Monday, February 24, 2014

Barnum Timber Company to log on steep and unstable slopes NW of Willow Creek, CA.


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THP 1-14-014 HUM (Moon Creek THP) Barnum Timber Company, 307 acres; 48% clearcut, 31% selection, 12% shelterwood, 7% rehab, 1% roadside logging.  Toss-up Creek (HUM: T7N R3E Sec.16, 17, 21, 22, 28).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 57 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, 9 spotted owls within 1.3mi, white flowered rein orchid, fawn lily, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 03/18/14. VIEW

This THP is about 11 miles NW of Willow Creek, CA and about 3 miles NE of the Highway 299 coast range summit at an elevation of 800 to 2,000 feet.  The THP area flows into Redwood Creek which is listed as impaired for sediment and siltation. Barnum Timber Company is planning a  tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood and Douglas fir forests.  There are 16 landslide terrain sites including steep headwall scarps, earth flows, rockslides, disrupted ground and debris slides.  Multiple road failure sites are located within the THP area including fill failures and cut bank failures related to watercourse crossings.  Barnum Timber Company is planning to construct a road near a slide prone area below unit 10, and on landslide terrain in unit 9.  They also want to use ground based equipment on steep slopes over 65% grade, use ground based equipment on unstable terrain, and to use ground based equipment on skid trails within class II and class III watercourses inside units 3, 7 and 11. 57 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction and culvert repair and replacement.  Three groups of white flowered rein orchid were found adjacent to unit 7, and 5 groups of fawn lily were found adjacent to units 1,2 and 3.  For spotted owl site HUM0406; this THP will remove 73 acres of nesting/roosting habitat within .7 mi, and 3.1 acres of foraging habitat within .7 mi; for spotted owl site HUM0526, this THP will remove 17.3 acres of nesting/roosting habitat within .7 mi, and 24.8 acres of foraging habitat within .7 mi. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut near Big Lagoon and Trinidad.


PANORAMIO photo by nthawoodz
THP 1-14-013 HUM (BL2230 15 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 81 acres; 84% clearcut, 11% selection, 4% no-harvest, 1% roadside logging.  Pitcher Creek (HUM: T9N R1E Sec.28, 32, 33).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 80%, landslide terrain, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, 5 spotted owls within 1.3mi, trees up to 48" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 03/20/14. VIEW

This THP is about 5 miles NE of Trinidad, CA and about 2 miles SE of Big Lagoon and Highway 101. Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in redwood, Sitka spruce, hemlock, Douglas fir and grand fir forests at an elevation of 200 to 840 feet.  The THP area flows into Maple Creek which has been heavily clearcut by Green Diamond Resource Company in the past, and contains steelhead, coastal cutthroat trout, Coho and Chinook salmon.  There are steep streamside slopes in unit A, and deep seated landslide terrain in unit B.  Shovel equipment is proposed for use within a class II watercourse in unit B. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Emcot Forests to log in spotted owl habitat near Willits


PANORAMIO photo by peterdal
THP 1-14-012 MEN (Redwood Creek 13 THP) Emcot Forests, 227 acres; 55% transition, 24% variable retention, 13% group selection, 8% shelterwood logging.  Redwood Creek (MD: T19N R14W Sec.29, 30, 31; T19N R15W Sec.25, 36).  Wet weather operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 104 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, 4 spotted owls within 1.3mi, trees up to 36" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 03/19/14. VIEW

This THP is about 6.5 miles NW of Willits, CA at an elevation of 650 to 2,400 feet.  Emcot Forests is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood and Douglas fir forests.  There are 13 road failure and landslide terrain sites including earth flows, debris slides and fill and cut bank failures.  Emcot Forests wants to use tractors on existing skid trails on steep slopes over 65% grade, use a landing inside a class I watercourse, and use a skid trail inside a class II watercourse.  They also want to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging to pull trees away from streams, construct firebreaks, tail holds and where deflection is poor.  There are 104 road drainage work sites including rocking, dip construction, and culvert repair and replacement.  

Overall, This THP will remove 222 acres of spotted owl nesting/roosting habitat, create 117 acres of foraging habitat, and convert 117 acres into additional unsuitable habitat within 1.3 miles.  For spotted owl site MEN0329; this THP will remove 23 acres of nesting/roosting habitat within .7 mi, and create 4 acres of foraging habitat within .7 mi; for spotted owl site MEN0437; this THP will remove 15 acres of nesting/roosting habitat within .7 mi, and create 14 acres of foraging habitat within .7 mi; for spotted owl site MEN0634; this THP will remove 4 acres of nesting/roosting habitat within .7 mi, and create 3 acres of foraging habitat within .7 mi. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Friday, February 14, 2014

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


PANORAMIO Photo By MaxFarrar
THP 1-14-011 DEL (598 Bear Creek THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 213 acres; 60% clearcut, 23% no-harvest, 16% selection, 1% roads logging.  Upper Bear Creek (HUM: T18N R1E Sec.4, 5; T19N R1E Sec.32, 33).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 26 road drainage work sites, herbicides, packsaddle roadless area, coho watershed, 2 spotted owls within 1.3mi, indian pipe, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 03/19/14. VIEW

This THP is about 5 miles NE of the town of Smith River, CA and adjacent to the CA/OR state line border and the packsaddle roadless area.  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.  There are 4 shallow rapid landslides in unit A, 1 landslide in unit B related to a failed stream crossing, 8 shallow rapid landslides in unit C, and 3 shallow rapid landslides and 1 deep seated landslide in unit D.  There are also multiple misc fill failures and cut bank failures mostly related to stream crossings along roads.  Green Diamond Resource Company is proposing to re-construct 75 feet of road within a class II spring in unit B, use existing roads to yard logs within a class II watercourse in units B and D, and use ground based equipment on 200 feet of existing skid road within an area designated for cable logging in unit C.  26 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair/replacement, ditch cleaning and road bed stabilization.  Populations of indian pipe were reported in unit E, and there are spotted owls within .25 mi of unit D, and .5 mi of units A,B and C. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut SW of Redwood National Park


PANORAMIO Photo By nthawoodz
THP 1-14-010 HUM (BL2660 14 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 108 acres; 67% clearcut, 27% selection, 6% no-harvest logging.  Maple Creek (HUM: T8N R1E Sec.1, 2, 11, 12).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 80%, landslide terrain, 7 road drainage work sites, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, 3 spotted owls within 1.3mi, marbled murrelet stand within 330 ft of unit A, trees up to 48” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 03/13/14. VIEW

This THP is about 5 miles NE of Trinidad, CA and within a few miles of Redwood National Park at an elevation of 600 to 1,450 feet.  The THP area drains into the Maple Creek watershed which has been heavily clearcut by Green Diamond Resource Company in the past, and contains coastal cutthroat trout, steelhead, coho and chinook salmon.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in redwood, Douglas fir, hemlock and grand fir forests.  The THP area contains oversized units and steep streamside slopes in units B and D.  Seven road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction and culvert repair and maintenance.  There is a marbled murrelet stand within 300 feet of unit A, and .25 miles from a haul road. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Friday, February 7, 2014

W.M. Beaty & Associates to log near Lake Britton and Highway 89.


PANORAMIO Photo By arbornet
THP 2-14-003 SHA (Hyway THP) W.M. Beaty & Associates; 4446 acres; 100% selection, misc no-harvest logging.  Cayton Creek, Dry Creek, Clark Creek (MD: T37N R3E Sec.5, 8; T38N R2E Sec.13; T38N R3E Sec.8, 17, 18, 19, 20, 28, 29, 32, 33, 34).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, 1 unstable area, 38 road drainage work sites, 1 spotted owl within 1.3mi, sharp shinned hawk sighting within .5 mi, marten, fisher, goshawk sighting within 1 mi, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 03/12/14. VIEW

This THP is about 3 miles north of Lake Britton near the junction of Highway 89 and Shasta County Road A19.  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 is 1 unstable area near where 2 roads bisect which will be excluded from logging, and 750 feet of existing road will be used inside a class III watercourse, and 8 landings will be used inside or adjacent to class III watercourses.  38 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction and culvert repair and replacement.  Wildlife sightings include; a sharp shinned hawk sighting .5 mi east of the THP area, a Cooper's hawk and marten sighting 1 mi north of the THP area, and a fisher and goshawk sighting 1 mi south of the THP area. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Campbell Timberlands planning to clearcut 12 miles NE of Fort Bragg.


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THP 1-14-008 MEN (Reynolds Yellow THP) Campbell Timberlands, 39 acres; 90% clearcut, 10% selection logging.  Upper Middle Fork Ten Mile River (MD: T19N R15W Sec.6;  T19N R16W Sec.1).  Wet weather operations, steep slopes over 85%, landslide terrain, high erosion hazard, 20 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, 6 spotted owls within 1.3mi, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 03/06/14. VIEW

This THP is about 12 Miles NE of Fort Bragg, CA at an elevation of 800 to 1,600 feet.  Campbell Timberlands is planning a tractor and cable logging operation in redwood, Douglas fir, western hemlock and grand fir forests. The THP area drains from the Middle or "Clark" Fork of the Ten Mile River watershed into the Ten Mile River which is listed as impaired for sediment and temperature.  There are 20 road drainage sites planned for work including rocking and dip construction.  For spotted owl site MEN0233; this THP will remove .2 acre of foraging habitat within .7 mi, and for spotted owl site MEN0484; this THP will remove 7.6 acres of foraging habitat within .7 mi.  There is marbled murrelet habitat near a haul road. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Humboldt Redwood Company to log on steep and unstable slopes south of Scotia, CA.


PANORAMIO Photo By Winst1966
THP 1-14-006 HUM (Big Jay THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 325 acres; 72% group selection, 21% no-harvest, 4% variable retention, 4% selection logging.  Jordan Creek (HUM: T1N R1E Sec.27, 33, 34; HUM: T1S R1E Sec.3, 4).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 26 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, logging on 6 acres of old growth stands, herbicides, coho watershed, 6 spotted owls within 1.3 mi, 4 osprey nests within 1.3 mi, sharp shinned hawk nest in unit 1, trees up to 36" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 03/01/14. VIEW

This THP is about 3 miles south of Scotia, CA near Highway 101 at an elevation of 820 to 2,700 feet.  The THP area flows into the Eel River which is listed as impaired for sediment and temperature.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir and grand fir forests.  There are over 60 mapped landslide areas including debris slides, earth flows and disrupted ground within the THP area, and several misc road failure sites; including 1 major road failure site that failed in 2012 and was re-built.  Logging is also proposed on 6 acres of old growth within stands 330C and 589D.  Humboldt Redwood Company wants to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging.  26 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair/replacement and road bed stabilization.  There is a marbled murrelet stand near a haul road, and a sharp shinned hawk nest inside unit 1. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Coastal Ridges LLC to log on steep and unstable slopes SW of Willits, CA.


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THP 1-14-005 MEN (Lower Loop 2013 THP) Coastal Ridges LLC, 609 acres; 72% seed tree, 17% transition, 11% group selection logging.  Upper North Fork Big River (MD: T17N R14W Sec.5, 6; T18N R14W Sec.30, 31, 32; T18N R15W Sec.36).  Wet weather operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, steep roads, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 61 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, 6 spotted owls within 1.3mi, peregrine falcon within .5 mi, trees up to 24" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 03/03/14. VIEW

This THP is about 6 miles SW of Willits, CA and a few miles south of Highway 20 near the North Fork of the Big River which is listed as impaired for sediment and temperature. Coastal Ridges LLC is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood and Douglas fir forests at an elevation of 760 to 1,960 feet.  The THP area has numerous landslide terrain features including rockslides and debris slides; multiple misc road failure sites including road bed slumping, fill failures, overtopped culverts, shot gunned culverts, and landslide deposits on road beds.  Coastal Ridges LLC wants to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging, use skid roads and landings inside class I and class II watercourses, and use ground based equipment on steep slopes over 65%, and on slopes over 50% grade with a high erosion hazard.  There are 61 road drainage sites planned for work including rocking, dip construction, and culvert repair and replacement.  Overall, this THP will impact the Northern Spotted Owl by removing 7 acres of nesting/roosting habitat, and 211 acres of foraging habitat.  For spotted owl site MEN0225; nesting/roosting habitat will be reduced by 7 acres; and foraging habitat will be reduced by 28 acres.  For spotted owl site MEN0303; no nesting/roosting habitat will be removed within .7 mi because the area is deficient, and 137 acres of foraging habitat will be removed within .7 mi.  There are peregrine falcon sites within .5 mi of the THP area at "Two Rock”.  This THP is adjacent to Coastal Ridges LLC’s Seven Mile Redux THP 1-14-003 MEN (see THP Blog post Coastal Ridges LLC to log on steep and unstable slopes near Willits, CA.). More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.