Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log near the Middle Fork of the Stanislaus River


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THP 4-13-014 TUO (Guns and Roses THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 383 acres; 49% clearcut, 28% operational buffer, 16% shelterwood, 4% commercial thinning, 2% selection logging.  McCormick Lookout, Upper Rose Creek (MD: T3N R16E Sec.1; T4N R16E Sec.25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 32, 33, 34; T4N R17E Sec.36).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, 8 road drainage work sites, 2 oversized units, herbicides, 10 CA spotted owls within 1.3mi, goshawk within .25 mi, pansy monkey flower, Stebbin's lomatium, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 09/06/13.

This THP is about 6 miles SE of Arnold, CA and Highway 4 near the Middle Fork of the Stanislaus River at an elevation of 4,200 to 5,000 feet.  The area is close to the 2009 Knight Fire which burned over 6,130 acres and had some salvage logging.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a tractor and cable mostly clearcut logging operation in mixed conifer forests.  Tracked excavators are planned for use on steep slopes for fuels work, and 825 feet of new road construction is planned.  Units 1703 and 1869 are oversized.  There are 8 road drainage work sites including rocking, dip construction and culvert maintenance.  SPI wants to be able to do road improvement projects without amendment into the THP when no watercourses, waterholes and road construction/re-construction is involved.  Pansy Monkey Flower was reported to be on the road and landing immediately adjacent to unit 1728, and Stebbin's Lomatium has been seen in the THP area.  There is 1 Northern Goshawk nest site (1999) within .25 mi of units SHR-2 and SHR-3. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log near Calaveras Big Trees State Park


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THP 4-13-013 TUO (Shumake THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 398 acres; 58% clearcut, 33% no-harvest, 6% selection, 3% group selection, 1% meadow restoration logging.  Skull Creek (MD: T5N R16E Sec.25, 26, 34, 35, 36).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, small unstable area, 13 road drainage work sites, oversized unit 4113, 9 CA spotted owls within 1.3mi, goshawk nest near units 1489 and 1001, trees up to 150 years old.  Estimated public comment deadline: 09/02/13.

This THP is about a mile east of Calaveras Big Trees State Park, between the town of Dorrington, CA and Beardsley Lake.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a tractor and cable logging operation in second growth ponderosa pine, sugar pine, white fir and incense cedar at an elevation of 4,600 to 5,500 feet.  The THP also includes 3.5 acres of meadow restoration where encroaching conifers will be removed from Shumake meadow.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning to use a tracked excavator on steep slopes for fuels work and site preparation.  131 acres of so called “operational areas” are planned around units where trees can be removed to accommodate yarding, to build fire lines, tail holds, skid trail access, allow road and landing access, etc.  Heavy equipment will also be used on an existing skid trail and road within a streamside area, and for meadow restoration in a seasonal wet meadow.  There are 13 road drainage work sites planned including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair and replacement.  The THP has a small unstable area caused by a failed skid road within a streamside area, and unit 4113 is oversized at 24 acres.  A goshawk nest site was reported near units 1489 and 1001, and 4 CA spotted owl territories were reported by SPI within 1.3mi.  My database shows 9 spotted owl territories within 1.3 mi (TUO0239, TUO0241, TUO0213, TUO0212, TUO0248, TUO0100, TUO0211, TUO0233, TUO0215). More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log near Shasta Lake and the West Girard roadless area.


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THP 2-13-032 SHA (Salt Flat THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 460 acres; 58% shelterwood, 41% clearcut logging.  North Salt Creek (MD: T36N R4W Sec.5; T36N R5W Sec.1; T37N R4W Sec.33).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, herbicides, adjacent to west girard roadless area, 1 spotted owl within 1.3mi, foothill yellow legged frog & western pond turtle sightings, trees up to 48” dbh. Estimated public comment deadline: 09/05/13.

This THP is a few miles east of I-5 and just north of Shasta Lake at an elevation of 1,600 to 3,400 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a tractor and cable logging operation to remove Douglas fir, true fir and ponderosa pine overstory and clearcut.  The units in section 33 are also close to the West Girard roadless area.  7 road drainage work sites are planned where rocked dips will be installed.   There were 3 foothill yellow legged frog sightings reported within .1, .2 and .3 mi. of the THP, and 1 western pond turtle was seen within .6mi of the THP.  There is also a northern spotted owl territory within .5mi of the THP. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Hancock Forest Management to log around the town of Mc Cloud, CA.


PANORAMIO Photo By shansen
THP 2-13-030 SIS (Bordertown THP) Hancock Forest Management, 3,246 acres; 68% group selection, 17% commercial thinning, 10% no-harvest, 1% shelterwood, 1% seed tree, 1% selection, 1% meadow restoration logging.  Lower Mud Creek, McCloud, Upper Mud Creek, Lower Panther Creek, Lower Mud Creek, Squaw Valley Creek, Widow Spring (MD: T39N R2W Sec.3, 4, 5, 6; T40N R2W Sec.14, 16, 17, 20, 21, 29, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35; T40N R3W Sec.36). Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, 15 road drainage work sites, herbicides, oversized unit, 4 spotted owls within 1.3mi, long stolen sedge, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 09/01/13.

This THP is adjacent to the town of Mc Cloud, CA and has units along its northern and eastern borders.  Hancock Forest Management is planning a tractor based logging operation in mixed conifer stands at an elevation of 3,330 to 4,200 feet.  The THP area includes Mud Creek which has seasonal mud flows from Mt. Shasta, and Squaw Valley Creek which flows into the Mc Cloud River.  15 road drainage work sites are planned including rocking, culvert maintenance and dip construction.  Hancock Forest Management wants to remove conifers around aspen groves on 16 acres to promote aspen growth.  Heavy equipment will be used within the aspen restoration areas for timber falling, yarding and site preparation.  A new landing will also be constructed within the aspen restoration area between class II watercourses and a wet area.  There is a 38 acre seed tree step regeneration oversized unit. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.


Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Sierra Forest Products to log near Tehachapi, CA


PANORAMIO Photo By GregL
THP 4-13-011 KER (Bear Mountain THP) Sierra Forest Products, 1,250 acres; 82% selection, 18% sanitation salvage logging. Orejano Canyon, Water Canyon Creek, White Wolf Ranch, Sycamore Canyon, Clear Creek (MD: T31S R31E Sec.21, 22, 23, 26, 27, 28).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, CA condor sighting, elk sightings, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 08/27/13.

This THP is 11 miles NW of Tehachapi, CA and just south of Highway 58 near the community of Bear Valley Springs.  Sierra Forest Products is planning a tractor based logging operation with some sanitation salvage to remove mistletoe infected and bark beetle infested Jeffrey pine and white fir trees.  The THP area is centered on Bear Mountain at 5600 to 6900 feet, and contains Jeffrey pine, white fir, ponderosa pine and sugar pine.  A local hunting club uses the area during deer season, and Rocky Mountain Elk are known to frequent the high meadows.  The California Condor has been sighted in the general area near Bear Valley Springs. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut south of Coast Range summit.


PANORAMIO Photo By backmans
THP 1-13-058 HUM (Fernwood 2014 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 111 acres; 70% clearcut, 29% no-harvest, 1% roadside logging.  Noisy Creek (HUM: T5N R3E Sec.3; HUM: T6N R3E Sec.33, 34).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, landslide terrain in unit C, oversized unit B, impaired 303.d watershed, coho watershed, herbicides, 7 spotted owls within 1.3mi, red tree vole in unit A, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 08/25/13.

This THP is about 7 miles SE of Blue Lake, CA and about 4 miles south of the Highway 299 summit on the coast range at an elevation of 2200 to 3000 feet. Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a feller buncher, shovel and cable logging mostly clearcut logging operation in second growth Douglas Fir, hemlock and red cedar.  The THP area drains into Noisy Creek which is a tributary to Redwood Creek, and contains steelhead and coastal cutthroat trout.  Unit B is oversized at 22 acres, and there are seeps in units B & C.  Salamanders were found within the seeps (unstable area) in unit C, and red tree voles were detected in unit A. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Campbell Timberlands to log on steep unstable slopes by the Noyo River


PANORAMIO Photo By Jan Graeser
THP 1-13-056 MEN (Bowman Red THP) Campbell Timberlands, 220 acres; 58% selection, 34% commercial thinning, 8% variable retention logging.  Little N. Fork (MD: T18N R16W Sec.4, 5, 6, 9; T19N R16W Sec.32).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 85%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, wet areas, impaired 303.d watershed, coho watershed, 9 spotted owls within 1.3mi, herbicides, trees up to 56" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 08/23/13.

This THP is about 7 miles east of Fort Bragg, CA at an elevation of 140 to 1050 feet.  Campbell Timberlands is planning a tractor and cable logging operation in second growth redwood, Doulas fir, hemlock, and grand fir in steep and unstable slopes.  There are 107 shallow landslides in THP area including debris slides, debris flows, channel bank flows, road fill failures and cutbank failures.  Unstable areas exist in Unit G, most of Unit D, and the western half of Unit H.  There are also 7 road failure sites including cut bank failures, fill failures, rusted/plugged culverts and washed out crossings.  65 road drainage work sites are planned including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and road bed stabilization.  The THP area is adjacent to the Noyo River and Little North Fork of the Noyo River which are listed as impaired due to sediment and temperature.  The main stem of the Noyo River is an important coho, Chinook, and steelhead trout fishery.  Due to past logging disturbances, 3 stream segments within the THP will get additional aquatic protections.  Campbell Timberlands is planning to use a landing within a streamside area in Unit E, tractors within Class III watercourses, and ground based equipment on steep slopes over 65% within units B,D,F,G,I,J. There is a Marbled murrelet grove reported to be near a haul road.  More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Kyburz Fire burning near Sierra Pacific Industries Quiver THP


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THP 4-10-001 ELD (Quiver THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 722 acres, 34% clearcut, 14% sanitation-salvage, 30% shelterwood logging. Peavine Creek, Silver Creek (MD: T11N R14E Sec.2, 3, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14; T11N R15E Sec.7, 18). Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 50%, scattered large trees, sierra nevada red fox sighting, 3 spotted owl territories, stebbins phacelia rare plant. Estimated public comment deadline: 2/19/10.

The Kyburz Fire began on July 8 near Highway 50 at Mile Post 29 west of Kyburz, CA.   The fire is currently burning in timber and brush near Sierra Pacific Industries THP 4-10-001 ELD (Quiver THP).   07/12/13: The fire has been reported as 100% contained, and CHP is reporting the fire originated from sparks created when a vehicle blew a tire on Highway 50.

Hearst Corporation planning second THP near Angel Creek and Mc Cloud Reservoir.


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THP 2-13-026 SIS (Turtle PTHP) Hearst Corporation, 631 acres; 76% sanitation salvage, 23% selection logging.  Battle Creek, Angel Creek (MD: T39N R1W Sec.29, 30, 31, 32; T39N R2W Sec.24, 25).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 6 road drainage work sites, wet areas, 1 spotted owl within 1.3mi, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 08/17/13.

This THP is 6 miles SE of McCloud, CA in white fir, ponderosa pine, incense cedar, and Douglas fir forest.  Hearst Corporation is planning a tractor based mostly sanitation salvage logging operation with a little bit of selection logging near Angel Creek.  Angel Creek flows into the Mc Cloud River which flows into the Mc Cloud Reservoir.  There are 9 landslide areas in and around the THP including roadside debris slides, and active and dormant landslide terrain.  Tractors are planned for use on slopes exceeding 65%, and on slopes over 50% that lead without flattening before reaching a watercourse.  Hearst Corporation wants to use a landing adjacent to a class III watercourse, skid logs through a class III watercourse when dry, and use a temporary class II watercourse crossing.  6 road drainage work sites are planned including rocking, dip construction and culvert repair and cleaning.  This THP is just east of the 488 acre Hearst Corporation THP 2-13-019 SIS (Angle Creek PTHP) which was first advertised in May 2013.   More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Humboldt Redwood Company to log on steep unstable slopes south of Kneeland, CA.


PANORAMIO Photo By megielu
THP 1-13-055 HUM (Fresh Aire 13 THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 268 acres; 72% group selection, 14% selection, 14% no-harvest, misc roadside logging.  Little Freshwater Creek (HUM: T4N R1E Sec.24, 25, 26; T4N R2E Sec.19).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, landslide terrain, impaired 303.d watershed, coho watershed, 7 spotted owls within 1.3mi, osprey near haul road, trees up to 42" dbh. Estimated public comment deadline: 08/13/13.

This THP is about 8 miles SE of Eureka, and 4 miles south of the community of Kneeland, CA at an elevation of 550 to 2338 feet.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation in second growth Douglas fir, redwood and grand fir forest within the Little Freshwater Creek Watershed. The THP area drains into Freshwater Creek which flows into Humboldt Bay and is listed as impaired due to sediment and siltation.  Humboldt Redwood Company owns over 96.6% of the Little Freshwater Creek Watershed which is an important fishery.  There are 41 landslide terrain features in the THP area including debris slides, earth flows, dormant and active landslides.  Tractors are planned for use in Unit 10 with slopes over 60% that do not flatten before reaching a watercourse, and heavy equipment is planned for use on a skid road near a class III watercourse in Unit 10. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Sierra Club Alert: Stop Clearcutting in California's Forests!

Dear Friend,

Right now, California’s forests are at stake. Will you stand up to protect them?

This summer, big timber companies are headed from the Oregon border to the redwoods and to the forests just outside Lake Tahoe and Yosemite. They're bent on clearcutting tens of thousands of acres of forest -- threatening our drinking water and increasing the risk of forest fires near our communities along the way.

75% of California's water supply comes from our forests, so why are we allowing clearcutting to continue?

Governor Brown has the power to halt this destruction. Tell him enough is enough -- it's time to stop clearcutting in California.

In a clearcut, the vast majority of trees are chopped down and the same area is usually doused in herbicides -- chemicals that can seep into our drinking water. Where there used to be natural forests teeming with wildlife, we're left with industrial tree farms, erosion that fouls our watersheds, destroyed wildlife habitat, and increased fire risks.

Send a letter to Governor Brown asking him to take leadership to protect our forests and communities from destructive clearcutting.

Thanks for all you do for California's wild places,

Sarah Matsumoto

Sierra Club Stop Clearcutting California Campaign

Monday, July 8, 2013

Green Diamond Resource Company planning clearcut THP near Patrick’s Point State Park.



THP 1-13-051 HUM (BL 3900 14 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 92 acres; 65% clearcut, 18% no-harvest, 16% selection logging.  McDonald Creek (HUM: T8N R1W Sec.2, 11; T9N R1W Sec.26, 35).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, 1 spotted owl within 1.3mi, osprey within .25mi of unit a & b, Sonoma tree vole in unit a, northern red legged frog in unit c, trees up to 60” dbh.   Estimated public comment deadline: 08/16/13.

This THP is close to Patrick’s Point State Park and Highway 101 at an elevation of 300 to 550 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a feller buncher, shovel and cable clearcut logging operation within second growth redwood, spruce, Douglas fir and grand fir forests.  The THP includes a 4.1 acre special treatment zone within units A & B to minimize the visual impacts to Highway 101.  Units B & C are oversized, and there are steep streamside slopes within Unit C.  All creeks and tributaries in the area flow directly into the Pacific Ocean.  Coastal cutthroat trout were reported above unit A in Penn Creek, a northern red legged frog was seen in unit C, there was a Sonoma tree vole sighting in unit A, and Osprey were reported within .25mi of units A & B. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Campbell Timberlands to log on steep unstable slopes near Branscomb Road


PANORAMIO Photo By freebern
THP 1-13-050 MEN (Dehaven South White THP) Campbell Timberlands, 257 acres; 68% selection, 24% clearcut, 8% seed tree, misc roadside logging.  DeHaven Creek (MD: T21N R17W Sec.22, 23, 24, 26).  Wet weather operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 36 road drainage work sites, herbicides, coho watershed, 7 spotted owls within 1.3mi, marbled murrelet stand adjacent to haul road, trees up to 44" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 08/11/13.

This THP is about 15 miles NE of Fort Bragg, and about 3 miles NE of the town of Westport, CA at an elevation of 200 to 1,500 feet.  It is situated between Branscomb Road and Dehaven Creek which flows into the Pacific Ocean.  Campbell Timberlands is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in second growth redwood, Douglas fir, grand fir and western hemlock forest.  There are 29 shallow landslide features in the THP area, including 19 landslide sites related to poor road and skid trail placement.  Landslide terrain is located within the western portion of unit F, within unit G, and the central portion of Unit I.  Campbell Timberlands is planning to use tractors on short segments of slopes over 65%, and to end line logs across steep slopes.  They are also planning to use several segments of roads located in class I and class II stream areas, and a landing within a class II watercourse.  There are several wet areas and seeps scattered throughout the THP area, including a wet area in unit A.  36 road drainage work sites are planned including dip construction, rocking, culvert repair and replacement, channel and road bed stabilization.  Several segments of roads are located on deep seated landslide terrain. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.