Thursday, January 29, 2015

Green Diamond Resource Company to log near Patrick’s Point State Park.


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THP 1-15-003 HUM (BL Combo 3600 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 201 acres; 63% commercial thin, 29% clearcut, 5% no-harvest, 2% selection, 1% special logging.  McDonald Creek (HUM: T9N R1W Sec.24, 25, 26, 35, 36).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, steep roads, 2 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, patrick’s point state park, coho watershed, 2 spotted owls within 1.3 mi, 2 osprey nests within .25 mi, Sonoma tree vole in unit A, northern red legged frog in unit C, running pine, trees up to 50" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 02/19/15. VIEW

This THP is 4 miles north of Trinidad, CA and across from Highway 101 and Patrick’s Point State Park at an elevation of 300 to 550 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation in Douglas fir, redwood, grand fir and Sitka spruce forests.  There is an acre of special treatment zone where no harvesting will occur within unit D to hide the effects of logging adjacent to highway 101.  4,900 feet of temporary road, 1,700 feet of road re-construction and 1,900 feet of seasonal road is proposed.  Two segments of steep road over 20% grade are proposed for re-construction within unit D.  There are 2 osprey nests including an historic osprey nest within .25 mi of unit E, and an osprey nest within .25 mi of the BL 3200 road.  A bald eagle nesting territory is located 2.05 miles north of the THP area, and there is marbled murrelet habitat within 1.7 mi of the THP area.  Running pine was found at the junction of the BL 3700 and BL 3750 roads in unit E. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log near Redwood Creek.


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THP 1-15-002 HUM (K&K Roaring Gulch THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 161.5 acres; 83% clearcut, 9% no-harvest, 6% selection, 2% roadside logging.  Roaring Gulch (HUM: T7N R2E Sec.1, 2; T8N R2E Sec.25, 26, 35, 36; T8N R3E Sec.30, 31).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, landslide terrain, 5 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, 6 spotted owls within 1.3 mi, fisher sighting in unit A, southern torrent salamanders adjacent to unit F, running pine, trees up to 30" dbh. Estimated public comment deadline: 02/19/15. VIEW

This THP is about a dozen miles east of Trinidad, CA and about a dozen miles NE of Arcata, CA.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut feller buncher, cable and shovel logging operation in Douglas fir, redwood and western hemlock forests. The THP area flows into Redwood Creek which is impaired for sediment and temperature and contains coho, steelhead and chinook salmon.  Units A, C and D are underlain by dormant rockslides and/or earthflows, and unit F has a historic debris slide.  5 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  Running pine was found along the southern boundary of unit C, and inside unit F.  There is a spotted owl nesting territory within .25 mi of unit B. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Green Diamond Resource Company to log on steep and unstable slopes near Eureka.


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THP 1-15-001 HUM (McKay R8 Combo THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 299.5 acres; 81% commercial thin, 11% no-harvest, 8% clearcut, misc selection, misc roadside logging.  Ryan Slough (HUM: T4N R1E Sec.5, 6, 7, 8; T4N R1W Sec.1, 2, 12).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain in units B and D, 17 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, oversized units, coho watershed, 8 spotted owls within 1.3 mi, peregrine falcon and osprey within .25 mi, coastal cutthroat trout and steelhead nearby, trees up to 40" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 02/19/15. VIEW

This THP is a few miles SE of Eureka, CA and Highway 101 at an elevation of 100 to 700 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir and sitka spruce forests.  The THP area contains landslide terrain in units B and D, and flows down Ryan Creek into Humboldt Bay. 17 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  There is a peregrine falcon erie and an osprey nest within .25 mi of unit B, and several of the R line roads.  Coastal cutthroat trout and steelhead were reported to be in streams adjacent to units A, B and C.  Spotted owl nesting territories are located within .25 mi of units B, C and D, and also within .5 mi of unit A. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log near Platina, CA.


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THP 2-15-003 SHA (Shatner THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 467 acres; 97% clearcut, 3% selection logging.  Chanchelulla Creek, Harrison Gulch, Knob Gulch (MD: T30N R10W Sec.22, 26, 27, 28, 34, 35, 36).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, steep road, unstable area, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, 2 spotted owls within 1.3mi, Siskiyou onion, redwood lily, trees up to 30" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 02/27/15. VIEW

This THP is about 28 miles SW of Redding, CA and about 4 miles NW of the town of Platina, CA at an elevation of 3,480 to 5,280 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor based logging operation in Douglas fir, ponderosa pine, incense cedar, white fir and sugar pine forests.  The THP area flows into Browns Creek and the Trinity River which is listed as impaired for sediment/siltation and contains salmon and steelhead.  There is an unstable area in section 26.  SPI wants to use tractors on steep slopes exceeding 65% grade in units 22A, 26L, 27I, 27D and 28T, and use an existing road segment with a steep grade exceeding 15% in section 27.  They also want to use a rocked county road inside a class I watercourse with reduced watercourse protection buffers. Siskiyou onion was found west of unit 35X, and redwood lily was located just outside of unit 28C. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log NE of Shingletown, CA.


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THP 2-14-112 SHA (Timberino THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 367 acres; 100% clearcut, misc roadside logging.  Upper South Fork Bear Creek, Beal (MD: T32N R2E Sec.26, 27, 28, 33, 34, 35).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, 21 road drainage work sites, herbicides, chinook watershed, CA spotted owl within 2 mi, fisher within .5 mi, western pond turtle within .5 mi, giant checkerbloom, Coleman’s piperia, scattered large trees. Estimated public comment deadline: 02/08/15. VIEW

This THP is about 8 miles NE of Shingletown, CA and about 5 miles north of Highway 44 at an elevation of 4,200 to 5,900 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a clearcut tractor based logging operation in ponderosa pine, sugar pine, white fir, incense cedar and Douglas fir forests.  SPI is planning to use tractors on slopes over 50% grade within unit 262 that do not flatten before reaching a class III (intermittent) watercourse.  They also want to be able to construct un-flagged "jump roads" under 500 feet to connect road spurs with landings.  21 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction and culvert repair/replacement. There is a goshawk 2.5 mi north of the THP area, and a California spotted owl was spotted 2 mi east of the THP area.  A bald eagle was reported to be 2.5 mi south of the THP area at Lake McCumber, and in 2012 a fisher was spotted .5 mi north of the THP area (section 22).  A Western pond turtle was also reported to be in Thatcher Pond near Thatcher Meadows .5 mi south of the THP (section 4).  Giant checkerbloom was observed outside unit 282 across the road in a moist area and also in section 34, Coleman’s piperia was observed in unit 260 growing under the shaded canopy of the forest. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log SE of Trinidad, CA.


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THP 1-14-139 HUM (The Little River 15 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 159.5 acres; 69% clearcut, 13% commercial thin, 9% selection, 9% no-harvest logging.  Lower South Fork, Headwaters Little River (HUM: T7N R1E Sec.1; T7N R2E Sec.3, 4, 7, 8, 16, 17; T8N R2E Sec.17, 32, 34).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, landslide terrain, 4 road drainage work sites, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, 12 spotted owls within 1.3 mi, coastal tailed frogs and southern torrent salamanders in unit B, peregrine falcon within 1.2 mi, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/26/15. VIEW

This THP is about 8 miles SE of Trinidad, CA and about 9 miles NE of Arcata, CA at an elevation of 450 to 2,000 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Douglas fir and redwood forests.  There is shallow rapid landslide terrain upslope from a class II watercourse in unit D, and 2 shallow rapid landslides upslope from a class II watercourse along the SW portion of unit F.  2, 540 feet of temporary road is proposed, and 9,130 feet of seasonal road is proposed.  A road will be re-constructed along a ridge and near a class II wet area in unit F.  Four road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction and culvert repair/replacement.  There is a spotted owl nesting territory within .25 mi of unit C. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Green Diamond Resource Company to log on steep and unstable slopes near Fortuna.


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THP 1-14-137 HUM (Middle Salmon 15 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 214.4 acres;  56% commercial thin, 24% clearcut, 9% selection, 9% no-harvest, 2% roadside logging.  Middle Salmon Creek, Palmer Creek (HUM: T3N R1W Sec.14, 15, 23, 24, 26).  Wet weather operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, 12 landslide terrain sites, road failure sites, 32 road drainage work sites, herbicides, coho watershed, 12 spotted owls within 1.3 mi, 5 osprey nests within .25 mi, trees up to 50" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/26/15. VIEW

This THP is 1.8 miles north of Fortuna, CA and Highway 101 at an elevation of 40 to 1,500 feet. The THP area flows into the Eel River which is listed as impaired for sediment and temperature and contains Chinook salmon, coho salmon, steelhead and coastal cutthroat trout.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir, and grand fir forests.  There are 12 landslide terrain sites including several abandoned skid roads in unit A that triggered debris slides, steep headwall swales, and earthflows and debris slides in unit B related to instability caused by Salmon Creek.  There are high pressure gas lines adjacent to units D, G, E and H, and a power line adjacent to unit G.  32 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair/replacement and road bed restoration of washed out crossings, sinkholes, fill failures and cut bank failures.  4 osprey nests are located within .25 mi of the SA 1000 haul road, 1 osprey nest is located within .25 mi of unit A, 2 osprey nests are located within .25 mi of unit B, and 2 osprey nests are located within .25 mi of unit E.  Chinook salmon, steelhead and coastal cutthroat trout are also located adjacent to units A and B.  There are spotted owl nesting territories within .25 mi of units A, B, C, D and within .5 mi of units E, F, G, H. 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 1-14-136 HUM (Bald Hills 14 #2 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 164 acres; 60% clearcut, 24% selection, 12% no-harvest, 4% roadside logging.  Upper Roach Creek (HUM: T9N R2E Sec.2, 3, 4, 10, 11; T10N R2E Sec.33, 34).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 21 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, Redwood National Park, 5 spotted owls within 1.3 mi, tree vole sighting in unit D, tailed frog sightings in unit C, coastal cutthroat trout and steelhead sightings in unit B, trees up to 50" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/26/15. VIEW

This THP is about 6 miles SE of Orick, CA and Highway 101 along the eastern boundary of Redwood National Park (units A and D are adjacent).  The THP area drains into the Klamath River which is an impaired watershed that contains coastal cutthroat trout, steelhead, chinook and coho salmon.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood and Douglas fir forests.  There is a unstable headwall swale below a road in unit B, and an unstable area caused by multiple skid trails bisecting a watercourse in unit C.  Construction of a seasonal road is proposed inside a class II watercourse to access unit C.  21 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair/replacement, and road bed stabilization of washed out crossings, sinkholes and fill failures.  Coastal cutthroat trout and steelhead were reported to be in Roach Creek adjacent to unit B, and coastal tailed frogs were located adjacent to unit C.  There was a tree vole sighting in unit D. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log near Eagle Lake.


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THP 2-14-108 LAS (Romstock THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 755 acres; 52% clearcut, 45% shelterwood, 3% aspen restoration, misc roadside logging.  Murrers Upper Meadow (MD: T31N R11E Sec.10, 13, 14, 15, 16, 22, 23, 24).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, unstable area, 16 road drainage work sites, wet meadow, herbicides, greater sandhill crane sightings, bald eagle within 1.5 mi, osprey nest within 2 mi, sharp shinned hawk sighting, Susanville beardtongue, moonworts, trees up to 24" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/26/15. VIEW

This THP is 7 miles north of Susanville, CA and within a few miles of the southern shore of Eagle Lake at an elevation of 5,400 to 6,900 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a clearcut and shelterwood removal tractor based logging operation in Jeffrey pine, ponderosa pine, sugar pine and white fir forests.  There is a slide below an abandoned road near a class III (intermittent) watercourse in section 13, and a wet meadow in the vicinity of the aspen restoration units.  22 acres of thinning conifers around aspens (aspen restoration treatment) is planned, and 6,710 feet of new seasonal roads will be constructed. Ground based equipment is proposed for use on slopes under 50% grade to assist yoder (hydraulic loader with drum winch capable of partial suspension of logs) operations. The use and abandonment of a landing is proposed inside a class II (mid sized) watercourse, and a road is planned for use inside a watercourse in aspen restoration unit 3.  16 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction and culvert repair/replacement.  There is an osprey nest located 2 miles NW of the THP area at Eagle Lake, and bald eagle nests are located at Eagle Lake (2 mi) and Round Valley Reservoir (1.5 mi) from the THP area.  Greater Sandhill cranes were reported nearby at Papoose Meadow and Coleman Lake, and there is an historic (1981) goshawk nest located 1.5 miles north of the THP area. Susanville beardtongue was found in and adjacent to harvest units, and 3 populations of moonworts were found in aspen restoration units. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Sierra Pacific Industries to log in nice high elevation stands near Bowman Lake.


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THP 2-14-107 NEV (Marsh THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 1,235 acres; 78% group selection, 11% commercial thin, 10% clearcut, 2% selection logging.  Poorman Creek, East Fork Creek, Bear Creek (MD: T18N R11E Sec.1, 2, 3, 12; T18N R12E Sec.6, 7; T19N R11E Sec.36).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, herbicides, small wet meadow, 6 CA spotted owls within 1.3 mi, Cooper’s hawk in section 36, Sierra Nevada yellow legged frogs in section 10, mountain beaver in section 1, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/26/15. VIEW

This THP is about 10 miles north of Emigrant Gap and I-80 near Bowman Lake, a popular camping and fishing lake at an elevation of 5,400 to 6,500 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly group selection tractor based logging operation in high elevation stands of white fir, ponderosa pine, sugar pine, Jeffrey pine, red fir and lodgepole pine.  SPI is claiming the presence of root disease, beetles and mistletoe (such conditions are normal for high elevation stands but are often used by timber companies to justify logging).  There is a small wet meadow in the THP area, and section 3 is adjacent to the Middle Yuba Roadless Area.  SPI wants to construct 2 roads to access a watercourse for water drafting.  A mountain beaver was discovered in 2014 at Poorman Creek within section 1, and there have been multiple sightings of a wolverine in the general area between 2008 to 2012.  Six California spotted owl territories are located within 1.3 miles of the THP area; in sections 3, 10, 18, 34, and 36. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.