Monday, February 25, 2013

Green Diamond Resource Company clearcut THP at Maple Creek


PANORAMIO Photo by by nthawoodz
THP 1-13-012 HUM (CR 2500 13 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 108 acres;  71% clearcut, 19% selection, 10% no-harvest logging.  Maple Creek (HUM: T8N R1E Sec.16, 24, 25; T8N R2E Sec.19,30). Wet weather operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, oversized unit b, coho watershed, herbicides, 8 spotted owls within 1.3mi, osprey sightings nearby, marbled murrelet habitat within 2.8 mi, trees over 32" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 04/01/13.

This THP is about 7 miles NE of the town of McKinleyville, and a few miles south of Redwood National Park.  Green Diamond Resource Company owns over 99.5% of plan area which has no access to the public, and a long history of intensive logging.  They are planning a mostly clearcut logging operation of second growth 70 year old trees using feller bunchers, shovel & cable logging.  At an elevation of 40 - 2,300 feet, Maple Creek Watershed is an important coastal cutthroat and steelhead fishery which flows into the Pacific Ocean 4 - 6 miles away.  The THP also includes a special protection zone around an old railroad trestle in unit a. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website. 

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Green Diamond Resource Company clearcut THP at Panther Creek



THP 1-13-011 HUM (K&K 940 14 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 53 acres; 83% clearcut, 9% no-harvest, 6% roadside, 2% selection logging.  Panther Creek (HUM: T8N R2E Sec.23, 24, 25, 26). Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 85%, steep roads, impaired 303.d watershed, coho watershed, herbicides, 8 spotted owls within 1.3mi, trees up to 30” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 03/23/13.

This THP is north of Eureka, CA, about 10 miles east of Highway 101 and the town of Westhaven on the Coast Range.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly tractor and cable clearcut logging operation on some very steep slopes up to 85%.  The THP is in the Panther Creek watershed which has a long history of intensive logging and is listed as impaired for sediment and temperature.  Panther Creek flows into Redwood Creek which is an important coho salmon, steelhead and coastal cutthroat trout fishery. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website. 

Humboldt Redwood Company planning THP near Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park


PANORAMIO photo by RedwoodTransect
THP 1-13-010 HUM (Wintergreen THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 448 acres; 82% group selection, 11% no-harvest, 7% selection logging.  Grizzly Creek (HUM: T1N R2E Sec.1; T1N R3E Sec.5, 6).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, steep roads, landslide terrain, debris slides, road failure sites, 21 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, coho watershed, large tree helicopter logging, 11 spotted owls within 1.3mi, trees up to 42” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 03/27/13.

This THP is about 10 miles east of Rio Dell, CA, near Highway 36 and Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park.  Humboldt Redwood Company wants to tractor, cable and helicopter log at an elevation of 450 - 1600 feet in the Grizzly Creek watershed.  Grizzly Creek flows into the Van Duzen River, which is impaired for sediment and temperature due to intensive logging in the area.  Helicopter logging is planned likely to remove some large trees from 5 stands that contain marbled murrelet habitat.  HRC also plans to use tractors on steep slopes in units designated for cable logging.  There are several areas with landslide terrain and debris slides; mostly along stream channels.  More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Is Green Diamond Resource Company clearcutting their way to FSC labeling?

By Kyle Haines, THP Tracking Center
February 15, 2013

Image By EF! Humboldt
Recently, Green Diamond Resource Company (formerly Simpson Timber Company), SCS Global Services (SCS), and the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) issued a joint press release announcing Green Diamond Resource Company’s California Timberlands have been certified as meeting the forest management standards established by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).  SCS Global Services, an international corporation that provides certification contracting services to a number of industries, conducted, on behalf of the FSC, the evaluation, or audit, of Green Diamond Resource Company’s logging practices.

This is an interesting development, given the fact that Green Diamond Resource Company has clearcut over 9,000 acres of their own timberlands since 2010 (See THP Tracking Center CA Private Lands Logging Statistics for 2010, 2011 & 2012).  FSC allows some mimicking of natural processes; but the reality is Green Diamond Resource Company has already converted far more of their lands to plantations through clearcutting than either fire or insects could.  And since clearcutting is the cheapest way to log, it continues to work very well for their bottom line, so FSC labeling gives them the prefect excuse to greenwash. More information is available on EPICs BLOG "Forest Products Marketing Firm Commits Major Blunder in the Redwoods" and on the THP Tracking Center website.

EPIC Files Petition to Protect Northern Spotted Owl in California

By Rob DiPerna, EPIC
February 11, 2013


On February 6, 2013, EPIC submitted a rulemaking petition to the California Board of Forestry aimed at enhancing protection measures for California’s Northern Spotted Owls, while saving substantial state and federal agency resources.  The rulemaking petition is the product of over three years of EPIC spotted owl advocacy aimed at challenging the glaring inconsistencies between the inadequate protection measures found in California’s Forest Practice Rules and the clear guidelines provided by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, backed up by even clearer legal precedent from the Supreme Court.

In California, Northern Spotted Owl protective regulations were originally adopted by the Board of Forestry in the early 1990’s shortly after the species was listed as “threatened” under the federal Endangered Species Act.  These regulations were based on the limited scientific information available at the time of the rulemaking.

The protective measures for Northern Spotted Owls in the California Forest Practice Rules were designed to allow continued timber harvest within suitable habitat while avoiding “take” as prohibited under the federal ESA.  Prior to 1999, these regulations were enforced via consultation with the California Department of Fish and Game.  In 1999, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CALFIRE) requested that the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) begin consulting on Timber Harvest Plans (THPs) that proposed removal of suitable Northern Spotted Owl habitat in order to insure that “take” was avoided.

Over time and with the benefit of both office and field experience, the Service began the question the effectiveness existing Forest Practice Rules to avoid “take” of Northern Spotted Owls.  Despite participation in the consultation process (known as technical assistance), the Service began to note the loss of historic spotted owl territories as a direct result of timber harvest conducted under the Forest Practice Rules protective provisions.  READ MORE

Monday, February 11, 2013

Campbell Timberlands plan to log on steep unstable slopes east of Fort Bragg


PANORAMIO photo by Jan Graeser
THP 1-13-009 MEN (Sherwood Orange THP) Campbell Timberlands, 365 acres; 56% clearcut, 35% selection, 8% variable retention logging.  Upper S. Fork Ten Mile River, Duffy Gulch (MD: T18N R16W Sec.1; T19N R15W Sec.18, 19, 30, 31; T19N R16W Sec.25, 35, 36).  Wet weather operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 85%, 16 landslide terrain sites, debris flows, road failure sites, 49 road drainage work sites, wet areas, impaired 303.d watershed, coho watershed, 14 spotted owls within 1.3mi, trees up to 68" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 03/18/13.

This THP is about 10 miles east of Fort Bragg on Sherwood Ridge at an elevation of 560 - 1760 feet; between the North Fork of the Ten Mile River watershed, and the Noyo River watershed.  Both watersheds have a long history of intense logging and are listed as “impaired” due to excessive sediment and elevated temperatures.  Campbell Timberlands wants to tractor and cable log on some very steep and unstable slopes with a high erosion hazard.  According to the geology report, there are 16 landslide related sites in the area; 1 site may have failed because of a 1999 clearcut, and there is a high possibility of future debris flows on another site with a steep headwall swale that Campbell wants to log on.  The THP is also adjacent to the Boys and Girls Club of San Francisco lands, and there is marbled murrelet habitat near a rock pit and haul road. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.


Saturday, February 9, 2013

New Forestry LLC THP near Big Trees Grove in Placer County


PANORAMIO photo by marekjaku
THP 2-13-007 PLA (Deller Springs THP) New Forestry LLC, 55.2 acres; 100% clearcut logging.  Big Mosquito Creek, Peavine Creek (MD: T14N R12E Sec.14).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 65%, 2 CA spotted owls within 1.3mi, trees up to 100 years old. Estimated public comment deadline: 03/20/13.   

This THP is about 12 miles NE of the town of Foresthill, in the Mosquito Ridge area between the Middle & North Forks of the American River.  New Forestry LLC is proposing to tractor and cable log clearcut 55.2 acres of forestlands at an elevation of 4,600 - 4,800 feet.  The THP area is a little over a mile west of Big Trees Grove, the northernmost grove of giant Sequoias in the Sierra Nevada range.  More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website. 

New Jackson State Forest THP near Pygmy Cypress stand


PANORAMIO photo by Kurt Minard
THP 1-13-007 MEN (Orchard THP) Jackson State Forest, 289 acres; 85% selection, 15% group selection logging.  Mitchell Creek, Caspar Creek (MD: T17N R17W Sec.3, 10).  Wet weather operations, high erosion hazard, landslide terrain, road failure sites, steep slopes over 70%, 24 road drainage work sites, 20 acres of large tree logging, bicycle trail, coho watershed, 3 spotted owls within 1.3mi, red tree vole sightings, california pinefoot, trees up to 36" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 03/14/13.

This THP is on the Mendocino coast and about 4 miles east of the town of Casper, CA at an elevation of 120 - 880 feet.  The Casper Creek watershed is an important steelhead and coho fishery that drains directly into the Pacific Ocean.  Jackson State Forest is planning a tractor and cable logging operation that includes 20 acres of large tree logging in a forested area that has been untouched since the late 1800s.  The area also has a poorly drained jeep road and ditch system that needs repair, and 24 road drainage work sites including culvert repair/replacement and dip rocking and re-construction.  There is a single track bicycle trail that runs along the north side of the project area, and some uncommon stands of Pygmy Cypress and Northern Bishop Pine.  3 individuals of California Pinefoot are within the plan area, and a population of Leafy Stemmed Miterwort lie just outside of the THP. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website. 

Friday, February 8, 2013

Soper Wheeler Company planning THP high on the Sierra Crest


PANORAMIO Photo By Sixtringr
THP 2-13-006 PLU (High Country THP) Soper Wheeler Company, 2778 acres; 70% group selection, 16% sanitation salvage, 12% shelterwood, 2% rehab, 1% clearcut logging.  Little Grass Valley Reservoir, Onion Valley Creek, Claremont Creek, Bagget Gulch, Rabbit Creek, Cleghorn Bar (MD: T21N R9E Sec.2, 3, 4; T22N R9E Sec.15, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 34, 35; T23N R9E Sec.25, 26, 35, 36; T23N R10E Sec.30, 31).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, 38 road drainage work sites, wet area, impaired 303.d watershed, 12 CA spotted owls within 1.3mi, bald eagle within 1.5 mi, foothill yellow legged frog within 1 mi, adjacent to middle fork feather river roadless areas, pacific crest trail within .5mi, scattered large trees. Estimated public comment deadline: 03/14/13. 

This THP is about 10 miles SW of Quincy, CA, high up on the crest of the Sierra Nevada Range at an elevation of 5,100 - 6,700 feet.  Soper Wheeler Company is planning a mostly group selection tractor logging THP with some sanitation salvage and modified shelterwood logging.  They also will be logging in some nice high elevation red fir and lodgepole pine stands adjacent to the Middle Fork of the Feather River Roadless areas.  Section 15 is within a half mile of the Pacific Crest Trail, and a portion of the THP is close to Little Grass Valley Reservoir boat ramp and campground; a popular recreation area.  More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website. 


Saturday, February 2, 2013

Sierra Pacific Industries logging out Sierra Wolverine habitat

By Kyle Haines, THP Tracking Center
February 2, 2013

Photo courtesy of USFS and Center for Biological Diversity
Since 2011, Sierra Pacific Industries (SPI) has filed 6 timber harvest plans (THPs) totaling 13, 022 acres within walking distance of the Sierra Nevada's only known wolverine.  That's over 20 square miles, and most of the logging would be at very high elevations from 5,600 - 8,400 feet just north of I-80.  Under the guise of "forest health," SPI plans to remove some very large trees (helicopter logging is proposed on 4 of 6 sales) in an area where the wolverine relies on what little high elevation intact forest still stands today.  A wolverine's home range is 70 miles; but 3 of the THPs have confirmed wolverine sightings inside the THP, and the other 3 have reported sightings nearby (adjacent to - 20 mi out).  On February 1, 2013, the US Fish & Wildlife Service announced its proposal to list the wolverine under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) including the Sierra Nevada individual.  The THP Tracking Center will continue to monitor private lands logging trends that threaten the wolverine. See SPI Wolverine THPs.  More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.