Saturday, May 16, 2015

Sierra Pacific Industries planning to clearcut along the Upper Trinity River.


Click on photo for FULL SIZE version
THP 2-15-025 TRI (Ramblin THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 197 acres; 95% clearcut, 5% selection logging.  Rainshorn Creek, Sherer Creek (MD: T39N R6W Sec.19; T39N R7W Sec.24, 25).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, oversized units, herbicides, Impaired 303.d watershed, 1 spotted owl within 1.3 mi, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 06/08/15. VIEW

This THP is 8 miles north of Coffee Creek and Trinity Lake, and a few miles east of Highway 3 towards the Scott Mountain summit.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a clearcut tractor based logging operation in Douglas fir, ponderosa pine, white fir, sugar pine, incense cedar and knob cone pine forest at an elevation of 4,000 to 5,840 feet. The THP area flows into the Upper Trinity River which is listed as impaired for sediment  and temperature.  SPI is planning to use ground based equipment on existing skid trails with steep slopes over 65% grade in units 2401, 2407 and 2437; and use ground based equipment on slopes exceeding 50% grade with a high erosion hazard in units 2407 and 2437.  They also want to use ground based equipment on slopes exceeding 50% grade that do not flatten before reaching a watercourse in units 2401 and 2397, and use 400 feet of existing road inside a class II (mid sized) spring. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log north of Bieber and Lookout.


PANORAMIO Photo By Tim Wilson
THP 2-15-024 MOD (McKay THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 714 acres; 73% clearcut, 27% fuel break, 1% roadside logging.  Upper Mud Lake, Webb Flat Reservoir, Spaulding Reservoir, Washington Creek, Damons Butte (MD: T41N R7E Sec.4; T42N R7E Sec.2, 3, 10, 11, 15, 16, 21, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 33).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 40%, 26 road drainage work sites, oversized units, herbicides, osprey within 750 feet, goshawk nest within .9 mi, bald eagle territory within 1 mi, greater sandhill cranes within .6 mi, 4 sensitive plant species, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 06/04/15. VIEW

This THP is 15 miles north of Lookout, CA and 3 miles south of Highway 139 near the California/Oregon border in Modoc County.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor based logging operation in ponderosa pine, incense cedar, and white fir forests at an elevation of 4,600 to 5,360 feet.  7,500 feet of new seasonal road is proposed, and 26 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, and culvert repair/replacement.  There are several small springs within unit 25A in the NE corner of section 25.  A bald eagle nesting territory lies within 1 mi of the THP area between Spaulding and Beeler Reservoirs, and a goshawk territory and nest are located .9 mi north of the THP area in section 36.  Greater sandhill cranes were spotted on the east side of Spaulding Reservoir .6 mi from the THP area. Long haired stared tulip was found on the edge of unit 25B, Castlegar Hawthorne was found west and downstream of unit 26A, and Silvery False Lupine was found in unit FB1 and 10A. Slender Orcutt Grass was also found along the western boundary of unit 21A, near the 91 road and along the eastern boundary of unit 15A. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut adjacent to the town of Burney, CA.


PANORAMIO Photo By Shain Paiment
THP 2-15-023 SHA (Rabbit THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 516 acres; 97% clearcut, 3% fuel break logging. Jackrabbit Flat, Washburn Bue Park (MD: T34N, R3E, Sec 5,6,7; T35N, R3E, Sec 29,30,31,32).  Winter operations, low erosion hazard, slopes up to 30%, herbicides, goshawk nest within 100 ft, trees up to 120 years old.  Estimated public comment deadline: 06/01/15. VIEW

This THP is .5 mi south of Burney, CA and Highway 299 at an elevation of 3,200 to 4,400 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a tractor based logging operation in white fir, Douglas fir, incense cedar, sugar pine and ponderosa pine forests. The THP includes 14 acres of fuel break in conjunction with the Burney Community Fuelbreak Project. There is a goshawk nest (2014) within 100 ft of unit 7B in section 7, a bald eagle territory 3.5 miles away in section 6, and an historic (1992) osprey territory 4 miles away in section 3. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log near Trinity Lake.


PANORAMIO Photo By Mike Marler
THP 2-15-022 TRI (Bowerman THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 217 acres; 97% clearcut, 2% selection, 1% seed tree logging.  Strope Creek, Bear Gulch (MD: T35N, R8W, Sec 15,23,27).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, impaired 303.d watershed,  alpine view campground, herbicides, bald eagle and osprey sightings nearby, 1 spotted owl within 1.3 mi, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 06/01/15. VIEW

This THP is about 10 miles NE of Weaverville, CA along Trinity Lake and just east of Highway 3 at an elevation of 2,400 to 3,740 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a clearcut tractor based logging operation in Douglas fir, ponderosa pine, white fir, sugar pine and incense cedar forests.  Unit 439 is adjacent to Alpine View Campground within section 13.  Tractors are proposed for use on steep slopes over 65% grade on existing skid trails, and on slopes up to 60% grade within units designated for cable logging to construct fire lines.  SPI also wants to reduce the buffer area within a class II (mid-sized) spring to 50 feet at a specific location in unit 438.  There is a bald eagle nest .5 mi from the THP area in section 28, and a spotted owl nesting territory within 1.3 mi (TRI00300) which SPI is attempting to get invalidated so they can log out the habitat. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Sierra Pacific Industries planning a new clearcut THP east of Arnold, CA.


Click on photo for FULL SIZE version
THP 4-15-006 TUO (Red Soap THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 423 acres; 88% clearcut, 6% selection, 4% commercial thin, 1% meadow restoration logging.  Dry Meadow Creek, Soap Creek (MD: T4N R15E Sec.13; T4N R16E Sec.1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 15, 16, 17, 18; T4N R17E Sec.6, 7, 16, 17).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 60%, 3 unstable areas, 79 road drainage work sites, oversized units, herbicides, 17 CA spotted owls within 1.3 mi, 2 goshawk nest sites in units 1909 and 1324, trees up to 150 years old.  Estimated public comment deadline: 06/01/15. VIEW

This THP is about 9 miles SE of Arnold, CA and about 5 miles west of Beardsley Reservoir at an elevation of 3,500 to 5,500 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor based logging operation in ponderosa pine, sugar pine, incense cedar and white fir forests.  The THP includes 6 acres of conifer removal around Grohl Meadow, and drains towards the Middle Fork of the Stanislaus River.  There are 3 unstable areas including 2 concave areas formed from past skidding operations, and a cut bank slump off an existing road inside a class I watercourse.  SPI wants to use 2 existing skid trails inside a class II watercourse, 2 existing seasonal roads inside a class I watercourse, and a landing inside a class III watercourse.  They also want to be able to use ground based equipment across class III watercourse crossings during the winter period.  79 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings. Goshawk nest sites are located in sections 4,11 and 13. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log up against the Trinity Alps Wilderness.


Stoney Ridge Trail PANORAMIC Photo By aliandgohiking
THP 2-15-021 TRI (Yesmon THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 195 acres; 75% clearcut, 16% selection, 9% seed tree logging.  Stoney Creek, Trinity Alps Creek (MD: T35N, R9W, Sec 15, 21, 27).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, 17 road drainage work sites, unstable areas, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, trinity alps wilderness nearby, stoney ridge trail, elk gulch trail, 2 spotted owls within 1.3 mi, bald eagle and osprey sightings nearby, 7 sensitive plant species, trees up to 50" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 05/24/15. VIEW

This THP is about 10 miles NE of Weaverville, CA and a few miles west of Trinity Lake near the Bridge Camp Trailhead that leads into the Trinity Alps Wilderness.  Unit 1385 in section 15 is adjacent to the Trinity Alps Wilderness boundary, and the THP area contains 2 trails; the Stoney Ridge Trail in section 15 (unit 1385), and the Elk Gulch Trail in section 21 (units 1390 and 560).  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor logging operation in Douglas fir, ponderosa pine, incense cedar, white fir and sugar pine forests at an elevation of 2,400 to 5,200 feet.  There are unstable areas in sections 15, 21 and 27, and SPI wants to build a new temporary road crossing at the Stuart Fork stream to access their landlocked lands in section 27.  Two skid trails are proposed for use inside a class II (mid sized) watercourse, 3 landings are proposed for use inside a class II watercourse, and a landing is proposed for use inside a class III (intermittent) watercourse.  They also want to use tractors on steep slopes over 65% grade within units 565 and 3527.  17 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction and culvert repair/replacement.  California pitcher plant was found in unit 560, Congdon’s buckwheat was found on the edge of unit 1385, Engelmann’s desert parsley was found on the edge of unit 1385, slender false lupine was found in units 575, 1390, 550, 565, 560 and 1288, California’s lady slipper was found in unit 560, Oregon fireweed was found in unit 560, and Cascade grass of parnassus was found in sections 15,16 and 22. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.
 

Mendocino Redwood Company to log on steep and unstable slopes in the Upper Albion River area.


MRC hack and squirt herbicide use, Redwood Coast Watersheds Alliance website.
THP 1-15-031 MEN (Mettick-Poverty THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 584 acres; 82% transition, 11% variable retention, 7% seed tree logging.  Mettick Creek, Upper Albion River (MD: T16N, R15W, Sec 3,4,9,10).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 45 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, 7 spotted owls within 1.3 mi, trees up to 54" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 05/20/15. VIEW

This THP is about 2.25 miles east of Comptche, CA in the Upper Albion River Watershed at an elevation of 560 to 1,520 feet.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation in redwood and Douglas fir forests. The THP area flows into Big River and the Albion River which are listed as impaired watersheds for sediment and temperature and contain coho salmon and steelhead.  There are 18 landslide terrain sites including multiple debris slides and earth flows, and 15 road failure sites including multiple cut bank failures, fill failures and bank sloughing sites.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning to use tractors on steep slopes up to 65% grade within units designated as cable logging to swing yard and for guy line anchors.  They also want to do some re-construction of existing roads on unstable soils, and use roads and landings inside a class II (mid-sized) watercourse and near a wet area. 45 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  For spotted owl nesting territory MD0170 (2014): foraging habitat will decrease by 25 acres within .7 mi; for spotted owl nesting territory MD0079 (2012) foraging habitat will decrease by 113 acres within .7 mi; and for spotted owl nesting territory MD0076 (2014) foraging habitat will decrease by 136 acres within .7 mi. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Humboldt Redwood Company to log in large tree stands NE of Grizzly Creek State Park.


PANORAMIC Photo By Rob Gendreau
THP 1-15-027 HUM (Griz 14 THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 126.7 acres; 44% variable retention, 33% group selection, 10% selection, 9% no-harvest, 4% roadside logging.  Stevens Creek, Grizzly Creek, Swains Flat (HUM: T1N, R2E, Sec 1; T1N, R3E, Sec 5,6,7).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, steep roads, landslide terrain, 17 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, logging inside large tree stands, grizzly creek redwoods nearby, coho watershed, 12+ spotted owls within 1.3 mi, trees up to 40" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 05/10/15. VIEW

This THP is about a mile NE of Grizzly Creek State Park and Highway 36 near Maple Grove, CA.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation in redwood, grand fir and Douglas fir forests at an elevation of 700 to 1,600 feet.  The THP area drains into the Van Duzen River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature.  There are 20 active to dormant landslide terrain sites in the THP area including earth flows, debris slides, rock slides and steep inner gorges. Logging inside large tree stands will occur along the SW corner of the THP area.  Humboldt Redwood Company plans to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging to long line trees, swing yard and provide tail holds, and use heavy equipment for a skid trail re-opening through a class III (intermittent) watercourse. 17 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, ditch cleaning, dip construction and culvert repair/replacement. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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


Jacoby Creek Watershed Photo by EPIC
THP 1-15-026 HUM (G-140 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 181.4 acres; 36% clearcut, 33% commercial thin, 16% selection, 15% no-harvest logging.  Lower Jacoby Creek (HUM: T5N, R1E, Sec 10,14,15).  Wet weather operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, 9 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, 3 spotted owls within 1.3 mi, bald eagle within .52 mi, 26 osprey nests within .25 mi, 2 peregrine falcon nests within .25 mi, southern torrent salamander sightings in units D,E and G, trees up to 40" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 05/10/15. VIEW

This THP is about 5 miles NE of Eureka, CA and about a mile south of Bayside and Highway 101.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation in redwood, Douglas fir, grand fir and western hemlock forests. The THP area drains into Jacoby Creek which is listed as impaired for sediment and contains chinook, coho salmon, steelhead, and coastal cutthroat trout.  9 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair/replacement and re-construction of washed out crossings. There are 26 current and historic osprey nest sites within .25 mi of the THP area; including 2 nests within unit A, one nest within unit B, and 2 nests within unit F.  One bald eagle territory lies .52 mi west of the THP area, and 2 peregrine falcon nests are located within .25 mi of unit B, and within .5 mi of units A,C,D,E and G.  Spotted owl nesting territories are located within .5 mi of unit B. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut near Hayfork, CA


Click on photo for FULL SIZE version
THP 2-15-015 TRI (2D Glades THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 344 acres; 99% clearcut, 1% roadside logging.  Duncan Creek, Potato Creek (MD: T31N, R10W, Sec 8,17,18,20,29).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, wells mountain roadless area, herbicides, coho watershed, 3 spotted owls within 1.3mi, Clustered lady's slipper, Howell's lewisia, scattered large trees. Estimated public comment deadline: 05/06/15. VIEW

This THP is about 7 - 8 miles east of Hayfork, CA and Highway 3 at an elevation of 3,280 to 5,020 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in Douglas fir, ponderosa pine, white fir, sugar pine and incense cedar forests.  The THP area flows into the South Fork of the Trinity River which is listed as impaired for sediment/siltation and temperature and contains chinook, coho salmon and steelhead.  SPI is planning to use tractors in units designated for cable logging, and use tractors on slopes up to 60% grade with a high erosion hazard to construct fire breaks.  The Wells Mountain roadless area is located in adjacent sections 7, 13 and 19.  Clustered lady's slipper was found in unit 2039, and Howell's lewisia was found in section 3. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Timber Products Company to log near Port Orford cedar stands in the Sacramento Canyon.


Port Orford cedar Photo By Wikipedia and USFS
THP 2-15-014 SHA (Hunter THP) Timber Products Company, 74 acres; 65% shelterwood, 34% clearcut, 1% roadside logging. Flume Creek (MD: T37N, R4W, Sec 4).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, herbicides, fisher sighting nearby, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 05/03/15. VIEW

This THP is in the Sacramento Canyon about 3 miles south of Castella, CA and across the road from I-5 at an elevation of 1,800 to 2,400 feet.  Timber Products Company is planning a clearcut and shelterwood (overstory removal) tractor and cable logging operation in Douglas fir, ponderosa pine, sugar pine, white fir and Port Orford cedar forests.  Port Orford cedar is uncommon in the Sacramento Canyon, and logging can spread Port Orford cedar root rot disease.  The THP area contains road failure sites and unstable areas including 2 unstable areas along the banks of a class II (mid-sized) watercourse, 2 unstable ares with hummocky ground inside a tractor clearcut unit, and 3 road failure sites with roadside fill failures in sections 4, 9 and within unit 2.  Ground based equipment is proposed for use in units designated for cable logging inside units 3 and 4. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Campbell Timberlands to log on steep and unstable slopes NE of Fort Bragg, CA.


Click on photo for FULL SIZE version
THP 1-15-022 MEN (Dutchman East THP) Campbell Timberlands, 217 acres; 54% variable retention, 40% selection, 6% commercial thin logging.  Redwood Creek, Churchman Creek, Campbell Creek (MD: T19N, R16W, Sec 10,11,14,15,23).  Wet weather operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 95 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, 2 spotted owls within .7mi, trees up to 48" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 05/01/15. VIEW

This THP is about a dozen miles NE of Fort Bragg, CA and Highway 1 at an elevation of 400 to 1,680 feet.  Campbell Timberlands is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir, western hemlock and grand fir forests. The THP area flows into the Ten Mile River which is listed as an impaired watershed for temperature and sediment.  There are multiple dormant and active earthflows and landslides above the North Fork of Redwood Creek, near North Fork of Gulch Two and above Redwood Creek.  Campbell Timberlands is planning to use tractors on unstable soils in units C, H, I, L, and M; and use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging to construct fire lines.  They also are planning to use ground based equipment on steep slopes over 65%, and on slopes over 50% grade with a moderate erosion hazard in units A, C, H, I, L and M.  Tractor roads are proposed for use inside a class II (mid-sized) watercourse at 4 locations, inside a class III (intermittent) watercourse at 5 locations, and near a wet area.  95 road drainage sites require work including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair/replacement, ditch cleaning and re-construction of washed out crossings. An unoccupied marbled murrelet stand is located near a haul road. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Green Diamond Resource Company to log near the Korbel Mill and Blue Lake, CA.


Korbel Mill, Photo By www.krcrtv.com
THP 1-15-018 HUM (Korbel Combo 16 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 305 acres; 76% commercial thin, 14% no-harvest, 10% clearcut logging.  Hutchery Creek, Powers Creek (HUM: T5N, R2E, Sec 3, T6N, R2E, Sec 21,27,28,33,34).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 80%, landslide terrain, 11 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, 12+ spotted owls within 1.3 mi, fisher sighting in unit D, coastal tailed frog and southern torrent salamander sightings, trees up to 36" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 04/26/15. VIEW

This THP is adjacent to the town of Blue Lake and the Korbel Mill near Highway 299 at an elevation of 150 to 1,100 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly commercial thin tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, grand fir and Douglas fir forests.  The THP area flows into the North Fork of the Mad River and the Mad River which is listed as impaired for sediment, temperature and turbidity and contains coho salmon, chinook salmon, steelhead and coastal cutthroat trout.  There are 16 unstable areas mostly related to unit C including steep headwall swales, over steepened banks, earthflows, debris slides, and rock slides. 11 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings. Southern torrent salamanders were seen along Sullivan Gulch and along the tributaries of the North Fork of the Mad River.  Coastal tailed frogs were reported to be near units B and E, and also along the North Fork of the Mad River.  There are spotted owl nesting territories within .5 mi of units A,B,E and F. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Campbell Timberlands to log on steep and unstable slopes near Westport, CA.


PANORAMIC Photo By CaseyR.
THP 1-15-016 MEN (South Side Wages Creek THP) Campbell Timberlands, 153 acres; 76% clearcut, 24% selection logging.  Rider Gulch (MD: T21N R17W Sec.26, 27, 34, 35, 36).  Wet weather operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, landslide terrain, 56 road drainage work sites, coho watershed, 3 spotted owls within .7 mi, marbled murrelet stand near haul road, trees up to 50" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 04/24/15. VIEW

This THP is about 13 miles north of Fort Bragg, CA and about 2.3 miles east of Westport, CA and Highway 1 at an elevation of 360 to 1,480 feet.  Campbell Timberlands is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood and Douglas fir forest. The THP area contains 6 landslide terrain sites including 4 deep seated landslide terrain sites with minimal displacement, and 2 shallow landslide areas at the upper portion of Robert's Gulch and inside unit H. Tractors are proposed for use on steep slopes over 65% grade in unit G, and on slopes over 50% grade with a high or extreme erosion hazard in unit F. 56 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  For spotted owl nesting territory MEN0073 (2014); nesting/roosting habitat will be reduced by 5 acres within .7 mi, and foraging habitat will be reduced by 60.3 acres within .7 mi.  For spotted owl nesting territory MEN0131 (2014); nesting/roosting habitat will be reduced by 21.1 acres within .7 mi.  For spotted owl nesting territory MEN0234 (2014); nesting/roosting habitat will be reduced by 26.1 acres within .7 mi, and foraging habitat will be reduced by 16 acres within .7 mi. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log north of Twain Harte, CA.


PANORAMIC Photo By neutrino
THP 4-15-003 TUO (Oyster THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 218 acres; 49% clearcut, 19% no-harvest, 14% selection, 11% rehab, 4% seed tree, 2% meadow restoration, 1% roadside logging.  Lower Rose Creek, Deer Creek, Upper Rose Creek (MD: T3N R16E Sec.19, 20, 21, 22).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, 5 road drainage work sites, dry creek meadow, herbicides, 10 CA spotted owls within 1.3 mi, great gray owl within .25 mi, goshawk territory within .3 mi, trees up to 42" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 04/18/15. VIEW

This THP is about 8 miles NE of Sonora, CA and about 3 miles north of Twain Harte and Highway 108 at an elevation of 3,100 to 4,200 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor based logging operation in ponderosa pine, sugar pine, white fir, Douglas fir and incense cedar forests. The THP includes 4 acres of conifer removal around Dry Creek Meadow within section 20.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning to use tracked excavators for site prep on slopes up to 50% grade, and on slopes over 30% grade that do not flatten before reaching a class II (medium sized) watercourse.  Five road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction and culvert repair/replacement.  There is a goshawk territory within .3 mi of the THP area in section 27, and a great gray owl was reported to be within .25 mi of THP units in section 21. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

La Tour State Forest requesting an exception to log within 30 feet of streams for fire prevention.


PANORAMIC Photo By Piefoot
THP 2-15-008 SHA (Cave Rock THP) La Tour State Forest, 225 acres; 74% group selection, 20% clearcut, 4% no-harvest, 2% roadside logging.  Beal, Upper Battle Creek (MD: T32N R2E Sec.12, 13; T32N R3E Sec.7, 17, 18).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, 5 unstable areas, 26 road drainage work sites, herbicides, south cow creek campground, chinook watershed, 1 CA spotted owl within 1.3 mi, goshawk territory within .5 mi, fisher sighting in section 22, pine marten sightings in sections 7 and 24, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 04/17/15. VIEW

This THP is about 11 miles NE of Shingletown, CA and 23 miles SW of Burney, CA at an elevation of 5,320 to 6,330 feet.  La Tour State Forest is planning a tractor and cable logging operation in ponderosa pine, sugar pine, white fir, incense cedar, Douglas fir, Jeffrey fir and red fir forests.  The THP is adjacent to South Cow Creek Campground and near the Sierra Nevada crest.  There is a small cave 10 feet deep by 4 feet high which the THP is named after.  La Tour State Forest is proposing an exception to the Forest Practice Rules to be able to conduct individual tree and group selection logging to within 30 feet of streams for fuels and fire reduction. The desire to log closer to streams is suspect because these areas are already moist and well shaded and thus naturally fire resistant.  The logging industry is pushing to log closer to streams in the name of fire prevention which coincidently is where the largest trees now remain on private/state timberlands.  There are 5 unstable areas of over steepened banks along South Cow Creek.  La Tour State Forest is proposing to use ground based equipment on steep slopes designated for cable logging on 75 acres. There are 26 road drainage sites planned for work including rocking, dip construction and culvert repair/replacement.  A fisher was reported (2012) in section 22, a goshawk territory exists .5 mi to the west of the THP area in section 2, and a pine marten was detected in section 24 in 2005, 2006 and 2007, and in section 7 in 2010. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Mendocino Redwood Company to log near Comptche, CA and the Upper Albion River.


Comptche Image by zippymalone
THP 1-15-013 MEN (Jeep Trail THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 274 acres; 63% transition, 37% group selection logging.  Upper Albion River (MD: T16N R15W Sec.5, 6; T17N R15W Sec.31, 32).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 11 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, 2 spotted owls within .7 mi, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 04/04/15. VIEW

This THP is about 1.3 mi NE of Comptche, CA and about a dozen miles east of Mendocino, CA at an elevation of 360 to 1,560 feet.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation in redwood, Douglas fir and grand fir forests. The THP area drains into the North Fork of the Albion River and the Albion River which contains coho salmon and steelhead and is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning to use tractors on slopes up to 65% grade within units designated for cable logging. 11 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair/replacement and re-construction of washed out crossings.  For spotted owl nesting territory MD295; 13 acres of nesting/roosting habitat will be removed within .7 mi. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Mendocino Redwood Company to log on steep and unstable slopes NW of Ukiah, CA.


PANORAMIC Photo By Cascadia Vision Committee
THP 1-15-012 MEN (10 Mile THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 549.3 acres; 43% transition, 31% variable retention, 18% seed tree, 8% no-harvest, misc roadside logging.  Upper Ackerman Creek (MD: T15N R13W Sec.6, 7; T15N R14W Sec.1, 12; T16N R13W Sec.31; T16N R14W Sec.36).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 55%, landslide terrain, 38 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, 2 spotted owls within .7 mi, north coast semaphore grass, white flowered rein orchid, trees up to 36" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 03/26/15. VIEW

This THP is about 5 mi NW of Ukiah, CA and Highway 101 at an elevation of 1,200 to 2,489 feet.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in a Douglas fir forest. The THP area flows into the Russian River which is listed as impaired for sediment and contains chinook salmon, coho salmon and steelhead.  There are 18 landslide terrain sites including debris slides, cut bank failures, fill failures, disrupted ground, rockslides, earthflows and steep streamside slopes.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning to use tractors on unstable slopes on existing skid trails, and to use tractors on steep slopes up to 65% grade within units designated for cable logging.  They also want to construct 2 segments of road near a spring area, and construct 100 feet of road across an unstable area to avoid rare plants, and construct 100 feet of road across the toe of an older unstable area.  38 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair/replacement and re-construction of washed out crossings.  White flowered rein orchid was found along the cut bank of an existing seasonal road, and north coast semaphore grass was found at 3 locations inside and adjacent to unit 2, and an existing seasonal road.  For spotted owl territory MEN0446; this THP will remove 42 acres of foraging habitat within .7 mi, and for spotted owl territory MEN0566; this THP will remove 3 acres of foraging habitat within .7 mi. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log near Maple Grove and Highway 36.


PANORAMIC Photo By Winst1966
THP 1-15-008 HUM (Swish THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 359 acres; 86% clearcut, 14% selection logging.  Root Creek, Lower Larabee Creek, Swans Flat (HUM: T1N R3E Sec.17, 19, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, 3 unstable areas, 10 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, wet area, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, 3 spotted owls within 1.3 mi, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 03/20/15. VIEW

This THP is in the interior coast range a few miles south of Maple Grove off Highway 36 near Swains Flat.  Sierra Pacific Industries 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 680 to 2,480 feet. The THP area flows into the Van Duzen River which is listed as impaired for temperature, sediment and siltation.  There are 3 unstable areas in units 21I, 21H and 27N.  SPI wants to use ground based equipment on slopes up to 65% grade in areas designated for cable logging, and use tractors inside cable units on slopes up to 65% grade to construct fire lines. 10 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction and culvert repair and replacement. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Coastal Ridges LLC to log on steep and unstable slopes SW of Willits, CA.


PANORAMIC Photo By torchweinstein
THP 1-15-007 MEN (Up East 2014 THP) Coastal Ridges LLC, 389 acres; 78% transition, 12% no-harvest, 11% group selection logging.  East Branch North Fork Big River (MD: T17N R14W Sec.5, 6, 7, 18; T17N R15W Sec.13).  Wet weather operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 85%, landslide terrain, 9 road failure sites, 29 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, 7 spotted owls within 1.3 mi, peregrine falcon sightings nearby, trees up to 24" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 03/19/15. VIEW

This THP is about 8 miles SW of Willits, CA and a few miles SE of Highway 20 at an elevation of 640 to 1,960 feet. Coastal Ridges LLC is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood and Douglas fir forests.  The THP area flows down the East Branch of the North Fork of the Big River which is listed as impaired for sediment and temperature.  There are 9 road failure sites including multiple cutbank and fill failures on seasonal roads, and several seasonal roads that cross above and below unstable areas.  Coastal Ridges LLC wants to use ground based equipment on steep slopes exceeding 65% grade within designated cable units, and use ground based equipment on slopes over 65% grade, and on slopes over 50% grade with a high erosion hazard.  They also want to use ground based equipment on unstable slopes, and use 4 segments of seasonal haul road within class II watercourses.  29 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction and culvert repair and replacement. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

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


Click on photo for FULL SIZE version
THP 1-15-003 HUM (BL Combo 3600 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 201 acres; 63% commercial thin, 29% clearcut, 5% no-harvest, 2% selection, 1% special logging.  McDonald Creek (HUM: T9N R1W Sec.24, 25, 26, 35, 36).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, steep roads, 2 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, patrick’s point state park, coho watershed, 2 spotted owls within 1.3 mi, 2 osprey nests within .25 mi, Sonoma tree vole in unit A, northern red legged frog in unit C, running pine, trees up to 50" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 02/19/15. VIEW

This THP is 4 miles north of Trinidad, CA and across from Highway 101 and Patrick’s Point State Park at an elevation of 300 to 550 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation in Douglas fir, redwood, grand fir and Sitka spruce forests.  There is an acre of special treatment zone where no harvesting will occur within unit D to hide the effects of logging adjacent to highway 101.  4,900 feet of temporary road, 1,700 feet of road re-construction and 1,900 feet of seasonal road is proposed.  Two segments of steep road over 20% grade are proposed for re-construction within unit D.  There are 2 osprey nests including an historic osprey nest within .25 mi of unit E, and an osprey nest within .25 mi of the BL 3200 road.  A bald eagle nesting territory is located 2.05 miles north of the THP area, and there is marbled murrelet habitat within 1.7 mi of the THP area.  Running pine was found at the junction of the BL 3700 and BL 3750 roads in unit E. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log near Redwood Creek.


Click on photo for FULL SIZE version
THP 1-15-002 HUM (K&K Roaring Gulch THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 161.5 acres; 83% clearcut, 9% no-harvest, 6% selection, 2% roadside logging.  Roaring Gulch (HUM: T7N R2E Sec.1, 2; T8N R2E Sec.25, 26, 35, 36; T8N R3E Sec.30, 31).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, landslide terrain, 5 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, 6 spotted owls within 1.3 mi, fisher sighting in unit A, southern torrent salamanders adjacent to unit F, running pine, trees up to 30" dbh. Estimated public comment deadline: 02/19/15. VIEW

This THP is about a dozen miles east of Trinidad, CA and about a dozen miles NE of Arcata, CA.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut feller buncher, cable and shovel logging operation in Douglas fir, redwood and western hemlock forests. The THP area flows into Redwood Creek which is impaired for sediment and temperature and contains coho, steelhead and chinook salmon.  Units A, C and D are underlain by dormant rockslides and/or earthflows, and unit F has a historic debris slide.  5 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  Running pine was found along the southern boundary of unit C, and inside unit F.  There is a spotted owl nesting territory within .25 mi of unit B. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Green Diamond Resource Company to log on steep and unstable slopes near Eureka.


PANORAMIO Photo By John Quinlan
THP 1-15-001 HUM (McKay R8 Combo THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 299.5 acres; 81% commercial thin, 11% no-harvest, 8% clearcut, misc selection, misc roadside logging.  Ryan Slough (HUM: T4N R1E Sec.5, 6, 7, 8; T4N R1W Sec.1, 2, 12).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain in units B and D, 17 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, oversized units, coho watershed, 8 spotted owls within 1.3 mi, peregrine falcon and osprey within .25 mi, coastal cutthroat trout and steelhead nearby, trees up to 40" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 02/19/15. VIEW

This THP is a few miles SE of Eureka, CA and Highway 101 at an elevation of 100 to 700 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.  The THP area contains landslide terrain in units B and D, and flows down Ryan Creek into Humboldt Bay. 17 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  There is a peregrine falcon erie and an osprey nest within .25 mi of unit B, and several of the R line roads.  Coastal cutthroat trout and steelhead were reported to be in streams adjacent to units A, B and C.  Spotted owl nesting territories are located within .25 mi of units B, C and D, and also within .5 mi of unit A. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log near Platina, CA.


PANORAMIC Photo By Clayton Stricklin
THP 2-15-003 SHA (Shatner THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 467 acres; 97% clearcut, 3% selection logging.  Chanchelulla Creek, Harrison Gulch, Knob Gulch (MD: T30N R10W Sec.22, 26, 27, 28, 34, 35, 36).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, steep road, unstable area, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, 2 spotted owls within 1.3mi, Siskiyou onion, redwood lily, trees up to 30" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 02/27/15. VIEW

This THP is about 28 miles SW of Redding, CA and about 4 miles NW of the town of Platina, CA at an elevation of 3,480 to 5,280 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor based logging operation in Douglas fir, ponderosa pine, incense cedar, white fir and sugar pine forests.  The THP area flows into Browns Creek and the Trinity River which is listed as impaired for sediment/siltation and contains salmon and steelhead.  There is an unstable area in section 26.  SPI wants to use tractors on steep slopes exceeding 65% grade in units 22A, 26L, 27I, 27D and 28T, and use an existing road segment with a steep grade exceeding 15% in section 27.  They also want to use a rocked county road inside a class I watercourse with reduced watercourse protection buffers. Siskiyou onion was found west of unit 35X, and redwood lily was located just outside of unit 28C. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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


Click on photo for FULL SIZE version
THP 2-14-112 SHA (Timberino THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 367 acres; 100% clearcut, misc roadside logging.  Upper South Fork Bear Creek, Beal (MD: T32N R2E Sec.26, 27, 28, 33, 34, 35).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, 21 road drainage work sites, herbicides, chinook watershed, CA spotted owl within 2 mi, fisher within .5 mi, western pond turtle within .5 mi, giant checkerbloom, Coleman’s piperia, scattered large trees. Estimated public comment deadline: 02/08/15. VIEW

This THP is about 8 miles NE of Shingletown, CA and about 5 miles north of Highway 44 at an elevation of 4,200 to 5,900 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a clearcut tractor based logging operation in ponderosa pine, sugar pine, white fir, incense cedar and Douglas fir forests.  SPI is planning to use tractors on slopes over 50% grade within unit 262 that do not flatten before reaching a class III (intermittent) watercourse.  They also want to be able to construct un-flagged "jump roads" under 500 feet to connect road spurs with landings.  21 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction and culvert repair/replacement. There is a goshawk 2.5 mi north of the THP area, and a California spotted owl was spotted 2 mi east of the THP area.  A bald eagle was reported to be 2.5 mi south of the THP area at Lake McCumber, and in 2012 a fisher was spotted .5 mi north of the THP area (section 22).  A Western pond turtle was also reported to be in Thatcher Pond near Thatcher Meadows .5 mi south of the THP (section 4).  Giant checkerbloom was observed outside unit 282 across the road in a moist area and also in section 34, Coleman’s piperia was observed in unit 260 growing under the shaded canopy of the forest. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

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


Click on photo for FULL SIZE version
THP 1-14-139 HUM (The Little River 15 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 159.5 acres; 69% clearcut, 13% commercial thin, 9% selection, 9% no-harvest logging.  Lower South Fork, Headwaters Little River (HUM: T7N R1E Sec.1; T7N R2E Sec.3, 4, 7, 8, 16, 17; T8N R2E Sec.17, 32, 34).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, landslide terrain, 4 road drainage work sites, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, 12 spotted owls within 1.3 mi, coastal tailed frogs and southern torrent salamanders in unit B, peregrine falcon within 1.2 mi, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/26/15. VIEW

This THP is about 8 miles SE of Trinidad, CA and about 9 miles NE of Arcata, CA at an elevation of 450 to 2,000 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Douglas fir and redwood forests.  There is shallow rapid landslide terrain upslope from a class II watercourse in unit D, and 2 shallow rapid landslides upslope from a class II watercourse along the SW portion of unit F.  2, 540 feet of temporary road is proposed, and 9,130 feet of seasonal road is proposed.  A road will be re-constructed along a ridge and near a class II wet area in unit F.  Four road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction and culvert repair/replacement.  There is a spotted owl nesting territory within .25 mi of unit C. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Green Diamond Resource Company to log on steep and unstable slopes near Fortuna.


PANORAMIC Photo By thebassline707
THP 1-14-137 HUM (Middle Salmon 15 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 214.4 acres;  56% commercial thin, 24% clearcut, 9% selection, 9% no-harvest, 2% roadside logging.  Middle Salmon Creek, Palmer Creek (HUM: T3N R1W Sec.14, 15, 23, 24, 26).  Wet weather operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, 12 landslide terrain sites, road failure sites, 32 road drainage work sites, herbicides, coho watershed, 12 spotted owls within 1.3 mi, 5 osprey nests within .25 mi, trees up to 50" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/26/15. VIEW

This THP is 1.8 miles north of Fortuna, CA and Highway 101 at an elevation of 40 to 1,500 feet. The THP area flows into the Eel River which is listed as impaired for sediment and temperature and contains Chinook salmon, coho salmon, steelhead and coastal cutthroat trout.  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.  There are 12 landslide terrain sites including several abandoned skid roads in unit A that triggered debris slides, steep headwall swales, and earthflows and debris slides in unit B related to instability caused by Salmon Creek.  There are high pressure gas lines adjacent to units D, G, E and H, and a power line adjacent to unit G.  32 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair/replacement and road bed restoration of washed out crossings, sinkholes, fill failures and cut bank failures.  4 osprey nests are located within .25 mi of the SA 1000 haul road, 1 osprey nest is located within .25 mi of unit A, 2 osprey nests are located within .25 mi of unit B, and 2 osprey nests are located within .25 mi of unit E.  Chinook salmon, steelhead and coastal cutthroat trout are also located adjacent to units A and B.  There are spotted owl nesting territories within .25 mi of units A, B, C, D and within .5 mi of units E, F, G, H. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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


PANORAMIC Photo By Greg Nyquist
THP 1-14-136 HUM (Bald Hills 14 #2 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 164 acres; 60% clearcut, 24% selection, 12% no-harvest, 4% roadside logging.  Upper Roach Creek (HUM: T9N R2E Sec.2, 3, 4, 10, 11; T10N R2E Sec.33, 34).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 21 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, Redwood National Park, 5 spotted owls within 1.3 mi, tree vole sighting in unit D, tailed frog sightings in unit C, coastal cutthroat trout and steelhead sightings in unit B, trees up to 50" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/26/15. VIEW

This THP is about 6 miles SE of Orick, CA and Highway 101 along the eastern boundary of Redwood National Park (units A and D are adjacent).  The THP area drains into the Klamath River which is an impaired watershed that contains coastal cutthroat trout, steelhead, chinook and coho salmon.  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 a unstable headwall swale below a road in unit B, and an unstable area caused by multiple skid trails bisecting a watercourse in unit C.  Construction of a seasonal road is proposed inside a class II watercourse to access unit C.  21 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair/replacement, and road bed stabilization of washed out crossings, sinkholes and fill failures.  Coastal cutthroat trout and steelhead were reported to be in Roach Creek adjacent to unit B, and coastal tailed frogs were located adjacent to unit C.  There was a tree vole sighting in unit D. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log near Eagle Lake.


PANORAMIC Photo By jwkeene
THP 2-14-108 LAS (Romstock THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 755 acres; 52% clearcut, 45% shelterwood, 3% aspen restoration, misc roadside logging.  Murrers Upper Meadow (MD: T31N R11E Sec.10, 13, 14, 15, 16, 22, 23, 24).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, unstable area, 16 road drainage work sites, wet meadow, herbicides, greater sandhill crane sightings, bald eagle within 1.5 mi, osprey nest within 2 mi, sharp shinned hawk sighting, Susanville beardtongue, moonworts, trees up to 24" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/26/15. VIEW

This THP is 7 miles north of Susanville, CA and within a few miles of the southern shore of Eagle Lake at an elevation of 5,400 to 6,900 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a clearcut and shelterwood removal tractor based logging operation in Jeffrey pine, ponderosa pine, sugar pine and white fir forests.  There is a slide below an abandoned road near a class III (intermittent) watercourse in section 13, and a wet meadow in the vicinity of the aspen restoration units.  22 acres of thinning conifers around aspens (aspen restoration treatment) is planned, and 6,710 feet of new seasonal roads will be constructed. Ground based equipment is proposed for use on slopes under 50% grade to assist yoder (hydraulic loader with drum winch capable of partial suspension of logs) operations. The use and abandonment of a landing is proposed inside a class II (mid sized) watercourse, and a road is planned for use inside a watercourse in aspen restoration unit 3.  16 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction and culvert repair/replacement.  There is an osprey nest located 2 miles NW of the THP area at Eagle Lake, and bald eagle nests are located at Eagle Lake (2 mi) and Round Valley Reservoir (1.5 mi) from the THP area.  Greater Sandhill cranes were reported nearby at Papoose Meadow and Coleman Lake, and there is an historic (1981) goshawk nest located 1.5 miles north of the THP area. Susanville beardtongue was found in and adjacent to harvest units, and 3 populations of moonworts were found in aspen restoration units. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Sierra Pacific Industries to log in nice high elevation stands near Bowman Lake.


PANORAMIC Photo By hemingray
THP 2-14-107 NEV (Marsh THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 1,235 acres; 78% group selection, 11% commercial thin, 10% clearcut, 2% selection logging.  Poorman Creek, East Fork Creek, Bear Creek (MD: T18N R11E Sec.1, 2, 3, 12; T18N R12E Sec.6, 7; T19N R11E Sec.36).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, herbicides, small wet meadow, 6 CA spotted owls within 1.3 mi, Cooper’s hawk in section 36, Sierra Nevada yellow legged frogs in section 10, mountain beaver in section 1, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/26/15. VIEW

This THP is about 10 miles north of Emigrant Gap and I-80 near Bowman Lake, a popular camping and fishing lake at an elevation of 5,400 to 6,500 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly group selection tractor based logging operation in high elevation stands of white fir, ponderosa pine, sugar pine, Jeffrey pine, red fir and lodgepole pine.  SPI is claiming the presence of root disease, beetles and mistletoe (such conditions are normal for high elevation stands but are often used by timber companies to justify logging).  There is a small wet meadow in the THP area, and section 3 is adjacent to the Middle Yuba Roadless Area.  SPI wants to construct 2 roads to access a watercourse for water drafting.  A mountain beaver was discovered in 2014 at Poorman Creek within section 1, and there have been multiple sightings of a wolverine in the general area between 2008 to 2012.  Six California spotted owl territories are located within 1.3 miles of the THP area; in sections 3, 10, 18, 34, and 36. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Mendocino Redwood Company to log in marbled murrelet stands near Rockport and the Pacific Ocean.


PANORAMIC Photo By Winst1966
THP 1-14-134 MEN (Rockport West THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 441 acres; 60% group selection, 13% selection, 10% special, 8% variable retention, 7% transition, 3% seed tree logging.  Cottaneva Creek (MD: T22N R18W Sec.13, 14, 23, 24, 25, 26).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 85%, landslide terrain, 4 road failure sites, 52 road drainage work sites, herbicides, coho watershed, 3 spotted owls within .7 mi, osprey within .7 mi, marbled murrelet habitat in units 2 and 3, 5 sensitive plant species, trees up to 50" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/15/15. VIEW

This THP is .25 miles west of Rockport, CA and between Highway 1 and the Pacific Ocean at an elevation of 20 to 900 feet elevation.  Mendocino 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 contains 40 landslide terrain sites including steep inner gorges, debris slides, disrupted ground, block slides, earthflows and rockslides.  There are 4 road failure sites including bank cracking, fill failures and cutbank failures.  Mendocino Redwood Company wants to use a skid trail on an unstable area, and use skid trails on slopes over 50% grade with a high erosion hazard and/or on steep slopes over 65% grade.  They also want to use 4 existing landings and short segments of existing skid trails within class I and class II watercourses.  52 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement. There is an osprey nest at Kimball Gulch (within 2,500 feet of the THP boundary) and marbled murrelet habitat in units 2 and 3, and inside the MRC Demonstration Forest to the north of the plan area.  White flowered rein orchid was found in units 2 and 7, leafy stemmed mitrewort was found in unit 2, nodding semaphore grass was found in unit 2, maple leaf checkerbloom was found in unit 4, and long beard lichen was found in unit 7.  For spotted owl nesting territory MD576; this THP will remove 155 acres of nesting/roosting habitat within .7 mi, for spotted owl nesting territory MD110; this THP will remove 62 acres of nesting/roosting habitat within .7 mi and for spotted owl nesting territory MD428; this THP will remove 1 acre of nesting/roosting habitat within .7 mi. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.