Monday, December 30, 2013

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut east of Trinidad, CA


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THP 1-13-127 HUM (K&K 959 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 126 acres; 89% clearcut, 9% no-harvest, 1% selection, misc roadside logging.  Panther Creek, Roaring Gulch, Headwaters Little River (HUM: T8N R2E Sec.23, 24, 25, 26, 27).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, landslide terrain, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, oversized units, coho watershed, 9 spotted owls within 1.3mi, southern torrent salamander in unit C, trees over 30" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/20/14. VIEW

This THP is about 11 miles east of Trinidad, CA and a few miles south of Redwood National Park, near the Headwaters of the Little River.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut shovel, feller buncher and cable logging operation in Douglas fir and redwood forests.  The THP area drains into Redwood Creek which is listed as impaired for sediment and temperature, and contains coho, chinook salmon, steelhead and coastal cutthroat trout.  There are 9 spotted owl territories within 1.3mi, with the closest territory being within .5 mi of units D and E.  This THP is also close to Green Diamond Resource Company’s mostly clearcut THPs: 1-13-088 HUM and 1-13-011 HUM. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Collins Pine Company planning THP west of Lake Almanor.


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THP 2-13-104 PLU (Baccala THP) Collins Pine Company, 2900 acres; 99% group selection, 1% meadow restoration, 1% no-harvest logging.  Upper Coyote Flat, Johnson Creek, Soldier Creek, Lower Coyote Flat, Shanghai Creek (MD: T27N R6E Sec.2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 17; T28N R6E Sec.26, 27, 33, 34, 35).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 55%, 39 road drainage work sites, herbicides, butt mountain roadless area, 3 CA spotted owls within 1.3mi, bald eagle within 10 ft, goshawk within .75 mi, osprey sightings, trees over 40" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/20/14. VIEW

This THP is about 3 miles SW of Chester, CA near Lake Almanor at an elevation of 4,800 to 6,500 feet.  Collins Pine Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation in ponderosa pine, sugar pine, white fir, incense cedar and Douglas fir forests.  Sections 5 and 8 are close to the Butt Mountain Roadless Area.  The THP includes 20 acres of cutting of conifers around aspen stands and a meadow.  Collins Pine is planning to use a seasonal road and 5 skid trails inside a class I watercourse, and 5 landings inside a class III watercourse.  There are 39 road drainage sites planned for work including rocking, dip construction, and culvert repair/replacement.  One Bald Eagle nest is located within 10 feet of the THP area, and 1 CA spotted owl nest is located within 30 feet of the THP area. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Roseburg Resources Company to clearcut near Dunsmuir and the Pacific Crest Trail.


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THP 2-13-103 SHA (Ponykeg THP) Roseburg Resources Company, 520 acres; 92% clearcut, 7% selection, 1% roadside logging.  Middle Soda Creek, Lower Soda Creek (MD: T38N R3W Sec.5, 6, 7; T38N R4W Sec.12; T39N R3W Sec.32).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, steep roads, 7 unstable areas, 68 road drainage work sites, oversized units, herbicides, pacific crest trail, 1 spotted owl within 1.3mi, trees up to 24" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/20/14. VIEW

This THP is about 2 miles SE of Dunsmuir, CA and Highway 5 at an elevation of 2,240 to 4,760 feet near the Pacific Crest Trail (The PCT traverses through units 0709 and 0710).  Roseburg Resources Company is planning a clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in ponderosa pine, sugar pine, Douglas fir, white fir and incense cedar.  There are 7 unstable areas including debris slides and earth flows in units 0601, 0603, 0607 and 0502.  Roseburg Resources Company wants to use heavy equipment inside a class I and class II watercourse, use tractors inside units designated for cable logging, and to use heavy equipment on skid roads in units 0702 and 0602 with steep slopes over 65% grade.  They also are planning to construct short segments of roads between 15% to 20% grade, and to construct a full bench road on steep slopes over 65% grade.  68 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Jackson State Forest planning THP on steep and unstable slopes near Mendocino Woodlands State Park.


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THP 1-13-125 MEN (Railroad Gulch THP) Jackson State Forest, 240 acres; 67% selection, 33% group selection logging.  Berry Gulch, Mouth of Big River (MD: T17N R17W Sec.13, 14, 23, 24). Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, 3 unstable areas, road failure site, 56 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, 4 spotted owls within 1.3mi, railroad gulch hill marbled murrelet stand within .25 mi, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/16/14. VIEW

This THP is about 4 miles NE of the town of Mendocino, CA, and close to Mendocino Woodlands State Park at an elevation of 80 to 760 feet.  Jackson State Forest is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir, grand fir, Western hemlock, Sitka spruce and Bishop pine forests.  The THP area drains into the Big River which is listed as impaired for sediment and temperature and contains steelhead and coho salmon.  There are 3 unstable areas including a bowl area, highly modified channel from historic logging, and a landslide area below a road.  Jackson State Forest wants to use a tractor road near a spring, and there are 56 road drainage work sites including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and road bed re-construction.  The Railroad Gulch Hill marbled murrelet stand is located within .25 mi of the THP area. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut near Highway 299 Coast Range summit.


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THP 1-13-124 HUM (Upper Basin 14 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 122 acres; 80% clearcut, 16% selection, 3% roadside, 2% no-harvest logging.  Lower South Fork, Canyon Creek (HUM: T7N R2E Sec.9, 16, 21). Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 17 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, 6 spotted owls within 1.3mi, trees up to 60" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/16/14. VIEW

This THP is about 7 miles NE of McKinleyville, CA and about 4 miles NW of the Highway 299 summit on the coast range.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut feller buncher, shovel and cable logging operation in Douglas fir, redwood, grand fir and western hemlock forests.  The THP area flows into the North Fork of the Mad River which is listed as impaired for sediment, siltation and temperature, and contains steelhead and coastal cutthroat trout.  There are several misc road failures including fill failures and cut bank failures.  17 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair/replacement, ditch cleaning and road bed re-construction.  Spotted owls were reported to be within .5 mi of units A and D. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Jackson State Forest planning THP on steep and unstable slopes near Chamberlain Creek Conservation Camp.


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THP 1-13-121 MEN (Park Gulch THP) Jackson State Forest, 555 acres; 74% group selection, 26% selection logging.  Lower North Fork Big River, Chamberlain Creek (MD: T17N R15W Sec.3, 4, 5, 9).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, steep roads, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 46 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, 5 spotted owls within 1.3mi, camp 20 marbled murrelet stand within .25 mi. glory brush, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/15/14. VIEW

This THP is about 14 miles SE of Fort Bragg, CA and close to Highway 20 at an elevation of 400 to 1,200 feet elevation.  Jackson State Forest is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Redwood, Douglas fir, grand fir and western hemlock forests.  There are 4 road failure sites including road prism cracking and slipping due to steep slopes, stream and cut bank related erosion, and a road bed failure related to a debris slide.  Ground based equipment is proposed for use on slopes over 50% with a high erosion hazard rating, and a skid road and landing are proposed for use adjacent to a debris slide.  They also want to use ground based equipment in units designated for cable logging to long line trees, and to use a short segment of road and landing inside a class II watercourse.  3.1 miles of new seasonal road is proposed for construction, and there are 35 road drainage sites planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and road bed stabilization.  The Camp 20 Marbled murrelet grove is located within .25 mi of THP area, and glory brush was found at 4 locations in the THP area. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Green Diamond Resource Company planning to clearcut near McKinleyville, CA.


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THP 1-13-120 HUM (Lindsay Flat THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 112 acres; 59% clearcut, 40% selection, 1% no-harvest logging.  Mother Creek (HUM: T6N R1E Sec.3; T7N R1E Sec.34, 35).  Wet weather operations, low erosion hazard, slopes up to 40%, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, 2 spotted owls within 1.3mi, trees up to 36" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/18/14. VIEW

This THP is a few miles east of McKinleyville, CA and Highway 101 at an elevation of 200 to 600 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a feller buncher, shovel and cable logging operation with a significant amount of clearcutting in redwood, Douglas fir and white fir forests.  The THP area flows into the Mad River which is listed as impaired for sediment, siltation and temperature, and is an important coastal cutthroat trout, steelhead, chinook and coho salmon fishery.  Over 5,500 feet of new seasonal and temporary road construction is planned, and Green Diamond Resource Company wants to use 300 feet of a road within unit B in a class I and class II watercourse. Spotted owls were reported to be within .25 mi of unit B, and .5 mi of units A and C. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Campbell Timberlands to log on steep and unstable slopes near Westport, CA.


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THP 1-13-119 MEN (DeHaven North Green THP) Campbell Timberlands, 117 acres; 61% selection, 39% clearcut logging.  DeHaven Creek (MD: T21N R17W Sec.16, 21).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 90%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 24 road drainage work sites, herbicides, coho watershed, 7 spotted owls within 1.3mi, marbled murrelet stand within .75 mi, Oregon gold thread, trees up to 50" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/18/14. VIEW

This THP is about 2.3 mi NE of Westport, CA and Highway 1 on the Mendocino coastline at an elevation of 200 to 1,240 feet.  Campbell Timberlands is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in coast redwood, Douglas fir and grand fir forests.  The THP area contains landslide terrain features including debris slides and earth flows, and several road failure sites including fill failures, steep head wall swales, and cut bank failures.  Tractor operations at 2 locations are proposed within unit C with slopes over 50% with a high erosion hazard, and several segments of temporary and permanent roads are proposed inside a class I and class II watercourse.  24 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair /replacement.  This THP will result in the removal of 5.5 acres of foraging habitat within .7mi for spotted owl territory MEN0111.  Oregon gold thread was found adjacent to unit H. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Hearst Corporation to sanitation salvage log near the Pacific Crest Trail.


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THP 2-13-099 SHA (Pigeon PTHP) Hearst Corporation, 1,292 acres; 89% sanitation salvage, 10% no-harvest, 1% selection logging.  Star City Creek, Angel Creek (MD: T38N R1E Sec.7; T38N R1W Sec.1, 2, 3, 10, 11, 12; T39N R1W Sec.34, 35).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, landslide terrain, 7 road drainage work sites, pacific crest trail, willow flycatcher sightings, large tree management area.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/11/14. VIEW

This THP is about 11 miles SE of McCloud, CA near the Pacific Crest Trail which passes through sections 7, 10, 11, 12.  The Hearst Corporation is planning a tractor based logging operation in mixed conifer forests, and is claiming the need for sanitation salvage logging due to infestations of mistletoe and Cytospora canker, and also wind damage.  There are 17 landslide terrain features in the THP area including debris slides and earth flows.  Road S6000 is proposed for use within a class II watercourse.  Seven road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, and culvert repair/replacement. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Coastal Ridges LLC planning a pair of THPs on steep and unstable slopes near Willits.


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THP 1-13-115 MEN (Baechtel Creek THP) Coastal Ridges LLC, 550 acres; 39% transition, 29% selection, 28% rehab, 4% no-harvest logging.  Martin Creek, Baechtel Creek (MD: T17N R14W Sec.4, 5; T18N R14W Sec.32, 33).  Wet weather operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 85%, road failure sites, 30 road drainage work sites, herbicides, impaired 303.d watershed, coho watershed, 5 spotted owls within 1.3mi, peregrine falcon within .5 mi, foothill yellow legged frog sightings, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/05/14. VIEW

This THP is about 5 miles SW of Willits, CA at an elevation of 1,750 to 2,600 feet.  Coastal Ridges LLC is planning a tractor based logging operation in redwood, Douglas fir and sugar pine forests.  The THP area flows into the Upper Main Eel River and Big River which are important coho, chinook and steelhead fisheries, and are listed as impaired for sedimentation and temperature.  There is a section of road that is "stacked" closely together which contains cutback and fill failures, and several roads that have “gullying”.  Coastal Ridges LLC is planning to use ground based equipment on slopes over 50% with a high erosion hazard, and to use multiple landings, roads, and skid roads inside class I, II and III watercourses.  They also want to use ground based equipment on slopes over 50% that do not flatten before reaching a watercourse.  30 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair and replacement.  Foothill yellow legged frogs were reported to be at Martin Creek and Baechtel Creek, and a peregrine falcon was reported to be within .5 mi of the THP area near the Two Rock Lookout.  This THP will remove 12 acres of foraging habitat within .7 mi for spotted owl site MEN0197.  Recent Coastal Ridges LLC THPs: 1-13-117 MEN, 1-13-083 MEN and 1-13-042 MEN are in close proximity and will have a significant impact on available spotted owl habitat.  

THP 1-13-117 MEN (Martin Creek 2013) Coastal Ridges LLC, 459 acres; 64% seed tree, 27% transition, 7% group selection, 2% rehab logging.  Martin Creek (MD: T17N R14W Sec.8, 17, 20).  Wet weather operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 80%, steep roads, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 59 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, 3 spotted owls within 1.3mi, long beard lichen, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/01/14. VIEW

This THP is about 7 miles SW of Willits, CA at an elevation of 600 to 1,800 feet.  Coastal Ridges LLC is planning a tractor and cable logging operation in redwood and Douglas fir forests on steep and unstable slopes.  The THP area flows into the Big River which is an important coho salmon, chinook salmon, and steelhead fishery, and is listed as impaired for sediment and temperature.  There are multiple landslide terrain sites including debris slides, rockslides, earth flows, and multiple road failure sites including fill failures, cut bank failures, and stream bed diversions.  Over 4,000 feet of new road construction is planned, and 4 road sites are planned for use and re-construction on unstable soils. 59 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and road bed stabilization.  Many of these road sites are shared with the Coastal Ridges LLC Pig Pen and The And Roll THPs.  Long Beard Lichen was found near a road in the THP area.  This THP will remove 240 acres of foraging habitat within 1.3 mi, and 37 acres within .7 mi for spotted owl site MEN0067 (currently there is less than 200 acres of nesting/roosting habitat within .7 mi, so this territory is deficient).  Recent Coastal Ridges LLC THPs: 1-13-115 MEN, 1-13-083 MEN and 1-13-042 MEN are in close proximity and will have a significant impact on available spotted owl habitat. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut east of Eureka, CA.


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THP 1-13-116 HUM (FH 820/940 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 69 acres; 88% clearcut, 7% selection, 4% no-harvest logging.  Upper Jacoby Creek, Lower Cannon Creek (HUM: T5N R2E Sec.18, 19, 20, 29).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 50%, steep roads, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, 10 spotted owls within 1.3mi, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/06/14. VIEW

This THP is about 6 miles east of Eureka, CA and Highway 101 at an elevation of 2,200 to 3,000 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut feller buncher and shovel logging operation in redwood, Douglas fir and western hemlock forests. The THP area drains into Jacoby Creek which is listed as impaired for sediment, and the Mad River which is listed as impaired for sediment, temperature, and turbidity.  Over 7000 feet of new temporary road is planned for construction, and a steep road is proposed for 450 feet in Unit B between 16% to 19% grade. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut near the CA/OR border.


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THP 1-13-114 DEL (593 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 133 acres; 79% clearcut, 15% selection, 5% no-harvest, 1% roadside logging.  S. Fork Winchuck River, Lower Rowdy Creek, Dominie Creek (HUM: T18N R1E Sec.6, 7, 8, 17, 18; T18N R1W Sec.1).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, unstable area in unit B, herbicides, coho watershed, 5 spotted owls within 1.3mi, coastal cutthroat trout adjacent to unit B, Indian pipe, ground cone, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/30/13. VIEW

This THP is about 14 miles NE of Crescent City, CA near the CA/OR border and the town of Smith River.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in Douglas fir, redwood and western hemlock forests at an elevation of 600 to 1,880 feet.  There is 1 unstable area in unit B related to a watercourse.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to use 2 skid trails in a class II watercourse, and 7 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch alignment and culvert repair/replacement.  Two populations of ground cone were reported in unit C, one population of ground cone was reported to be in unit D, and several populations of indian pipe were found in units A and D. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut right next to Union Valley Reservoir in El Dorado County.


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THP 4-13-027 ELD (Notned THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 651 acres; 57% clearcut, 35% commercial thinning, 8% selection logging.  Maud Lake, Union Valley Reservoir, Tells Creek (MD: T12N R14E Sec.8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 22, 23, 24, 26; T12N R15E Sec.7).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 60%, 7 road drainage work sites, herbicides, oversized units, union valley reservoir, pyramid roadless area, 6 CA spotted owls within 1.2mi, osprey nest inside unit 87, bald eagle territory within .15 mi, 2 goshawk territories within .5 mi, golden eagle within .9 mi, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/17/14. VIEW

This THP is about 13 miles NE of Pollock Pines, CA at Union Valley Reservoir at an elevation of 4870 to 7000 feet.  Union Valley Reservoir is a popular camping, fishing and boating reservoir that flows into the South Fork of the American River with 9 campgrounds and hiking trails.  This THP will clearcut and log within 300 feet of several of the campgrounds (Unit 141 is adjacent to a SMUD Campground, and unit 124 is adjacent to Wench Campground), and close to a local hiking and biking trail.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a tractor based logging operation with a significant amount of clearcutting in ponderosa pine, sugar pine, incense cedar, white fir, Douglas fir and lodgepole pine forests.  They are proposing to use tractors to pile slash on slopes between 40% and 50%, and on slopes over 30% that do not flatten before reaching a watercourse.  They also are requesting an exception to be able to construct and use temporary roads during the winter period.  SPI wants to use a landing inside a class I watercourse in unit A, and water bar a road that is diverting erosion across a landing into a class I watercourse.  Seven road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction and water bar construction.  There is an active osprey nest inside clearcut unit 87, and on adjacent USFS land within 400 feet of commercial thinning unit G.  Two Northern goshawk territories are located within .5 mi of the THP area in sections 25 and 13, and a bald eagle territory is located .15 mi from the THP area in Section 23.  A golden eagle territory is also located within .9 mi of the THP area in section 36.  Six CA spotted owl territories are located within .05 to 1.2 mi from the THP area.  Section 7 is adjacent to the Pyramid Roadless Area. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut west of Susanville, CA.


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THP 2-13-100 LAS (Big Springs THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 1,111 acres; 100% clearcut, misc rehab logging.  Papoose Creek (MD: T30N R10E Sec.4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, 26, 27).  Winter operations, low erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, 21 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized landings, herbicides, 1 CA spotted owl within 1.3mi, goshawk sighting, trees up to 125 years old.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/12/14. VIEW

This THP is about 8 miles west of Susanville, CA at an elevation of 5400 to 7520 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a clearcut tractor logging operation in white fir, ponderosa pine, Douglas fir, incense cedar and sugar pine forests.  7,687 feet of seasonal and temporary roads are planned for construction, including oversized landings.  There are 21 road drainage sites planned for work including rocking, dip construction, culvert maintenance and repair.  The USFS reports 2 CA spotted owl territories near the southern end of THP area, and 1 goshawk territory near the southern end of THP area. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut near the town of Mad River and Highway 36.


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THP 1-13-122 HUM (Kram THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 125 acres; 74% clearcut, 18% seed tree, 5% roadside, 4% selection logging.  Horse Creek (HUM: T1S R5E Sec.5, 6).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, 26 road drainage work sites, oversized units, herbicides, impaired 303.d watershed, coho watershed, 2 spotted owls within 1.3mi, Howell’s montia, trees over 40" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/20/14. VIEW

This THP is about 7 miles SW of the town of Mad River and Highway 36 at an elevation of 2,840 to 4,040 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in Douglas fir forests.  The THP area flows into the Van Duzen River .5 miles away which is listed as impaired for sediment and siltation.  26 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair/replacement and road bed stabilization.  Howell’s montia was located along several roads within the THP area, and clustered lady’s slipper and Humboldt mule ears were found nearby. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

W.M. Beaty & Associates planning a THP near Shingletown, CA


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THP 2-13-095 SHA (Bonnie Craigs THP) W.M. Beaty & Associates, 1071 acres; 99% selection, 1% no-harvest logging.  Lower South Fork Bear Creek, Upper Lack Creek, North Fork Bear Creek, Shingle Creek (MD: T31N R1E Sec.4, 9, 16, 17, 30; MD: T31N R1W Sec.25, 36).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 65%, 2 unstable areas, 48 road drainage work sites, Chinook watershed, osprey nest within 650 feet, bald eagle sightings within 1.2 mi, goshawk sightings within 1.2 mi, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline:  01/02/14. VIEW

This THP is  few miles north and west of Shingletown, CA and Highway 44 at an elevation of 2,480 to 3,680 feet.  W.M. Beaty & Associates is planning a tractor based logging operation in ponderosa pine, sugar pine, incense cedar, Douglas fir and white fir forests.  There are 2 dormant unstable areas on adjacent lands related to a scarp and road, and 3 landings and 1 skid road are proposed for use inside a watercourse area.  48 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction and culvert repair and maintenance.  An osprey nest is located approximately 650 feet east of the THP area in section 30.  Northern goshawks were reported to be 1.2 miles SE of the THP area in section 32, and bald eagles were reported to be 1.2 miles east of the THP area at Woodridge Lake. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log east of Patrick’s Point State Park.


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THP 1-13-113 HUM (BL 3000 - 3500 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 94 acres; 83% clearcut, 9% no-harvest, 6% selection, 1% roadside logging.  McDonald Creek, Pitcher Creek (HUM: T9N R1W Sec.24, 25, 36).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep roads, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, herbicides, coho watershed, 2 spotted owls within 1.3mi, osprey nest within .25 mi, fisher sighting in unit B, bald eagle nest within 1.7 mi, trees over 48" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/24/13. VIEW

This THP is about 5.5 miles NE of Trinidad, CA near Highway 101 at an elevation of 200 to 970 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut feller buncher, shovel and cable logging operation in redwood, Douglas fir, Sitka spruce, grand fir and bishop pine forests.  The THP area is just east of Highway 101, opposite Patricks Point State Park, a popular camping, hiking and beachcombing area.  There is landslide terrain including stream bank erosion in units C, D and E, and shallow landslide features in units B and E.  Four short segments of road are proposed over 15% grade, and 2 short segments of road are proposed over 18% grade.  An osprey nest is located within .25 mi of unit B, and a pacific fisher was seen in unit B. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Friday, December 13, 2013

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


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THP 1-13-111 MEN (Huckleberry Pass THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 450 acres; 60% variable retention, 18% transition, 14% rehab, 7% selection, 1% roadside logging.  Upper Hollow Tree Creek, Hardy Creek (MD: T22N R17W Sec.26, 27, 28, 29, 32, 34, 35).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, landslide terrain, 36 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, 12 spotted owls within 1.3mi, Humboldt milk vetch, trees up to 44" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/23/13. VIEW

This THP is about 3 miles east of Rockport, CA  and Highway 1 on the Mendocino Coast at an elevation of 200 to 2,200 feet.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation in redwood and Douglas fir forests.  The THP area flows into the South Fork of the Eel River which is listed as impaired for sediment and temperature.  There are 9 unstable areas including steep head walls, scarps and hummocky ground in units 1, 2, 4 and 8.  Mendocino Redwood Company is proposing 1.5 miles of new road construction, and the use of four skid trails on steep slopes over 65% in unit 2.  36 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair/replacement and road bed stabilization.  For spotted owl site MEN0107; This THP will result in the conversion of 16 acres into foraging habitat within .5 mi, and the conversion of 35 acres into foraging habitat within .7 mi.  For spotted owl site MEN0109; This THP will REMOVE 22 acres of nesting/roosting habitat within .5 mi, will REMOVE 22 acres of nesting/roosting habitat within .7 mi, will result in the conversion of 22 acres into foraging habitat within .5 mi, and the conversion of 23 acres into foraging habitat within .7 mi.  For spotted owl site MEN0381; This THP will result in the conversion of 22 acres into foraging habitat within .5 mi, and the conversion of 53 acres into foraging habitat within .7 mi.  Humboldt Milk Vetch was found along several haul roads. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log near Euerka, CA and Highway 101.


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THP 1-13-110 HUM (OH 14' THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 184 acres; 42% commercial thinning, 37% clearcut, 12% selection, 7% no-harvest, 2% roadside logging.  Fay Slough, Lower Jacoby Creek (HUM: T5N R1E Sec.15, 16, 21, 22).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 80%, steep roads, 3 unstable areas in unit D, road failure sites, 17 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, 2 spotted owls within 1.3mi, southern torrent salamander in unit C, osprey and peregrine falcon nests within .25 mi, trees up to 50" dbh.  Estimated public comment: 12/22/13. VIEW

This THP is a few miles NE of Eureka, CA near Highway 101 and Freshwater Creek which is  listed as impaired for sedimentation.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation with some clearcut logging in redwood, Douglas fir and western hemlock forests.  There are 3 unstable areas in Unit D, and several road failure sites related to crossings including sink holes and bank failures.  9,815 feet of temporary, seasonal and road re-construction is planned, and 185 feet of steep seasonal road in unit D is proposed for construction on slopes over 50% near a watercourse.  There are also 17 road drainage sites planned for work including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair and replacement and ditch cleaning.  Southern torrents salamanders were spotted in unit C, and a peregrine falcon erie is located within .25 miles of units B and D, and .5 miles of units A and C.  There are historic osprey nests within .25 mi of units A,B,C and D, and spotted owl territories are located within .25 miles of units B and D, and also within .5 miles of units A and C. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Campbell Timberlands to log near an Engelmann spruce stand west of Highway 89.


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THP 2-13-093 SHA (Deadman THP) Campbell Timberlands, 401 acres; 39% variable retention, 36% sanitation salvage, 15% selection, 8% commercial thinning, 2% meadow restoration logging.  Clark Creek, Upper Bear Creek (MD: T38N R2E Sec.21, 28).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, landslide terrain, oversized units, herbicides, Smokey Lake wet area, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/21/13. VIEW

This THP is about 6.5 miles SW of Pondosa, CA and Highway 89 at an elevation of 4400 to 5240 feet.  Campbell Timberlands is planning a tractor and cable logging operation in Douglas fir, white fir, ponderosa pine, sugar pine, incense cedar and lodgepole pine forests.  There are 4 landslide areas including 2 sites that originate from a steep headwall area that travels towards Clark Creek, and 2 sites on Clark Creek.  An unstable area exists on the edge of unit 3005, and an existing tractor road is proposed for use that crosses a flat bench above the toe of a landslide in unit 2107.  Tractors are also proposed for use on steep slopes (50 - 65%) in unit 2109, and a landing is proposed for use inside a class I watercourse.  The THP area contains one of the southern most remnant stands of Engelmann Spruce along Clark Creek and Engelmann Canyon.  Eight acres of conifers are planned for cutting around aspens stands at Smokey Lake and Smokey Lake wet area.  Sandhill crane sightings were reported nearby in the Crayton Valley.  This THP is adjacent to W.M. Beaty’s recent Little Owl Lake THP 2-13-024 SHA. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Timbervest Partners LLC to log in the Scott Valley near the Russian Wilderness Area.


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THP 2-13-092 SIS (Sugar Creek THP) Timbervest Partners LLC, 526 acres; 97% shelterwood, 3% clearcut logging.  Sugar Creek (MD: T40N R9W Sec.16, 21). Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, 26 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, Russian roadless area, coho watershed, 2 spotted owls within 1.3mi, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/20/13. VIEW

This THP is about 4 miles SW of Callahan, CA at Sugar Creek which flows into the Scott River which is listed as impaired for sediment/temperature and is an important steelhead and coho fishery.  Timbervest Partners LLC is planning a tractor based logging operation on erosive granitic soils in Douglas fir, ponderosa pine, incense cedar and sugar pine forests.  Existing tractor roads and landings are proposed for use in class II watercourses, and equipment is proposed for use on short segments of slopes over 65%.  There are 26 road drainage sites planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  Section 21 is adjacent to the Russian roadless area and close to the Russian wilderness area, a popular hiking and backpacking destination. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Roseburg Resources Company to clearcut log between Dunsmuir and McCloud, CA.


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THP 2-13-091 SIS (Dogwood Butte THP) Roseburg Resources Company, 563 acres; 89% clearcut, 10% selection, 1% roadside logging.  Upper Soda Creek (MD: T39N R3W Sec.4, 5, 8, 9, 16, 17).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, 45 road drainage work sites, herbicides, 1 spotted owl within 1.3mi, marten sighting within 300 feet of unit 0507, tailed frog sighting near unit 1703, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/18/13. VIEW

This THP is about 3 miles NE of Dunsmuir, CA and about 3 miles SW of McCloud, CA at an elevation of 3200 to 4400 feet.  Roseburg Resources Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in Douglas fir, white fir, ponderosa pine, incense cedar and sugar pine forests.  The THP area drains into Soda Creek which flows into the Upper Sacramento River and Lake Shasta.  45 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction and culvert cleaning and repair/replacement, and 400 feet of new road construction is planned inside a class II watercourse. Roseburg Resources Company wants to use tractors in units designated for cable logging to pull trees away from watercourses, yard logs, provide tail holds and to construct firebreaks.  Wildlife sightings reported include an American marten sighting within 300 feet of unit 0507, and pacific tailed frog sightings near unit 1703. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Campbell Timberlands to log in high elevation stands NE of Mt. Shasta.


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THP 2-13-090 SIS (Pronghorn THP) Campbell Timberlands, 1122 acres; 46% shelterwood, 26% no-harvest, 16% clearcut, 7% sanitation salvage, 5% group selection,  misc roadside logging.  Horse Peak, Antelope Creek (MD: T42N R1E Sec.7; T42N R1W Sec.1, 13, 23).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 60%, 8 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, 2 spotted owls within 1.3mi, cascade frog sightings in Antelope Creek, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/18/13. VIEW

This THP is about 10 miles NE of Mt. Shasta, and 4.2 miles south of Tennant, CA at an elevation of 5520 to 6480 feet.  Campbell Timberlands is planning a higher elevation tractor based logging operation in white fir, red fir, lodgepole, ponderosa pine, incense cedar and sugar pine forests.  The THP area drains into Antelope Creek which flows into Antelope sink that has no outlet.  There are 8 road drainage sites proposed for work including rocking, dip construction, and culvert cleaning.  Spotted owl sites SIS492 and SIS554 are deficient in habitat within .5 miles of the THP area. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Campbell Timberlands planning THP on steep and unstable soils near the Little North Fork of the Noyo River.


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THP 1-13-109 MEN (Mallory Blue THP) Campbell Timberlands, 122 acres; 67% group selection, 33% variable retention logging.  Pudding Creek, Little N. Fork (MD: T18N R16W Sec.3, 4; MD: T19N R16W Sec.33, 34).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 85%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, 6 spotted owls within 1.3mi, trees over 54" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/21/13. VIEW

This THP is about 8 miles east of Fort Bragg, CA at an elevation of 480 to 1320 feet.  Campbell Timberlands is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in coast redwood, Douglas fir, western hemlock and grand fir forests.  The THP area drains both Pudding Creek and the Little North Fork of the Noyo River.  The Noyo River is listed as impaired for sediment and temperature, while Pudding Creek is listed as impaired for temperature.  There are several cut bank failures along Sherwood Road in unit B, and dormant deep seated landslide terrain, debris flows and steep ravine gullying in unit C.  Operations are proposed on steep slopes over 65% with a moderate erosion hazard in units B and C. For spotted owl site MEN0082; This THP will result in the conversion of 10.5 acres into foraging habitat within .7 mi. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Campbell Timberlands to log in spotted owl habitat near the Middle "Clark" Fork of the Ten Mile River


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THP 1-13-108 MEN (Four Point Red THP) Campbell Timberlands, 154 acres; 73% selection, 26% clearcut, 1% roadside logging.  Bear Haven Creek (MD: T20N R16W Sec.21, 22, 27, 28).  Wet weather operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 85%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 16 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, 4 spotted owls within 1.3mi, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/21/13. VIEW

This THP is about 13 miles NE of Fort Bragg, CA at an elevation of 450 to 1500 feet.  Campbell Timberlands is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in coast redwood, Douglas fir, western hemlock and grand fir forests.  The THP area drains into the Middle "Clark" Fork of the Ten Mile River which is listed as impaired for sediment and temperature, and is an important coho and steelhead fishery.  There are 12 landslide terrain features in the THP area including 5 failures related to poorly placed older skid trails, and 7 failures related to streams and steep hillside slopes.  Tractors are proposed for use on certain slopes in units containing unstable or slide prone areas where deflection is low for cable logging, and in units designed for cable logging in units C and D to yard logs.  There are also multiple road failure sites including fill failures, bank slumping and cracking. 16 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair/replacement and ditch cleaning.  For spotted owl site MEN0460; This THP will result in the loss of 51.2 acres of nesting/roosting habitat within .7 mi, and the conversion of 46.5 acres into foraging habitat within .7 mi.  An osprey nest and marbled murrelet habitat were also reported to be near a haul road. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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


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THP 1-13-106 HUM (# 595 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 109 acres; 73% clearcut, 21% no-harvest, 5% selection logging.  Ah Pah Creek (HUM: T12N R2E Sec.20, 21, 28, 29, 32, 33).  Wet weather operations, high erosion hazard, slopes up to 75%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, 5 spotted owls within 1.3mi, 3 bald eagle territories within 1.4 mi, trees up to 28" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/21/13. VIEW

This THP is about 9.5 miles north of Orick, CA and just to the east of Highway 101 and Redwood National Park at an elevation of 400 to 1,200 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut feller buncher, shovel and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Douglas fir and redwood forests.  The THP area flows down Ah Pah Creek into the Klamath River which contains steelhead, coastal cutthroat trout, coho and chinook salmon.  There are multiple landslide terrain features including older skid trail failures in unit A, several stream related unstable areas within a class II watercourse in unit B, and 3 unstable areas related to road failures in unit C.  Northern spotted owls were reported to be within .25 mi of unit D, and .5 mi of units A,B,C; and 3 bald eagle territories were reported to be within 1 mi, 1.2 mi and 1.4 mi of the THP area. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.