Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Green Diamond Resource Company planning clearcut logging operation in upper portion of Little River watershed.



THP 1-13-032 HUM (CR3550 14 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 49 acres; 89% clearcut, 8% selection, 3% no-harvest logging.  Lower South Fork, Headwaters Little River (HUM: T7N R2E Sec.10). Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, oversized units, coho watershed, herbicides, 2 spotted owls within 1.3mi, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 05/28/13.

This THP is about 10 miles NE of Arcata, CA in the upper portion of the Little River watershed at an elevation of 290 - 3380 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a feller buncher, shovel and cable logging clearcut operation in 60 year old second growth redwood and Douglas fir forests.  There is a .25 acre steep streamside slope in Unit A which exceeds 65% grade, and some oversized units.  Green Diamond Resource Company owns over 94% of the watershed which is not open to the public and has been heavily clearcut in the past.   The THP area flows into the Little River which drains into the Pacific Ocean and is an important coho, Chinook salmon, steelhead, and coastal cutthroat trout fishery. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Campbell Timberlands to log on steep unstable soils north of Fort Bragg



THP 1-13-031 MEN (Mill Smith THP) Campbell Timberlands, 565 acres; 70% selection, 23% clearcut, 7% commercial thin logging.  Mill Creek, Bear Haven Creek, Campbell Creek (MD: T19N R16W Sec.3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10; T19N R17W Sec.1, 2, 12; T20N R17W Sec.35, 36). Wet weather operations, high erosion hazard, landslide terrain, road failure sites, debris slides, steep slopes up to 85%, impaired 303.d watershed, coho watershed, herbicides, 12+ spotted owls within 1.3mi, trees up to 54" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 05/28/13.

This THP is about 8 miles NE of Fort Bragg, at an elevation of 160 - 1,600 feet in the 10 Mile River drainage which is listed as impaired for sediment and temperature. Campbell Timberlands is planning a tractor and cable logging operation in coastal redwood and Douglas fir forests on very steep and in some places unstable slopes.  There are 22 unstable areas including dormant landslides, deep seated landslides, shallow landslides, debris flow, debris slide, down dropped road and cut bank failures. 107 road drainage work projects are planned including ditch work, crossing work, culvert work, road stabilization and rocking to mitigate erosion.  Campbell Timberlands is planning to use tractors on steep slopes in cable logging units to yard and end line logs, and near streams on roads in 6 units.  25 trees will be felled at 6 sites in Unit C into Smith Creek stream channel to create a large woody debris and habitat complexity project for Coho.  This project also includes the selective logging of 13 of the largest trees in Unit C stream channel to increase sunlight exposure.  There is occupied and unoccupied marbled murrelet habitat adjacent to haul roads and rock pit areas outside of THP area.  Logging is planned in Unit O within 1,000 feet of spotted owl site MEN0312. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Crane Mills to log in steep unstable slopes near Yolla Bolly Middle Eel Wilderness


PANORAMIO Photo By LuisEspLuis
THP 2-13-018 TEH (Berry THP) Crane Mills, 865 acres; 50% sanitation salvage, 50% shelterwood logging.  Cold Spring Creek, Henderson Canyon, Lower Fish Creek (MD: T24N R8W Sec.6, 7, 17, 18; T24N R9W Sec.1, 11, 12).  Winter operations, extreme erosion hazard, landslide terrain, road failure sites, steep slopes over 70%, herbicides, Chinook watershed, 7 spotted owls within 1.3mi, Sonoma manzanita, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 05/29/13.  

NOTE: This THP was originally submitted as THP 2-13-013 TEH, then WITHDRAWN and re-submitted as THP 2-13-018 TEH.

This THP is about 15 miles NW of Paskenta, CA near the Thomes Creek drainage and the Yolla Bolly Middle Eel Wilderness Area at an elevation of 3800 - 5680 feet in mixed conifer stands.  Crane Mills is planning a tractor and cable logging operation with a blend of sanitation salvage and shelterwood removal to remove trees with dwarf mistletoe and some larger over story trees.  This THP is similar in design to the recently released Crane Mills Croney Creek 2 THP just to the NE.  There are 3 areas where tractors will be used in unstable areas, including one unstable area with slopes exceeding 65%.  Many of the unstable areas are related to steep slopes above the Berry Creek drainage.  Crane Mills is planning to use roads and landings in unstable areas, and use some tractor roads and landings in streamside areas.  They are also considering log hauling during the winter time.  More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.


New Campbell Timberlands THP near Mc Cloud, CA


PANORAMIO Photo By billmagdych
THP 2-13-012 SIS (Connor Meadow THP) Campbell Timberlands, 786 acres; 44% commercial thinning, 33% selection, 23% variable retention, 1% roadside logging.  Pig Creek (MD: T39N R2W Sec.18, 19, 30, 31; T39N R3W Sec.24, 25, 36).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, unstable area, 5 road drainage work sites, oversized units, herbicides, willow flycatcher buffer area, goshawk & fisher sightings, rattlesnake fern, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 05/29/13. 

This THP is about 3 miles south of the town of McCloud, CA at an elevation of 2800 - 3450 feet.  Campbell Timberlands is planning a mostly tractor and cable thinning operation in mixed conifer stands near Squaw Creek and Connor Meadows.  Tractors are planned for use on steep slopes between 50 - 65% on established skid trails, and in cable logging areas to establish tail holds and yarder guide lines.  There is an old skid road that caused a small slide within a stream channel.  Unit 1801 has a buffer area for Willow Flycatcher habitat along the southern end of Connor Meadow.  Both goshawk and fisher have been seen nearby, and Rattlesnake fern was found near a spring in Section 30.  There are 5 oversized units. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Soquel State Forest planning THP near Forest of the Nisene Marks State Park


PANORAMIO Photo By lieneHelmig
THP 1-13-027 SCR (Comstock Mill THP) Soquel State Forest, 240 acres; 80% selection, 10% fuel break, 10% hardwood removal, misc roadside logging.  Soquel Creek (MD: T10S R1W Sec.2, 11, 12).  Wet weather operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 80%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 59 road drainage work sites, coho watershed, western pond turtle within 1.5 mi, scattered old growth redwoods.  Estimated public comment deadline: 05/24/13.

This THP is about 3 miles NE of the town of Scotts Valley near Santa Cruz and Highway 17 at an elevation of 600 - 1,400 feet.  Cal State Forest Soquel is planning a tractor selection logging operation amongst second and third growth redwood, with some Douglas fir adjacent to the Forest of the Nisene Marks State Park.  There are 11 unstable areas including debris slides, steep headwall swales outside of THP units, and 59 road drainage work sites including ditch repair, rocking, dip construction and culvert repair/replacement.  25 acres of Alternative Prescription are planned to remove excess brush and hardwoods, and to re-plant with conifers.   2 skid trails are planned on slopes over 50% with a high erosion hazard rating. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

New Green Diamond Resource Company clearcut THP SE of Trinidad, CA



THP 1-13-025-HUM (CR2230 - CR3125 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 61 acres; 67% clearcut, 25% selection, 7% no-harvest, 1% roadside logging.  Lower South Fork (HUM: T7N R1E Sec.12, 13; T7N R2E Sec.18, 19).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, landslide terrain, steep slopes up to 70%, steep roads, coho watershed, herbicides, 5 spotted owls within 1.3mi, historic peregrine falcon erie, osprey sightings, trees up to 24” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 05/12/13. 

This THP is about 9.6 miles SE of Trinidad, CA in the Lower South Fork Little River watershed, and contains Redwood, Douglas fir and a minor component of hemlock.  Green Diamond Resource Company owns over 80% of the watershed which drains into the Little River and Pacific Ocean, and is planning a mostly clearcut feller bucher, cable and shovel logging operation.  Unit A is adjacent to the Lower South Fork Little River, which is an important fishery for Coho salmon, Chinook salmon, steelhead and coastal cutthroat trout.  Units A & B contain steep streamside slopes, and there are numerous small, short landslide features mostly related to stream banks in the THP area.  Ground based equipment is proposed to be used in areas designated for cable logging to construct fire lines and tail holds, and 2 short segments of steep road are proposed on grades exceeding 20%.  The THP area also contains a historic Peregrine Falcon erie site, and some unique rock outcroppings.  There are Northern spotted owls within .25 mi of Unit A.  More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.


New Green Diamond Resource Company clearcut THP NE of Trinidad, CA


PANORAMIO Photo By nthawoodz
THP 1-13-024 HUM (BL 2200 14 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 108 acres; 81% clearcut, 11% selection, 7% no-harvest logging.  Maple Creek (HUM: T8N R1E Sec.3, 4, 5; T9N R1E Sec.32).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, landslide terrain, road failure sites, steep slopes up to 80%, coho watershed, herbicides,  7 spotted owls within 1.3mi, osprey nest within .25 mi of unit A & C, bald eagle within .6mi, running pine, trees up to 48” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 05/12/13.

This THP is about 5 miles NE of Trinidad, CA in the upper reaches of Maple Creek at an elevation of 280 - 1,120 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor, feller buncher, cable, and shovel logging operation amongst second growth redwood, Sitka spruce, Douglas fir, Grand fir and red alder.  The THP area contains steep unstable slopes including 8 landslide features (shallow, dormant and debris slides) in Unit B, landslide terrain in units B & C, a steep head wall in unit C, and steep streamside slopes in units B, C & D.  There are Chinook salmon, Coho salmon, coastal cutthroat trout and steelhead adjacent to unit B, and spotted owl nest sites within .25 mi of units B & C. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Nacho Libre THP Withdrawn

By Rob DiPerna, EPIC


Life can be precarious for imperiled species and old trees on an industrial forestry landscape, particularly on lands managed by Green Diamond Resource Company (GDRC) and Sierra Pacific Industries (SPI).  Even though these gigantic, privately-held companies spend massive amounts of capital on marketing schemes and public perception management, they are still teaming up to log old-growth redwoods and harm the few remaining imperiled denizens of the redwood temperate rainforest.

GDRC and SPI plotted, joined forces and filed the “Nacho Libre” timber harvest plan (THP) in late 2012, curiously choosing a name from a Jack Black movie without any explanation or due credit.  Unlike the movie, however, the “Nacho Libre” THP was a cynical attempt at humor that fell flat in the face of ecological reality and clear legal precedent.  The plan proposed to target old-growth trees for removal and to directly harm a breeding pair of Northern Spotted Owls by destroying important habitat within their immediate nesting territory.  EPIC sounded the alarm over the “Nacho Libre” THP earlier this year and mobilized available resources to contest the plan.

The public trust agencies tasked with reviewing this timber harvest plan (the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, Regional Water Quality Control Board, and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife) all recognized the rare and unique values of this remnant stand of old-growth in a watershed that has been severely and repeatedly logged.  The Department of Forestry and Department of Fish and Wildlife were in agreement that the forest stand was likely “late successional forest” habitat with a substantial old growth component within the meaning of the California Forest Practice Rules.   According to the Water Quality inspection report, old growth redwoods of six to ten feet in diameter were observed in the stand and threatened with felling.  Due to these facts, not only were Northern Spotted Owls in harm’s way, but the structural components of the forest stand are also suitable for the extremely imperiled Marbled Murrelet, a seabird that only nests in old-growth forests. READ MORE on EPIC's BLOG

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Fruit Growers Supply Company to log nice high elevation stands above Grass Lake in Siskiyou County


Grass Lake Elk Photo By Sue Kelso Haines
THP 2-13-011 SIS (Bear Rock THP) Fruit Growers Supply Company, 278 acres; 73% shelterwood, 23% clearcut, 4% aspen & wet area restoration.  Davis Gulch, Wallow Creek, Spring Creek (MD: T44N R3W Sec.7, 8, 16, 17, 19, 20).  Winter operations, low erosion hazard, slopes up to 45%, impaired 303.d watershed, coho watershed, herbicides, 1 spotted owl territory within 1.3mi, bald eagle within .5mi, 2 goshawk territories within 1.3mi, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 05/15/13.

This THP is about 23 miles NE of Mt. Shasta and about 1.5 miles west of Grass Lake and Highway 97.  Fruit Growers Supply Company is planning a tractor, skidder and feller buncher logging operation amongst some nice high elevation (5,200 - 6,900 feet) stands of White fir, Ponderosa pine, Douglas fir, Incense cedar and Red fir.  Large trees over 80 years old will be removed using the shelterwood logging prescription, and there will also be some clearcut logging and cutting of conifers around aspen groves and wet areas.  The area is rich in wildlife sightings including a bald eagle nest site within .5 mi, 2 goshawk territories within 1.3 mi, 1 spotted owl territory within 1.3 mi, American marten sightings, and Rocky Mountain Elk and Greater Sandhill Crane sightings at nearby Grass Lake.  Grass Lake is also home to the rare Grass Lake Tiger Salamander. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Gualala Redwoods is planning a new mostly clearcut THP near the Gualala River


PANORAMIO Photo By maddog56
THP 1-13-023 SON (Oak THP) Gualala Redwoods; 170 acres; 85% clearcut, 7% rehab, 7% no-harvest, 1% selection logging.  Little Creek, Lower Rock Pile Creek (MD: T11N R14W, Sec 29,32,33,34).  Wet weather operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 14 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, coho watershed, 3 oversized units, herbicides, 8 spotted owls within 1.3mi, trees 85 to 105 years old.  Estimated public comment deadline: 05/11/13.

This THP is about 5 miles east of the town of Gualala which sits at the junction of Highway 1 and the Gualala River near the Pacific Ocean on the Sonoma coastline.  Gualala Redwoods is planning a tractor and cable logging THP which is mostly clearcut logging of 170 acres of redwood and Douglas fir in the Rock Pile Creek Watershed, a tributary of the Gualala River.  The Gualala River is listed for temperature and sediment, and is an important Coho salmon and steelhead fishery.  The area contains steep slopes with a high erosion hazard rating, some unstable slopes mostly related to stream banks, and 14 road drainage work sites including dip construction, rocking and culvert repair/replacement.  12 acres of rehab logging is planned to clear tan oaks and re-plant with conifers. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Monday, April 1, 2013

New Green Diamond Resource Company clearcut THP planned SE of Arcata, CA


 


THP 1-13-022 HUM (Ward Road 2014 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 63 acres; 82% clearcut, 16% selection, 3% no-harvest logging.  Lower Cannon Creek (HUM: T5N R3E Sec.6, 7, 8). Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, steep roads, landslide terrain, road failure sites, impaired 303.d watershed, coho watershed, oversized units, herbicides, 8 spotted owls within 1.3mi, osprey sightings, running pine, trees up to 48" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 05/11/13.

This THP is about 10 miles SE of Arcata, CA, or 4 miles SE of Korbel, CA and Highway 299 at an elevation of 1240 - 1800 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut THP in the Cannon Creek watershed, which drains into the Mad River and the Pacific Ocean.  The Mad River is an important coho, Chinook salmon, steelhead and coastal cutthroat trout fishery, and is listed as “impaired” for sediment, temperature and turbidity.  Logging is planned in second growth redwood, Douglas fir, grand fir and Monterey pine using feller bunchers, shovel and cable logging. There are 2 oversized units, and 16 road related work sites including dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  Both units A & B are on large dormant earth flows, and 2 temporary steep short road segments are planned for construction on grades over 20%.  Spotted owls were reported to be within .25 mi of unit A, and .5 mi of unit B, and a population of Running pine was found in unit A. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.