Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Timber Products Company planning a pair of shelterwood THPs on steep and unstable slopes near the headwaters of Upper Trinity River.


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Both of the THPs listed below are adjacent to each other and drain from the Picayume Creek Watershed into the Upper Trinity River and into Trinity Lake.  These THPs will remove the over story from over 549 acres in an area that contains a large amount of granitic, ultramafic and serpentine soils which are more prone to erosion.   

THP 2-13-070 TRI (Slide Lake THP) Timber Products, 237 acres; 100% shelterwood logging.  Picayume Creek (MD: T40N R6W Sec.29, 33).  Wet weather operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, impaired 303.d watershed, 1 spotted owl within 1.3mi, Scott Mountain bedstraw, trees over 200 years old.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/16/13.  

This THP is about a dozen air miles SE of Callahan, CA between Highway 3 and the Mt Eddy area near the headwaters of Upper Trinity River at an elevation of 4,000 to 6,000 feet.  Timber Products Company is planning a tractor and cable shelterwood logging operation in Jeffrey pine, ponderosa pine, Douglas fir, sugar pine, incense cedar, white fir, red fir and knobcone pine stands.  The THP area drains from Picayume Creek towards Trinity Lake and contains some loose granitic, ultramafic and serpentine soils which are prone to erosion.  There is landslide terrain related to a debris slide and a scarp in sections 29 and 33 caused by the 1997 storm.  Timber Products wants to use a landing on steep slopes over 50% within 100 feet of a class II watercourse in section 29, and use tractors in unit 2 which Is designated as a cable logging unit for tail holds and for yarding logs.  Road re-construction is proposed at 2 points on an unstable debris slide area.  Two populations of Scott mountain bedstraw were found in section 29.  This THP is just NE of Timber Products Company’s new (Little Trinity South Two) THP 2-13-073 TRI.   

THP 2-13-073 TRI (Little Trinity South Two THP) Timber Products, 312 acres; 100% shelterwood logging.  Little Trinity River, Picayume Creek, Sherer Creek (MD: T39N R7W Sec.1, 11; T40N R6W Sec.31).  Wet weather operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, landslide terrain, road failure site, impaired 303.d watershed, 1 spotted owl within 1.3mi, trees up to 150 years old.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/18/13.

This THP is about 10 air miles SE of Callahan, CA between Highway 3 and the Mt Eddy area near the headwaters of Upper Trinity River at an elevation of 3,400 to 5,200 feet.  Timber Products Company is planning a tractor and cable shelterwood logging operation in Jeffrey pine, ponderosa pine, Douglas fir, sugar pine, incense cedar and white fir stands.  The THP area drains from Picayume Creek towards Trinity Lake and contains some loose granitic, ultramafic and serpentine soils which are prone to erosion.  There are 2 unstable areas; including a transitional/rotational landslide above unit #3 - west of unit #4, and a debris flow channel with a small head scarp that occurs within unit #3.  Timber Products Company wants to use a tractor as a guyline on a road with a cut bank failure and a debris flow above a cable yarder operation, and to use the outside edge of an existing landing inside a class II watercourse.  312 acres of Alternative Prescription are proposed to remove trees over 23” dbh, and to selectively remove diseased, dying or slowly growing trees in the understory.  This THP is just SW of Timber Products Company’s new (Slide Lake THP) THP 2-13-070 TRI. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Campbell Timberlands to log on steep and unstable lands near the Skunk Train Railroad and the Noyo River.


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THP 1-13-093 MEN (Twin Bridges Yellow THP) Campbell Timberlands, 223 acres; 47% selection, 24% sanitation salvage, 21% variable retention, 9% clearcut logging.  Duffy Gulch, Little N. Fork (MD: T18N R16W Sec.1, 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 12).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 80%, road failure sites, landslide terrain, 121 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, 10 spotted owls within 1.3mi, trees over 50" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/14/13.

This THP is about 9 miles east of Fort Bragg, CA near the Skunk Train railroad route (adjacent to unit Y) and the Noyo River at an elevation of 260 to 1560 feet.  The THP area drains into the Noyo River which is listed as impaired for temperature/sediment and is an important steelhead, coho and chinook fishery.  Campbell Timberlands is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir, western hemlock and grand fir forests.  There is landslide terrain in units B,H,L,M,T,W,Y and Z including 8 landslide sites related to debris slides, road failure sites and active and dormant landslides.  Campbell Timberlands wants to use tractors on steep slopes over 65% in units T,W and Y, and on steep slopes over 50% with a moderate or high erosion hazard in units B,T and Y.  They also want to use an existing tractor road in streamside areas in units B,T and Y, and use 2 existing landings in streamside areas in unit T, and a landing in unit Y.  120 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair and replacement and road bed re-construction.  This THP will result in the loss of 3.8 acres of foraging habitat within .7mi for spotted owl site MEN0082, and the loss of 13.8 acres of nesting/roosting habitat within .7mi for spotted owl site MEN0082.  2.5 acres of nesting/roosting habitat will be removed from spotted owl site MEN0014 within .7 mi, which is already deficient in total NSO habitat. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Fruit Growers Supply Company planning THP adjacent to Burney, CA.


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THP 2-13-080 SHA (Town THP) Fruit Growers Supply Company, 1947 acres; 54% fuelbreak, 30% sanitation salvage, 9% clearcut, 7% selection logging.  Washburn Bue Park, Long Valley, Rocky Ledge, Goose Creek (MD: T35N R3E Sec.3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22; T36N R3E Sec.31, 32, 33).  Winter operations, low erosion hazard, slopes up to 30%, oversized units, herbicides, great shasta rail trail, 3 osprey nests within .25 mi, bald eagle nest within .5 mi, Castlegar Hawthorne, trees up to 26" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/04/13.

This THP is just north and east of the town of Burney, CA at an elevation of 3,100 to 3,400 feet.  Fruit Growers Supply Company is planning a tractor based logging operation in ponderosa pine, sugar pine, white fir, incense cedar and Douglas fir forest.  The THP is adjacent to the Burney town limits and also the proposed Great Shasta Rail Trail, which is the former rail bed for the Mc Cloud Railway which will be converted to a walking and biking path.  There are 5 osprey nests; 1 osprey nest within the harvest area, 2 nests within .25 mi of the harvest area, and 2 nests beyond .25 mi from the harvest area.  Willow flycatcher habitat exists along Burney Creek, and a population of the plant Castlegar Hawthorne was found at one location within the THP. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut north of Arnold, CA and near the North Fork of the Mokelumne River.


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THP 4-13-022 CAL (So Schaad THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 1090 acres; 61% clearcut, 22% no-harvest, 17% selection, misc roadside logging.  Schaads Reservoir, Lower Forest Creek, Upper Forest Creek (MD: T6N R14E Sec.1, 2, 3, 9, 10, 11, 12, 15, 16; T6N R15E Sec.3, 4, 5, 6; T7N R15E Sec.31, 32, 33, 34).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, 9 unstable areas, road failure sites, herbicides, 12+ CA spotted owls within 1.3mi, 3 goshawk territories nearby, golden eagle sighting, threebract onion, trees up to 74" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/25/13.

This THP is 9 miles north of Arnold, CA and Highway 4 at an elevation of 3,000 to 5,000 feet in ponderosa pine, sugar pine, white fir, Douglas fir and incense cedar forest.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable soils near the Middle Fork of the Mokelumne River.  The THP area has 9 unstable areas including steep swales, fill failures and road slump failures.  There are 14 segments of new road construction totaling 11,650 feet, and 224 acres of operational area are proposed around defined units for skidding, yarding, landing use, tail holds and fire line construction.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning to use an existing tractor road in a class II watercourse, reconstruct a seasonal road in a class II watercourse, and use an existing landing in a class III watercourse.  An excavator is planned for site prep on slopes under 50%, and on slopes under 30% that lead without flattening towards a class II watercourse.  There are 23 road drainage sites planned for work including dip construction, rocking, culvert repair and replacement, and road bed stabilization.  One golden eagle was reported in section 6 in 2004, and there are 3 goshawk territories in sections 4, 7 and 11.  Potential habitat for three bracted onion was reported to be in units 394, 1953, 1991, 3589, 3600, 3681 and 3991. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log near Eagle Lake.


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THP 2-13-077 LAS (Kotkajarvi THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 284 acres; 75% clearcut, 25% commercial thin logging.  Fox Mtn. (MD: T31N R10E Sec.14; T31N R11E Sec.8, 17, 18, 19, 20).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 30%, herbicides, 1 bald eagle territory within 1.5 mi, 7 osprey territories within 1.4 mi, osprey nest in unit 19, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/28/13.

This THP is adjacent to the southern shore of Eagle Lake, near the Eagle Lake Road and Marina, Merrill Creek campground and Camp Ronald McDonald.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor based logging operation in ponderosa pine, Jeffrey pine, white fir, Douglas fir, incense cedar and sugar pine forest at an elevation of 5,200 to 5,500 feet.  They will be using temporary short "jump roads" to connect existing roads and landings.  There is a bald eagle nest within 1.5 mi of the THP area, and 7 osprey territories within .7 mi to 1.4 mi from the THP area, and 1 osprey nest in unit 19.  A historic (1991) detection of a Sierra Nevada red fox was reported adjacent to the THP area at Eagle Lake, and a historic (1988) detection of a pair of sandhill cranes were reported to be .25 miles from the THP area at Papoose Meadows. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log near Fortuna on steep and unstable slopes.


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THP 1-13-092 HUM (Salmon Creek Left) Green Diamond Resource Company, 88 acres; 82% clearcut, 14% selection, 4% no-harvest logging.  Middle Salmon Creek (HUM: T3N R1W Sec.11, 12, 13, 14).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, landslide terrain, herbicides, coho watershed, 12+ spotted owls within 1.3mi, osprey nests near haul road, trees up to 48" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/14/13.

This THP is 4 miles north of Fortuna, CA and Highway 101 at an elevation of 440 to 1,200 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a feller buncher, shovel and cable logging operation in redwood and Douglas fir forest.  The THP area drains the Salmon Creek watershed which flows into Humboldt Bay and the Pacific Ocean.  There are 9 unstable areas including shallow rapid landslides, and debris slides located in units A, C and D.  11,000 feet of new temporary road is proposed, and there are 12 road drainage sites planned for work including rocking, dip construction, and culvert repair and replacement.  Although most of the trees to be logged will be under 48” dbh, there is 1 large old growth redwood tree reported to be over 120" dbh.  There are osprey nests reported to be within .25 mi of Salmon 1000 road, and also the Salmon 2000 road. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log near McKinleyville on steep and unstable soils.


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THP 1-13-091 HUM (Murray Road 14 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 72 acres; 59% clearcut, 32% no-harvest, 8% selection, misc roadside logging.  Warren Creek, Norton Creek, Mill Creek (HUM: T6N R1E Sec.3, 4, 10; T7N R1E Sec.32, 33).  Wet weather operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 80%, steep roads, landslide terrain, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, 1 spotted owl within 1.3mi, trees up to 60" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/16/13.

This THP is about 2.2 miles SE of McKinleyville, CA and a few miles north of Highway 299 at elevations up to 560 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a feller buncher, shovel and cable logging operation in redwood, Douglas fir, Sitka spruce and grand fir forest.  The THP area flows into the Mad River which is listed as impaired for sediment, temperature and turbidity, and is an important Coho, Chinook, steelhead and coastal cutthroat trout fishery.  There is 1 shallow rapid landslide in unit A, and 7 head wall swalles in units A and B.  Over 5,280 feet of temporary road is proposed and a steep temporary road is proposed over 15% grade in unit A for 210 feet.  One spotted owl territory was reported to be within .5 mi of units B and C. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Fruit Growers Supply Company to clearcut and shelterwood log between Grass Lake and Highway 97.


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THP 2-13-076 SIS (Hamilton Flat THP) Fruit Growers Supply Company, 619 acres; 70% shelterwood, 30% clearcut logging.  First Creek, Smith Spring, Prather Ranch, Upper Horsethief Creek (MD: T45N R2W Sec.18; T45N R3W Sec.1, 12, 13, 23, 24, 25, 26).  Winter operations, low erosion hazard, slopes up to 30%, herbicides, impaired 303.d watershed, 1 spotted owl within 1.5 mi, 2 goshawk territories within .25 mi, Sandhill crane sightings within .25 mi, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/28/13.

This THP is about 9.5 miles SW of Macdoel, CA near the Butte Valley which is close to the CA/OR border.  Fruit Growers Supply Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor based logging operation in white fir, ponderosa pine, Douglas fir, sugar pine and incense cedar forest at an elevation of 5,400 to 6,200 feet.  Fruit Growers Supply Company is claiming the need to clearcut, and log out the over story (shelterwood removal) due to slow growing stand conditions, declining white fir and the presence of mistletoe - such conditions are natural and not abnormal at higher elevations.  This THP is also close to FGS (Vista THP 2-11-025 SIS) and FGS (Prather THP 2-12-032 SIS) that recently clearcut and shelterwood logged over 586 acres combined.  There are 3 goshawk territories nearby; 2 goshawk territories are within .25 mi of harvest units, and Greater sandhill cranes have been spotted at First Creek meadow .25 mi from the THP area.  Swainson’s hawks which migrate from South America are uncommon in California, but have been also been seen nearby.  A large elk herd moves through the area, and “Journey,” the gray wolf (OR7) traveled through or near the project area during the winter of 2012. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log near Lake Almanor Peninsula.


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THP 2-13-072 PLU (Ali THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 775 acres; 77% clearcut, 19% fuel break, 4% commercial thin logging.  Peninsula Village (MD: T28N R8E Sec.5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 16, 17; T29N R7E Sec.24; T29N R8E Sec.19, 29, 30, 31, 32).  Winter operations, low erosion hazard, slopes up to 30%, oversized units, herbicides, 1 CA spotted owl within 2.7 mi, 4 osprey nests within 2 mi, 2012 gray wolf sighting, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/18/13.

This THP is about 5 miles east of Chester, and just above Lake Almanor Peninsula, a popular golf course resort community.  The THP area is also within .75 mi of Lake Almanor, and adjacent to Highway 36.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor based logging operation in mixed conifer forests at an elevation of 4,760 to 5,520 feet.  The THP contains oversized units, and SPI is planning to construct so called short "jump roads" to connect clearcut units with existing roads and landings.  Bald eagles and goshawks have been seen nearby, and 4 osprey nests are located within 2 mi, with 2 nests within .5 mi of the THP area.  “Journey”, California’s only gray wolf was sighted in the THP area in May of 2012. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

California Edison to log near Shaver Lake and the Dinkey Creek Cabin Community.


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THP 4-13-020 FRE (Lex THP) Southern California Edison Company, 453 acres; 100% selection logging.  Summit Creek, Providence Creek (MD: T10S R25E Sec.14, 23).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, road failure site, 6 road drainage work sites, 4 CA spotted owls within 1.3mi, bald eagle and goshawk sightings nearby, scattered large trees. Estimated public comment deadline: 11/14/13.

This THP is about 5 miles SE of Shaver Lake and Highway 168 near the Dinkey Creek Cabin Community at an elevation of 4,600 to 6,040 feet.  Southern California Edison Company is planning a tractor based logging operation in ponderosa pine, Jeffrey pine, sugar pine, white fir and incense cedar forest.  The THP area flows into Providence Creek and eventually into the Kings River.  There are 6 road drainage sites planned for work including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair and replacement, and road bed reconstruction.   200 feet of road reconstruction is planned to fix a class III watercourse that has been diverted through a road bed.  Northern goshawks and bald eagles have been spotted nearby along Providence Creek Road.  There are historic willow flycatcher sightings (1982) and habitat .75 mi from the THP area at Lost Meadow. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Roseburg Resources Company to clearcut near Big Bend, CA and the Pit River.


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THP 2-13-069 SHA (Sweet Tea THP) Roseburg Resources Company, 393 acres; 95% clearcut, 5% selection, misc roadside logging.  Little Roaring Creek, Bush Bar, Marble Creek (MD: T36N R1W Sec.14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 40%, 7 road drainage work sites, herbicides, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, kettle mountain roadless area, 3 spotted owls within 1.3mi, English peak greenbriar, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/14/13.  

This THP is about 3 miles SW of Big Bend, CA and about 10 miles north of Montgomery Creek, CA and Highway 299.  Roseburg Resources Company is planning a tractor based clearcut logging operation in mixed conifer stands at an elevation of 2,760 to 3,000 feet.  The THP area flows into the Pit River, upstream from Shasta Lake which is listed as impaired for nutrients, dissolved oxygen, temperature and organic enrichment.  Sections 16 and 21 are adjacent to the Kettle Mountain Roadless Area.  Seven road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair and replacement.  English Peak Greenbriar was found in 21 locations within the THP area. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

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


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THP 1-13-088 HUM (CR 2018 14 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 106 acres; 80% clearcut, 15% selection, 4% no-harvest logging.  Panther Creek (HUM: T8N R2E Sec.21, 22, 23, 26, 27).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, 7 spotted owls within 1.3mi, trees up to 60" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/07/13. 

This THP is about 11 miles east of Trinidad, CA and a few miles south of Redwood National Park in the Panther Creek Watershed.  Green Diamond Resource Company owns over 90% of the Panther Creek Watershed, which has been heavily clearcut in the past.  The THP area flows into Redwood Creek which is listed as impaired for sediment, and is an important coho, Chinook, steelhead and coastal cutthroat trout fishery.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a feller buncher, shovel and cable logging operation in second growth Douglas fir, redwood and western hemlock forests. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Mendocino Redwood Company planning THP on steep and unstable slopes near Branscomb.


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THP 1-13-086 MEN (Jack of Hearts THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 655 acres; 34% transition, 33% group selection, 29% variable retention, 4% rehab, 1% roadside logging.  Upper Hollow Tree Creek, Jack of Hearts Creek (MD: T22N R16W Sec.19, 30, 31; T22N R17W Sec.24, 25).  Wet weather operations, high erosion hazard, landslide terrain, road failure sites, steep slopes over 75%, 15 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, 5 spotted owls within 1.3mi, trees up to 44” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/10/13.

This THP is about 5.5 miles NW of Branscomb, CA on the Coast Range between Highway 1 and Highway 101.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation in second growth Douglas fir and redwood forest at an elevation of 1,440 to 2,160 feet.  The THP area flows into the South Fork of the Eel River which is listed as impaired for sediment and temperature.  There are numerous general erosion sites along the Elkhorn Ridge Access Road, and 8 unstable areas in units 2,4,7,8,9 & 10 including scarps, and failures related to streams, skid roads and existing roads.  An existing seasonal road will be used within a Class I watercourse, and 3 skid trails on slopes greater than 65% are proposed for ground based yarding.  Fifteen road drainage work sites are planned including dip construction, rocking, culvert repair and replacement and road bed stabilization. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut NE of Trinidad, CA and Highway 101.


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THP 1-13-085 HUM (BL 2200 15 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 107 acres; 81% clearcut, 14% selection, 5% no-harvest, misc roadside logging.  Maple Creek (HUM: T8N R1E Sec.4, 8; T8N R1W Sec.1; T9N R1E Sec.31, 32, 33).  Wet weather operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, herbicides, coho watershed, 6 spotted owls within .3mi, osprey within .25 mi of units A, D, trees up to 40" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/05/13.

This THP is about 4 miles NE of the town of Trinidad and Highway 101 in Humboldt County.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a feller buncher, cable and shovel logging operation in second growth redwood, Douglas fir, Sitka spruce, hemlock, grand fir and Bishop pine at an elevation of 460 to 1,100 feet.  The THP area is in the Maple Creek drainage which has been heavily clearcut by Green Diamond Resource Company in the past, and flows into Big Lagoon and the Pacific Ocean.  Over 7,200 feet of new temporary roads, and 800 feet of new seasonal roads are planned for construction.  Osprey nests were reported to be within .25 mi of units A and D. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Coastal Ridges LLC planning to log west of Willits, CA and Highway 20


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THP 1-13-083 MEN (And Roll THP) Coastal Ridges LLC, 425 acres, 44% seed tree, 37% transition, 11% group selection, 6% rehab, 2% no-harvest, 1% roadside logging.  Martin Creek (MD: T17N R14W Sec.4, 5, 8, 9, 16).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 80%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 44 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, coho watershed, 3 spotted owls within 1.3mi, foothill yellow legged frog sightings, peregrine falcon within 1,400 feet, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/04/13.

This THP is about 6 miles SW of Willits, CA and 3 miles south of Highway 20 at an elevation of 1,120 to 2,650 feet.  Coastal Ridges LLC is planning a tractor and cable logging operation in second growth Douglas fir and redwood forest.  The THP area flows into the Big River which is listed as impaired for sediment and temperature.  One mile of new road construction is planned, and an existing road is planned for use that runs a top a large unstable area on a ridge that has a cut bank failure.  Forty four road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair/replacement, ditch cleaning and road bed stabilization.  Foothill yellow legged frogs were seen at Martin Creek, and 2 peregrine falcons were spotted at the “Two Rock” site 1,400 feet NW of the northern corner of the THP.  This THP will reduce spotted owl nesting/roosting habitat by 4 acres, and foraging habitat by 458 acres. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log NW of Bieber, CA.


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THP 2-13-068 MOD (Lost Egg THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 327 acres; 99% clearcut, 1% roadside logging.  Mosquito Lake, Armentrout Flat, Jimmerson Spring (MD: T40N R5E Sec.23, 24, 25; T40N R6E Sec.21, 22, 28).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 40%, wet meadows, herbicides, greater sandhill crane sightings, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/14/13.   

This THP is about a dozen miles NW of Bieber, CA at an elevation of 4,000 to 5,200 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a tractor based clearcut logging operation in ponderosa pine, sugar pine and incense cedar forest.  Some of the units are from the former 2007 Cessna and Gaspy THPs, which were deferred because of the 2012 Bagley Fire.  The THP area is interspersed with seasonal meadows and drains into Egg Lake, a seasonal wetland.  Long haired star tulip was found in a grassland area in unit 22C.  Greater sandhill cranes and elk herds are known to frequent the area. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log east of Mt Shasta


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THP 2-13-067 SIS (Military Junction THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 888 acres; 85% clearcut, 14% shelterwood, 1% selection, misc roadside logging.  Brewer Creek, Pilgrim Creek, Gravel Creek, Upper Ash Creek (MD: T41N R2W Sec.5, 7, 9, 11, 15, 23, 25, 26; T42N R2W Sec.29, 33).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 40%, herbicides, oversized units, 2 spotted owls within 1.3mi, 2 goshawks within .8mi, trees up to 200 years old.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/14/13.

This THP is just east of Mt. Shasta, and about 9 miles NE of McCloud, CA at an elevation of 4,400 to 7,700 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut ground based logging operation in red fir, white fir and lodgepole at the higher elevations, and ponderosa pine, sugar pine, Douglas fir and incense cedar at the lower elevations.  Trees average 80 to 100 years at the lower elevations, and up to 200 years old at the higher elevations.  The THP area is also close to the Brewer Creek Trailhead, a popular recreation area.  There is a goshawk nest within 800 feet of unit 11A in section 11, and within .8 miles of the THP units in Section 22.  Two historical pacific fisher sightings (1980, 1978) were reported to be within the THP area.  SPI Claims spotted owl territory SIS0355 is abandoned, this THP will reduce spotted owl nesting/roosting habitat by 10 acres, and foraging habitat by 50 acres within 1.3 mi.  Three occurrences of Hall’s sedge were reported to be in sections 28, 29, 33 and 34, and SPI is planning to log within Hall’s sedge populations on 6 acres in Unit 33D, and within 19 acres in unit 33E.  One population of alpine bittercress and Shasta buckwheat were found on USFS land and near unit 7C, 1 population of Coleman’s piperia was found in unit 11A, and 3 populations of Wilkin’s harebell were found in sections 22 and 23, and near USFS and SPI lands. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Roseburg Resources Company to clearcut log near Dunsmuir, CA.


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THP 2-13-066 SIS (Knott Mott THP) Roseburg Resources Company, 347 acres; 93% clearcut, 5% selection, 2% roadside logging.  Hedge Creek, Mott (MD: T39N R3W Sec.6, 7, 18).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, unstable areas, 51 road drainage work sites, herbicides, peregrine falcon sighting, osprey sightings near the Sacramento River, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/07/13.

This THP is a few miles north and east of the town of Dunsmuir, CA and the I-5 corridor at an elevation of 2,800 to 4,640 feet.  Roseburg Resources Company is planning a tractor and cable clearcut logging operation in Douglas fir, ponderosa pine, white fir, incense cedar and sugar pine forests.  10, 804 feet of new road construction is planned, and 51 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction and culvert repair and replacement.  They also want to use tracked excavators in units designed for cable logging to do site preparation.  Roseburg has a waiver from the Fish & Wildlife Service not to survey for spotted owls within the THP area until 2016. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Crane Mills planning to log out more spotted owl habitat near Thomes Creek.


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THP 2-13-064 TEH (Bull Johnson THP) Crane Mills, 1201 acres; 89% shelterwood, 11% no-harvest logging.  McClure Creek, Lower Fish Creek (MD: T24N R9W Sec.2, 3, 4, 9, 11; T25N R9W Sec.27, 33, 34, 35).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, unstable areas, road failure sites, 45 road drainage work sites, herbicides, 11 spotted owls within 1.3mi, Konocti manzanita, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 10/30/13.

This THP is about 18 miles west of Paskenta, CA near Thomes Creek which flows into the Sacramento River.  Crane Mills is planning a tractor and cable shelterwood logging operation in ponderosa pine, incense cedar, Douglas fir and sugar pine forests at an elevation of 3,280 to 5,100 feet. They are proposing a modified shelterwood prescription to retain some overstory trees most likely due to the lack of available spotted owl habitat.  Several other Crane Mills THPs have been issued recently in the general area so cumulative issues are starting to add up.  At this time, 3 areas within this THP are being deferred to avoid incidental take of spotted owls because of a lack of available habitat.  1,100 feet of existing road A19.3, and 600 feet of existing road A19.4 are proposed for use on unstable and slide prone areas.  Two landings are also proposed for use adjacent to unstable and slide prone areas in sections 34 and 4.  There are 45 road drainage sites planned for work including rocking, dip construction and culvert repair and replacement.   More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Hearst Corporation to selectively log large trees near Lake McCloud.


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THP 2-13-063 SIS (Upper Fan PTHP) Hearst Corporation, 350 acres; 100% selection logging.  Angel Creek (MD: T39N R2W Sec.25, 35, 36).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 40%, 4 road drainage work sites, landslide terrain, logging near late seral stand, 1 spotted owl within 1.3mi, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 10/30/13.

This THP is 6 miles SE of McCloud, CA, and a few miles NE of Lake McCloud.  Hearst Corporation is planning a tractor based selection logging operation in mixed conifer forests.  There are 5 landslide sites including active and dormant debris slides, and 4 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking and culvert maintenance.  In section 35, Hearst Corporation will be logging in what is called a late seral management area which includes large trees. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut near Redwood National Park.


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THP 1-13-080 HUM (#592 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 120 acres; 76% clearcut, 22% no-harvest, 1% roadside, misc selection logging.  Upper Tectah Creek, Mettah Creek, Lower Tectah Creek, Johnson Creek (HUM: T10N R2E Sec.3; T11N R2E Sec.26, 27, 34).  Wet weather operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, steep roads, unstable area in unit A, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, 4 spotted owls within 1.3mi, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 10/24/13.

This THP is about 6 miles east of the town of Orick, and within a few miles of the eastern border of Redwood National Park.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in second growth Douglas fir and redwood forest at an elevation of 960 to 2,400 feet.  The THP area flows eastward into the Klamath River which Is listed as impaired for sediment and temperature.  270 feet of steep road is planned near a watercourse with slopes over 65%, and there is a small unstable area in unit A outside of the logging area. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Jackson State Forest to log out 7 acres of large trees and spotted owl habitat near Casper Creek.



THP 1-13-079 MEN (Caspar Creek THP) Jackson State Forest, 247 acres; 100% selection logging.  Caspar Creek (MD: T17N R17W Sec.1, 2, 10, 11, 12, 15).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 70 road drainage work sites, coho watershed, marbled murrelet stand near haul road, 7 acres of large tree logging, 5 spotted owls within 1.3mi, western tailed frog sighting near unit D, long beard lichen, trees up to 150 years old.  Estimated public comment deadline: 10/21/13.

This THP is about 6.5 miles SE of Fort Bragg, CA and just south of Highway 20 at an elevation of 160 to 1080 feet.  Jackson State Forest is planning a tractor and cable logging operation in redwood, Douglas fir, grand fir and western hemlock forests.  The THP area drains into Casper Creek which is an important steelhead and coho fishery that flows into the Pacific Ocean.  There are 4 landslide terrain features (debris slides in units B, D and E) including 2 sites related to a decommissioned road.  Seven acres of 155 acres of large trees up to 150 years old are proposed for harvest.  Seventy road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, culvert maintenance and replacement, and ditch cleaning.  There is a marbled murrelet grove adjacent to a haul road.  This THP will remove 70.1 acres of nesting/roosting habitat within .7 mi from spotted owl nest site MEN 585. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Campbell Timberlands planning new THP east of Mc Cloud, CA.


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THP 2-13-057 SHA (Lower Bear THP) Campbell Timberlands, 913 acres; 54% group selection, 22% sanitation salvage, 13% selection, 12% clearcut, misc roadside logging.  Dead Horse Canyon, Upper Bear Creek (MD: T39N R2E Sec.29, 30, 32, 33).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 50%, 40 road drainage work sites, herbicides, 1 spotted owl within 1.3mi, bald eagle within 1.3 mi, fisher within .75 mi, English green briar, trees up to 60" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 10/20/13.

This THP is about 18 miles SE of Mc Cloud, CA and 3.5 miles west of Pondosa, CA near Highway 89.  Campbell Timberlands is planning a tractor logging operation in white fir, Douglas fir, sugar pine, incense cedar and ponderosa pine forest at an elevation of 4,300 to 5,200 feet.  Part of the THP area drains into the Mc Cloud River basin, and part of the THP area drains into the Fall River basin.  The THP includes 4,055 feet of new road construction, and the use of heavy equipment on an old road in a class II watercourse to fix 2 drainage diversions.  Forty road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, culvert maintenance and ditch cleaning.  There were multiple pacific fisher sightings .75 mi north and west of the THP area, a bald eagle was seen 1.3 mi NE of the THP area, and English green briar was found near a watercourse in section 30. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.