Saturday, August 30, 2014

Sierra Pacific Industries to log east of Red Bluff in Tehama County.


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THP 2-14-056 TEH (Rim Fire THP) Sierra Pacific Industries; 210 acres; 67% fuel break, 33% clearcut logging.  Mill Creek Rim (MD: T27N R2E Sec.10; T27N R3E Sec.5; T28N R3E Sec.26, 27, 32, 33, 34, 35).   Winter operations, low erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, 29 road drainage work sites, mill creek roadless area, herbicides, chinook watershed, 2 CA spotted owls within 2 mi, 2 goshawk nests within 2 mi, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 09/19/14. VIEW

This THP is east of Red Bluff, CA about 8 miles SW of the town of Mineral and Highway 36.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a tractor based logging operation in white fir, ponderosa pine, sugar pine, Douglas fir, incense cedar and red fir forests at an elevation of 4,600 to 5,600 feet.  Sections 5, 26, 33, 34, and 35 are adjacent to the Mill Creek Roadless Area, and areas where fires burned in 2008, 2012 and 2013.  SPI is proposing to be able to construct temporary roads under 500 feet within units without pre-designating the locations on THP maps.  29 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction and culvert repair and replacement.  There are 2 CA spotted owl territories within 2 mi; including a CA spotted owl within 1 mi in section 28, and a CA spotted owl within 2 mi in section 2.  Two goshawk nests were reported to be within 2 mi of the THP area in section 2 and section 28. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log north of Highway 299 near the Coast Range summit.


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THP 1-14-086 HUM  (King's Canyon 2015 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 247 acres; 77% clearcut, 18% selection, 2% roadside, 2% no-harvest logging.  Canyon Creek (HUM: T7N R2E Sec.14, 15, 22, 23, 26).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, unstable area in unit G, road failure sites, 35 road drainage work sites, oversized units, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, 3 spotted owls within 1.3mi, del Norte salamander in unit E, Sonoma tree vole in unit D, northern red legged frog sighting in unit A, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment: 09/16/14. VIEW

This THP is about 8 miles NE of Arcata, CA and a few miles north of Highway 299 near the coast range summit.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut feller buncher and cable logging operation in redwood and Douglas fir forests at an elevation of 1,560 to 2,620 feet.  The THP area drains westward into the Mad River which is listed as impaired for sediment/siltation and temperature.  There are multiple misc road failure sites mostly related to crossings including fill failures and road bed channeling, and deep seated landslide terrain in unit G.  35 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, and culvert repair/replacement.  A spotted owl nesting territory is located within .25 mi of unit G. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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


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THP 1-14-085 HUM (BL 1000/2000 Junction 15 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 199.5 acres; 74% clearcut, 13% selection, 13% no-harvest logging.  Maple Creek (HUM: T8N R1E Sec.12, 13, 24; T8N R2E Sec.5, 6, 7, 8, 18, 19; T9N R2E Sec.31).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, steep streamside slopes in units B and C, herbicides, oversized units, redwood national park adjacent to units A and C, coho watershed, 4 spotted owls within 1.3mi, southern torrent salamander, steelhead & coastal cutthroat trout adjacent to unit F, running pine, trees up to 72" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 09/15/14. VIEW

This THP is about 7 miles NE of Trinidad, CA and Highway 101 near the southern boundary of Redwood National Park.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in redwood, Douglas fir, grand fir and western hemlock forests at an elevation of 600 to 2,300 feet.  The THP area flows into Maple Creek and Big Lagoon which contains coho, chinook, steelhead and coastal cutthroat trout.  16 acres of Special Treatment Area (STA) are planned in units A and C to minimize (hide) the effects of logging adjacent to Redwood National Park.  There is a marbled murrelet stand adjacent to a haul road. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log on steep and unstable slopes SE of Castella, CA.


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THP 2-14-055 SHA (Hazard THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 466 acres; 99% clearcut, 1% roadside logging.  Lower South Fork Sacramento R. (MD: T37N R4W Sec.1, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 23, 24).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, road failure site, west girard roadless area, herbicides, 3 spotted owls within 1.3mi, slender false lupine, shasta limestone monkeyflower, trees up to 36" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 09/18/14.  VIEW

This THP is about 4 miles SE of Castella, CA and Interstate 5 at an elevation of 2,000 to 3,600 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a tractor and cable clearcut logging operation on steep slopes in mixed conifer forests.  The THP area is near the I-5 corridor and drains into the South Fork of the Sacramento River which flows into Lake Shasta.  Section 24 is adjacent to the West Girard Roadless Area.  There is a rotational slide 75 feet by 50 feet located at the head of a steep swale in cable unit 15B, and a cut bank failure at a road crossing in section 15. Slender false lupine was found in cable unit 14B, and Shasta limestone monkeyflower was found in cable unit 15C.  For spotted owl site SHA0060; this THP will remove 30 acres of low quality foraging habitat within 1.3 mi. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

La Tour State Forest planning THP NE of Shingletown, CA.


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THP 2-14-054 SHA (Mountain Cow THP) La Tour State Forest, 710 acres; 82% group selection, 9% variable retention, 5% shelterwood, 3% no-harvest, 1% roadside logging.  Beal, Huckleberry (MD: T32N R2E Sec.1; T32N R3E Sec.6; T33N R3E Sec.31).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, 21 road drainage work sites, herbicides, old cow creek campground, chinook watershed, 2 CA spotted owls within 1.3mi, fisher sighting in section 22, goshawk nest within 2 mi, pine marten sighting in section 7, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 09/18/14.  VIEW

This THP is about 13 miles NE of Shingletown, CA and Highway 44 at an elevation of 5,520 to 6,240 feet.  La Tour State Forest is planning a tractor and cable logging operation in ponderosa pine, sugar pine, jeffery pine, incense cedar, white fir, red fir, lodgepole pine, western white pine, and Douglas fir forests.  The THP area is near the crest of the Sierra and adjacent to Old Cow Creek Campground.  There are 4 unstable areas inside class I (year round) watercourses, and La Tour State Forest is planning to use 3 landings and associated roads inside a class III (intermittent) watercourse.  21 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction and culvert repair and replacement.  An historic goshawk nest was reported to be in section 2, and an active goshawk nest was reported to be 2 miles away from the THP area. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

W.M Beaty & Associates planning a pair of group selection THPs near Westwood, CA and Walker Lake.


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W.M Beaty & Associates is planning a pair of group selection THPs near the east shore of Walker Lake.  Together, these THPs will log 4,422 acres with group selection logging which removes individual trees, and/or small groups of trees of up to 2.5 acres.  Both these THPs will be logging in stands occupied by northern goshawks and California spotted owls, with other species such as sandhill cranes, willow flycatchers, Cooper's hawks, red tailed hawks and great horned owls reported to be in the general area.  
THP 2-14-049 LAS (Peak THP) W.M Beaty & Associates, 2,630 acres; 98% group selection, 2% clearcut logging.  Mountain Meadows Creek (MD: T28N R11E Sec.9, 15, 16, 19, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, landslide terrain, 38 road drainage work sites, oversized unit, 4 CA spotted owls within .5 mi, goshawk nest in section 16, sandhill crane sightings, susanville beards tongue, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 09/05/14. VIEW

This THP is about 5 miles SE of Westwood, CA and Highway 36 near the east shore of Walker Lake (a.k.a Mountain Meadows Reservoir).  W.M Beaty & Associates is planning a tractor based logging operation in white fir, ponderosa pine, incense cedar, Douglas fir and sugar pine forests.  There are unstable areas along a stream channel in sections 27, 28 and 29 and scattered debris slides within sections 15, 17, and 20.  W.M Beaty & Associates is proposing to use existing segments of roads within class I (year round stream), class II (mid sized stream) and class III watercourses (intermittent stream), and use 4 landings within class II and class III watercourses.  38 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair and replacement.  There is an inactive goshawk nest within the group selection units in section 16, willow flycatcher habitat in Section 19, and sandhill cranes have been spotted in some of the meadows outside of the THP area.  Susanville beards tongue was reported to be in sections 9, 15, 16, 19 and 22.

THP 2-14-050 LAS (Walker Lake THP) W.M Beaty & Associates, 1792 acres; 99% group selection, 1% no-harvest logging.  Mountain Meadows Creek, Moonlight Pass (MD: T28N R9E Sec.24, 25, 36; T28N R10E Sec.19, 20, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32).  Winter operations, low erosion hazard, slopes up to 40%, unstable area, 58 road drainage work sites, near mountain meadows reservoir, 1 CA spotted owl within 1.3 mi, 2 northern goshawk territories, sandhill crane sightings within .6 mi, Cooper's hawk within 1.5 mi, Susanville beardtongue, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 09/06/14. VIEW

This THP is about 5 miles SE of Westwood, CA and Highway 36 near the east shore of Walker Lake (a.k.a Mountain Meadows Reservoir).  W.M Beaty & Associates is planning a tractor based logging operation in white fir, ponderosa pine, incense cedar, Douglas fir and sugar pine forests.  There is a debris flow from a slide on USFS lands that was deposited in the flood zone of Mountain Meadows Creek within the THP area in Section 20.  W.M Beaty & Associates is proposing to use a segment of road 2800 within a class I watercourse, segments of the moonlight road and road 2710 within a class II watercourse, and segments of roads 2700 and 2802 within a class III watercourse.  58 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction and culvert repair/replacement.  There are 2 northern goshawk nesting territories within the THP area in sections 30 and 32, one California spotted owl nest in section 28, one Cooper's hawk nest in section 8, and a red tailed hawk and great horned owl nest in section 24.  One breeding pair of Sandhill cranes was reported to be .6 mi west of the THP area. Also, several communities of Susanville beardtongue were reported to be within the THP area mostly near rocky outcroppings. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut near Highway 299 east of Arcata, CA.


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THP 1-14-082 HUM (CB 1160 15 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 331 acres; 58% clearcut, 29% selection, 12% no-harvest, 1% roadside logging.  Long Prairie Creek, Pollock Creek (HUM: T6N R2E Sec.12, 13, 24; T6N R3E Sec.7, 18).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 80%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 22 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, steelhead, coastal cutthroat trout, southern torrent salamander and tailed frog sightings, 12+ spotted owls within 1.3mi, tree vole sightings in unit G, trees up to 72" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 09/03/14. VIEW

This THP is about 8 miles NE of Arcata, CA and a few miles east of Highway 299 at an elevation of 530 to 2,120 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in Douglas fir, grand fir, western hemlock, bishop pine, western red cedar and Monterey pine forests.  The THP area flows into the North Fork of the Mad River which is listed as impaired for sediment, turbidity and temperature and contains coho, chinook, steelhead and coastal cutthroat trout.  There are landslide terrain sites in units B, D, E, F and I including headwall swales, deep seated and rapid shallow landslides debris. There are also multiple misc road failure sites including washed out crossings, fill failures and cut bank failures.  30 acres of selection logging is planned adjacent to Highway 299 to hide the effects of clearcut logging.  Green Diamond Resource Company wants to re-construct 3 existing road segments on unstable soils, and use heavy equipment inside a class II watercourse within unit A on the old Highway 299 spur.  22 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, road bed stabilization and culvert repair/replacement.  Steelhead and coastal cutthroat trout were reported within units A, B and F, and southern torrent salamanders and tailed frogs were reported within all units except unit E.  Northern spotted owls were reported to be within .25 mi of units A, B, F, H, and within .5 mi of units C, E, G, I. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

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


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THP 1-14-081 MEN (Valentine 2014 THP) Coastal Ridges LLC, 194 acres; 92% transition, 8% selection logging.  Rice Creek (MD: T17N R14W Sec.28, 32, 33).  Wet weather operations, extreme erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 22 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, 1 spotted owl within .7 mi, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 09/08/14. VIEW

This THP is about 8.5 mi SW of Willits, CA  and Highway 101 at an elevation of 570 to 1,820 feet.  Coastal Ridges LLC is planning a tractor based logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood and Douglas fir forests.  The THP area flows into the Big River which is listed as impaired for sediment and temperature.  There are multiple road failure sites including fill failures, cut bank failures, washed out crossings and road bed channeling.  Coastal Ridges LLC wants to use heavy equipment on unstable slopes at 8 locations, including the construction of new road segments on unstable slopes.  They also want to use ground based equipment on steep slopes over 65% grade, and on slopes over 50% grade with a high or extreme erosion hazard.  Twenty two road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair and replacement.  For spotted owl site MEN0358; this THP will reduce foraging habitat by 58 acres within .7 mi. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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


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THP 1-14-080 MEN (Railroad Gulch THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 758 acres; 81% group selection, 11% variable retention, 4% seed tree, 4% transition logging.  Lower Albion River (MD: T16N R16W Sec.19, 30; T16N R17W Sec.23, 24, 25, 26).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, steep roads, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 41 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, 3 spotted owls within .7 mi, Cooper's hawk nest, 6 sensitive plant species, trees over 48" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 09/07/14. VIEW

This THP is about 6 miles SE of Mendocino, CA and a few miles east of Albion, CA and Highway 1 at an elevation of 40 to 640 feet.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation in redwood, Douglas fir, bishop pine, and pygmy cypress forests.  The THP area contains both deep seated and shallow seated landslide terrain features.  There are 3 deep seated landslide terrain features near class III watercourses (intermittent stream) and above a class I watercourse (year round stream) within the eastern portion of unit 12, within unit 13, and the SE portion of unit 1.  There are also 41 shallow seated landslide terrain features related to watercourses, roads and steep slopes; including bank sloughing, hummocky ground, bank cracking, rock slides, debris slides, over-steepened scarps, fill failures, cut bank failures, and wet areas.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning to use heavy equipment on unstable slopes primarily on the upper slopes of a deep seated landslide in unit 13, to re-construct a seasonal road within a class III watercourse, and to repair a slump on an existing landing.  They also want to use tractors on steep slopes over 50% grade with a high erosion hazard rating within units 7 and 8, and to use ground based equipment to long line and yard logs on truck roads within units designated for cable logging. 40 feet of seasonal road is proposed within a class II watercourse in unit 1, and 100 feet of seasonal road is proposed on steep slopes over 50% grade adjacent to a class II watercourse.  There are 41 road drainage work sites including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, road bed re-construction and culvert repair/replacement.  A Cooper's hawk nest was located in unit 13, and there are 6 sensitive plant species in the THP area including Pygmy cypress, Bolander's pine, small groundcone, Oregon goldthread, running pine and heart leaved twayblade. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log near Georgetown’s water supply


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THP 4-14-014 ELD (Oui Oui THP) Sierra Pacific Industries; 1,044 acres; 51% clearcut, 31% fuelbreak, 13% commercial thin, 4% selection, 1% roadside logging.  Little Grizzly Canyon, Upper Pilot Creek, Onion Creek (MD: T12N R12E Sec.2, 11, 12, 13, 14; T12N R13E Sec.2, 3, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 19).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, oversized units, herbicides, near stumpy meadows campgrounds, picnic area and boat lunch, rubicon roadless area, 10 CA spotted owls within 1.64 mi, 4 goshawk territories within 1.9 mi, 2 osprey nests within .25 mi, bald eagle sightings, 2 Cooper 's hawk sightings within .74 mi, 1995 fisher sighting, foothill yellow legged frog sighting within 1 mi, sierra bayberry, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 09/05/14. VIEW

This THP is about 9 miles NW of Pollock Pines at Stumpy Meadows Reservoir which supplies water to the city of Georgetown, CA.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut and fuel break tractor and cable logging operation in white fir, ponderosa pine, sugar pine, Douglas fir and incense cedar forests at an elevation of 4,280 to 5,100 feet.  The THP area is adjacent to and within .2 mi of Stumpy meadows campgrounds, picnic area and boat lunch.  12,950 feet of temporary roads, and 13,125 feet of seasonal roads are planned, including the use of an existing road inside a watercourse in unit 901.  SPI is requesting an exception to the rules to be able to construct and use temporary roads during the winter period.  They also want to use ground based equipment within cable logging unit 201, and tractors for pilling slash on slopes between 40% grade and 50% grade, including slopes over 30% grade that do not flatten before reaching a watercourse.  Sections 2, 7, and 12 are adjacent to the Rubicon Roadless Area.  10 California spotted owl territories are located in the THP area, from .10 mi to 1.64 mi away.  There are 4 goshawk territories within 1.2 mi to 1.9 mi of THP units, and 2 osprey nests within .01 mi and .25 mi of THP units.  Other sightings include 2 Cooper's hawks within .05 mi to .74 mi of THP units, and a 1995 pacific fisher sighting within .19 mi of harvest units.  Sierra bayberry was reported at 9 locations. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Swiss Ranch logging plan (THP 4-14-006 CAL) stirs controversy

By Dana Nichols, Calaveras Enterprise

Logging plan upsets neighbors
In a forested meadow the trust owns east of Sheep Ranch, volunteers with the Catholic Worker movement grow organic vegetables and hold retreats for people living with HIV.

So it was an unwelcomed surprise this spring for Earth Abides residents taking a walk along Armstrong Road when they saw a yellow notice posted on a tree announcing that Sierra Pacific Industries was seeking state permits to log nearby.

Chelsea Collonge looked into the 361-acre harvest plan, and learned that most of the harvest – including areas only about a mile from Earth Abides – would be logged using what foresters call an “alternative prescription.” Critics call it clear-cutting.

“I feel a responsibility for that area of forest,” Collonge said. “To raze it and replace it with factory trees, I just don’t think that’s fair to it.”

Collonge put that concern in a letter, and also told California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection officials that she’s worried the proposed logging will potentially send herbicides down Upper O’Neil Creek and expose Earth Abides guests and residents to noise and air pollution during the logging operation.

That letter made her just one of a number of individuals and agencies that have commented on the Swiss Ranch Timber Harvest Plan. Those comments ranged from a request by Calaveras County Water District to have Sierra Pacific Industries take precautions to prevent pollution of streams that flow into county residents’ drinking water supply via the Calaveras River watershed, to criticism from a representative of environmental watchdog group Ebbetts Pass Forest Watch that state regulators and SPI fail to consider alternatives to clear-cutting.

Those documents reveal both the continuation of a long-time divide between clear-cutting critics and supporters, and a maze of state regulations that touch everything from protect ing acorn-producing oaks needed for the Rail Road Flat deer herd to how much of an unlogged buffer zone has to be left to protect creeks.  READ MORE >>>