Sunday, September 29, 2013

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log SW of Burney, CA on the Sierra Crest.


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THP 2-13-065 SHA (Howard’s Garden THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 510 acres; 99% clearcut, 1% selection, misc roadside logging.  Huckleberry (MD: T33N R2E Sec.3, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, 11 road drainage work sites, wet areas, herbicides, goshawk nests near unit 14A, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/07/13.  

This THP is about 9.5 miles SW of Burney, CA near the Sierra Crest at an elevation of 4,700 to 5,800 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a tractor based clearcut logging operation in ponderosa pine, white fir, incense cedar, sugar pine and Douglas fir forests. The THP area drains into “the gardens,” a large meadow/lodgepole flat that drains northward towards Burney and the Pit River.  Three short spur roads are planned to access units, and there are 11 road drainage sites planned for work including dip construction, rocking and culvert maintenance.  Three goshawk nests were reported near unit 14A, and upswept moonwort and scalloped moonwort were found near unit 15C. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.  

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut NE of Shasta Lake on steep and unstable soils.


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THP 2-13-062 SHA (Nosoni THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 502 acres; 76% clearcut, 11% selection, 6% rehab, 6% roadside logging.  N. Fork Squaw Creek, Nosoni Creek (MD: T35N R3W Sec.1, 3, 11; T36N R2W Sec.17, 19, 29).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 80%, steep roads, unstable area near unit 11F1, road failure site, 29 road drainage work sites, east girard roadless area, bagley fire perimeter, herbicides, oversized units, 3 spotted owls within 1.3mi, trees up to 38" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 10/26/13.

This THP is about a dozen miles NE of Shasta Lake and I-5 at an elevation of 2,000 to 4,000 feet.  The THP area drains into the North Fork of Squaw Creek and Shasta Lake, and is adjacent to the East Girard Roadless Area (sections 17, 19 & 29), and within .5 miles of the 2012 Bagley Fire perimeter (section 17).  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in Douglas fir, ponderosa pine, sugar pine, white fir and incense cedar forests.  Unit 11F1 has a shallow unstable feature near the edge of the harvest area, and unit 1C has a fill failure related to a road which extends down slope.  Units 11B, 11D, 1A, have steep slopes over 50% that lead without flattening before reaching a watercourse, and units 11B, 11E, 29F, 29D have steep slopes over 65% that will be tractor logged.  Several short segments of roads are planned on steep slopes over 65% grade, and a small segment of seasonal road is planned for construction within a watercourse in section 3.  There are 29 road drainage sites planned for work including rocking and culvert repair and replacement. Units 11B, 11C, 11D, 11E, 1G, 1E, and 29H are oversized.  There are 3 spotted owl territories within 1.3 miles, although SPI is considering them invalid at this time.  Slender false lupine was found in unit 11E, Butte County fritillary was found in sections 3 and 29, Northern clarkia was found in section 32, and blushing wild buckwheat and Shasta County arnica were found just outside of THP area. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Roseburg Resources Company to clearcut log on steep unstable soils near Castella, CA.


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THP 2-13-054 SHA (Briar THP) Roseburg Resources Company, 198 acres; 92% clearcut, 6% selection, 2% roadside logging. Flume Creek, Sweetbrier Creek (MD: T37N R4W Sec.5; T38N R4W Sec.29, 31, 32, 33).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep roads, steep slopes up to 80%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 57 road drainage work sites, herbicides, goshawk territory nearby, pacific tailed frog sightings, slender false lupine, trees up to 24" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 10/20/13.

This THP is a couple miles SW of the town of Castella, CA and just west of the I-5 corridor in the Sacramento Canyon.  Roseburg Resources Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in Douglas fir, ponderosa pine, incense cedar, sugar pine, white fir and Port Orford cedar forests at an elevation of 1,760 to 4,160 feet.  The THP area drains into the Upper Sacramento River and Into Shasta Lake and contains steep and unstable soils.  There are 24 road related failure sites including cut bank failures, debris slides, fill failures, skid trail failures and steep head wall swale problems.  Heavy equipment is proposed for use on an active earthflow to construct a road in unit 3201, and an existing skid road is proposed for re-use within an unstable area.  In unit 2902, a skid road is planned for use on slopes that exceed 50% without flattening before reaching a watercourse, and tractors are proposed for use on steep slopes within all units designated for cable logging. There are 2 roads planned for use in a streamside area, and 250 feet of new road construction is planned on steep slopes exceeding 65%.  57 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert maintenance.  Plant and wildlife sightings include; pacific tailed frogs were reported in units 0102 and 1103, rattlesnake fern was found in the NW quarter of Section 5, California Lady’s slipper was found in the NW quarter of section 31, and slender false lupine was found near a haul road. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

W.M. Beaty & Associates planning THP next to the town of Westwood, CA.


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THP 2-13-053 LAS (Meadow View THP) W.M. Beaty & Associates, 3713 acres; 99% group selection, 1% no-harvest logging.  Coppervale Station, Lower Robbers Creek, Upper Goodrich Creek, Lower Goodrich Creek (MD: T28N R9E Sec.2, 3, 4, 5; T29N R9E Sec.27, 28, 29, 32, 33, 34, 35; T29N R10E Sec.19, 20, 29).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, unstable area, wet seasonal meadows, 3 CA spotted owls within 1.3mi, bald eagle nest nearby, willow flycatcher and sandhill crane sightings, Sheldon's sedge, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 10/19/13.

This THP is just north and east of the town of Westwood, CA between highways A21 and 36.  W.M. Beaty & Associates is planning a group selection tractor based logging operation in mixed conifer forest.  There is a small debris slide in the NE of section 35, and 3 landings that will be used in and around a watercourse including a landing within a class III watercourse, a landing within a small swale, and a landing within a seep.  35 road drainage sites are planned for work including dip construction, rocking and culvert maintenance.  There are 10 segments of roads within and/or adjacent to a watercourse. Wildlife sightings include; a historic fisher detection in THP area, sandhill crane sightings immediately adjacent to the THP area, a bald eagle nest located immediately adjacent to the THP area, and willow flycatcher habitat reported to be nearby in section 35. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

W.M. Beaty & Associates planning THP just north of Quincy, CA.


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THP 2-13-052 PLU (Arlington THP) W.M. Beaty & Associates, 585 acres; 100% group selection logging. Indian Falls (MD: T26N R9E Sec.25, 36; T26N R10E Sec.29, 30, 31, 32, 33).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, 14 road drainage work sites, 3 spotted owls within 1.3mi, willow flycatcher and cooper's hawk sightings, Webber's milk vetch, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 10/19/13.

This THP is about 10 miles north of Quincy, CA near the towns of Crescent Mills and Taylorsville.  W.M. Beaty & Associates is planning a group selection tractor logging operation in white fir, ponderosa pine, sugar pine and Douglas fir forest near Indian Creek which flows into the Feather River.  Fourteen road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking and culvert maintenance.  W.M. Beaty & Associates is planning to use a landing that is bisected by a class III watercourse, and also a landing adjacent to a class II watercourse.  Ground based equipment is proposed for use on some slopes exceeding 65%.  There were willow flycatcher sightings and habitat reported in section 25, a Cooper's hawk sighting was reported in section 31, and Webber's milk vetch was found in section 29. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Campbell Timberlands to log near the Middle (Clark) Fork of the Ten Mile River.


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THP 1-13-078 MEN (Lower Clark White THP) Campbell Timberlands, 98 acres; 100% selection logging.  Bald Hill Creek, Bear Haven Creek (MD: T20N R17W Sec.24, 25).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 75%, 8 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, 9 spotted owls within 1.3mi, scattered large trees. Estimated public comment deadline: 10/20/13.

This THP is about 8.5 miles NE of Fort Bragg, CA, and just east of Highway 1 at an elevation of 40 to 480 feet.  The THP area drains into the Middle (Clark) Fork of the Ten Mile River which supports Coho, Chinook Salmon and steelhead and is listed as impaired for sediment and temperature.  Campbell Timberlands is planning a tractor and cable logging operation in 100 year old second growth redwood and Douglas fir on steep and unstable slopes.  There are 4 shallow landslides within the THP area including old fill failures and cutbank failures.  Three roads are proposed for use within a streamside area in unit A for yarding, and tractor operations are proposed on steep slopes exceeding 65% at 3 locations.  Eight road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, culvert maintenance and road bed reconstruction.  An osprey nest and marbled murrelet stand were reported near a haul road. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut near the Pit River Arm of Shasta Lake.


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THP 2-13-059 SHA (McChicken THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 282 acres; 88% clearcut, 11% rehab, 1% roadside logging.  Ingot, McCandless Gulch (MD: T34N R1W Sec.19, 30; T34N R2W Sec.13, 24, 25).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, 10 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, oversized units, bald eagle nest within 1 mi, Shasta salamander, Shasta snow wreath, scattered large trees. Estimated public comment deadline: 10/23/13. 

This THP is about 5 miles SW of Round Mountain, and a few miles north of Highway 299 near the Pit River Arm of Lake Shasta.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in Douglas fir, ponderosa pine, sugar pine, and incense cedar forest at an elevation of 1,300 to 2,400 feet.  Over 3,525 feet of new road construction, and 13,035 feet of road re-construction are planned, and units 24A and 30B are oversized.  Ten road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction and culvert maintenance.  There were 3 occurrences of Shasta Salamander reported at nearby Cedar Creek, and a bald eagle nest site was reported to be within 1 mi of section 14.  Shasta snow wreath was found within units 30B and 30C, and slender false lupine was found within unit 25E. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut east of Trinity Lake.


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THP 2-13-058 TRI (Bear Pond THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 455 acres; 100% clearcut logging. Blue Ridge, Grouse Lake (MD: T37N R6W Sec.3, 5, 9, 11; T38N R6W Sec.29, 33).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 60%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 64 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, 3 cascade frog sightings within .8 mi, 6 sensitive plant species, trees up to 48" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 10/23/13.

This THP is about 8 miles NE of Trinity Center, and Trinity Lake at an elevation of 3,300 to 6,100 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a clearcut tractor logging operation in Douglas fir, true fir and ponderosa pine forest on steep and unstable soils.  The THP area drains into the East Fork of the Trinity River, and sections 3,5,9,11 and 33 are adjacent to the Bonanza King Roadless Area.  There is landslide terrain between a haul road and a watercourse (including unit 33B), and a fill slope failure and a cut bank failure related to a haul road.  Sixty-four road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction and culvert maintenance.  There were cascade frog sightings reported to be within .1mi, .6mi and .8mi of THP units.  A large population of Klamath manzanita was reported in units 11A and 11B, California pitcher plant was seen in units 11A and 33D, Congdon’s buckwheat was found in units 3B,5B,9E,11A and 29A, redwood lily was found in units 3B,3C,5B and 9A, Scott Mountain phacelia was found in unit 11B, and slender false lupine was found in units 5C,5D,9B,9D,29A and 29C.  More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log near Westwood, CA.


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THP 2-13-056 LAS (Utini THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 394 acres; 96% clearcut, 4% selection logging. Upper Willard Creek (MD: T28N R10E Sec.1, 2, 12; T29N R10E Sec.26, 35, 36).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, landslide terrain, 39 road drainage work sites, oversized units and landings, herbicides, wet meadows, 4 CA spotted owls within 1.3mi, sandhill crane sightings, penstemon sudans, trees up to 125 years old.  Estimated public comment deadline: 10/20/13.

This THP is about 8 miles east of the town of Westwood, CA, and a few miles south of Highway 36 at an elevation of 5,200 to 6,200 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor logging operation in white fir, sugar pine, Douglas fir, ponderosa pine and incense cedar forest.  The THP area shares an access road to Forest Service Roxie Peconom Campground, and there are 2 road segments of the 60A and 60A1 roads that have been damaged in section 36 by unauthorized road use.  There is a shallow landslide feature on steep slopes over 65% in unit 627, and a .5 acre area with steep slopes over 65% where trees will need to be end lined.  Sixteen road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction and culvert maintenance.  Sandhill cranes were reported in a wet meadow adjacent to unit 610, and a population of penstemon sudans was found near units in sections 1 and 36.  There are 4 CA spotted owl territories within 1.3mi, the closest being within .5mi.  More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Squaw Valley Ski Area planning high elevation helicopter logging THP


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THP 2-13-050 PLA (Squaw Valley Forest Health THP) Squaw Valley Resort, 153 acres;  100% selection logging.  Squaw Creek, Bear Creek (MD: T16N R16E Sec.32).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized landings, large tree helicopter logging, trees up to 220 years old.  Estimated public comment deadline: 10/13/13.

This THP is located at Squaw Valley Ski Resort near the NW shore of Lake Tahoe at an elevation of 6,200 to 7,550 feet.  The THP area drains into Squaw Creek which is listed as impaired due to sediment and flows into the Truckee River.  Squaw Valley Ski Resort is planning a 153 acre helicopter logging operation to selectively remove trees damaged by dwarf mistletoe, Cytospora canker, fir engraver, white pine blister rust, and to reduce ladder fuels from below.  Large trees are present up to 220 years old including red fir, white fir, Jeffrey pine, lodgepole pine, mountain hemlock, western white pine and aspen.  Oversized landings are planned to accommodate helicopter logging. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Roseburg Resources Company planning a pair of clearcutting THPs east of Mc Cloud.


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Both of the THPs listed below are adjacent to each other and drain into Bear Creek which drains into the Fall River and the Pit River above Lake Britton.  The area has been heavily clearcut by Roseburg Resources Company in the past, and these THPs will add almost 604 acres of new clearcuts.  

THP 2-13-048 SIS (Gam THP) Roseburg Resources Company, 423 acres; 98% clearcut, 1% selection, 1% roadside logging.  Middle Bear Creek (MD: T39N R2E Sec.1, 12; T39N R3E Sec.6; T40N R2E Sec.25, 36; T40N R3E Sec.30, 31).  Winter operations, low erosion hazard, slopes up to 40%, herbicides, goshawk within 1 mi, willow flycatcher near haul road, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 10/13/13.

This THP is about 2.8 miles north of the town of Pondosa, CA in the Mc Cloud/Mt Shasta region at an elevation of 4,100 to 4,750 feet.  Roseburg Resources Company is planning a tractor based clearcut logging operation in second growth Douglas fir, white fir, incense cedar, sugar pine, ponderosa pine and lodgepole pine forest.  The THP area drains into Bear Creek which drains into the Fall River and the Pit River above Lake Britton.  There is a goshawk territory within 1.5 mi of the THP, and a willow flycatcher population was reported to be located near a haul road at Bear Creek on Pondosa Way. Long haired star tulip was found in the SW corner of Section 36.  This THP is just to the SW of Roseburg Resources Company (Paw THP) THP 2-13-049 SIS.  

THP 2-13-049 SIS (Paw THP) Roseburg Resources Company, 181 acres; 99% clearcut, 1% roadside logging.  Middle Bear Creek (MD: T40N R2E Sec.26).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 40%, herbicides, goshawk within 1 mi, willow flycatcher near haul road, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 10/13/13.

This THP is about 4.8 miles north of the town of Pondosa, CA in the Mc Cloud/Mt Shasta region at an elevation of 4,100 to 4,750 feet.  Roseburg Resources Company is planning a tractor based clearcut logging operation in second growth Douglas fir, white fir, incense cedar, sugar pine, ponderosa pine and lodgepole pine forest.  The THP area drains into Bear Creek which drains into the Fall River and the Pit River above Lake Britton.  There is a goshawk territory within .5 mi of the THP, and a willow flycatcher population was reported to be located near a haul road at Bear Creek on Pondosa Way.  This THP is just to the NW of Roseburg Resources Company (Pam THP) THP 2-13-048 SIS. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut just north of Strawberry Rock.


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THP 1-13-073 HUM (CR 1900 15 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 50 acres; 92% clearcut, 7% selection, 1% no-harvest logging.  McDonald Creek (HUM: T8N R1E Sec.7, 18; T8N R1W Sec.1, 12).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, unit B oversized, herbicides, impaired 303.d watershed, coho watershed, 1 spotted owl within 1.3mi, osprey within .25 mi, trees up to 48"dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 10/07/13. 

This THP is a few miles north of the town of Trinidad, CA and just to the east of Highway 101 at an elevation of 900 to 1,400 feet.  It is also close to Strawberry Rock, a popular hiking destination with great views of the Pacific Ocean.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut feller buncher, shovel and cable logging operation in second growth redwood, Douglas fir and grand fir.  The THP is in an area that has been heavily clearcut by Green Diamond Resource Company in the past, and drains the Mill and Savage Creek watersheds which flow into the Pacific Ocean.  Unit B is an oversized unit, and an osprey was reported to be within .25 mi of Unit A & Unit B. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Green Diamond Resource Company planning a pair of clearcutting THPs near the North Fork of the Mad River.


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Both of the THPs listed below are adjacent to each other and drain into the North Fork of the Mad River, which flows into the Mad River and on to the Pacific Ocean.  The Mad River contains steelhead, rainbow trout, and coastal cutthrout trout in the upper reaches, and is listed as impaired due to sediment, turbidity and temperature.  There is a barrier to Coho and Chinook salmon 4 miles downstream of the THP areas.

THP 1-13-071 HUM (K&K Combo THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 226 acres; 40% clearcut, 34% commercial thinning, 20% selection, 6% no-harvest logging.  Canyon Creek (HUM: T7N R2E Sec.20, 21, 22, 27, 28).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 40%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 14 road drainage work sites, oversized units, herbicides, impaired 303.d watershed, coho watershed, 6 spotted owls within 1.3mi, trees up to 22” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 10/05/13.

This THP is located about 8 miles NE of Arcata, CA at an elevation of 620 to 3,360 feet. Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation in second growth Douglas fir, redwood, grand fir and hemlock. The THP includes a large dormant earthflow in unit D, and in the NE portion of unit E, and some misc road related fill and cutbank failures.  There are 14 road drainage work sites including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair/replacement, and road bed stabilization. Spotted owls are located within .25 mi of Units A, B, C and D.  This THP is just to the north of Green Diamond Resource Company’s THP 1-13-072 HUM (K7K 170 14 THP).  

THP 1-13-072 HUM (K&K 170 14 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 116 acres; 76% clearcut, 19% selection, 2% roadside, 2% no-harvest logging.  Canyon Creek, Long Prairie Creek, Denman Creek (HUM: T7N R2E Sec.26, 27, 34, 35).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 90%, landslide terrain in unit B, road failure sites, 9 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized unit a, herbicides, coho watershed, 4 spotted owls within 1.3mi, trees up to 60” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 10/05/13.  

This THP is located about 7 miles NE of Arcata, CA at an elevation of 840 to 2,080 feet. Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in second growth redwood, Douglas fir, grand fir and western hemlock.  There is a road related landslide in the THP area which was caused by an oversteepened cutbank that failed and caused a debris slide.  13 deep-seated, shallow-rapid and small inner gorge landslides have been identified in and around Unit B.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to use a landing to deck logs within a streamside area in unit C, and to construct 1,095 feet of new temporary road, and 2,596 feet of new seasonal road.  9 road drainage work sites are planned ncluding rocking, ditch cleaning, bank seep and road bed drainage and stabilization.  There is a spotted owl nest within .5mi of Unit B.  This THP is just to the south of Green Diamond Resource Company’s THP THP 1-13-071 HUM (K&K Combo THP). More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Humboldt Redwood Company to helicopter log in Marbled Murrelet stands near Kneeland.


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THP 1-13-070 HUM (Double Deuce THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 449 acres; 75% group selection, 16% selection, 9% no-harvest logging.  Upper Freshwater Creek (HUM: T4N R1E Sec.1, 11, 12, 13; T4N R2E Sec.7).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, steep roads, landslide terrain, 20 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, coho watershed, large tree helicopter logging, 9 spotted owls within 1.3mi, trees up to 60" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 10/06/13.

This THP is located about 7 miles SE of Eureka, CA and a few miles SW of Kneeland, CA at an elevation of 300 to 1500 feet.  The THP area drains into Freshwater Creek which is listed as impaired for sediment and siltation.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning a tractor, cable and helicopter logging operation in Douglas fir, redwood and grand fir forest.  The THP includes 302 acres of large tree logging with an option for helicopter, and logging of marbled murrelet habitat within Units 4 & 7 (stand D483 contains high quality marbled murrelet habitat).  There are several steep segments of roads over 15% grade, and landslide terrain in Unit 4.  Over 7,060 feet of new road construction is planned, and 20 road drainage work sites are planned including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair and replacement, and road bed stabilization. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

FGF US Forest Holdings planning THP on unstable soils near Rio Del and highway 101.


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THP 1-13-069 HUM (Howe Creek 2013 THP) FGF US Forest Holdings, 415 acres; 100% group selection logging. Howe Creek (HUM: T1N R1W Sec.3, 4; T2N R1W Sec.33, 34).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, impaired 303.d watershed, coho watershed, 3 spotted owls within 1.3mi, long beard lichen, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 10/05/13. 

This THP is located about 3 miles west of Rio Del and Highway 101 at an elevation of 100 to 1,000 feet.  The THP area drains into the Eel River which is listed as impaired for sediment and temperature.  FGF US Forest Holdings is planning a tractor and cable logging operation in second growth redwood, Douglas fir, grand fir, and Sitka spruce on steep and unstable slopes.  The THP area has 11 road related landslides and road bed failures including an edge slump at a landing, a debris slide/flow related to a road, multiple fill failures, and multiple cut bank failures. There are 49 road drainage work sites including culvert repair and replacement, rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and road bed stabilization.  FGF US Forest Holdings is planning to long line timber from several places where slopes exceed 50% without flattening before reaching a watercourse, and to use a road system and landing within a streamside area. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log near Shasta Lake.


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THP 2-13-046 SHA (Brush Creek THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 233 acres; 99% clearcut, 1% roadside logging.  Brush Creek, Slate Creek (MD: T35N R6W Sec.27, 31, 33).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, herbicides, adjacent to backbone roadless area, 2 spotted owls within 1.3mi, 4 sensitive plant species, trees up to 48" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 10/09/13.

This THP is about 10 miles west of Lakehead, CA and Lake Shasta, and the I-5 corridor at an elevation of 2,200 to 4,400 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a 233 acre tractor and cable clearcut logging operation in second growth Douglas fir, true fir and ponderosa pine.  The THP area is adjacent to the backbone roadless area (Sections 27 & 33), and flows into Clear Creek which drains into Whiskeytown Lake.  Unit 33A will have tractor operations on slopes over 50% that do not flatten before reaching a watercourse.  Blushing wild buckwheat & Sedum Canyon Creek stonecrop were found along a proposed road in Section 27.  English Peak greenbriar was found in units 33A and 33E, slender false lupine was found in units 33E and 33B, and redwood lily was found in unit 33C.  This THP will remove 72 acres of northern spotted owl foraging habitat within 1.3 miles. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.