacent to unit A.  There are spotted owl nesting territories within .5 mi of units E and G.  This THP is just north of Green Diamond Resource Company’s recently proposed “Tully Green” THP 1-16-042 HUM.

THP 1-16-042 HUM (Tully Creek THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 332 acres; 80% clearcut, 14% selection, 4% no-harvest, 2% roadside logging.  Lower Little Pine Creek, Upper Little Pine Creek, Upper Tully Creek, Snow Camp Creek (HUM: T9N R3E Sec.15, 16, 19, 20, 21, 28).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 41 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, adjacent to Redwood National Park, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, Sonoma tree vole, golden eagle, tailed frog, trees up to 36" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 06/13/16. VIEW

This THP is about 14 miles NE of Trinidad, CA and about 6 miles SW of Weitchpec, CA along the eastern boundary of Redwood National Park (Unit A is adjacent).  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood and Douglas fir forests at an elevation of 1,700 to 3,200 feet.  The THP area flows into the Klamath River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, temperature, nutrients and dissolved oxygen.  There are 6 landslide terrain sites including 4 unstable areas in unit C, 1 unstable area in unit D, 1 large unstable area with smaller unstable areas in unit G, and 5 road failure sites including cut bank failures, fill failures, road bed slumping and road bed channeling.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to re-construct a section of existing seasonal road across an unstable area in unit G.  41 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings (sink holes, bank sloughing, road bed channeling, bank sloughing, etc).  A Sonoma tree vole was reported to be in unit G during a 2001 survey, golden eagles have been sighted 1.3 miles NW of the THP area, and tailed frogs are known to occur immediately adjacent to unit A.  There are spotted owl nesting territories within .5 mi of unit I.  This THP is just south of Green Diamond Resource Company’s recently proposed “Robber's Gulch” THP 1-16-041 HUM.