Saturday, November 30, 2013

Fruit Growers Supply Company to log near Lassen National Park.


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THP 2-13-098 LAS (The Guzzler THP) Fruit Growers Supply Company, 3580 acres; 73% group selection, 12% clearcut, 10% sanitation salvage, 3% commercial thin, 3% no-harvest, misc roadside logging.  Poison Lake, Middle Butte Creek, Lower Butte Creek, Grays Valley (MD: T32N R7E Sec.8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26; T32N R8E Sec.19, 30).  Winter operations, low erosion hazard, slopes up to 40%, oversized units, herbicides, seasonal wet meadow, 3 CA spotted owls within 1.3mi, goshawk within .25 mi, sandhill crane sightings, Sucksdorf's milk vetch, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/05/14. VIEW

This THP is about 6 miles NE of Lassen National Park just off Highway 44 at an elevation of 5580 to 6300 feet.  Fruit Growers Supply Company is planning a tractor based logging operation in Jeffrey pine, ponderosa pine, sugar pine, white fir, incense cedar, lodgepole pine and red fir forests.  Over 12,200 feet of new seasonal road construction is proposed.  Fruit Growers is claiming that white fir are dead and dying due to fir engraver beetle, and also some limited infestation of mistletoe in Jeffrey pine and ponderosa pine stands (such conditions are not necessarily abnormal at higher elevations). CA spotted owls have been spotted within .25 mi to .5 mi of the THP area in sections 14, 30 and 32. There were multiple Greater sandhill crane sightings reported near Poison Lake and Grays Valley, and multiple American badger sightings reported in sections 6,9,11,17 and 22.  A goshawk nest exists within .25 mi of the THP area on USFS land in section 30, and also at Bogard Butte in section 4.  There are 4 historic Sierra Nevada red fox sightings including a sighting adjacent to the THP area in section 9, and additional sightings from .75 mi to 4.5 mi away.  Sucksdorf's milk vetch was found in 3 locations near a seasonal meadow complex in section 16. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Sierra Pacific Industries to log near Pollock Pines and the South Fork of the American River


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THP 4-13-025 ELD (Totally THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 664 acres; 45% commercial thinning, 44% clearcutting, 6% selection, 4% shelterwood, 1% roadside logging.  Twentyfive Mile Canyon, Soldier Creek, Camp Seven, Sugar Pine Creek, Round Tent Canyon, Grays Canyon (MD: T11N R13E Sec.8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 22, 23, 24; T11N R14E Sec.6).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, oversized units, herbicides, 12 CA spotted owls within 1.7mi, 2 goshawk territories within 1.2 mi, 1 osprey territory within 1 mi, Yuma myotis bat within 1.3 mi, 3 foothill yellow legged frog sightings within 1 mi, yellow bur navarretia, wolly violet, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/04/14.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/12/13. VIEW

This THP is 2 miles NE of Pollock Pines and I-50 near the South Fork of the American River at an elevation of 3,400 to 5,000 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a tractor and cable logging operation in Douglas fir, sugar pine, Incense cedar, ponderosa pine and white fir forests.  Five landings and roads are proposed for skidding in streamside areas, and 11,100 feet of new seasonal and temporary road is proposed for construction.  SPI wants to be able to pile slash on slopes over 40%, and slopes over 30% that do not flatten before reaching a watercourse, and they also want to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging in units 803 and 220.  An exception is also being proposed to be able to use and construct temporary roads during the winter time.  There are 4 goshawk territories within 3 mi, with sightings from .3 to 3 miles out, and an osprey territory within 1 mi of the THP area in section 30.  Three Foothill Yellow Legged Frogs were reported to be (.5 to 1.0 mi) in sections 24, 25 and 30, and Yuma Myotis bats were reported within 1.3 mi of the THP area in section 12.  Yellow bur navarretia was reported in section 16, and wolly violet was reported in section 6. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Sierra Pacific Industries planning new THP north of I-80 and Grass Valley


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THP 2-13-097 NEV (Buckbluff THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 1390 acres; 64% sanitation salvage, 23% selection, 10% clearcut, 1% commercial thinning, 1% rehab logging.  Buckeye Ridge, Burlington Ridge, Upper Steephollow Creek (MD: T16N R10E Sec.1, 2, 9, 10, 11, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, 1 unstable area, herbicides, 9 CA spotted owls within 1.3mi, osprey within .53 mi, ringtail sightings, Humboldt Lily, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/02/14. VIEW

This THP is about 5 miles north of I-80, and about 9 miles NE of Grass Valley at an elevation of 3200 to 4580 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a tractor and cable logging operation in mixed conifer forests on steep and unstable soils.  SPI is claiming the need for 893 acres of sanitation salvage logging due to the presence of fir engraving beetles, true fir canker, white fir dwarf mistletoe, western gall rust and red ring rot.  There are 15 springs and 9 seeps, and 1 unstable area in section 21 adjacent to a road.  Ground based equipment is proposed for use on slopes over 50% with a high erosion hazard in 2 places in section 1, and an existing skid road is proposed for use on a slope over 50% grade that does not flatten before reaching a class II watercourse.  Two existing landings are also proposed for use partially inside a class I and class II watercourse.  Osprey nests and sightings were reported within .53 mi of THP units in section 21 on USFS property, and ringtails were seen in sections 10 and 21.  Humboldt Lily was also reported to be in section 9. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut near Blacks Mountain Game Refuge.


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THP 2-13-096 LAS (Blacks Lake THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 628 acres; 97% clearcut, 3% roadside logging.  Upper Beaver Creek (MD: T33N R7E Sec.6; T34N R7E Sec.15, 16, 17, 19, 20, 21, 22, 29, 30, 31, 32).  Winter operation, low erosion hazard, slopes up to 35%, 7 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, oversized units, 2 goshawk nests within .9 mi, sandhill crane sightings within 1.25 mi, Susanville milk vetch, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/02/14. VIEW

This THP is about 10 miles NE of Old Station CA and Highway 44 near the Blacks Mountain Game Refuge at an elevation of 5320 to 6550 feet. Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor based logging operation in ponderosa pine and Jeffrey pine forests.  So called temporary "jump roads" are planned to access roads and landings, and a new road will be constructed to replace 2,400 feet of road that runs down the bottom of a class III watercourse. Seven road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, culvert repair and cleaning.  There are goshawk nests located within .7 and .9 mi of the THP area, and sandhill cranes were reported to be within 1.25 mi of the THP area. The grey wolf (OR7) was tracked through the THP area during the Winter of 2011/2012, and there is an historic 1981 sighting of a Sierra Nevada red fox within .5 mi of the THP area in Section 9.  Susanville milk vetch was found in scattered clumps in unit #1, and Liddon’s sedge was found .25 mi west of unit #1 on USFS land. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Sierra Pacific Industries planning to log near the Eel River.


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THP 1-13-112 HUM (Cab THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 383 acres; 68% clearcut, 23% commercial thinning, 9% selection, 1% roadside logging.  Cameron Creek (HUM: T2S R3E Sec.11, 12, 13, 14; T2S R4E Sec.7, 8, 17, 18).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, 2 unstable areas, oversized units, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, 11 spotted owls within 1.3mi, golden eagle within .5 mi, 3 sensitive plant species, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/03/14. VIEW

This THP is about 5 miles NE of Myers Flat and Highway 101 at an elevation of 480 to 1,800 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a tractor and cable logging operation in Douglas fir and redwood forest.  The THP area flows into the Eel River which is an important steelhead and coho fishery, and is listed as impaired for sediment and siltation.  There are 2 small unstable areas near a road and a watercourse.  Golden eagle nests were reported to be .5 mi north of the THP area, and there are 11 spotted owl sites within 1.3 miles, with the closest site being within 1,000 feet of the THP area. Heartleaf twayblade was reported to be located within sections 7, 8 and 11, Oregon fawn lily was reported to be located within sections 7, 12 and 13, and Howell’s montia was reported to be located within sections 7 and 18. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Roseburg Resources Company clearcutting the Highway 299 summit near Burney, CA


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THP 2-13-086-SHA (Terry Cloth THP) Roseburg Resources Company, 144 acres; 99% clearcut, 1% selection, 1% roadside logging.  Green Burney Creek, Upper Hatchet Creek (MD: T34N R2E Sec.5, 7, 8).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, herbicides, 1 CA spotted owl within 1.3mi, goshawk territory within 1.3mi, english peak greenbriar, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/12/13. VIEW

This THP is about 6 miles SW of Burney, CA and a few miles SW of the summit of Highway 299 at an elevation of 4,400 to 4,700 feet.  Roseburg Resources Company is planning a clearcut tractor based logging operation in mixed conifer forest.  The proposed THP will add another 144 acres of clear cuts right next to Roseburg Resources Company’s recently proposed Mt Gomer THP 2-13-082 SHA which will clearcut an additional 219 acres to the south and west. There is a goshawk territory nearby in Upper Montgomery Creek on USFS land, and both osprey and bald eagle have been seen infrequently along Hatchet Creek.  Pacific fisher has also been reported to be nearby in the Snow Mountain area.  English peak greenbriar was found in unit 802W, and shasta beardtongue was found outside of the THP units along Hatchet Creek. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Mendocino Redwood Company to log on steep and unstable slopes near Point Arena.


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THP 1-13-105 MEN (North Voorhees THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 554 acres; 33% transition, 25% seed tree, 22% variable retention, 19% rehab logging.  South Fork Garcia River, Rolling Brook (MD: T12N R15W Sec.19, 20, 29, 30; T12N R16W Sec.25).  Wet weather operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 85%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 42 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, 5 spotted owls within 1.3mi, long beard lichen, trees over 30".  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/13/13. VIEW

This THP is about 6.5 miles SE of Point Arena, CA and Highway 1 at an elevation of 100 to 2,200 feet.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Douglas fir, redwood, grand fir and Western hemlock forests.  The THP area flows into the Garcia River which is listed as impaired for sediment and temperature, and contains coho, chinook salmon and steelhead.  There are 11 road failure sites including road bank sloughing, cracking, fill failures, cut bank failures and road bed erosion.  The THP contains areas of skid trails with short segments of steep slopes over 65%, slopes over 50% with a high erosion hazard, and slopes over 50% that do not flatten before reaching a watercourse.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning to reconstruct a portion of an existing seasonal road within a class II watercourse, use a landing and 2 short skid trails within a class II watercourse, and use 2 landings within a class III watercourse.  There are 42 road drainage sites proposed for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and road bed stabilization.  Long beard lichen was found at 5 different sites along a haul road.  This THP will remove 37 acres of foraging habitat from spotted owl site MD617 within .5 miles.  Spotted owl site MD617 is deficient in nesting/roosting habitat within .7 miles according to Fish and Wildlife guidelines. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Mendocino Redwood Company to log on steep and unstable slopes near Boonville, CA.


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THP 1-13-104 MEN (Mountain View THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 203 acres; 61% transition, 29% selection, 10% variable retention logging.  North Fork Alder Creek, Lamour Creek, Victoria Fork (MD: T13N R15W Sec.23, 24, 25, 26).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 85%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 22 road drainage work sites, herbicides, impaired 303.d watershed, coho watershed, 3 spotted owls within .7 mi, trees over 36". Estimated public comment deadline: 12/13/13. VIEW

This THP is about 6.3 miles SW of Boonville, CA at an elevation of 1040 to 2400 feet.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable roads in Douglas fir and redwood forests. The THP area flows into Alder Creek and the Garcia River which is listed as impaired for sediment and temperature, and contains coho, chinook salmon and steelhead.  There are road failure sites including a skid road that has sunk down, a fill failure on a seasonal road and a cutbank slough on a seasonal road.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning to use tractor roads on unstable slopes to avoid crossing a county road, and to use tractor roads on steep slopes over 65%.  22 road drainage sites are planned for work including ditch cleaning, rocking, dip construction, culvert repair/replacement and road bed stabilization. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log east of Trinidad, CA.


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THP 1-13-103 HUM (CR 2016 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 41 acres; 89% clearcut, 6% no-harvest, 4% selection logging.  Headwaters Little River (HUM: T7N R2E Sec.10, 15; T8N R2E Sec.27, 28).  Winter operations, low erosion hazard, slopes up to 60%, herbicides, coho watershed, 8 spotted owls within 1.3mi, scattered large trees. Estimated public comment deadline: 12/13/13. VIEW

This THP is about 10 miles SE of Trinidad, CA at an elevation of 290 to 3390 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut feller buncher, shovel and cable logging operation in redwood, Douglas fir, grand fir and western hemlock forests.  GDRC owns over 94% of the Little River Watershed which has been heavily clearcut in the past. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Jackson State Forest to log on steep and unstable slopes near Parlin Creek.


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THP 1-13-101 MEN (Frolic #2 THP) Jackson State Forest, 331 acres; 99% selection, 1% roadside logging.  Parlin Creek (MD: T18N R16W Sec.25, 26, 27, 34, 35, 36).  Wet weather operations, extreme erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, impaired 303.d watershed, coho watershed, 4 spotted owls within .7 mi, tailed frog and steelhead sightings, Humboldt milk vetch, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/18/13. VIEW

This THP is about 10 miles SE of Fort Bragg, CA near Highway 20 at an elevation of 250 to 1300 feet.  Jackson State Forest is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir, grand fir, Sitka spruce and coastal hemlock forests.  The THP area drains into the South Fork of the Noyo River which is listed as impaired for sediment and contains coho, steelhead and chinook salmon.  There are erosive sandstone and mudstone soils present, and 7 landslide terrain sites including debris slides, rockslides, debris flows and a steep head wall swale. Western tailed frogs were reported near unit G, and steelhead have been seen near units G and K.  There is a marbled murrelet stand adjacent to a haul road, and 2 populations of Humboldt milk vetch were located along roads. This THP will REMOVE: 147.6 acres of nesting/roosting habitat within .7mi for the Parlin Trib owl site, 12.9 acres of nesting/roosting habitat within .7mi for the MEN639 owl site, 37.9 acres of nesting/roosting habitat within .7mi for the MEN582 owl site, and 152 acres of nesting/roosting habitat within .7mi for the MEN550 owl site. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Humboldt Redwood Company planning THP near Redcrest, CA.


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THP 1-13-100 HUM (Balcom 13 THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 53 acres; 70% group selection, 16% selection, 13% no-harvest, 1% roadside logging.  Lower Larabee Creek (HUM: T1S R2E Sec.1, 2, 11, 12; T1S R3E Sec.7).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, landslide terrain, 9 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, coho watershed, 12 spotted owls within 1.3mi, trees up to 48" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/15/13. VIEW

This THP is about 2-3 miles east of Redcrest, CA and Highway 101 at an elevation of 400 to 1.600 feet.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable soils in redwood, Douglas fir and grand fir forests.  The THP area drains into the Eel River which is an important steelhead and coho fishery, and is listed as impaired for sediment/siltation and temperature. There are 7 landslide terrain sites including debris slides and inner gorge features that are currently stable, but are connected to streams, and historic logging disturbances.  Nine road drainage sites are proposed for work, and heavy equipment is planned for use in a watercourse to construct skid trails.  Willow flycatcher habitat was reported to be near Larabee Creek Bridge. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Fruit Growers Supply Company to log near the Thousand Lakes Wilderness Area.


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THP 2-13-089 SHA (Trailhead THP) Fruit Growers Supply Company, 679 acres; 47% sanitation salvage, 27% shelterwood, 25% clearcut, 2% meadow & aspen restoration.  Thousand Lakes Valley (MD: T33N R4E Sec.14, 15, 16, 23).  Winter operations, low erosion hazard, slopes up to 30%, oversized units, seasonal wet meadows, thousand lakes wilderness area, 1 CA spotted owl within 1.3mi, goshawk sighting, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/18/13.

This THP is about 4 miles NW of Old Station, CA and Highway 89 at an elevation of 4,500 to 6,100 feet.  Fruit Growers Supply Company is planning a tractor based logging operation in ponderosa pine, sugar pine, white fir, lodgepole pine and incense cedar forests.  The THP is named “Trailhead THP” because it is adjacent to the Tamarack Trailhead for the Thousand Lakes Wilderness Area in section 16.  This area is a popular destination for backpackers and day hikers, and is also close to the Cypress roadless area.  Fruit Growers Supply Company is proposing 184 acres of an alternative prescription which allows for the removal of the largest trees within the stand, and targeted sanitation salvage of individual trees that are growing slowly or showing signs of insects or disease (such conditions are not abnormal at higher elevations).  Heavy equipment is also planned for use in seasonally wet meadows to cut encroaching conifers in 2 aspen stands, and 1 meadow area.  There is 1 CA spotted owl territory nearby, and an historic (1996) goshawk nesting territory just south of the THP area on USFS land. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut near the South Fork of the Mokelumne River and Highway 4.


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THP 4-13-024 CAL (Blackjack THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 409 acres; 74% clearcut, 24% no-harvest, 2% selection logging.  Airola Creek (MD: T6N R16E Sec.9, 16, 17, 19, 20, 21).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, herbicides, 1 goshawk territory within 1 mi, 5 CA spotted owls within 1.3mi, 4 sensitive plant species, trees up to 68" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/20/13.

This THP is 1 mile north of Cottage Springs, CA near Highway 4 and about 8 miles NE of Arnold, CA.  The THP area drains into the South Fork of the Mokelumne River and is in an area that has been heavily clearcut in the past.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a clearcut tractor based logging operation in incense cedar, white fir, sugar pine and ponderosa pine forests at an elevation of 5,200 to 6,200 feet. They are planning to use an excavator for site preparation on slopes under 50%, and on slopes over 30% that lead without flattening to a class II watercourse.  98 acres of so called “operational area buffers” are planned for some limited tree removal outside of unit boundaries, and for the construction of fire lines, tail holds, skid trails, site prep and to access landings, roads, etc.  There is 1 goshawk territory in section 20, and threebract onion habitat was reported near units 3507, 3508, 3535 and 3228, Small’s south clarkia habitat was reported near 3105, 3217 and 3530, and scalloped moonwort and Mingan's moonwort habitat was reported near units 3104 and 3228. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log near the eastern shoreline of Trinity Lake.


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THP 2-13-081 TRI (Donkey THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 401 acres; 96% clearcut, 3% roadside, 1% selection logging.  Nelson Creek, Billie Gulch, Clawton Gulch, Hay Gulch, Hatchet Creek (MD: T36N R7W Sec.13, 23, 27, 33).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, 1 spotted owl within 1.3mi, trees up to 36" dbh. Estimated public comment deadline: 12/04/13.

This THP is about 2 miles SE of Trinity Center across Trinity Lake near the eastern shoreline.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in Douglas fir, ponderosa pine, incense cedar, sugar pine and white fir forests at an elevation of 2,000 to 4,400 feet.  This THP has some landslide terrain sites including a slump within a watercourse in unit 13E, and an unstable area in unit 13B.  Ground based equipment is proposed for use in units designated for cable logging in unit 13E, and in units 13A and 27B, a skid trail is proposed for use on slopes over 65%, and tractors are proposed for use on slopes over 50% that do not flatten before reaching a watercourse.  The THP includes 4 miles of new road construction, and a skid trail is proposed for use in a class II watercourse in unit 13A.  Units 27B, 27C, 33B, and 33D are oversized. This THP will result in the loss of 2 acres of nesting/roosting habitat within 1.3 miles for spotted owl site TRI169, and the conversion of 42 acres of foraging habitat.  Arnica venosa was found in units 27B, 27C and along several roads. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Roseburg Resources Company to clearcut log near Burney, CA and Highway 299 summit.


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THP 2-13-082 SHA (Mt. Gomer THP) Roseburg Resources Company, 219 acres; 84% clearcut, 15% selection, 1% roadside logging.  Upper Montgomery Creek (MD: T34N R1E Sec.11, 12, 13, 14; T34N R2E Sec.7).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, steep roads, 8 road drainage work sites, snow mountain roadless area, herbicides, 1 CA spotted owl within 1.3mi, 2 goshawk territories, giant checkerbloom, salmon mountain wakerobin, trees up to 24" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/04/13.

This THP is about 8 miles SW of Burney, CA and a few miles SW of the summit of Highway 299 at an elevation of 4,400 to 5,200 feet.  Roseburg Resources Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor based logging operation in mixed conifer stands.  1,200 feet of existing roads and 2 landings are proposed for use within a watercourse.  A steep road between 15 to 20% grade is proposed for construction for 250 feet to access unit 1305.  There are 8 road drainage sites planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair and replacement.  The THP area contains 2 goshawk territories, including the recent sighting of a young goshawk near unit 1305.  Giant chekerbloom and Salmon Mountain wakerobin were found in the THP area along the North Fork of Montgomery Creek.  Section 13 is close to a portion of the snow mountain roadless area. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Hearst Corporation to log along the North shore of Lake Mc Cloud.


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THP 2-13-079 SHA (Ramp PTHP) Hearst Corporation, 245 acres; 100% selection logging.  Battle Creek (MD: T38N R2W Sec.9, 10, 15, 16).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 60%, steep roads, landslide terrain, road failure sites, logging in 6 large tree stands, bald eagle nest within .5 mi, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/01/13.

This THP is about 6 miles SE of Mc Cloud, CA and adjacent to the northern shore of Lake Mc Cloud.  Lake McCloud is a popular fishing and boating area, and contains resident bald eagles and osprey. Hearst Corporation is planning a tractor and cable logging operation in mixed conifer forests.  There are 9 landslide terrain sites including debris slides and road failure sites.  Three new segments of roads are proposed for construction on slopes over 65%.  Although the THP is 100% selection logging, it includes cutting in 6 late seral management areas which contain large old trees. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log out CA spotted owl habitat just north of Arnold, CA.


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THP 4-13-023 CAL (L Fork THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 621 acres; 85% clearcut, 7% commercial thin, 6% selection, 2% roadside logging.  Upper Licking Fork (MD: T6N R14E Sec.13, 24, 25, 35, 36; T6N R15E Sec.17, 18, 19, 20, 29, 30).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, 36 road drainage work sites, herbicides, 10 CA spotted owls within 1.3mi, goshawk territory, red hill soaproot, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/18/13. 

This THP is 6 miles north of Arnold, CA and Highway 4 near the Licking Fork of the Mokelumne River at an elevation of 3,500 to 5,800 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in ponderosa pine, sugar pine, white fir, Douglas fir, and incense cedar forests.  Tractor long-line yarding of trees is proposed on steep slopes over 65% in unit 187, and some limited tractor operations are proposed on steep slopes between 50 to 65% in areas with medium and high erosion hazard in units 179, 180, 187, 193, 3412 and 3260.  They also are planning to use 2 landings inside a class III watercourse in units 179 and 208, 2 skid trails inside a class I watercourse in units 208 and 3250, and for access to a waterhole inside a class III watercourse in units 160 and 3416.  278 acres of so called “operational area buffers” are planned for some limited tree removal outside of unit boundaries, and for the construction of fire lines, tail holds, skid trails, site prep and to access landings, roads, etc.  36 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair and replacement, and water hole construction.  The BLM has asked SPI to either drop or reduce the harvest level to a partial harvest for the Licking Creek CA spotted owl territory.  The Licking Creek CA spotted owl territory is on BLM lands close to the THP units, so intensive logging by SPI could destroy core owl habitat.  There is 1 goshawk territory nearby in section 14, and red hills soaproot was found adjacent to unit 3247.  This THP is just to the south of SPI’s recently submitted So Schaad THP 4-13-022 CAL which will clearcut log 666 acres in the area.  SPI reported 5 CA spotted owl territories in the area, although there could be up to 10 (CAL0044, CAL0006, CAL0048, CAL0050, CAL0047, CAL0058, CAL0056, CAL0049, CAL0046, CAL0054) spotted owl territories in the area according to our database. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log near Ballard Reservoir and the community of California Pines.


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THP 2-13-088 MOD (Cool Baggett THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 649 acres; 99% clearcut, 1% roadside logging.   Bagget Gulch, Ballard Reservoir (MD: T41N R9E Sec.24, 25; T41N R10E Sec.17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29, 30).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, herbicides, impaired 303.d watershed, 2 goshawk territories, bald eagle nest within .5mi, golden eagle sightings, osprey nest within 1.6mi, scattered large trees. Estimated public comment deadline: 12/12/13.

This THP is about 14 miles SW of Alturas, CA and about 3 miles south of Canby, CA near Ballard Reservoir and the community of California Pines.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor based logging operation in ponderosa pine, incense cedar, white fir, Jeffrey pine and western juniper forest at an elevation of 4,600 to 6,120 feet.  They also want to use of an existing road inside a class II watercourse.  An active goshawk nest was reported to be nearby in section 35 on USFS land, and a golden eagle territory was reported to be in section 12.  There is a bald eagle nest at Ballard Reservoir, .5 miles from the THP area, and an osprey nest at White Reservoir, 1.6 mi from the THP area. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Sierra Pacific Industries planning a new THP on steep and unstable slopes near Camptonville.


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THP 2-13-085 SIE (St. Gale THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 1105 acres; 39% group selection, 24% commercial thinning, 21% clearcut, 14% rehab, 3% no-harvest logging.  Gale Creek, Grizzly Gulch, St. Catherine Creek, Luck Dog Creek (MD: T18N R9E Sec.1, 2, 3, 5, 7; T19N R9E Sec.13, 23, 25, 30, 33).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, steep roads, 13 unstable areas, 32 road drainage work sites, herbicides, impaired 303.d watershed, 10 CA spotted owls within 1.3mi, 5 foothill yellow legged frog sightings within .8mi, Ahart’s buckwheat, trees up to 140 years old.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/07/13.

This THP is about 14 miles NE of Nevada City, CA and a few miles east of Camptonville, CA and Highway 49 near the North Fork of the Yuba River.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a tractor and cable logging operation in ponderosa pine, Douglas fir, incense cedar, sugar pine and white fir forest at an elevation of 2,800 to 4,800 feet.  There are 4 unstable areas in section 33, 3 unstable areas in section 25, 2 unstable areas in section 2, 2 unstable areas in section 3, and 2 unstable areas in section 7.  Tractor operations are proposed for operation on 2 older pre-gold rush unstable areas, and road construction is proposed on an unstable area.  Tractors are proposed for use in 2 units designated for cable logging for yarding, tail holds and to construct firelines on slopes less than 65%.  Tractors are also proposed for use on a 2 acre portion of unit 07 that has slopes exceeding 65%, and for use on a 2 acre portion of unit 1304 that contains slopes over 50% that do not flatten before reaching a watercourse.  A portion of a haul road is proposed for use inside a class II watercourse, and 2 segments of road construction are proposed on steep slopes over 65% adjacent to to a class III watercourse.  32 road drainage sites are proposed for work including rocking, dip construction, and culvert repair and replacement.  Ahart’s Buckwheat was found in the project area within section 13.  There are 10 CA spotted owls within 1.4 miles, the closest being with .3 miles of THP units. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Campbell Timberlands planning a pair of THPs on steep and unstable slopes near the Middle "Clark" Fork of the Ten Mile River.


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THP 1-13-097 MEN (Fox Green THP) Campbell Timberlands, 186 acres; 42% selection,  29% transition, 29% clearcut logging.  Redwood Creek, Upper Middle Fork Ten Mile River (MD: T19N R15W Sec.3, 4, 5).  Wet weather operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 85%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 48 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, 4 spotted owls within 1.3mi, Humboldt milk vetch, trees up to 44" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/26/13.

This THP is about 13 miles NE of Fort Bragg near the Middle "Clark" Fork of the Ten Mile River at an elevation of 600 to 3,100 feet elevation.  The Ten Mile River 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 on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir, western hemlock and grand fir forests.  There are 9 landslide terrain sites in units A, B, D, E, F, G, H and I including shallow and dormant landslides, and debris slides.  Campbell Timberlands wants to use tractors on unstable soils in areas designated as cable units, and to use 5 segments of existing tractor roads in a class II watercourse in unit I for yarding.  48 road drainage sites are planned for work including dip construction, rocking, culvert repair and replacement and road bed stabilization. Unoccupied marbled murrelet habitat is located near a haul road and rock pit, and misc operations are proposed including the placement of tail holds in the core habitat of spotted owl site MEN0115.  This THP will result in the loss of 7.4 acres of foraging habitat for spotted owl site MEN0115 within .7mi, and the loss of 3.4 acres of nesting/roosting habitat within .7mi.  This THP will result in the loss of .3 acres of foraging habitat for spotted owl site MEN0116 within .7mi, and the loss of 2.3 acres of nesting/roosting habitat within .7mi.  This THP will result in the conversion of 26.9 acres of foraging habitat for spotted owl site MEN0247 within .7mi, and the loss of 23.7 acres of nesting/roosting habitat within .7mi.  Two populations of Humboldt Milk Vetch were reported to be in the THP area.  This THP is adjacent to Campbell Timberland’s Upper Clark White THP 1-13-098 MEN.  

THP 1-13-098-MEN (Upper Clark White THP) Campbell Timberlands, 302 acres; 36% transition, 26% selection, 21% variable retention, 17% clearcut, misc roadside logging.  Upper Middle Fork Ten Mile River (MD: T19N R15W Sec.6; T20N R15W Sec.28, 29, 31, 32, 33).  Wet weather operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 48 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, osprey and marbled murrelet near haul road, 4 spotted owls within 1.3mi, Humboldt milk vetch, trees up to 36" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/26/13. 

This THP is about 13 miles NE of Fort Bragg near the Middle "Clark" Fork of the Ten Mile River at an elevation of 450 to 1960 feet elevation. The Ten Mile River 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 on steep and unstable slopes in redwood and Douglas fir forest.  There are 12 landslide terrain sites in units B, G, E, F, H, I including active and dormant features, rockslides, debris slides, channel bank failures and earth flows.  Tractor yarding is planned on landslide terrain in units B, D, F, G, H and K. Campbell Timberlands wants to use tractor roads on steep slopes over 65% in units G and K, and to use tractors on steep slopes over 50% with a moderate to high erosion hazard in unit K.  They also want to use existing tractor roads within a watercouse in unit A, and to use an existing landing in a class III watercourse.  48 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair and replacement and road bed stabilization. An osprey nest was reported to be located along a haul road, and 3 marbled murrelet stands were reported to be adjacent to haul roads, and a water drafting site.  This THP will result in the conversion of 21.1 acres of foraging habitat for spotted owl site MEN0115 within .7mi, and the loss of 36.6 acres of nesting/roosting habitat within .7mi. Four Humboldt Milk Vetch plants were found in the THP area. This THP is adjacent to Campbell Timberland’s Fox Green THP 1-13-097 MEN. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut just south of Redwood National Park.


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THP 1-13-099 HUM (CR 2023 14 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 48 acres; 90% clearcut, 8% no-harvest, 1% selection logging.  Headwaters Little River (HUM: T7N R2E Sec.2, 3; T8N R2E Sec.34, 35).  Winter operations, low erosion hazard, slopes up to 40%, oversized unit, herbicides, coho watershed, 3 spotted owls within 1.3mi, trees up to 48" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/27/13.

This THP is about 11 miles SE of Trinidad, CA and about 6 miles north of the Coast Range summit at Highway 299.  The THP area is south of Redwood National Park, and drains the Headwaters of the Little River which contains steelhead and coastal cutthroat trout.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut feller buncher and shovel logging operation in redwood, Douglas fir and western hemlock forests at an elevation of 2000 to 2230 feet.  Unit A is oversized. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Timber Products Company to log on steep and unstable slopes near Etna.


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THP 2-13-075 SIS (Etna French Creek THP) Timber Products Company, 753 acres; 44% shelterwood, 39% clearcut, 9% selection, 4% commercial thin, 3% no-harvest, 1% roadside logging.  Paynes Lake Creek, Upper French Creek, Clark Creek, Mill Creek, Meeks Meadow Creek (MD: T41N R9W Sec.9, 19, 21, 31, 33; T41N R10W Sec.1, 11, 15, 25).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, unstable area in unit 312, road failure site, 38 road drainage work sites, oversized unit 211, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, Russian roadless area, 5 spotted owls within 1.3mi, fisher sightings, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/28/13.

This THP is 2.3 miles SW of Etna, CA in the Scott Valley near the popular Russian wilderness and roadless areas.  Timber Products Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation in Douglas fir, white fir, ponderosa pine, incense cedar, sugar pine, red fir, mountain hemlock and brewer's spruce forests.  The THP area drains into the Scott River which is listed as impaired for sedimentation/siltation and temperature, and is an important steelhead, coho and chinook salmon fishery.  There is a cut bank failure near a road in a class II watercourse, and an unstable area in unit 312.  Tractors are proposed for use in cable units for tail holds, to end line logs, and also for site preparation.  Steep slopes are proposed for use over 50% in unit 331 that do not flatten before reaching a watercourse, and Class III watercourse crossings are proposed for use during the winter period.  38 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair and replacement.  This THP will remove 95 acres of nesting and roosting habitat within .7 mi for spotted owl nest site SK443, and 60 acres of foraging habitat within 1.3 mi for spotted owl nest site SK443. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Roseburg Resources Company adding more clearcuts east of Mc Cloud, CA.


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THP 2-13-074 SIS (Leg THP) Roseburg Resources Company, 603 acres; 88% clearcut, 10% meadow restoration, 2% roadside logging.  North Fork Bear Creek, Middle Bear Creek (MD: T39N R2E Sec.2; T40N R2E Sec.21, 22, 26, 27, 28, 34, 35).  Winter operations, low erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, 19 road drainage work sites, herbicides, goshawk nest within 200 feet, Sandhill crane sightings within .5 mi, willow flycatcher near haul road, long haired star tulip, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/25/13.

This THP is about 3.4 miles north of the town of Pondosa, CA in the Mc Cloud/Mt Shasta region at an elevation of 4,320 to 5,080 feet.  Roseburg Resources Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor based logging operation in Douglas fir, white fir, ponderosa pine, incense cedar, sugar pine and lodgepole pine forest.  This THP will add another 603 acres, to the 604 acres of new clear cuts proposed in Roseburg Resource Company’s adjacent Gam THP 2-13-048 SIS and Paw THP 2-13-049 SIS (See Roseburg Resources Company planning a pair of clearcutting THPs east of Mc Cloud.) THPs. The THP also includes the use heavy equipment on 61 acres to remove conifers encroaching on seasonal wet meadows and aspen groves.  19 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction and road abandonment. There is a goshawk nest site within 200 feet of unit 2706, and greater sandhill cranes have been seen at Tom Young Flat and within .5 miles of THP units.  Willow flycatchers and their habitat exists along the Bear Creek Bridge and haul road.  2 populations of long haired star tulip were found in units 3402 and 3508A. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut near the Pacific Crest Trail and Big Bend, CA.


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THP 2-13-083 SHA (Red Peavine THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 378 acres; 85% clearcut, 12% shelterwood, 2% roadside logging.  Curtis, Indian Creek, Rock Creek (MD: T37N R1E Sec.1; T37N R2E Sec.7; T38N R2E Sec.31).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 60%, unstable area, 11 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, pacific crest trail, 1 spotted owl within 1.3mi, cascade frog sightings, trees up to 130 years old.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/04/13.

This THP is about 7.5 miles NE of Big Bend, CA at an elevation of 4,600 to 5,700 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in white fir, sugar pine, Douglas fir and ponderosa pine forests.  The Pacific Crest Trail, a popular hiking and backpacking trail runs within 300 feet of units 1C, 31A and 31K.  There is an unstable area in unit 31E related to a stream undercutting a bank,  and1.5 miles of new road construction is proposed.  Sierra Pacific Industries wants to use 600 feet of a haul road within a watercourse, and use ground based equipment in units designated for cable logging in unit 7E.  Eleven road drainage sites are proposed for work including rocking, dip construction, and culvert repair and/or replacement.  Units 7C, 7E, 31E and 31D are oversized.   There have been cascade frog sightings in tributaries below the THP area. One population of teasel was found near the boundary of unit 1B, several occurrences of upswept moonwart were found in units 7C & 31E, several occurrences of Mingan moonwart were found in Unit 31E, and 3 populations of western campion were found in unit 31H. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut near Whitmore, CA and Kilarc Reservoir.


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THP 2-13-078 SHA (Cow THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 574 acres; 85% clearcut, 10% selection, 5% roadside logging.  Buckhorn, Coal Gulch, Tucker, Fern (MD: T33N R1E Sec.25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 32, 33, 34, 35). Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes, steep roads, landslide terrain, wet area, 40 road drainage work sites, oversized units, herbicides, osprey nest near unit 27H, foothill yellow legged frog within 1,700 ft, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/01/13.

This THP is about a dozen miles north of Shingletown near the town of Whitmore, CA and Kilarc Reservoir at an elevation of 2,560 to 4,480 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor based logging operation in ponderosa pine, Douglas fir, sugar pine, white fir, and incense cedar forests.  There are 7 small unstable areas and 9 larger unstable areas; 5 of which are within THP units including hummocky ground, slumped ground, steep scarps and an overtopping of the Kilarc Ditch.  Three areas of skid trails and/or landings are proposed for use within a class II watercourse in unit 26B, and reconstruction of a portion of road is proposed below unit 27I that has a grade greater than 15% for 450 feet.  Units 25B, 27D, 28A, 33A are oversized, and there are 40 road drainage sites planned for work including rocking, dip construction, and culvert repair or replacement.  An osprey nest is located just north of unit 27H on Old Cow Creek, and foothill yellow legged frogs were reported to be 1,700 feet away from the THP area in Old Cow Creek below the Kilarc Powerhouse.  Butte County fritillary populations were located in units 29B, 29C, 32A, 32B and 33A. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Fruit Growers Supply Company to clearcut at Dutch Creek near the Klamath River.


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THP 2-13-087 SIS (Dutch Bear THP) Fruit Growers Supply Company, 561 acres; 71% clearcut, 28% selection, 1% roadside logging.  Dutch Creek (MD: T47N R7W Sec.16, 17, 20, 21, 28).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, 41 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, 3 spotted owls within 1.3mi, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/12/13.

This THP is 12 miles north of Yreka, CA, and about 4 miles north of Highway 96 and the Klamath River at an elevation of 3,600 to 5,680 feet.  Fruit Growers Supply Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep slopes in Douglas fir, ponderosa pine, white fir, incense cedar and sugar pine forests.  The THP area flows down Dutch Creek into the Klamath River which is listed as impaired for temperature, dissolved oxygen, nutrients, organic matter and microcystin.  Dutch Creek supports steelhead, while the Klamath River supports chinook salmon, coho salmon and steelhead. Fruit Growers Supply Company is proposing a modified selection removal to be able to remove a greater number of trees that they have determined are diseased, slow growing and/or dying.  They are proposing to use ground based equipment in units designed for cable logging for site preparation, to yard logs, end-line logs, use tail holds and to construct fire breaks.  There are 41 road drainage sites planned for work including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair and replacement, and road bed reconstruction.  Potential habitat exists for Townsend's big eared bat in an abandoned mine shaft in Section 17. This THP will result in the loss of 1 acre of foraging habitat for spotted owl site SK362 within 1.3 acres, and the loss of 23 acres of nesting/roosting habitat for spotted owl site SK362 within 1.3 acres.  For spotted owl site SK363; there will be a loss of 61 acres of foraging habitat within .5 mi, and the loss of 33 acres of nesting/roosting habitat within .5 mi, and the loss of 51 acres of foraging habitat within 1.3 mi, and the loss of 9 acres of nesting/roosting habitat within 1.3 mi.  For spotted owl site SK467; there will be a loss of 58 acres of foraging habitat within 1.3 mi, and the loss of 14 acres of nesting/roosting habitat within 1.3 mi, and the loss of 5 acres of high quality nesting habitat within 1.3 mi. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Fruit Growers Supply Company planning THP SW of Burney, CA.


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THP 2-13-084 SHA (Gasline THP) Fruit Growers Supply Company, 1989 acres; 67% group selection, 13% shelterwood, 9% no-harvest, 8% clearcut, 2% commercial thin logging. Terry Lake, Washburn Bue Park, Jackrabbit Flat (MD: T34N R2E Sec.1; T34N R3E Sec.6; T35N R2E Sec.25, 26, 35, 36; T35N R3E Sec.29, 30, 31, 32). Winter operations, low erosion hazard, slopes up to 45%, oversized units, herbicides, goshawk within 1 mi, osprey sightings nearby, fisher and badger sightings, trees over 100 years old. Estimated public comment deadline: 12/07/13.

This THP is just south and west of the town of Burney, CA at an elevation of 3,200 to 3,900 feet.  Fruit Growers Supply Company is planning a tractor based logging operation in white fir, sugar pine, ponderosa pine, Douglas fir, incense cedar and lodgepole pine forest.  The THP area flows into Burney Creek, Lake Britton and the Pit River above Lake Shasta.  Fruit Growers Supply Company is claiming the presence of insects and disease mostly affecting the white fir stands and will do some sanitation salvage logging within the shelterwood units.  They want to use a portion of a landing and skid road within a class III watercourse, and there are 9 road drainage sites planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair and replacement.  Three occupied osprey nests, and 1 unoccupied osprey nest were reported to be nearby in the adjacent Fruit Growers Supply Company’s Pipeline THP 2-12-076 SHA.  There is a 2004 report of a goshawk stand 1 mi south of the THP area, and 3 pacific fisher, 2 american badger and 1 great gray owl (1991) sightings. This THP is also close to the recently submitted FGS Town THP 2-13-080 SHA which is on the NW side of Burney, CA.  More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Soper Wheeler Company planning THP near Cromberg and the Feather River.


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THP 2-13-071 PLU (Polar II THP) Soper Wheeler Company, 3167 acres; 53% group selection, 14% sanitation salvage, 14% commercial thinning, 11% shelterwood, 4% selection, 3% clearcut, 2% rehab logging.  Poplar Creek, Jackson Creek, Smith Creek, Eureka Creek (MD: T22N R11E Sec.2, 3; T22N R12E Sec.17, 19, 20; T23N R11E Sec.21, 22, 23, 25, 26, 27, 28, 34, 35, 36).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, unstable areas, herbicides, impaired 303.d watershed, smith creek pack trail, 4 CA spotted owls within 1.3mi, bald eagle within 2.5 mi, trees up to 40" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/17/13.

This THP is about 12 miles SE of Quincy, CA and about 3 miles south of the community of Cromberg, CA and Highway 70.  Soper Wheeler Company is planning a tractor based logging operation in ponderosa pine, sugar pine, Douglas fir, white fir and incense cedar at an elevation of 4,600 to 5,200 feet.  Five landings are proposed for use in class I watercourses, 12 skid roads are planned for use in class I and class II watercourses, and 5 tractor crossings are proposed for use in class II watercourses.  131 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair and replacement, and ditch cleaning.  The Smith Creek Pack Trail traverses the THP area between Smith Lake and the town of Mohawk, and is commonly used by mountain bikers.  Willow flycatcher habitat exists along Poplar Creek and Poplar Valley Road, and there is 1 goshawk territory within section 33.  This THP is adjacent to Soper Wheeler Company’s Poplar III THP 2-13-017 PLU. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.