Sunday, September 28, 2014

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log adjacent to Redwood National Park


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THP 1-14-093 HUM (BL 1300 15 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 157 acres; 74% clearcut, 21% selection, 4% no-harvest, 1% roadside logging.  McDonald Creek (HUM: T9N R1E Sec.4, 8, 9, 16; T10N R1E Sec.33).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 9 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, adjacent to redwood national park, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, 3 spotted owls within 1.3mi, osprey nest adjacent to haul road, bald eagle nest within .9 mi, southern torrent salamander adjacent to unit A, coastal tailed frog adjacent to unit E, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 10/04/14. VIEW

This THP is about 9 miles NE of Trinidad, CA near Big Lagoon and adjacent to Redwood National Park (units A and B).  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a clearcut feller buncher, shovel and cable logging operation in redwood, Douglas fir, grand fir, western hemlock and Sitka spruce forests at an elevation of 360 to 1,900 feet.  There is an unstable area in the northern portion of unit E, and 7 landslide terrain sites including shallow rapid landslides and debris slides in unit B. There are also misc road failure sites related to crossings including fill failures, cut bank failures, a diverted watercourse and a debris slide near a road in the THP area.  Over 2,400 feet of seasonal road, and 4,600 feet of temporary road is planned.  9 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair/replacement and road bed stabilization.  An osprey nest is located within .25 mi of the BL1300 haul road, and there are spotted owl nesting territories within .25 mi of units D and E, and within .5 mi of units A,B and C. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Hearst Corporation planning a pair of THPs SE of McCloud, CA.


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THP 2-14-059 SHA (Little Devil PTHP) Hearst Corporation, 563 acres; 55% selection, 44% sanitation salvage, 1% no-harvest logging.  Devils Canyon, Stump Creek (MD: T38N R1E Sec.29, 31, 32, 33).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, steep roads, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 7 road drainage work sites, large tree management area, 1 spotted owl within 1.3mi, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 10/02/14. VIEW

This THP is about 15 miles SE of a McCloud, CA and Highway 89 at an elevation of 3,600 to 4,400 feet.  Hearst Corporation is planning a tractor and cable logging operation in Douglas fir, white fir, ponderosa pine, sugar pine and incense cedar stands.  The THP area flows into the Pit River above Lake Shasta. There are 6 unstable areas including 2 sites containing a debris torrent near a road in section 32, a debris slide near a skid road, and 3 areas of instability along the K Line Road.  The area within 150 feet of Rough and Ready Creek is designated as a late seral management area where large trees will be protected.  Hearst Corporation wants to construct a road on steep slopes over 65% grade, use 2 segments of road near the Rough and Ready Creek and a class II (mid sized stream) watercourse, and use a landing inside a class III (intermittent) watercourse.  Seven road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction and culvert repair and replacement.  This THP is adjacent to Hearst Corporation’s THP 2-14-060 SHA (Down and Out PTHP).  

THP 2-14-060 SHA (Down and Out PTHP) Hearst Corporation, 886 acres; 98% selection, 2% no-harvest logging.  Curtis, Devils Canyon (MD: T38N R1E Sec.21, 22, 23, 26, 27, 28).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 60%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 36 road drainage work sites, wet areas, large tree management area, 2 spotted owls within 1.3mi, english peak greenbriar, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 10/02/14. VIEW

This THP is about 18 miles SE of McCloud, CA and Highway 89 at an elevation of 2,960 to 3,920 feet.  Hearst Corporation is planning a tractor and cable logging operation in Douglas fir, white fir, ponderosa pine, sugar pine and incense cedar stands.  The THP area flows into the Pit River above Lake Shasta.  There are numerous landslide terrain features mostly related to watercourse areas and steep inner gorges.  A road near Kosk Creek will be re-constructed that contains some old failed crossings near some unstable areas (debris flows, road bed slumping, washed out crossings, etc). The area within 200 feet of Kosk Creek, and within 150 feet of Boulder Creek and Red Mountain Creek is designated as a late seral management area where large trees will be protected.  36 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair/replacement and road bed stabilization.  There are 2 historic (1996/1998) spotted owl nesting territories in the area, and English peak greenbriar was found throughout the THP area.  This THP is adjacent to Hearst Corporation’s THP 2-14-059 SHA (Little Devil PTHP).  More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Roseburg Resources Company to log on steep and unstable slopes near Castle Craig's State Park


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THP 2-14-057 SHA (Ammirati THP) Roseburg Resources Company, 253 acres; 49% transition, 42% group selection, 5% special, 4% no-harvest, 1% roadside logging.  Sweetbrier Creek, Lower Soda Creek, Lower Castle Creek (MD: T38N R4W Sec.15, 21, 22).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 13 road drainage work sites, near Castle Craig's State Park, osprey nests within .25 mi, 8 fisher sightings within 1.3 mi, pacific tailed frog sighting within 1 mi, foothill yellow legged frog sighting, rattlesnake fern, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 09/27/14.  VIEW

This THP is adjacent to the town of Castella, CA and I-5 and just south of Castle Craig's State Park.  Roseburg Resources Company is planning a tractor based logging operation in Douglas fir, ponderosa pine, sugar pine, white fir and incense cedar forests at an elevation of 2,000 to 3,200 feet.  The THP area contains 46 landslide terrain sites including debris slides, debris flows, earth flows and inner gorge features. There are 4 unstable areas including a large slide complex west of the THP area, an unstable area below an existing truck road, an old fill slope failure below a road, and an unstable area at the head of a class III (intermittent) watercourse.  Roseburg Resources Company is planning to use an existing road in a class II (mid-sized stream) watercourse, and an existing landing inside a class III (intermittent) watercourse.  They also want to use heavy equipment on steep slopes over 65% in an area that has high voltage power lines.  13 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction and culvert repair and replacement.  75 individual rattlesnake fern plants were found inside the THP area out of a population of 140 plants.  This area and an area near Etna, CA are the only locations in California where these plants are found, and this THP may result in the destruction of 5 individual plants.  8 fisher sightings were reported within 1.3 mi; including 4 sightings .5 mi away at Castle Craig's State Park, and 1 sighting .5 mi away on USFS land.  An osprey nest is located .25 mi north and south of the THP area in section 22, and a foothill yellow legged frog was seen in section 21. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Mendocino Redwood Company to log on steep and unstable slopes NE of Navarro, CA.


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THP 1-14-089 MEN (Big Gulp THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 835 acres; 53% transition, 29% seed tree, 12% variable retention, 5% selection logging.  Little N. Fork Navarro River (MD: T16N R15W Sec.25, 26, 34, 35, 36).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, steep roads, landslide terrain, 20 road failure sites, 40 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, 7 spotted owls within 1.3mi, trees up to  40" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 09/28/14. VIEW

This THP is 14 miles NW of Ukiah, CA and about 3 miles NE of Navarro, CA at an elevation of 400 to 1,280 feet.  The THP area drains into the North Fork of the Navarro River which is listed as impaired for sediment and temperature.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation in redwood and Douglas fir forests.  18,835 feet of seasonal road is proposed including construction and re-construction at 20 locations over unstable soils, fill failures, cut bank failures, debris slides, wet areas and across areas of road bed slumping.  Several segments of roads are proposed on steep slopes over 65% grade, and 3 landings are proposed for use within a class I watercourse.  40 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and road bed stabilization. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Sierra Pacific Industries to log out large trees near where the wolverine was spotted in 2013.


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THP 2-14-058 NEV (Ahart THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 767 acres; 59% group selection, 31% clearcut, 10% shelterwood logging.  East Fork Creek, Jim Crow Creek (MD: T19N R12E Sec.11, 13, 25, 27).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, impaired 303.d watershed, middle yuba roadless area, herbicides, wet meadows, 5 CA spotted owls within 1.3mi, 3 goshawk sightings within 1 mi, 2013 wolverine sighting, willow flycatcher and bald eagle sightings at Milton Reservoir, scattered old growth trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 09/28/14. VIEW

This THP is about 4 miles SE of Sierra City, CA and about a dozen miles north of I-80 and Emigrant Gap.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a tractor based logging operation at high elevations (5,600 to 6,800 feet) in white fir, ponderosa pine, sugar pine, Jeffrey pine, incense cedar, lodgepole, western white pine and red fir forests.  According to SPI, "the plan area contains individual large trees, and some large old trees, some of which will be harvested”.  The THP is also located adjacent to Milton Reservoir near where CA’s only Wolverine was spotted in 2013 (See THP Blog SPI Wolverine THPs Map).  According to SPI, most of the red and white fir stands are suffering from fir engraver beetle, true fir canker, mistletoe, laminated root rot, and the pine stands are suffering from mistletoe and pine blister rust.  Often such conditions are used by timber companies to justify logging in higher elevation stands, even though such processes are natural and logging can further spread root diseases, etc.  There are dispersed camp sites at Milton Reservoir and Jackson Meadows Reservoir which are close to THP units.  Section 11 is adjacent to the Middle Yuba Roadless Area.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning to use tractors on slopes over 50% grade at 6 locations with a high erosion hazard, and on slopes over 50% grade that lead without flattening into a class I (year round) watercourse in section 11.  They also want to use 6 landings inside a class III (intermittent) watercourse and to remove conifers around 4 small seasonally wet meadows in section 11.  SPI is proposing to reduce the required buffer widths for a class I watercourse down to 50 feet so they can use feller bunchers with grapple hooks to remove trees from an inner gorge area in section 11, and also to remove hazard trees between a converging power line and class I watercourse.  Osprey sightings were reported at Jackson Meadows Reservoir, and goshawk sightings were reported in sections 11, 13 and 26.  There were multiple willow flycatcher and bald eagle sightings reported near Milton Reservoir 1,500 feet away from the THP area.  Two CA spotted owls were seen in section 11. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log west of Redwood National Park.


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THP 1-14-088 HUM (BL 1600/2820 16 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 110 acres; 81% clearcut, 19% selection logging.  Pitcher Creek (HUM: T9N R1E Sec.15, 16, 22, 23, 26, 36).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, landslide terrain, redwood national park within .5 mi, herbicides, coho watershed, 3 spotted owls within 1.3mi, northern red legged frog in unit D, marbled murrelet stand within .6 mi, osprey nests nearby, running pine in unit D, trees up to 24" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 09/21/14.  VIEW

This THP is about 7.5 miles NE of Trinidad, CA and within a half mile of Redwood National Park at an elevation of 1,200 to 1,700 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a clearcut feller buncher, cable and shovel logging operation in redwood, Douglas fir, hemlock and grand fir forests.  The THP area flows into Maple Creek and big lagoon which contains coho, chinook, steelhead and coastal cutthroat trout.  There are 5 landslide terrain sites in the THP area, mostly in the NW portion of unit A, and the eastern portion of unit A.  A landing is proposed for use adjacent to a class II watercourse in unit B. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log at Snow Camp Lake.


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THP 1-14-087 HUM (Snow Camp Lake 15 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 123.7 acres; 70% clearcut, 27% selection, 2% roadside, 1% no-harvest logging.  Twin Lakes Creek, Bradford Creek (HUM: T4N R4E Sec.5, 6, 8, 9).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, landslide terrain, road failure site, steep slopes up to 70%, steep roads, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, 12+ spotted owls within 1.3mi, Sonoma tree vole and southern torrent salamander in unit D, trees up to 40" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 09/26/14. VIEW

This THP is about 18 miles east of Eureka, CA at Snow Camp Lake.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut feller buncher, cable and shovel logging operation in Douglas fir, white fir, sugar pine and incense cedar forests.  The THP area drains into Redwood Creek which is listed as impaired for sediment and temperature.  There are 3 unstable areas in the THP area, including rockslides in units A, B and D, and a cut bank failure on the Roddiscraft Road in unit D.  Three steep temporary road segments are proposed for construction over 15% grade in units A, B and D.  A spotted owl nesting territory is within .5mi of Unit A. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.