Monday, August 26, 2013

Timber Products to clearcut log near the Butte Valley and Dorris.


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THP 2-13-045 SIS (Shovler THP) Timber Products, 464 acres; 83% clearcut, 15% commercial thin, 2% aspen regeneration logging.  Middle Shovel Creek, Upper Shovel Creek, Lower Shovel Creek, Bear Canyon, Negro Creek (MD: T46N R3W Sec.1, 2; T47N R2W Sec.18, 19, 30, 31; T47N R3W Sec.9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 35, 36).  Winter operations, low erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, herbicides, impaired 303.d watershed, 7 spotted owls within 1.3mi, 5 goshawk nests within 1.3mi, cooper's hawk nests in unit 23, trees up to 150 years old.  Estimated public comment deadline: 09/27/13.

This THP is about 11 miles SW of the town of Dorris, CA near the CA/OR border and Highway 97 at an elevation of 4,800 to 5,800 feet.  Timber Products is planning a tractor based mostly clearcut THP in Douglas fir, white fir, ponderosa pine and sugar pine forest near Shovel Creek which flows into the Klamath River above Copco Dam.  The THP also includes an 8 acre aspen regeneration project to remove conifers around aspens to encourage sprouting.  Multiple Cooper's hawk nest sites were reported in unit 23, and goshawk nests are known to occur within T47N R03W Sections 11, 14 and 23, and T46N R03W Sections 2 and 12.  Units 8, 9, 21 and 24 are within .25 mi of goshawk nests.  Units 8 and 22 are within the .5 mi core habitat for spotted owl area SK496.  This THP will remove 28.8 acres of low quality spotted owl habitat. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

W.M. Beaty & Associates to log high on the Sierra crest in the Lassen area.


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2-13-044-SHA (Huckleberry THP) W.M. Beaty & Associates, 1893 acres; 97% group selection, 3% no-harvest logging.  Dry Burney Creek, Huckleberry (MD: T33N R2E Sec.14, 15, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 35, 36). Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, 2 CA spotted owls within 1.3mi, fisher sighting, 3 goshawks within 1.3 mi, cascade frog sightings within 1.5 mi, coopers hawk nest, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 09/28/13.

This THP is about 12 miles SW of Burney, CA, at a fairly high elevation of 4,730 to 5,870 feet near the Sierra crest.  W.M. Beaty & Associates is planning a tractor based logging operation in mixed conifer stands consisting of ponderosa pine, sugar pine, lodgepole pine, incense cedar, Douglas fir and white fir.  There are 14 road drainage work sites including rocking, dip construction and culvert maintenance, and a landing is proposed for use adjacent to a wet area.  There were several wildlife sightings in the THP area including; a Cooper's hawk nest found in section 25 in 2013, a pacific fisher sighting in section 27, three goshawk nest sites in section 26, and a CA spotted owl nesting pair that fledged young in 2010 and 2013 in section 25. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Simorg West Forests planning clearcut THP near Sugar Pine Reservoir in Placer County.


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THP 2-13-043 PLA (Cottage Home THP) Simorg West Forests, 315 acres; 100% clearcut logging, Huges Mill, Grizzly Flat (MD: T14N R10E Sec.1, 12; T14N R11E Sec.5, 6, 7; T15N R10E Sec.36; T15N R11E Sec.31).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, 2 oversized units, herbicides, 4 CA spotted owls within 1.3mi, trees up to 36" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 09/27/13.

This THP is about 4 miles NE of the town of Foresthill, CA and a few miles south of the popular Sugar Pine Reservoir recreation area.  Simorg West Forests (formerly New Forestry LLC), is planning a tractor logging clearcut operation in second growth mixed conifer forest at an elevation of 3,400 to 4,100 feet.  The THP area is located between the North Fork and Middle Fork of the American River, and close to the North Fork of Shirttail Canyon, a popular hiking and recreational area.  Simorg West Forests is planning to use a skid trail in a class II watercourse in Unit 11, and Units 10 and 12 are oversized. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.


Campbell Timberlands to log on steep and unstable slopes near the Middle Fork of the 10 Mile River.


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THP 1-13-068 MEN (Mosquito White THP) Campbell Timberlands, 191 acres; 70% transition, 30% selection logging.  Booth Gulch, Upper Middle Fork Ten Mile River (MD: T19N R16W Sec.1, 2).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 85%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, flood plane, 16 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, 6 spotted owls within 1.3mi, marbled murrelet and osprey near haul road, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 09/25/13.

This THP is about a dozen miles NE of Fort Bragg, CA at an elevation of 320 to 1120 feet, near the Middle Fork of the 10 Mile River which is listed as impaired for sediment and temperature.  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 37 shallow landslides within and around the THP area including debris slides, debris flows, channel bank failures and road fill failures.  16 road drainage work sites are planned including rocking, dip maintenance, ditch cleaning and road bed stabilization.  Tractors are planned for use on landslide terrain in units B, C & D, within a watercourse in Unit B for yarding, and on steep slopes over 65% in unit D.  There is a 100 foot long by 100 foot wide alluvial flood plane at the base of unit D, and several segments of roads are planned for use inside Class I and Class II watercourses.  Marbled Murrelet habitat and an osprey nest is located near a haul road, and this THP will remove 15 acres of nesting/roosting habitat within .7mi for spotted owl nest site MEN0233, and 10 acres of nesting/roosting habitat within .7mi for spotted owl nest site MEN0484. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Monday, August 19, 2013

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


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THP 1-13-067 HUM (BL 2000 14 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 102 acres; 74% clearcut, 23% selection, 2% no-harvest, 1% roadside logging.  Pitcher Creek (HUM: T9N R1E Sec.27, 34, 35).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 60%, steep roads, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 18 road drainage work sites, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, 2 spotted owls within 1.3mi, northern red legged frog sighting in Unit B, fisher sighting near Unit B, trees up to 48” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 09/17/13.

This THP is about 6.8 miles NE of the town of Trinidad, CA and a few miles SW of Redwood National Park.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut feller buncher, shovel and cable logging operation in second growth redwood, Douglas fir, Sitka spruce, grand fir and hemlock near Pitcher Creek and the middle to upper reaches of the North Fork of Maple Creek drainage.  Green Diamond Resource Company owns over 98% of the North Fork Maple Creek watershed which contains coho, Chinook, steelhead and coastal cutthroat trout.  They are planning to use shovel yarders in and around 2 adjacent close class III watercourses to yard logs in the southern portion of Unit B, and build a steep temporary road with a grade over 15% for 350 feet in Unit B.  18 road drainage work sites are planned including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair, ditch cleaning and road bed stabilization, and 1.2 miles of temporary road, 1230 feet of seasonal road construction and 1240 feet of road re-construction are planned.  Units A & B are oversized, and there is deep seated landslide terrain in Unit B.  A fisher was reported close to a main haul road near Unit B, and Northern Red Legged Frogs were seen near watercourses in Unit B. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.


Green Diamond Resource Company planning clearcut THP north of Highway 299 Coast Range summit.


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THP 1-13-066 HUM (K&K 840 14 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 104 acres;  79% clearcut, 18% selection, 3% no-harvest logging.  Roaring Gulch (HUM: T7N R2E Sec.1, 2; T8N R2E Sec.35, 36).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, steep roads, landslide terrain in Unit C, road failure sites, 6 road drainage work sites, herbicides, impaired 303.d watershed, coho watershed, 6 spotted owls within 1.3mi, trees up to 30" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 09/15/13.

This THP is about 6 miles north of the Highway 299 summit on the coast range at an elevation of 1,300 to 2,160 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut feller buncher, shovel and cable logging operation in second growth Douglas fir, redwood, and hemlock.  The THP area drains into Redwood Creek which is listed as impaired for sediment and temperature, and is an important steelhead and coho fishery.  There is a landslide area and 2 steep headwall swales in Unit C.  6 road drainage work sites are planned including dip construction, culvert repair and road bed stabilization.  4,465 feet of temporary road, and 2,145 feet of road re-construction are also planned.  A Northern Spotted Owl was observed within .5 mi of Unit A. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log near Round Mountain and Highway 299.


THP 2-13-039 SHA (Little Man THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 258 acres; 97% clearcut, 3% roadside logging.  McCandless Gulch (MD: T34N R1W Sec.17, 18, 19, 20, 30).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, oversized units, herbicides, Chinook watershed, shasta salamander within .5 mi, trees up to 40" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 09/19/13.

This THP is about 2 miles west of the town of Round Mountain and Highway 299 at an elevation of 1400 to 2400 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in Douglas fir, sugar pine, ponderosa pine and incense cedar forests.  The THP area is between the Pit River and Highway 299.  There are 5 road drainage work sites including rocking and culvert cleaning.  A Shasta Salamander was seen in the northern portion of Section 29, and Butte County Fritillary was reported to be near Units 20C, 20D, 20E, and Shasta Snow Wreath was reported to be near Unit 20C. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Fruit Growers Supply Company to log on steep unstable slopes near the Klamath River


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THP 2-13-041 SIS (Buck Dog THP) Fruit Growers Supply Company, 1275 acres; 60% selection, 38% clearcut, 2% no-harvest, misc roadside logging.  Marble Creek, Doggett Creek, Lower Beaver Creek (MD: T47N R9W Sec.26, 27, 28, 29, 32, 33, 34, 35).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 111 road drainage work sites, herbicides, impaired 303.d watershed, coho watershed, 4 spotted owls within 1.3mi, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 09/23/13.  

This THP is about 15 miles NW of Yreka, CA, near Highway 96 and Doggett Creek which flows into the Klamath River.  Fruit Growers Supply company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation in mixed conifer stands, and amongst steep and unstable granitic and ultramafic based soils at an elevation of 2,300 to 4,400 feet. There are 9 wet areas, 7 active erosion sites, and 15 unstable areas including landslide terrain (hummocky ground, debris slides, wet ares), failures due to poor road placement, stream diversion failures, stream crossing failures and road bed, landing and skid trail failures.  The THP includes 742 acres of modified selection logging which will allow them to remove a greater amount of white fir while favoring other mixed conifer species, and 483 acres of clearcutting. 111 road drainage work sites are planned including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair and replacement, ditch cleaning and road bed stabilization.  Site preparation is proposed on steep slopes designed for cable logging, tractors will be used in 3 areas where slopes exceed 65%, and equipment will be used on slopes greater than 65% in the SW corner of Section 27 (where slopes do not flatten before reaching a watercourse).  2 skid trails are planned for use within a class II watercourse in Units 7 and 10 to skid logs, and Fruit Growers is requesting an exception to be able to construct and re-construct roads between October 15th to November 1st, and April 15th to May 15th.  The THP area flows into the Klamath River which is an important Coho and steelhead fishery, and is listed as impaired for temperature, dissolved oxygen levels, excess nutrients and organic matter.  The THP will also remove 10 acres of nesting habitat within .5 miles of Northern Spotted Owl nest site SK475. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Lawsuit filed against Fruit Growers Supply Company Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP)


Lawsuit Challenges Plan to Log 150,000 Acres in Northern California
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YREKA, Calif.— Three conservation groups filed a lawsuit today against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service for approving a 50-year plan by Fruit Growers Supply Co. to accelerate logging of occupied spotted owl habitat and for granting “take permits” for endangered species on 150,000 acres of forest in Siskiyou County, Calif. The agencies approved a “habitat conservation plan” for Fruit Growers that continues a history of overharvesting, allowing the company to log thousands of acres in the next 10 years in exchange for promised future habitat improvements that are highly uncertain. Included in the plan is approval to “take,” that is, harm or kill, more than 80 northern spotted owls that are protected by the Endangered Species Act.

“Fruit Growers’ 50-year plan targets endangered species and the forests that sustain them in the first 10 years in exchange for 40 years of empty promises to do good after the habitat and the species are gone,” said George Sexton, conversation director of the Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center. “The plan fails rare species and is a big step backwards for healthy forests and rivers in Northern California.”

Under the Endangered Species Act, habitat conservation plans allow corporations to harm or even kill endangered species, but only when the plan limits that harm as much as possible and includes concrete and certain measures that provide additional protections for listed species. The logging plan for Fruit Growers instead encourages immediate forest liquidation in the first decade of implementation. Many of the promises for long-term habitat protections after the forests are logged, however, are either vague or non-binding, and in no way solve the problems the logging would create. Both the Environmental Protection Agency and the California Regional Water Quality Control Board have criticized the plan for allowing further degradation of water quality in an area already out of compliance with the Clean Water Act.

“The math on this plan simply doesn’t add up. Old-growth forests that take hundreds of years to grow can’t be replaced in 50 years,” said Tim Ream, an attorney at the Center for Biological Diversity. “These irreplaceable Northern California forests and the wildlife that lives in them need to be preserved, not sold off for vague promises of improvements that may never happen.”

The habitat conservation plan acknowledges impacts to Northern California Coast coho salmon, listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act, as well as impacts to Upper Klamath chinook and Klamath Mountains Province steelhead. It also allows up to 83 northern spotted owls to be harmed or killed — nearly half the owls believed to live in the area.

“The reason these species are threatened with extinction in the first place is a century of unsustainable logging and road-building, with little regard for salmon, water or wildlife,” said Kimberly Baker, executive director of the Klamath Forest Alliance. “We need the federal government to do its job. Enforce the Endangered Species Act and protect these species before it is too late.”

The land at risk is located between Weed, Calif., and the Oregon border, on both sides of Interstate 5, mostly in Siskiyou County, populated by Douglas fir, white fir and montane hardwoods. The Klamath and Scott River watersheds would be particularly hard hit by the logging.

The conservation organizations are represented by the nonprofit Washington Forest Law Center and the Western Environmental Law Center. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

American Fire burning thru New Forestry LLC's Deadwood THP area.


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American Fire: The American Fire was first reported around 4:30pm on August 10th, 2013 near Deadwood Ridge, 17 miles NE of the community of Foresthill in Placer County.  As of August 13th, 2013 the fire has grown to 1,750 acres in size, and is burning across the North Fork of the Middle Fork of the American River and thru New Forestry LLC's THP 2-09-098 PLA (Deadwood THP).  The fire has been described as burning in heavy timber, and the cause has not been disclosed and is still under investigation.

THP 2-09-098 PLA (Deadwood THP) New Forestry LLC, 153 acres, group selection logging. Secret Canyon, El Dorado Canyon, Screwauger Canyon (MD: T15N R12E Sec.12, 16, 21). Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, scattered large trees, north fork american river roadless area, 4 CA spotted owl territories, sensitive plants. Estimated public comment deadline: 12/06/09. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Northern Spotted Owl Achieves Candidacy Status Under California Endangered Species Act

By Rob DiPerna, EPIC Blog
August 7, 2013
The California Fish and Game Commission (Commission) has moved to make the iconic Northern Spotted Owl a candidate for listing under the California Endangered Species Act (CESA).  On August 7, 2013, the Commission voted 3-2 to advance the owl to candidacy status in response to a petition filed by the Environmental Protection Information Center (EPIC) requesting the listing of Northern Spotted Owls as “threatened” or “endangered” under CESA, finding that the petitioned action “may be warranted.” This is an important procedural step in the listing process for endangered species under California law.

The Northern Spotted Owl is under siege on many fronts. Northern Spotted Owls are threatened with extinction by past and ongoing habitat loss, primarily to timber harvest, which can exacerbate competition from the aggressive and invasive Barred Owl. The increasingly rare and old growth forest adapted owls are now understood to be at risk from the use of rodenticides and other poisons used in large scale trespass marijuana operations, and there is increasing concern about what the impacts of climate change will be on the forest ecosystems that the owls call home.

“This is an important first step for the recovery of spotted owls,” said Rob DiPerna EPIC’s Industrial Forestry Reform Advocate. “The fact that the Commission moved to promote Northern Spotted Owls to candidacy status clearly shows that we have made a fair argument that the species is under extreme threat, and that protections under CESA are necessary to abate the risk of extinction.”  READ MORE >>

Mendocino Redwood Company planning new THP near Point Arena.


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THP 1-13-064 MEN (South Lee Crick THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 304 acres; 39% rehab, 33% variable retention, 29% transition logging.  Rolling Brook (MD: T12N R16W Sec.13, 24).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, landslide terrain, road failure sites, steep slopes over 65%, 13 road drainage work sites, herbicides, impaired 303.d watershed, coho watershed, 5 spotted owls within .7mi, trees up to 34” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 09/14/13.

This THP is about 5 miles SE of Point Arena, CA at an elevation of 160 to 1,840 feet.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning a tractor logging operation in second growth redwood and Douglas fir.  The THP area drains into the Garcia River which is listed as impaired for temperature and sediment, and is an important Coho and steelhead fishery.  There is a 2005 landslide above a haul road, and several rockslide and transitional/rotational landslides in the THP area.  Mendocino Redwood Company wants to use tractors on small areas where skid trails have sidehill slopes exceeding 65%, and plans to do rehab logging on 118 acres to remove excess hardwoods. 13 road drainage work sites are planned including rocking, dip construction, culvert upgrading and road bed stabilization. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log near Trinity Lake and the Trinity Alps Wilderness Area.


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THP 2-13-035 TRI (Kay 13 THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 185 acres; 84% clearcut, 15% commercial thin, 1% selection logging.  Stoney Creek, Mule Creek (MD: T35N R9W Sec.24, 25).  Winter operations, low erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, 5 oversized units, herbicides, impaired 303.d watershed, 3 spotted owls within 1.3mi, bald eagle sightings near Trinity Lake, trees up to 30" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 09/14/13.

This THP is about 10 miles NE of Weaverville, CA and very close to the Stuart Fork of Trinity Lake and Highway 3.  The THP area is also close to the Trinity Alps Wilderness Area and Trinity Lake which are popular recreation areas.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning this clearcut THP adjacent to their 2010 Dyno THP 2-10-011 TRI which clearcut over 276 acres, and is already showing up on Google Earth (see attached photo). Tractor logging is planned in mixed conifer forests at an elevation of 2,800 to 3,300 feet.  SPI is requesting an exception to be able to use class III crossings during the winter period.  There are 5 oversized units, and 2,900 feet of new road construction planned.  1 spotted owl was reported to be within 1.3mi, although there could be as many as 3 spotted owl territories in the area (TRI0156, TRI0316, TRI0019).  More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log near Big Bend, CA and the Pit River.


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THP 2-13-034 SHA (JB Kosk THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 272 acres; 77% clearcut, 22% shelterwood, 1% roadside logging.  Stump Creek, Bush Bar (MD: T36N R1W Sec.3, 9; MD: T37N R1W Sec.23, 35).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, unstable areas, steep slopes up to 60%, steep roads, impaired 303.d watershed, 3 spotted owls within 1.3mi, 2 bald eagle nests within .5mi, goshawk nest within 2,800 ft, trees up to 130 years old.  Estimated public comment deadline: 09/14/13.

This THP is a few miles north and west of the town of Big Bend, CA at an elevation of 1,800 to 2,600 feet.  Some of the units are close to the Pit River and portions of the 2012 Bagley Fire, which burned near Iron Canyon Reservoir.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a tractor and cable based mostly clearcut THP and overstory removal (shelterwood) logging operation in mixed conifer forests.  There are several unstable areas (shown only on maps) that include limited operational areas (LOAs) with some planned logging.  Tractors will be used on skid trails that exceed 65% slope in units 9A and 23E, and on slopes that exceed 50% without flattening before reaching a watercourse in units 9A, 23D, and 23K.  SPI has requested an exception to not pre-flag all steep skid roads prior to agency pre-harvest inspection.  There will be some use of skid trails within limited operational areas (LOAs), and watercourses in Units 9 and 23K.  200 feet of new road construction on slopes exceeding 65% is planned.  A goshawk nest site was reported within 2,800 feet of the THP, and there are Bald Eagle nest sites at Iron Canyon Creek (>1 mi.), and Bush Bar (<.5 mi.) from THP area.  There were Tailed frog sightings nearby, and both Northern Clarkia and English Peak Greenbriar were reported to be just outside of the THP area.  SPI reported 1 Northern Spotted Owl within 3,578 feet of the THP, although I found 3 territories within 1.3 miles using my database (SHA0037, SHA0078, SHA0066). More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Power Fire burning near Sierra Pacific Industries China Hollow THP


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Power Fire: The Power Fire was first reported around 6am on August 5th, 2013 near Beardsley Reservoir and Highway 108 in Tuolumne County.  As of August 6th, 2013 the fire has grown to 500 acres in size, and is 12% contained burning north and east of SPI's THP 4-12-012 TUO (China Hollow THP).  The fire has been described as burning in brush and timber, and the cause has not been disclosed and is still under investigation.

THP 4-12-012 TUO (China Hollow THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 407 acres; 92% clearcut, 6% selection, 1% roadside logging. Brushy Hollow Creek (MD: T4N R17E Sec.2, 3, 10, 11; T5N R17E Sec.25, 26, 34, 35, 36). Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, 38 road drainage work sites, 9 CA spotted owls within 1.3mi, 2 goshawk nests within .25mi, bald eagle within 1.4 mi, trees up to 120 years old. Estimated public comment deadline: 06/01/12. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Volcano & Baltic Fires burn near Sierra Pacific Industries lands


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Volcano Fire: The Volcano Fire was first reported around 3:15pm on August 3rd, 2013 about 3 to 4 miles south of the community of Foresthill.  As of August 4th, 2013, the fire was at 11 acres in size, was 95% contained and was burning east of SPI's THP 4-11-009 ELD (And Um THP).  The cause of the fire has not been disclosed and is still under investigation.

THP 4-11-009 ELD (And Um THP) Sierra Pacific Industries; 76 acres; 80% clearcut, 20% sanitation-salvage logging. Jesse Canyon, Otter Creek, Kanaka Gulch (MD: T13N, R10E, Sec 13, T13N R11E, Sec 7). Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 50%, 2 goshawk territories within 1.8 miles, 2 CA spotted owls within 1.6mi, nissenan manzanita, scattered large trees. Estimated public comment deadline: 06/25/11.

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Baltic Fire: The Baltic Fire was first reported around 7:15 am on August 3rd, 2013 about 5 miles south of Pollock Pines.  As of August 4th, 2013, the fire was 15 acres in size, was 80% contained and was burning just north and east of SPI's THP 4-12-011 ELD (Dude THP).  The cause of the fire has not been disclosed and is still under investigation.

THP 4-12-011 ELD (Dude THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 132 acres; 95% clearcut, 4% selection, 1% roadside logging. Lower Sly Park Creek, Middle Butte (MD: T9N R13E Sec.6; T10N R13E Sec.19, 28, 29, 32). Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, impaired 303.d watershed, 8 CA spotted owls within 1.6mi, golden eagle nest within 1.8mi, foothill yellow legged frog within .4mi, long legged myotis and fringed myotis sightings within 1mi, scattered large trees. Estimated public comment deadline: 05/28/12. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Gualala Redwoods planning THP above the town of Gualala, CA.


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THP 1-13-061 MEN (Buttercup THP) Gualala Redwoods, 91 acres; 59% clearcut, 41% selection logging.  Roseman Creek, Big Pepperwood Creek (MD: T11N R15W Sec.22, 27).  Wet weather operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, 15 road drainage work sites, oversized unit 2, herbicides, impaired 303.d watershed, coho watershed, 2 spotted owls within 1.3mi, 3 osprey nests, thin lobed horkelia, long beard lichen, trees up to 150 years old.  Estimated public comment deadline: 09/09/13.

This THP is just above the town of Gualala, and has tributaries that drain into the Gualala River and the Pacific Ocean.  Gualala Redwoods is planning a tractor and cable logging operation in second growth Douglas fir, redwood and tan oak at an elevation of 160 to 640 feet.  The Gualala River is an important steelhead and coho fishery and is listed as impaired for temperature and sediment.  There are 15 road drainage work sites including dip construction, rocking, and culvert cleaning.  Unit 2 is oversized at 23 acres, and there are 2 small older slides in Unit 4.  Long Beard Lichen was found in a streamside area, and there are 4 sites of Thin Lobed Horkelia on a road bordering Unit 3.  3 osprey nests were located within the vicinity of Unit 4. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Mendocino Redwood Company to log near an occupied marbled murrelet stand and on steep slopes near Point Arena.


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THP 1-13-060 MEN (South Brushy THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 163 acres; 53% transition, 47% selection logging.  Lower Alder Creek, Mallo Pass Creek (MD: T13N R16W Sec.3, 10).  Wet weather operations, high erosion hazard, landslide terrain, steep roads, steep slopes up to 85%, coho watershed, 2 spotted owls within 1.3mi, occupied marbled murrelet habitat below THP, California sedge, Piperia, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 09/09/13.

This THP is about 5 miles NE of Point Arena, and a few miles east of highway 1 at an elevation of 500 to 1,600 feet.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation in second growth redwood and Douglas fir.  Both Mallo Pass Creek and Lower Alder Creek flow into the Pacific Ocean.  There are unstable areas in units 2 and 3; an active 7 acre landslide and an active .5 acre landslide.  The existing network of skid roads will be used on unstable soils, on slopes over 65%, and on slopes over 50% with a high erosion rating, to log a small portion of unit 2.  An occupied marbled murrelet stand called the Lower Alder Creek Marbled Murrelet Management Area, is located just below the THP.  A Population of California Sedge was found on a main haul road, and a Piperia plant was found inside a unit off a main haul road. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.