Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Mendocino Redwood Company to log in marbled murrelet stands near Rockport and the Pacific Ocean.


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THP 1-14-134 MEN (Rockport West THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 441 acres; 60% group selection, 13% selection, 10% special, 8% variable retention, 7% transition, 3% seed tree logging.  Cottaneva Creek (MD: T22N R18W Sec.13, 14, 23, 24, 25, 26).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 85%, landslide terrain, 4 road failure sites, 52 road drainage work sites, herbicides, coho watershed, 3 spotted owls within .7 mi, osprey within .7 mi, marbled murrelet habitat in units 2 and 3, 5 sensitive plant species, trees up to 50" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/15/15. VIEW

This THP is .25 miles west of Rockport, CA and between Highway 1 and the Pacific Ocean at an elevation of 20 to 900 feet elevation.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir and grand fir forests.  The THP area contains 40 landslide terrain sites including steep inner gorges, debris slides, disrupted ground, block slides, earthflows and rockslides.  There are 4 road failure sites including bank cracking, fill failures and cutbank failures.  Mendocino Redwood Company wants to use a skid trail on an unstable area, and use skid trails on slopes over 50% grade with a high erosion hazard and/or on steep slopes over 65% grade.  They also want to use 4 existing landings and short segments of existing skid trails within class I and class II watercourses.  52 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement. There is an osprey nest at Kimball Gulch (within 2,500 feet of the THP boundary) and marbled murrelet habitat in units 2 and 3, and inside the MRC Demonstration Forest to the north of the plan area.  White flowered rein orchid was found in units 2 and 7, leafy stemmed mitrewort was found in unit 2, nodding semaphore grass was found in unit 2, maple leaf checkerbloom was found in unit 4, and long beard lichen was found in unit 7.  For spotted owl nesting territory MD576; this THP will remove 155 acres of nesting/roosting habitat within .7 mi, for spotted owl nesting territory MD110; this THP will remove 62 acres of nesting/roosting habitat within .7 mi and for spotted owl nesting territory MD428; this THP will remove 1 acre of nesting/roosting habitat within .7 mi. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log north of the Highway 299 coast range summit.


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THP 1-14-133 HUM (K & K 800 Junction THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 228 acres; 51% clearcut, 21% commercial thin, 18% selection, 7% no-harvest, 3% roadside logging. Roaring Gulch, Headwaters Little River (HUM: T7N R2E Sec.2, 3, 10, 11, 13, 14).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 80%, landslide terrain, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, 3 spotted owls within 1.3 mi, steelhead and coastal cutthroat trout adjacent to unit D, southern torrent salamander adjacent to unit E, trees up to 72" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/15/15. VIEW

This THP is about 10 miles NE of Arcata, CA and about 4 miles north of the Highway 299 coast range summit at an elevation of 1,600 to 3,080 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation in Douglas fir, redwood, grand fir and western hemlock forests.  The THP area flows into the Little River and Redwood Creek which contain steelhead, chinook salmon, coho salmon and coastal cutthroat trout.  There are 3 unstable areas in units D and E.  Green Diamond Resource Company is proposing an exception to the rules to be able to use a limited amount of fill at crossings that exceed 65% grade. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Green Diamond Resource Company planning a pair of THPs near Fernwood, CA.


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THP 1-14-131 HUM (Fern Prairie 15 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 153 acres; 78% clearcut, 14% clearcut, 7% no-harvest, 1% roadside logging.  Windy Creek (HUM: T6N R3E Sec.15, 22, 26, 27).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, 19 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, wet area, coho watershed, 12+ spotted owls within 1.3 mi, Sonoma tree vole in units B and C, tailed frog and southern torrent salamander sightings south of unit A, trees up to 80" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/22/15. VIEW

This THP is about a dozen miles east of Arcata, CA and a few miles south of Highway 299 near Fernwood and the coast range summit.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut feller buncher, cable and shovel logging operation in Douglas fir and hemlock forests.  The THP area drains into Redwood Creek which is listed as impaired for sediment and temperature.  Fern Prairie 15 THP is named after a 4 acre grassy area in the middle of unit A.  There is an unstable area in unit C.  Green Diamond Resource Company is proposing an exception to the rules to be able to use a limited amount of fill at crossings that exceed 65% grade.  19 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair/replacement and re-construction of washed out crossings.  Sonoma tree voles were reported in units B and C, and tailed frogs and southern torrent salamanders were located in unnamed tributaries south of unit A.  Spotted owl nesting territories are located within .25 mi of unit C, and within .5 mi of units A, B and D. This THP is just north of Green Diamond Resource Company’s High Prairie Commercial Thin THP 1-14-132 HUM.

THP 1-14-132 HUM (High Prairie Commercial Thin THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 213.9 acres; 93% commercial thin, 7% no-harvest logging.  Cloney Gulch, Noisy Creek (HUM: T5N R3E Sec.2, 3, 11; T6N R3E Sec.34).  Wet weather operations, low erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, 7 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, 6 spotted owls within 1.3 mi, golden eagle sightings within .5 mi, southern torrent salamander and tailed frog sightings, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/22/15. VIEW

This THP is about a dozen miles east of Arcata, CA and a few miles south of the town of Fernwood, CA at an elevation of 2,200 to 3,100 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a commercial thin tractor and cable logging operation in Douglas fir, hemlock and red cedar forests.  The THP area drains into Redwood Creek which is listed as impaired for sediment and temperature.  Green Diamond Resource Company is proposing an exception to the rules to be able to use a limited amount of fill at crossings that exceed 65% grade.  7 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair/replacement and re-construction of washed out crossings.  Southern torrent salamanders and tailed frogs were spotted at Noisy Creek.  Spotted owl nesting territories are located within .25 mi of unit B, and within .5 mi of units A and C.  This THP is just south of Green Diamond Resource Company’s Fern Prairie 15 THP 1-14-131 HUM. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Jackson State Forest to log on steep and unstable soils SE of Fort Bragg, CA


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THP 1-14-130 MEN (Walton Gulch #2 THP) Jackson State Forest, 127 acres; 94% selection, 6% roadside logging.  Hare Creek (MD: T18N R16W Sec.31; T18N R17W Sec.25, 26, 27, 36).  Wet weather operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, steep roads, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 21 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, coho watershed, 5 spotted owls within 1.3 mi, running pine, long beard lichen, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/09/15. VIEW

This THP is about 4.5 mi SE of Fort Bragg, CA and just south of Highway 20 in Jackson State Forest.  Jackson State Forest is planning a tractor and cable logging operation in Douglas fir, redwood, grand fir, western hemlock and sitka spruce forests at an elevation of 150 to 720 feet. The THP area flows into Hare Creek which flows into the Pacific Ocean and is listed as impaired for temperature and sediment.  There are 2 landslide terrain sites including a dormant debris flow in unit F, and a slope failure in unit D above Hare Creek.  An 1,100 foot segment of road is proposed for construction on steep slopes over 65% grade, and 2 short steep segments of roads are planned with grades between 15% and 20%.  21 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and road bed re-construction of washed out crossings.  Running pine was found in unit F, and long beard lichen was found along road 431 in the THP area. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

A Christmas Present for the California Spotted Owl

Federal Endangered Species Act Petition Filed
Female California Spotted Owl in McNally Fire Photo by Brett Hart
BIG BEAR CITY, California, December 23, 2014—The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today received a Petition to include the California Spotted Owl on the list of threatened or endangered species under the Federal Endangered Species Act.  The Petition was filed by science and conservation groups Wild Nature Institute and the John Muir Project of Earth Island Institute, and is supported by numerous studies documenting that this rare raptor has and continues to decline precipitously in the Sierra Nevada and southern California.  These population declines are a result of a long history of public and private lands logging in the mature forests where the owl nests and sleeps, as well as extensive post-fire logging in burned forest where the owl hunts.

“The primary threats to the California spotted owl are logging, competition with invasive Barred Owls, and expanding urban development.  Forest fire is not the threat people think it is, yet logging on public lands in the name of reducing fire to save owls is rampant, and is having a devastating effect on this species,” stated Monica Bond, a spotted owl biologist who is an expert on the relationship between owls and wildland fire, and co-author of the Petition. “This is the only subspecies of spotted owl that does not have Endangered Species Act protection, even though its population is declining and it faces threats similar to those which resulted in the listing of the Northern Spotted Owl in 1990 and the Mexican Spotted Owl in 1993.”

The Petition describes five newly published studies showing serious declines of California Spotted Owl populations in logged forests over the past two decades, while the owl population was stable where commercial logging is prohibited.  Other recent research shows these owls hunt for their small mammal prey in both green and heavily burned forests, yet the U.S. Forest Service and logging companies are aggressively cutting both green and burned trees, leading to the inability to maintain stable populations.

“It is estimated that there are less than 1,200 California Spotted Owl pairs remaining today, after having lost over a quarter of their population in the last two decades,” explained ecologist Dr. Chad Hanson of the John Muir Project.  “Their populations continue to decline. Under any formulation of conservation biology the time to list this species is now.”

In recent years, the Forest Service and private companies have ramped up their efforts to log both dense, mature green forest and post-fire habitat, the very places that the owls like best.  This includes the plan approved in August of this year to post-fire (a.k.a. “salvage”) log thousands of acres of essential foraging habitat within the territories of the 70 resident spotted owls that exist within the Rim Fire area today.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log west of Quincy, CA.


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THP 2-14-106 PLU (North Valley 14 THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 405 acres; 87% clearcut, 12% selection, 1% roadside logging.  North Valley Creek, Swamp Creek, Lockerman Creek, Crane Valley (MD: T24N R5E Sec.9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 27, 28, 32, 33, 34).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, 2 unstable areas, road failure sites, 68 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, chips creek roadless area, wet areas, herbicides, oversized units, 2 CA spotted owls within 1.3 mi, 4 sensitive plant species, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/18/15. VIEW

This THP is about 22 miles west of Quincy, CA and about 5 miles east of Stirling City, CA near Highway 70.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor based logging operation in Douglas fir, sugar pine, ponderosa pine and incense cedar forests at an elevation of 4,000 to 5,120 feet.  The THP area flows into the North Fork of the Feather River above Lake Oroville.  Section 9 is adjacent to the Chips Creek Roadless Area.  There are 2 unstable areas including a steep unstable slope near a watercourse within unit 2, a fill failure on the edge of a road, and multiple misc road failure sites including washed out crossings, fill failures and cutbank failures. SPI is planning to use an existing skid trail that runs parallel to a class II (mid sized) watercourse in unit 22, an existing landing inside a class I (year round) watercourse in unit 22, and wants to re-construct an existing truck road within a class I watercourse in unit 14.  They also want to use heavy equipment on an existing landing and skid road within class I and class II watercourses, and use multiple existing road segments in class I, class II and class III (intermittent) watercourses for hauling.  Over 6,050 feet of temporary road construction is planned, including 1,713 feet of road re-construction.  68 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and re-construction of washed out crossings.  Coleman’s piperia was found near unit 11, giant checkerbloom was found inside or near units 20, 22, 13, and 18, moonwort was found in unit 2, and Clifton’s eremogone was found throughout the THP area. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log east of Quincy, CA.


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THP 2-14-103 PLU (Long Valley THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 393 acres; 64% clearcut, 22% commercial thin, 6% selection, 6% sanitation-salvage, 2% roadside logging.  Happy Valley (MD: T23N R12E Sec.3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9; T24N R12E Sec.33).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 60%, 14 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, 3 CA spotted owls within 1.3 mi, scalloped moonwort, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/09/15. VIEW

This THP is about 12 miles SE of Quincy, CA and 3 miles NE of Cromberg, CA and Highway 70. Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor logging operation in ponderosa pine, Jeffrey pine, white fir and incense cedar forests at an elevation of 5,100 to 6,700 feet.  The THP area flows into the Middle Fork of the Feather River which is listed as an impaired watershed.  14 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair/replacement and bridge and water hole construction.  Scalloped moonwort was found at multiple locations (springs, streams, meadows) throughout the THP area. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Roseburg Resources Company to clearcut log near Big Bend, CA.


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THP 2-14-101 SHA (Nelsson THP) Roseburg Resources Company, 384 acres; 94% clearcut, 6% selection, misc roadside logging.  Little Roaring Creek, Roaring Creek (MD: T36N R1E Sec.29, 30, 31, 32; T36N R1W Sec.36).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, unstable area, 16 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, 3 CA spotted owls within 1.3 mi, goshawk nest in unit 3010, English peak greenbriar, trees up to 24" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/08/15. VIEW

This THP is 5 miles south of Big Bend, CA and about 6 miles north of Montgomery Creek and Highway 299 at an elevation of 2,760 to 3,720 feet.  Roseburg Resources Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor based logging operation in ponderosa pine, white fir, incense cedar, sugar pine and Douglas fir forests.  There is an unstable area located in unit 3111 that is marked as a "special treatment area”. The THP area flows into the Pit River upstream from Lake Shasta.  16 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction and culvert repair and replacement.  English peak greenbriar was found in units 3010 and 3011. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Campbell Timberlands to log on steep and unstable slopes NE of Fort Bragg, CA.


PANORAMIC Photo By Jan Graeser
THP 1-14-129 MEN (Gulch 5 THP) Campbell Timberlands, 152 acres; 59% selection, 36% clearcut, 5% variable retention logging.  Churchman Creek (MD: T19N R16W Sec.15, 16, 17, 20, 21).  Wet weather operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, steep road, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 71 road drainage work sites, marbled murrelet stand within 1 mi, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, 3 spotted owls within .7 mi, trees up to 46" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/03/15. VIEW

This THP is 9 miles NE of Fort Bragg, CA and Highway 1 at an elevation of 200 to 1,240 feet.  Campbell Timberlands is planning a tractor and cable logging operation in Douglas fir, redwood, western hemlock and grand fir forests. The THP area flows into the South Fork of the 10 Mile River which is listed as impaired for sediment and temperature and contains coho salmon and steelhead. There are 7 landslide terrain sites in the THP area (especially units P, A, V, Y) related to watercourses, road failures and steep slopes including debris slides, debris side slopes, and earth flows.  Campbell Timberlands is planning to use tractors on steep slopes over 65% grade, use an existing logging road with a steep slope over 15% grade, and use tractors on unstable slopes within the northern portion of units A, U and V.  They also want to use tractors on slopes over 50% grade with a moderate or high erosion hazard rating in units U, V and Y, and use logging roads inside class I (year round) and class II (medium sized) watercourses.  71 road drainage sites are planned for use including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair and replacement.  There is an unoccupied marbled murrelet stand within 1 mile of the THP area, and within 1,000 feet of an existing haul road.  For spotted owl nesting territory MEN0245; this THP will remove 32.1 acres of foraging habitat within .7 mi and for spotted owl nesting territory MEN0256; this THP will remove .4 acres of foraging habitat within .7 mi. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Sierra Pacific Industries planning a 28 mile long fuel break east of Red Bluff, CA.


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THP 2-14-102 TEH (The Line THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 1,193 acres; 99% fuel break, 1% roadside logging. McCarty Creek, Judd Creek, Panther Spring, Plum Creek, Chapman Gulch, Refuge, Deadhorse Creek (MD: T27N R2E Sec.1, 2, 3; T28N R1E Sec.1; T28N R2E Sec.6, 7, 8, 14, 15, 16, 17, 21, 23, 25, 26, 34, 35, 36; T28N R3E Sec.31; T29N R2E Sec.31, 32).  Winter operations, low erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, 39 road drainage work sites, herbicides, chinook watershed, wet area, 2 CA spotted owls within 2.7 mi, 4 goshawk territories within 1 mi, mingan moonwort, trees up to 125 years old.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/09/15. VIEW

This THP is about 25 miles NE of Red Bluff, CA and about 8 miles SE of Paynes Creek and Highway 36 at an elevation of 2,840 to 5,440 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a 28 mile long fuel break utilizing tractor and cable logging methods in white fir, sugar pine, Douglas fir, ponderosa pine and incense cedar forests.  The THP area flows towards Paynes Creek which contains steelhead and spring run chinook salmon. SPI is proposing an exception to the rules to be able to log inside watercourses for fuels reduction and reduce the core zone of a class I watercourse (year round) from 30 feet to 25 feet at certain locations within 8 named streams, 1 unnamed stream and 23 class III (intermittent) watercourses. Logging in watercourse areas drys out stream beds, removes wildlife cover (large trees, snags, etc), and reduces shading for fish species.  Sierra Pacific Industries wants to construct short temporary roads under 500 feet without pre-designation for log hauling and landing access, and they want to construct a seasonal road and water drafting pad inside a class II watercourse.  39 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, and culvert repair/replacement.  There are 4 goshawk territories including the Lyman Springs territory within the THP area, and 3 goshawk territories .25 mi, .5 mi and 2.4 miles from THP units.  Mingan moonwort was found below a road in section 36. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Campbell Timberlands planning a new THP near McCloud, CA.


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THP 2-14-097 SIS (Girard Dogwood THP) Campbell Timberlands, 1,723 acres; 38% group selection, 21% no-harvest, 17% clearcut, 11% sanitation salvage, 9% seed tree, 3% commercial thin, 2% shelterwood logging.  Upper Soda Creek, Middle Soda Creek, Pig Creek, Lower Panther Creek (MD: T39N R3W Sec.1, 2, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 22, 27).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, 1 unstable area, 32 road drainage work sites, herbicides, oversized units, 1 spotted owl within 1.3 mi, fisher and greater sandhill crane sightings, rattlesnake fern, trees up to 32" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/21/14. VIEW

This THP is .25 mi SW of McCloud, CA and Highway 89 at an elevation of 3,080 feet to 4,275 feet.  Campbell Timberlands is planning a tractor based logging operation in ponderosa pine, Douglas fir, white fir, sugar pine and incense cedar forests.  There is a small landslide area related to a steep scarp above an existing road in section 27.  Campbell Timberlands is planning to use a landing inside a class III (intermittent) watercourse.  32 road drainage sites are proposed for work including rocking, dip construction and culvert repair and replacement.  Greater sandhill cranes were seen nearby at Squaw Valley Creek meadows, and rattlesnake fern was found in sections 22, 23 and 26. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Mendocino Redwood Company to transition log 411 acres near Navarro, CA.


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THP 1-14-127 MEN (Hot Potato THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 411 acres; 100% transition logging.  Middle S. Branch Navarro River (MD: T15N R15W Sec.1, 2, 11, 12).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 34 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, 5 spotted owls within .7 mi, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/28/14. VIEW

This THP is about 15 miles west of Ukiah, CA, and about 3 miles NE of Navarro, CA at an elevation of 560 to 1,640 feet.  The THP area flows into 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.  There are 7 road failure sites including cutbank and fill slope failures along existing roads, and a debris slide above an existing tractor road.  Mendocino Redwood Company wants to use logging roads in areas of unstable soils at area F, use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging and use 3 existing landings within class II (medium sized) and class III (intermittent) watercourses.  34 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair and replacement.  For spotted owl nesting territory MEN0025: this THP will remove 59 acres of foraging habitat within .7 mi and for spotted owl nesting territory MEN0511: this THP will remove 25 acres of foraging habitat within .7 mi. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Campbell Timberlands to log on steep and unstable slopes NE of Fort Bragg, CA.


PANORAMIO Photo By Jan Graeser
THP 1-14-126 MEN (Simpson Luce THP) Campbell Timberlands, 181 acres; 75% selection, 25% variable retention logging.  Churchman Creek, Campbell Creek (MD: T19N R16W Sec.7, 17, 18, 19; T19N R17W Sec.12, 13, 14, 24).  Wet weather operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, 87 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, wet areas, herbicides, coho watershed, 3 spotted owls within .7 mi, red tree vole in unit L, marbled murrelet stand near haul road, scattered large trees. Estimated public comment deadline: 12/24/14. VIEW

This THP is about 7.5 miles NE of Fort Bragg, CA and Highway 1 at an elevation of 60 to 1,200 feet. Campbell Timberlands is planning a tractor and cable logging operation in redwood, Douglas fir, western hemlock and grand fir forests.  The THP area flows into the South Fork of the 10 Mile River and Campbell Creek which are listed as impaired for sediment and temperature.  There are 7 landslide sites including 3 deep seated landslide terrain sites and several debris slides related to old skid roads and watercourses.  There are also 6 wet areas in unit D, 2 wet areas in unit L, and 4 wet areas in unit R.  Campbell Timberlands is planning to use tractors on slopes over 50% grade with a high erosion hazard in units D, F, P and R, and tractors on steep slopes over 65% grade in units F and R.  They also want to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging in units L and N, and to use tractors on unstable slopes in unit D, on unstable slopes on the lower portion of unit F, and on unstable slopes in unit R.  87 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction and culvert repair/replacement.  There is a marbled murrelet stand within 1 mi, and also within 1,000 ft of a haul road. Spotted owl nesting territory MEN0248 is located within .25 mi of unit P, and this THP will remove 24.5 acres of nesting/roosting habitat within .7 mi. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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


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THP 1-14-125 MEN (3x4 Elk THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 1,393 acres; 87% group selection, 12% variable retention, 1% transition logging.  Lower Elk Creek (MD: T14N R16W Sec.5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 16, 17, 18).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, steep roads, 109 landslide terrain sites, 99 road failure sites, 54 road drainage work sites, herbicides, coho watershed, 7 spotted owls within .7 mi, osprey nest within 225 ft, white flowered rein orchid, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/19/14. VIEW

This THP is about 2.5 miles SE of Elk, CA along the coastline, and about 8 miles SW of Navarro, CA at an elevation of 80 feet to 1,600 feet.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Douglas fir and redwood forests.  The THP area flows into Lower Elk Creek which flows into the Pacific Ocean and contains steelhead and coho salmon.  There are 109 mapped landslide terrain sites including 1 deep seated landslide, and 108 shallow landslides. The deep seated landslide is located on the eastern edge of unit 4 between two class III watercourses (intermittent) and a class II (mid-sized) watercourse.  The shallow landslides include fill failures, cutbank failures, hummocky ground, slumping, and over-steepened scarps related to active and abandoned roads, landings and watercourses. There are 99 mapped road failure sites, however most of these locations are abandoned, 4 seasonal road sites are planned for re-construction, and 2 tractor road sites are planned for re-construction.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning to use tractors on shallow and deep seated landslide terrain, use tractors on slopes over 50% grade with a high erosion hazard in units 3, 4, 6 and 7, and to use tractors on steep slopes over 65% grade in units 1, 3, 4, 6 and 7.  They also want to use tractors on slopes over 50% grade that do not flatten before reaching a watercourse in units 1, 3, 4, 6 and 7, and to use several tractor roads inside a class II watercourse inside unit 7, and a tractor road near a spring inside unit 10.  54 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair/replacement and ditch cleaning.  There is an osprey nest within 225 ft of unit 4, and white flowered rein orchid was discovered in the cutbank of a haul road.  For spotted owl nesting territory MD089: this THP will remove 173 acres of nesting/roosting habitat within .7 mi; for spotted owl nesting territory MD090: this THP will remove 4 acres of nesting/roosting habitat within .7 mi; for spotted owl nesting territory MD143: this THP will remove 360 acres of nesting/roosting habitat within .7 mi; for spotted owl nesting territory MD181: this THP will remove 12 acres of nesting/roosting habitat within .7 mi; for spotted owl nesting territory MD282: this THP will remove 226 acres of nesting/roosting habitat within .7 mi; for spotted owl nesting territory MD525: this THP will remove 340 acres of nesting/roosting habitat within .7 mi; and for spotted owl nesting territory MD613: this THP will remove 107 acres of nesting/roosting habitat within .7 mi. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Sierra Pacific Industries planning a large fuel break THP near Arnold.


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THP 4-14-026 CAL (Love Creek Fuels Reduction THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 1,408 acres; 96% fuelbreak, 2% rehab, 1% sanitation salvage, 1% selection, 1% roadside logging.  Douds Landing, Moran Creek (MD: T4N R15E Sec.4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 18; T5N R15E Sec.33, 34).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, 36 road drainage work sites, herbicides, 6 CA spotted owls within 1.3 mi, goshawk within .5 mi, osprey within 1.5 mi, foothill yellow legged frog sightings nearby, pansy monkeyflower, Humboldt’s lily, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/05/15. VIEW

This THP lies between the communities of Arnold and Avery just south of Highway 4 and SW of Calaveras Big Trees State Park.  The THP area is adjacent to a large number of residential homes, and adjacent to Hunter Reservoir and McKay's Reservoir which provide drinking water for the Ebbett’s Pass area, and close to the North Fork of the Stanislaus River which provides drinking water for Arnold.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a large mostly fuel break tractor based logging operation in ponderosa pine, sugar pine, white fir, Douglas fir and incense cedar forests at an elevation of 3,200 to 4,500 feet.  2,700 feet of new road construction, 8,750 feet of road re-construction, and 11,350 feet of temporary road construction is planned.  SPI is proposing an exception to be able to use tracked excavators on slopes over 40%, and on slopes over 30% that do not flatten before reaching a watercourse for site preparation.  They also want to use a portion of the Segale Road within a class I watercourse (year round), and 2 landings inside class III (intermittent) watercourses.  36 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair/replacement and crossing re-construction.  There is a goshawk territory within .5 mi of the THP area in section 27, an osprey territory within 1.5 mi of the THP area in section 25, and 2 foothill yellow legged frogs were spotted nearby in section 7.  Pansy monkeyflower was found on a lava cap in section 33, and Humboldt’s lily was found along a road cut of the Love Creek Road in section 8.  The Doud Hill CA spotted owl nesting territory is within .5 mi of the THP area. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Timber Products Company to clearcut log on steep and unstable slopes near the crest of the Siskiyou Mountains.


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THP 2-14-099 SIS (Sterling THP) Timber Products Company, 97 acres; 69% clearcut, 21% shelterwood, 10% selection logging.  Deer Creek, Soda Creek (MD: T48N R8W Sec.19).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, 3 unstable areas, steep slopes up to 75%, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, 2 spotted owls within 1.3 mi, trees up to 104 years old.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/04/15. VIEW

This THP is about 39.5 miles NW of Yreka, CA and about 6 miles SE of Mt Ashland and close to the crest of the Siskiyou Mountains at an elevation of 4,900 to 6,100 feet.  The THP area flows from Deer Creek into Beaver Creek and on to the Klamath River which contains coho salmon, steelhead and chinook salmon and is listed as an impaired watershed.  Timber Products Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Douglas fir, white fir, ponderosa pine, sugar pine, incense cedar and high elevation red fir, western hemlock and western white pine forests. The THP area contains 2 unstable areas in unit 8 formed by an old skid trail along Deer Creek undercutting the hill slope, and 1 unstable area in unit 13 formed by an old skid trail constructed on steep slopes with excess side cast material. Within the THP area, numerous poorly placed skid trails have undercut the slopes, so as a so called mitigation 1,200 feet of road will be abandoned that already has unstable side cast, some of which has failed.  Timber Products wants to use tracked feller bunchers in areas designated for cable logging to fall trees, and to assist cable logging operations, and for fire line construction and the piling of slash.  Spotted owl nesting territory SIS0579 is .79 mi from unit 2, and spotted owl nesting territory SIS0102 is .59 mi from unit 9. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.