Sunday, August 30, 2015

Humboldt Redwood Company to log south of Scotia, CA.


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THP 1-15-085 HUM (BR 15 THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 164.5 acres; 50% group selection, 24% variable retention, 22% no-harvest, 4% selection logging.  Beer Bottle (HUM: T1S R1E Sec.6, 7; T1S R1W Sec.1, 12).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, 30 landslide terrain sites, 3 road failure sites, steep slopes up to 70%, steep roads, herbicides, coho watershed, 5 spotted owls within 1.3 mi, golden eagle territory in units 1 and 2, trees up to 60" dbh, Estimated public comment deadline: 09/24/15. VIEW

This THP is about 6 miles south of Scotia, CA and Highway 101 at an elevation of 1,570 to 2,460 feet.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable soils in redwood and Douglas fir forests. The THP area contains 30 landslide terrain sites including multiple debris slide slopes, steep headwall swales, debris flows, rockfalls, fill failures, cut bank failures and disrupted ground. There are also 3 road failure sites including a debris slide near a road, a steep headwall swale near a road crossing, and a road embankment failure.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging.  A golden eagle territory is located inside units 1 and 2. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Mendocino Redwood Company planning a new THP near Leggett, CA.


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THP 1-15-084 MEN (North Islam John THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 410 acres; 45% variable retention, 24% group selection, 23% transition, 8% rehab logging.  Lower Hollow Tree Creek (MD: T23N R17W Sec.20, 26, 27, 28, 29).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 43 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, 3 spotted owls within .7 mi, southern torrent salamander sighting nearby, redwood lily, white flowered rein orchid, trees up to 42" dbh. Estimated public comment deadline: 09/31/15. VIEW

This THP is 1.87 air miles SW of Leggett, CA and Highway 101 at an elevation of 960 to 2,160 feet.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning a tractor based logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood and Douglas fir forests. The THP area flows into the South Fork of the Eel River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment/siltation and contains coho, chinook salmon and steelhead. There are 29 landslide terrain sites including debris slides, steep inner gorges, steep streamside slopes, and 15 road failure sites including multiple cutbank, fill slope, wet area and swale crossings.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment on steep slopes over 65% grade, and use ground based equipment on slopes over 50% grade that do not flatten before reaching a watercourse. They also want to use ground based equipment inside a spring complex within a watercourse near the bottom of unit 4. Southern torrent salamanders were reported to be near the temporary bridge crossing at Hollow Tree Creek. For spotted owl nesting territory MD319 (2012): foraging habitat was decreased by 10 acres within .7 mi. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log along the eastern boundary of Redwood National Park.


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THP 1-15-082 HUM (CL South THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 298 acres; 68% clearcut, 16% selection, 14% no-harvest, 1% roadside logging.  Surpur Creek (HUM: T11N R2E Sec.9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 21).  Wet weather operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 80%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 11 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, redwood national park, coho watershed, 5 spotted owls within 1.3 mi, del norte salamander in unit C, marbled murrelet habitat within .25 mi, bald eagle nest within 1.8 mi, southern torrent salamanders and tailed frogs near unit B, C and D, trees up to 72" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 09/28/15. VIEW

This THP is about 5 miles NE of Orick, CA near the eastern boundary of Redwood National Park (unit B is adjacent) at an elevation of 760 to 1,840 feet. Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Douglas fir, redwood and western hemlock forests.  The THP area drains down Surpur Creek into the Klamath River which is listed as an impaired watershed and contains coho, chinook salmon, steelhead and coastal cutthroat trout. There are 25 unstable areas in units B, D, F, G and H, and 3 road failure sites including a channelized road bed, a road with a fillslope failure and a washed out road. Four acres of special treatment area are planned to hide the effects of clearcutting adjacent to Redwood National Park, and 11 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  There is a bald eagle nest 1.8 mi NE of the THP area, and marbled murrelet habitat is located within .25 mi of unit B, Holter Ridge Road, and haul road CL South 85R.  There are spotted owl nesting territories within .25 mi of unit F, and .5 mi of units D and E. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Sierra Pacific Industries to log on steep and unstable slopes in the Sacramento Canyon.


PANORAMIC Photo By Bruce Liu
THP 2-15-052 SHA (Tombstone THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 521 acres; 58% variable retention, 34% clearcut, 7% commercial thin logging.  Flume Creek, Sweetbrier Creek, North Fork Shotgun Creek (MD: T37N R4W Sec.2, 3, 4, 9, 16, 17; T38N R4W Sec.33, 34, 35).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, landslide terrain, oversized units, herbicides, 3 spotted owls within 1.3 mi, 5 sensitive plant species, trees up to 36" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 09/27/15. VIEW

This THP is 3 miles south of Castella, CA in the Sacramento Canyon near I-5 at an elevation of 1,700 to 4,000 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Douglas fir, ponderosa pine, sugar pine and incense cedar forests.  There are 7 unstable areas including an unstable area along the southern edge of section 4, and unstable areas in units 9A, 9D and 33C.  SPI is planning to use use ground based equipment on slopes up to 50% grade that do not flatten before reaching a class II watercourse in units 04A and 34A, and use ground based equipment on slopes designated for cable logging in units 09C and 33B.  Shasta County arnica was found in unit 09A, Northern clarkia was found in a road cut below unit 09, Shasta maidenhair fern was found in unit 09A & 17D, Slender false lupine was found in unit 17C, 17D, 03A, 03B, 03D, & 04A, and Siskiyou false hellebore was found in a road cut below unit 34B. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log near Stirling City NE of Chico, CA.


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THP 2-15-051 BUT (Preacher THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 459 acres; 81% clearcut, 19% selection, 1% roadside logging.  Chippy Spur, Fall Creek, Dogwood Creek, Big Kimshaw Creek (MD: T23N R4E Sec.1, 2, 11, 13, 14; T24N R4E Sec.11, 12, 14, 15, 22, 23, 27).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, steep roads, 7 unstable areas, 63 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, 6 CA spotted owls within 1.3 mi, 2 goshawk territories within 1.3 mi, 6 sensitive plant species, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 09/17/15. VIEW

This THP is about 17 miles NE of Chico, CA and about 1.5 miles NE of Stirling City, CA at an elevation of 3,400 to 5,640 feet.  The THP area is close to Kimshaw Falls, and Butte Meadows which are popular destinations for local hikers, fisherman and campers. Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in ponderosa pine, sugar pine, Douglas fir, white fir and incense cedar forests.  There are 7 unstable areas including 3 slides caused by a non functional class IV watercourse, a slide caused by poor fill placement off the P line road, and fill failures off the outside edge of the 210U7.1 and 160U roads.  SPI wants to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging, and use an existing steep road segment that exceeds 15% grade for over 500 feet.  63 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  There are 2 goshawk territories in section 11, and 6 CA spotted owl territories within 1.3 mi.  Butte county morning glory was found in sections 13, 21, 27, 29, Mildred’s clarkia was found in sections 13, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, Mosquin’s clarkia was found in section 22, Giant checkerbloom was found in section 14, Brownish beaked rush was found in section 12, and Closed throated beardtongue was found in sections 1, 11, and 18. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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


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THP 2-15-050 SHA (Big Bend THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 589 acres; 94% clearcut, 6% roadside logging.  East Fork Nelson Creek, Indian Creek, Devils Canyon (MD: T37N R1E Sec.3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 22, 26, 27, 28).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 80%, landslide terrain, 15 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, 1 spotted owl within 1.3 mi, 2 goshawks within .75 mi, fisher sighting in section 35, cascade frog sightings nearby, scattered large trees over 40" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 09/13/15. VIEW

This THP is about 3 miles NE of Big Bend, CA and about a dozen miles NW of Burney, CA at an elevation of 2,600 to 4,600 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in sugar pine, Douglas fir, white fir, ponderosa pine and incense cedar forests.  Ground based equipment is proposed for use in areas designated for cable logging in units 4C, 4D, 5B, 27A, 27B, & 28, and 2 skid roads are proposed for use inside class II (mid sized) watercourses in units 15B and 22B.  A new road is also proposed for construction above an unstable headwall swale area in section 3, and tractor logging is proposed around unstable areas in units 22D, 4D, and 5B.  Tractors are proposed for use on steep slopes over 50% grade that do not flatten before reaching a watercourse in units 22A and 3B, and tractor crossings are proposed for use inside class III (intermittent) watercourses during the winter period. 15 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction and culvert repair and replacement.  There are 2 goshawk territories within .5 mi of the THP area in section 9, and within .75 mi of the THP area in section 32.  An historic (prior to 2004) fisher sighting was reported in section 35, and cascade frogs were reported to be in the East Fork Nelson Creek in section 30. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Green Diamond Resource Company planning a pair of THPs along the western boundary of Redwood National Park.


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THP 1-15-078 HUM (BL1380 Thin) Green Diamond Resource Company, 146.2 acres; 69% commercial thin, 30% no-harvest, 1% roadside logging. McDonald Creek (HUM: T9N R1E Sec.4, 9; T10N R1E Sec.33).  Wet weather operations, low erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, landslide terrain, impaired 303.d watershed, redwood national park, coho watershed, 4 spotted owls within 1.3 mi, fisher sighting in unit A, 3 osprey nests within .25 mi of haul roads, southern torrent salamander and tailed frog sightings nearby, marbled murrelet stand within .47 mi, bald eagle nest within 1.8 mi, scattered large trees. Estimated public comment deadline: 09/05/15. VIEW

This THP is about 9 miles north of Trinidad, CA near Big Lagoon and the western boundary of Redwood National Park.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation in redwood, Douglas fir, Sitka spruce, grand fir and western hemlock forests at an elevation of 0 to 1,900 feet.  There are 5 landslide terrain sites including 2 unstable areas in the center of unit B, 2 unstable areas in the south central portion of unit B, and an unstable area along the north side of the BL1000 Road in unit A. Three osprey nests are located within .25 mi of the LP Mill, BL1300, and BL1000 haul roads, and there is a bald eagle nest 1.8 miles SW of the THP area.  Marbled murrelet habitat is located within .47 mi of the THP area on Redwood National Park lands, and within .25 mi of the LP Mill haul road.  Southern torrent salamanders and tailed frog sightings were reported at McDonald Creek.  Spotted owl nesting territories are within .25 mi of unit A, and within .5 mi of units B, C and D.  This THP is just north of Green Diamond Resource Company’s new (BL1000/1500) THP 1-15-079 HUM.

THP 1-15-079 HUM (BL1000/1500 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 141.6 acres; 56% clearcut, 40% selection, 2% roadside, 1% no-harvest logging. McDonald Creek Pitcher Creek (HUM: T9N R1E Sec.9, 15, 16, 22, 23).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, steep road, 10 landslide terrain sites, 11 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, redwood national park, coho watershed, 3 spotted owls within 1.3 mi, southern torrent salamander and tailed frog sightings nearby, trees up to 40" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 09/06/15. VIEW

This THP is about 7 miles north of Trinidad, CA near Big Lagoon and the western boundary of Redwood National Park.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut feller buncher, cable and shovel logging operation in redwood, Douglas fir and grand fir forests at an elevation of 1000 to 2,260 feet. There is a Special Treatment Area zone within 200 feet of Redwood National Park to hide the effects of clearcutting in unit A. 10 landslide terrain sites are within the THP area including a deep seated landslide near a seep in unit B, 2 earth flows near the eastern edge of unit C, 3 landslide terrain features near watercourses in unit C, 1 landslide terrain feature just outside of unit C, 3 landslide terrain features near watercourses in unit D, and a shallow rapid landslide in unit D near the BL1000 haul road.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to use a shovel yarder on .2 acres of deep seated landslide terrain in unit B, and construct a steep road segment in unit C with a grade exceeding 15% for 260 feet.  There are 11 road drainage sites planned for work including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair/replacement and re-construction of washed out crossings. Southern torrent salamanders and tailed frogs were reported to be at Pitcher Creek, and there is marbled murrelet habitat 1 mile east of the THP area.  This THP is just south of Green Diamond Resource Company’s new (BL1380 Thin) THP 1-15-078 HUM. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log near Beardsley Reservoir east of Arnold, CA.


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THP 4-15-011 TUO (Pendola THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 445 acres; 77% clearcut, 9% fuelbreak, 9% commercial thin, 3% selection, 2% meadow restoration, 1% no-harvest logging.  Dry Meadow Creek Soap Creek (MD: T4N R16E Sec.1, 12; T4N R17E Sec.4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 16, 17).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, oversized units, 42 road drainage work sites, camp mensinger boy scout camp, herbicides, 9 CA spotted owls within 1.3 mi, 2 goshawk territories nearby, trees up 44" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 09/08/15. VIEW

This THP is about 11 miles east of Arnold, CA, and a couple miles west of Beardsley Reservoir near the Camp Mensinger Boy Scout Camp. Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor based logging operation in ponderosa pine, sugar pine, white fir and incense cedar forests at an elevation of 4,075 to 5,400 feet.  SPI wants to use a tracked excavator on slopes up to 50% grade for mechanical site preparation, and use an existing skid trail along the edge of a class II (mid sized) watercourse inside unit 5343.  They also want an exception to the Forest Practice Rules to be able to use class III (intermittent) crossings during the winter period. There are 192 acres of so called "operational buffers" around THP units for skid trail access, fire line construction, log loading, tail holds and 42 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, ditch construction, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings. The THP also includes 9 acres of conifer removal around Sourgrass and Pendola Meadows. Two goshawk nesting territories are located nearby in sections 01 and 22.  This THP is just east of Sierra Pacific Industries new (Red Soap) THP 4-15-006 TUO. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut south of Redwood National Park


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THP 1-15-076 HUM (Panther Creek THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 145 acres; 59% clearcut, 35% selection, 6% no-harvest logging. Panther Creek (HUM: T8N R2E Sec.15, 16, 21, 22).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, 7 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, 4 spotted owls within 1.3 mi, fisher sighting in unit A, coastal tailed frog and southern torrent salamander sightings near units A, B and E, running pine, trees up to 70" dbh. Estimated public comment deadline: 08/25/15. VIEW

This THP is 10 miles east of Trinidad, CA and just south of Redwood National Park at an elevation of 1,450 to 1,800 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in redwood, western hemlock and Douglas fir forests.  The THP area flows into Redwood Creek which is listed as impaired for sediment and temperature and contains coastal cutthroat trout, steelhead and coho salmon.  There are multiple landslide terrain sites including a debris slide in the central portion of unit A, disrupted ground along the southern portion of unit B, a slide feature along the boundary creek in unit C, and deep seated landslide terrain inside unit D.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to use a yarder within portions of a class II (mid sized) watercourse along the CR 2900 Road to sort and load logs.  7 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings. Running pine was reported in unit F, and there are spotted owl nesting territories within .25 mi of unit A, and within .5 mi of unit B. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Green Diamond Resource Company to log on steep and unstable slopes near the CA/OR border.


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THP 1-15-069 DEL (W-1105 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 200.8 acres; 41% commercial thin, 33% clearcut, 18% selection, 8% no-harvest, misc roadside logging. S. Fork Winchuck River (HUM: T18N R1W Sec.3; T19N R1W Sec.33, 34).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, steep roads, landslide terrain, 26 road drainage work sites, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, 2 spotted owls within 1.3 mi, Del Norte salamander sightings in units A & B, southern torrent salamander and tailed frog sightings nearby, marbled murrelet and fisher habitat nearby, trees up to 60” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 08/13/15. VIEW

This THP is 3 miles NE of Smith River, CA and 2 miles SE of Brookings, OR near the CA/OR border at an elevation of 40 to 810 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, western hemlock, grand fir, western red cedar and Douglas fir forests.  The THP area drains into the Winchuck River which contains steelhead, coho, and chinook salmon and flows into the Pacific Ocean.  There are multiple landslide terrain sites outside of THP units including unstable areas to the west and east of unit D, steep inner gorges along the eastern edge of unit A, an unstable area downslope of unit E, and a debris shoot west of unit F.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to construct a temporary road along the outer zone of a watercourse in unit A, and construct a seasonal road on slopes over 50% grade within 100 feet of a class II (mid sized) watercourse.  They also want to re-construct 550 feet of seasonal Road W-1003 which exceeds 15% grade, and 8 shorter segments of roads over 200 feet that exceed 15% grade.  The THP includes 2,790 feet of new seasonal road construction, 4,810 feet of temporary road construction, and 26 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and re-construction of washed out crossings. Southern torrent salamander and tailed frogs were reported along the South Fork of the Winchuck River watershed.  There are spotted owl nesting territories within .5 mi of units C and F. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log near Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park.


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THP 1-15-068 HUM (Stevens Creek Central 16 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 245 acres; 70% clearcut, 28% selection, 2% no-harvest, misc roadside logging. Stevens Creek, Grizzly Creek (HUM: T1N R2E Sec.1; T2N R2E Sec.25, 26, 34, 35, 36).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, landslide terrain, 9 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, grizzly creek state park, herbicides, coho watershed, 12+ spotted owls within 1.3 mi, marbled murrelet stand within .25 mi, fisher sighting in unit D, Townsend’s big eared bat sighting within 1 mi, trees up to 52” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 08/13/15. VIEW

This THP is about 10 miles NE of Scotia, CA on the Coast Range and about 1 mi north of Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park at an elevation of 735 to 2,040 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut feller buncher, cable and shovel logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Douglas fir and redwood forests. The THP area flows into the Van Duzen River which is listed as impaired for sediment and contains coho, chinook salmon and steelhead.  There are multiple landslide terrain sites including a debris flow along the SW portion of unit D, deep seated landslide terrain along the eastern and southern edges of unit E, shallow rapid landslide terrain in unit E, an unstable area below the G-1200 road in unit F, and unstable areas along the NE corner, middle and southern edges of unit I.  Green Diamond Resource Company wants to use ground based equipment to yard, deck and load logs off a landing and temporary road partially inside a class II (mid sized) watercourse.  9 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed our crossings.  A Townsend’s big eared bat was seen at Grizzly Creek State Park (1 mi south of the THP area near Highway 36), and there is marbled murrelet habitat inside Grizzly Creek State Park within 300 feet of State Highway 36, and within 300 feet of the G1000 Road and within .25 mi of unit F.  There are spotted owl nesting territories within .25 mi of units A, D, E, F, G, H, I, and within .5 mi of units B and C. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut along Highway 32 NE of Chico, CA.


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THP 2-15-047 BUT (Cedar Branch THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 608.5 acres; 91% clearcut, 8% selection, 1% roadside logging.  Carpenter Ridge, Timbered Crater, Bull Creek (MD: T24N R3E Sec.2, 3, 9, 10, 11, 15, 16; T25N R3E Sec.1, 11, 12, 14, 15, 22, 23, 26, 27, 34, 35).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, steep road, 35 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, mine shafts, herbicides, chinook watershed, 9 CA spotted owls within 1.3 mi, goshawk territory within .25 mi of units 11 and 12, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 08/17/15. VIEW

This THP is about a dozen miles NE of Chico, CA near Lomo and Highway 32.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in white fir, Douglas fir, sugar pine, ponderosa pine and incense cedar forests at an elevation of 2,320 to 4,360 feet.  SPI wants to use an existing landing inside a class I (year round) watercourse for the loading and cutting of logs inside unit 12, and construct 150 feet of seasonal road (Road 105 F) on steep slopes over 65% grade. There is a 30 year old mining feature in unit 21, and mine shafts near units 28 & 29.  35 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction and culvert repair/replacement.  There is a goshawk territory within .25 mi of units 11 and 12 inside section 22.  This THP overlaps the southern edge of SPI’s new Humboldt Fuelbreak THP 2-15-046 BUT. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Sierra Pacific Industries to build a fuel break along Highway 32 NE of Chico, CA.


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THP 2-15-046 BUT (Humboldt Fuelbreak) Sierra Pacific Industries, 980 acres; 94% fuelbreak, 6% selection logging.  Carpenter Ridge, Ninemile Creek, Campbell Creek, Upper Little Chico Creek, Bear Lake, Cascade Creek, Transfer, Bolt Creek, Bull Creek (MD: T24N R3E Sec.9, 16, 29; T25N R3E Sec.1, 2, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 22, 27, 28, 33; T26N R3E Sec.25, 36; T26N R4E Sec.6, 7, 15, 16, 19, 20, 21, 29, 30).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, 25 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, chinook watershed, 16 CA spotted owls within 1.3 mi, 3 goshawk territories within 1.3 mi, nightblooming false bindweed, Hall’s rupertia, trees up to 64” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 08/17/15. VIEW

SPI is planning a fuelbreak that parallels Highway 32 from Forest Ranch to Lomo, and then along Humboldt Road from Lomo to Butte Meadows, including 57 acres of selection logging around the Camp Lassen Boy Scout Camp.  The THP will be tractor based, and includes 2,700 feet of new road construction, and 1,600 feet of road re-construction in Douglas fir, ponderosa pine, sugar pine, incense cedar and white fir forests at elevations ranging from 3,040 to 5,320 feet.  25 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction and culvert repair/replacement.  There are 3 goshawk territories within 1.3 mi, including a goshawk territory within .25 mi of unit 2, and 16 CA spotted owl territories.  Nightblooming false bindweed and Hall’s rupertia were found in the THP area.  The southern portion of this THP overlaps SPI’s new Cedar Branch THP 2-15-047 BUT. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log near Eagle Lake and Susanville.


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THP 2-15-038 LAS (Big Merrill THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 276 acres; 99% clearcut, 1% roadside logging.  Hog Flat Reservoir, Big Merrill Flat (MD: T30N R10E Sec.5, 6; T31N R10E Sec.32, 33).  Winter operations, low erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, 2 CA spotted owl territories within 1.3 mi, 7 goshawk territories within 1.3 mi, historic osprey nest within .5 mi, trees up to 125 years old.  Estimated public comment deadline: 08/06/15. VIEW

This THP is about 8 miles NE of Susanville, CA and about 3 miles south of Eagle Lake at an elevation of 5,760 to 6,360 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a clearcut tractor based logging operation in white fir, ponderosa pine sugar pine, incense cedar and Douglas fir forests.  The THP area is along the north side of Highway 44, near McCoy and Hogs Flat Reservoirs.  SPI wants to be able to construct short spur roads up to 500 feet to access units without pre-designation.  An historic (1971) osprey nest was reported to be within .5 mi of the THP area within section 33, and there are 7 goshawk territories; 3 of which are located near the THP area, and 4 territories south of highway 44. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut on highly erosive slopes near Stirling City and Inskip.


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THP 2-15-036 BUT (Shews THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 978 acres; 68% clearcut, 31% selection, 1% roadside logging.  Fall Creek, Crane Valley Big Kimshaw Creek (MD: T23N R4E Sec.2, 11, 13; T23N R5E Sec.6; T24N R4E Sec.1, 12, 13, 14, 23, 24, 25, 26, 35, 36; T24N R5E Sec.6, 8, 9, 16, 17, 18, 20, 21, 28, 29, 30, 31).  Winter operations, steep slopes up to 70%, extreme erosion hazard, road failure sites, 167 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, chips creek roadless area, wet area, 5 CA spotted owls within 1.3 mi, 2 goshawk territories within .25 mi, cascade frog within I mi, 3 sensitive plant species, trees up to 100 years old.  Estimated public comment deadline: 08/01/15. VIEW

This THP is about 20 miles NE of Chico, CA up near Stirling City and Inskip by the headwaters of Kimshew Creek.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on highly erosive granitic soils in ponderosa pine, sugar pine, white fir, Douglas fir and incense cedar forests at an elevation of 3,000 to 6,000 feet.  Sections 8 & 9 are adjacent to the Chips Creek Roadless Area, and the headwaters of Kimshaw Creek contains several waterfalls popular with hikers. There are multiple road failure sites including moderate rilling and sediment transport from seasonal roads 21OU2 and the P Line road, extensive rilling and sediment transport along seasonal roads 310R and 320R, and 300 feet of road failure along seasonal road 22OU5 inside a class I (year-round) watercourse.  1.9 miles of road construction is planned, and over .8 miles of road re-construction is planned.  SPI wants to use ground based equipment on steep slopes designated for cable logging to construct firebreaks and install waterbars.  167 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair/replacement and re-construction of washed out crossings.  A cascade frog was reported in section 19, and there are 3 goshawk territories nearby, including a goshawk territory within .25 mi of unit 5, a goshawk territory within .25 mi of unit 17, and a goshawk territory in section 1. Clifton’s eremogone were found in units 6, 26, 29, 30, 31, 33, 34, 35; close throat beardtongue was found in unit 3 and Mildred’s clarkia was found in units 12, 19, 20 and 21.  There are CA spotted owl nesting territories within .25 mi of units 6, 7, 19, 20, and 21. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Mendocino Redwood Company planning another THP near Compatche, CA.



THP 1-15-062 MEN (Pit Stop THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 710 acres; 61% transition, 20% group selection, 19% variable retention, misc no-harvest logging.  Lower North Fork Big River, Two Log Creek, East Branch North Fork Big River (MD: T17N R15W Sec.20, 21, 27, 28, 29).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, steep roads, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 71 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, 5 spotted owls within .7 mi, Oregon gold thread, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 08/01/15. VIEW

This THP is about 11 miles SW of Willits, CA and about 3 miles NE of Compatche, CA at an elevation of 200 to 1,200 feet.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood and Douglas fir forests. The THP area drains into the Big River which is listed as impaired for sediment and temperature. There are 12 road failure sites including multiple fillslope and cut bank failures, and road bed re-construction planned across active and dormant earth flows.  Mendocino Redwood Company wants to use tractors on steep slopes over 65% grade with a moderate erosion hazard, use tractors on steep slopes over 65% grade to end line logs, and construct seasonal roads on steep slopes over 65% grade.  71 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  Populations of Oregon gold thread were found along the banks of the North Fork of the Big River. For spotted owl nesting territory MD075 (2013): foraging habitat decreased by 4 acres within .7 mi; for spotted owl nesting territory MD239 (2014) foraging habitat decreased by 18 acres within .7 mi; and for spotted owl nesting territory MD438 (2014) foraging habitat decreased by 37 acres within .7 mi.  This THP is just north of Mendocino Redwood Company’s  1-15-013 MEN (Jeep Trail) and 1-15-031 MEN (Mettick-Poverty) THPs. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log near the mouth of the Klamath River.


PANORAMIC Photo By Jacob Pounds
THP 1-15-060 DEL (B10 13/18 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 67.5 acres; 87% clearcut, 13% no-harvest logging.  Lower Turwar Creek (HUM: T13N R2E Sec.8).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, steep roads, landslide terrain, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, marbled murrelet stand near haul road, 3 spotted owls within 1.3 mi, 2 bald eagle territories within 2.24 mi, southern torrent salamander and tailed frog sightings nearby, trees up to 40" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 07/23/15. VIEW

This THP is within a few miles of the towns of Klamath and Klamath Glen where the Klamath River meets the Pacific Ocean.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut feller buncher, shovel and cable logging operation in Douglas fir, redwood and western cedar forests at an elevation of 400 to 1,800 feet. The THP area drains down Turwar Creek into the Klamath River which is listed as an impaired watershed and contains coho, chinook salmon and steelhead.  There are seven landslide terrain sites in the NE portion of unit C, located within the 4.5 acre no harvest area.  Two bald eagle territories were reported to be 2.24 mi south of the THP area, and southern torrent salamanders and tailed frogs have been spotted along Turwar Creek.  A marbled murrelet stand is located within 300 feet of the A10 haul road, and 1 mile north of the THP area.  There are spotted owl nesting territories within .5 mi of units A, B and C. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Mendocino Redwood Company planning a THP near Elk, CA.


PANORAMIC Photo By treeboy
THP 1-15-058 MEN (Beacon 2015 THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 108 acres; 56% transition, 44% selection logging.  Lower Elk Creek (MD: T14N R16W Sec.4, 5, 8, 9).  Wet weather operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, 13 road drainage work sites, coho watershed, 1 spotted owl within .7 mi, trees up to 30" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 07/23/15. VIEW

This THP is about 4 mi SE of Elk, CA and Highway 1 at an elevation of 1,120 to 1,800 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 3 landslide terrain sites near an old scarp and existing road, near an existing road and spring, and on hummocky grounds.  Ground based equipment is proposed for use on landslide terrain, on steep slopes over 65% grade, and on slopes over 50% grade with a high or extreme erosion hazard.  An existing road and landing are also proposed for use inside a class II (mid-sized) watercourse. 13 road drainage sites will require work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, and culvert repair/replacement. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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


PANORAMIC Photo By Kethaneni
THP 1-15-057 HUM (Holter Ridge THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 175.2 acres; 57% clearcut, 26% selection, 13% no-harvest, 4% no-harvest logging.  Upper Tectah Creek, Lower Tectah Creek (HUM: T11N R2E Sec.27, 28, 29, 32, 33).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 42 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, redwood national park, herbicides, oversized units, coho watershed, 2 spotted owls within 1.3 mi, fisher sightings in unit B, southern torrent salamander and tailed frog sightings in Tectah Creek, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 07/23/15. VIEW

This THP is about 5 miles east of Orick, CA, just east of the Redwood National Park boundary at an elevation of 520 to 2,100 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 drains down Tectah Creek into the Klamath River which is listed as an impaired watershed and contains coho, chinook salmon, steelhead and coastal cutthroat trout. To hide the effects of clearcutting, there will be a light cut within 200 feet of the boundary with Redwood National Park (units A, B and C).  There is shallow rapid landslide terrain in units B, C and D, and multiple road failure sites including fill failures, cut bank failures and road bed channeling.  42 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and re-construction of washed out crossings.  The THP includes over 7,800 feet of seasonal road construction, and 11,352 feet of seasonal road re-construction. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Sierra Pacific Industries to log east of Feather Falls and Lake Oroville


PANORAMIO Photo By Aaron Nuffer
THP 2-15-031 BUT (Patches THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 982.1 acres; 74% commercial thin, 12% clearcut, 10% seed tree, 4% rehab logging.  Frey Creek, Lower Sucker Run, Upper Sucker Run (MD: T20N R6E Sec.1, 12, 13; T20N R7E Sec.4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 18).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, 3 unstable areas, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, oversized units, mine shaft, 21 road drainage work sites, 5 CA spotted owls within 1.3 mi, Humboldt lily, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 07/08/15. VIEW

This THP is about 16 miles NE of Oroville, CA and a few miles NE of the town of Feather Falls at an elevation of 3,080 to 4,000 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a tractor based logging operation in ponderosa pine, sugar pine, Douglas fir, white fir and incense cedar forests. There are 3 unstable areas adjacent to THP units in sections 6 and 7, and a mine shaft in unit T-6.  SPI is requesting an exemption from the Butte County Air Resources Board to be able to log inside an area known to have naturally occurring asbestos.  They also want to use an existing landing inside a class II (mid-sized) watercourse, and an existing skid trail and landing near a class II wet area.  21 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and repair/replacement of culverts.  There is a spotted owl territory adjacent to unit T-2 in section 5, and Humboldt lily was reported to be adjacent to unit T-6. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Green Diamond Resource Company planning a pair of clearcut THPs near Trinidad, CA.


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THP 1-15-053 HUM (CR2400 15 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 176.5 acres; 77% clearcut, 21% selection, 2% no-harvest logging.  Maple Creek (HUM: T8N R1E Sec.6, 7, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 22; T8N R1W Sec.1, 12).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, landslide terrain, 6 road drainage work sites, herbicides, oversized units, coho watershed, 10 spotted owls within 1.3 mi, 2 osprey nests within .25 mi of haul road, Southern torrent salamanders and tailed frog sightings, trees up to 48” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 07/05/15. VIEW

This THP is a few miles NE of Trinidad, CA and Highway 101 at an elevation of 600 to 1,300 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut feller buncher, cable and shovel logging operation in Douglas fir, redwood, grand fir, spruce and western hemlock forests. The THP are drains into Maple Creek which drains into Big Lagoon at the Pacific Ocean and contains coho, chinook salmon, coastal cutthroat trout and steelhead.  There is 1 shallow rapid landslide terrain site in the southern portion of unit C.  Six road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and repair/replacement of culverts.  There are 2 osprey nests within .25 mi of haul road CR1400, and southern torrent salamanders and tailed frogs were spotted adjacent to units B,C,D,E and F.  Spotted owl nesting territories are located within .5 mi of unit B.  This THP is just SE of Green Diamond Resource Company’s THP 1-15-055 HUM (CR West 1000 16).  

THP 1-15-055 HUM (CR West 1000 16 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 195 acres; 73% clearcut, 24% selection, 2% visual screening, 1% no-harvest logging.  McDonald Creek (HUM: T8N R1E Sec.18, 19; T8N R1W Sec.1, 2, 11, 12, 13; T9N R1W Sec.35, 36).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, 8 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, oversized units, coho watershed, osprey nest within .25 mi of haul road, northern red-legged frog in unit C, southern torrent salamander near unit D, trees up to 40” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 0710/15. VIEW

This THP is a few miles north of Trinidad, CA and Highway 101 at an elevation of 400 to 800 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut feller buncher, shovel and cable logging operation in redwood, bishop pine, Douglas fir, sitka spruce and grand fir forests.  4.2 acres adjacent to Highway 101 are designated as a “Special Treatment Area”, and will be lightly logged to hide the effects of clearcutting within unit D.  Eight road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and repair/replacement of culverts. There is an osprey nest site within .25 mi of the BL3000 haul road.  This THP is just NW of Green Diamond Resource Company’s THP 1-15-053 HUM (CR2400 15). More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Green Diamond Resource Company to log near the Lower Klamath River.


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THP 1-15-052 HUM (CL1040 A600 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 159.5 acres; 37% clearcut, 27% commercial thin, 15% shelterwood, 12% no-harvest, 7% selection, 3% roadside logging.  Surpur Creek (HUM: T11N R2E Sec.2, 3; T12N R2E Sec.34, 35).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, 7 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, 7 spotted owls within 1.3 mi, 2 bald eagle nests within .5 mi, 4 osprey nests within .25 mi, southern torrent salamander and tailed frog sightings nearby, scattered large trees.   Estimated public comment deadline: 07/05/15. VIEW

This THP is 9 miles NE of Orick, CA and east of Redwood National Park along the lower Klamath River at an elevation of 420 to 1,280 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 is 1 shallow rapid landslide terrain site along the western boundary of unit C, and 3 shallow rapid landslide terrain sites in Unit F located near a class III watercourse, near the lower boundary of unit F, and along the SW corner of unit F by Little Surpur Creek. 7 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and repair/replacement of culverts.  Two bald eagle nests are located .16 mi north of unit B, and .5 miles from unit C and haul roads A600 and CL1040.  There are 4 osprey nests including 2 nests within .25 mi of unit B, and 2 nests within .25 mi of haul roads A600 and CL1040.  Southern Torrent Salamanders and Tailed Frogs were reported to be in Surpur Creek, and Little Surpur Creek.  Spotted owl nesting territories are located within .25 mi of units C, E and F, and within .5 mi of units A, B and D. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

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


PANORAMIC Photo By Mike Marler
THP 1-15-050 HUM (Hancorne 2015 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 130 acres; 79% clearcut, 15% selection, 5% no-harvest, 1% roadside logging.  Middle Roach Creek, Upper Roach Creek, Mettah Creek (HUM: T10N R2E Sec.22, 23, 26, 27).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, 7 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, oversized units, coho watershed, 3 spotted owls within 1.3 mi, cutthroat trout in units B and C, southern torrent salamanders and tailed frogs in units C and E, marbled murrelet within 1.8 mi, osprey and fisher sightings nearby, trees up to 50" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 07/04/15. VIEW

This THP is a few miles east of Redwood National Park between Orick and Weitchpec near the Bald Hills Road at an elevation of 1,500 to 2,275 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in Douglas fir and redwood forests.  The THP area flows eastward into the Klamath River which is listed as an impaired watershed and contains Coho, Chinook salmon, steelhead and coastal cutthroat trout.  There are multiple shallow rapid landslide terrain sites in units B, C and D, and 300 feet of steep temporary road exceeding 20% grade is proposed to access unit E.  Seven road drainage work sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair/replacement and re-construction of washed out crossings.  Spotted owl nesting territories exist within .5 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 Smith River.


PANORAMIC Photo By Greg Phipps
THP 1-15-048 DEL (DO 1900 16 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 268 acres; 52% clearcut, 30% selection, 15% commercial thin, 3% no-harvest, 1% roadside logging.  S. Fork Winchuck River, Lower Rowdy Creek, Dominie Creek (HUM: T18N R1E Sec.7, 18; T18N R1W Sec.11, 12).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%,  landslide terrain, 11 road drainage work sites, herbicides, oversized units, coho watershed, 2 spotted owls within 1.3 mi, southern torrent salamander and tailed frog sightings, bald eagle within 2.5 mi, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 07/01/15. VIEW

This THP is a few miles NE of the town of Smith River, CA and Highway 101 near the CA/OR border at an elevation of 500 to 1,650 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in  in redwood, Douglas fir, grand fir and western hemlock forests.  The THP area drains into the South Fork of the Winchuck River and Domaine Creek which flows into the Smith River.  There are 4 shallow rapid landslide terrain sites in unit A, and 3 shallow rapid landslide terrain sites in unit E.  11 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  Coho and Chinook salmon, steelhead and coastal cutthroat trout occur in Domaine Creek, and southern torrent salamander and tailed frogs are known to occur in class II (mid-sized streams) in units B,D,E and F. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log near Fortuna.


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THP 1-15-046 HUM (Salmon Creek 16 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 178 acres; 82% clearcut, 14% selection, 4% no-harvest logging.  Middle Salmon Creek (HUM: T3N R1W Sec.2, 3, 10, 11).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, landslide terrain, 15 road drainage sites, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, 12+ spotted owls within 1.3mi, 2 osprey nests within .25 mi, bald eagle territory within .92 mi, chinook salmon, coho salmon, steelhead, and coastal cutthroat trout sightings in unit A, southern torrent salamander and tailed frog sightings nearby, trees up to 96” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 06/27/15. VIEW

This THP is about 4 miles NE of Fortuna, CA and Highway 101 at an elevation of 200 to 800 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut feller buncher, shovel and cable logging operation in Douglas fir and redwood forests.  There is shallow rapid landslide terrain in units A and G, and deep seated landslide terrain in unit G.  Over 6,000 feet of temporary road construction is planned, and 1,000 feet of road re-construction is planned.  15 road drainage sites are scheduled for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  A bald eagle territory exists .92 mi north of the THP area, and there are 2 historic osprey nests within .25 mi of unit A, and several osprey nests within .25 mi of the SA1000 haul road.  Chinook and Coho salmon, steelhead and coastal cutthroat trout are know to occur in the class I (year-round) habitat in Unit A, and southern torrent salamanders and tailed frogs are known to occur in the class II (mid-sized) habitat in the Salmon Creek watershed.  There are spotted owl nesting territories within .25 miles of units A,B,C and G, and within .5 miles of units E and F. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log trees up to 72” dbh near Klamath, CA.


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THP 1-15-045 DEL (Hunter Creek West THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 231 acres; 58% clearcut, 31% commercial thin, 6% selection, 5% no-harvest logging.  Upper West Fork Hunter Creek, Lower West Fork Hunter Creek (HUM: T14N R1E Sec.2, 3, 10, 11, 15).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 80%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 16 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, 8 spotted owls within 1.3mi, fisher sighting in unit B, southern torrent salamander and tailed frog sightings in units D and E, sharp shinned hawk nest within .95 mi, trees up to 72” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 06/24/15. VIEW

This THP is about 5 miles north of the town of Klamath, CA and about 3 miles east of Highway 101 at an elevation of 300 to 1,600 feet. Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in a redwood, Douglas fir and hemlock forests. Trees within the clearcut portion of unit E, have diameters of 16-72 inches DBH, with an average of approximately 26 inches. The THP area drains down Hunter Creek to the Klamath River which supports coho, steelhead, resident rainbow trout and coastal cutthroat trout. Shallow rapid landslide terrain is located inside and adjacent to units A,C,D,E and F. There are 4 road failure sites including a an existing seasonal road located adjacent to a cutback slide and outboard fill failure, an existing seasonal road adjacent to an unstable area on a cutback hillslope, a watercourse crossing adjacent to a cutslope slide, and a steep cutslope on a main haul road near the northern boundary of unit C.  There are 16 road drainage sites planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  Spotted owl nesting territories are located within .25 mi of unit E, and .5 mi of units A & D. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Green Diamond Resource Company to log on steep and unstable slopes SE of Korbel, CA.


PANORAMIO Photo By thebassline707
THP 1-15-044-HUM (Ward Road 2016 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 293.1 acres; 52% commercial thin, 24% clearcut, 17% no-harvest, 7% selection, misc roadside logging.  Upper Cannon Creek, Dry Creek, Lower Cannon Creek (HUM: T5N R2E Sec.2, 3, 10, 11, 12, 13; T5N R3E Sec.6, 8).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 17 road drainage sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, oversized units, coho watershed, 12+ spotted owls within 1.3mi, Sonoma tree vole in units A and D, tailed frog and southern torrent salamander sightings in unit D, purple martin nest within .77 mi, trees up to 36” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline:  06/21/15. VIEW

This THP is 4 miles SE of Korbel, CA and Highway 299 at an elevation of 560 to 2,600 feet. Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood and Douglas fir forests.  The THP area flows into the Mad River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, temperature and turbidity and contains coho, chinook salmon, steelhead and coastal cutthroat trout. There are 6 landslide terrain sites; including multiple deep seated landslide terrain features along the northern and northeastern portions of unit B, and displacement of existing roads.  Green Diamond Resource Company wants to use of an existing skid road inside a class II (mid sized) watercourse for skidding and timber falling operations.  There are 17 road drainage work sites including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  Spotted owl nesting territories are located within .25 mi of units A,B,C,D,and E. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Green Diamond Resource Company to log near the Mad River Fish Hatchery.


PANORAMIO Photo By Andy Smith
THP 1-15-043 HUM (MR5100 Thin 16 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 172.5 acres; 84% commercial thin, 16% no-harvest logging.  Powers Creek (HUM: T5N R1E Sec.1; T5N R2E Sec.6; T6N R2E Sec.31).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, landslide terrain, 8 road failure sites, wet area in unit A, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, 12+ spotted owls within 1.3mi, red tree vole in unit B, tailed frog and southern torrent salamander sightings in unit A, cooper’s hawk nest within 520 ft, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 06/21/15. VIEW

This THP is 4 miles SE of Arcata, CA and a few miles east of the Arcata Community Forest near the Mad River Fish Hatchery at an elevation of 120 to 1,040 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a commercial thin tractor and cable logging operation in redwood and Douglas fir forests.  The THP area is adjacent to the Mad River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, temperature and turbidity and contains coho, chinook salmon, steelhead and coastal cutthroat trout.  There are 6 shallow rapid landslide terrain sites in unit A, 4 shallow rapid landslide terrain sites in unit B (including 2 steep headwall swales), and 8 road related failure sites including fill failures, overtopped culverts, and washed out crossings.  An historic (1994) Cooper’s hawk nest exists within 520 feet west of unit A.  Spotted owl nesting territories are located within .25 mi of unit A, and .50 mi of unit B. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Gualala Redwoods to remove individual trees along the banks of the Gualala River.


PANORAMIO Photo By Alfonso Buongiorno
THP 1-15-042 SON (Dogwood THP) Gualala Redwoods, 402 acres; 80% selection, 17% no-harvest, 3% special logging.  Mouth of Gualala River, Little Creek, Annapolis, Big Pepperwood Creek (MD: T10N R14W Sec.4, 5, 6, 8, 15, 16, 17, 21, 22, 27; T11N R14W Sec.30, 31, 33; T11N R15W Sec.25, 26, 36).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, landslide terrain, 59 road drainage work sites, wet areas, impaired 303.d watershed, coho watershed, 7 spotted owls within .7 mi, Cooper’s hawk sighting, trees up to 100 years old.  Estimated public comment deadline: 06/21/15. VIEW

This THP will remove individual trees along the alluvial flats of the Gualala River and tributaries from .5 mi to 9 miles out from the town of Gualala, CA.  Gualala Redwoods is planning a tractor based selection logging operation in Douglas fir and redwood forests at an elevation of 30 to 240 feet.  The Gualala River is listed as impaired for sediment and temperature and contains coho salmon and steelhead.  Gualala Redwoods wants to use an existing haul road inside a class I watercourse (Gualala River).  There are 59 road drainage work sites including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  A cooper's hawk was reported along the eastern edge of the Gualala River in the THP area. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.