Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Campbell Timberlands to log on steep and unstable slopes NW of Leggett, CA.


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THP 1-14-053 MEN (Upper Wildcat Creek THP) Campbell Timberlands, 197 acres; 86% variable retention, 14% selection logging.  Lower Usal Creek, Mill Creek, Wildcat Creek (MD: T23N R18W Sec.1, T23N R17W Sec 6,7, T24N R17W Sec. 31).  Wet weather operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, landslide terrain, 27 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, coho watershed, 5 spotted owls within 1.3mi, trees up to 38" dbh. Estimated public comment deadline: 06/31/14. VIEW

This THP is about 4 miles NW of the town of Leggett, CA and Highway 101 at an elevation of 960 to 1,960 feet.  Campbell Timberlands is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood and Douglas fir forests.  The THP area is inland and drains into the South Fork of the Eel River which is listed as impaired for sediment and temperature.  There are 3 landslide terrain areas including 2 historic road failure sites and a moderate hillslope failure.  Campbell Timberlands is planning ground based operations at 2 locations inside unit C on steep slopes over 50% grade with a high erosion hazard rating, and on steep slopes over 65% grade in unit C for yarding and site prep.  They also are planning to use tractors on unstable slopes  within units C and D.  27 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair and replacement. Spotted owl nesting and roosting habitat is deficient within .7 mi for spotted owl site MEN0527.  This THP will remove 21 acres of foraging habitat within .7 mi. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log near the town of Smith River.


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THP 1-14-052 DEL (RW1210 - RW1610 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 247.4 acres; 73% clearcut, 16% selection, 9% no-harvest, 2% roadside logging.  Lower Rowdy Creek, Dominie Creek (HUM: T18N R1E Sec.16, 17, 18, 20; T18N R1W Sec.13, 24).  Wet weather operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, steep roads, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 17 road drainage work sites, herbicides, 2 oversized units, coho watershed, 6 spotted owls within 1.3mi, Del Norte salamander in unit G, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 06/29/14. VIEW

This THP is a few miles NE of the town of Smith River, CA and Highway 101 at an elevation of 200 to 1,620 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Douglas fir and redwood forests.  The THP area flows into the Smith River which contains coho, chinook salmon, steelhead and coastal cutthroat trout populations.  There is shallow rapid landslide terrain in unit B, shallow rapid and deep seated landslide terrain in unit A, and headwall swales within units A,B and D.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to use feller bunchers on slopes up to 45% grade in units designated for cable logging, and to construct 9 segments of steep roads between 15% and 22% grade.  They also want to use an existing road and construct 2 segments of steep roads adjacent to a watercourse, and use an existing skid trail inside a class II watercourse area along the SW portion of unit D.  17 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair/replacement, ditch cleaning and road bed stabilization.  There are also multiple misc crossing failures, cut bank failures, and fill slope failures.  Spotted owl sites were reported within .25 mi of units F, G and H, and within .5 mi of unit E. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.