Monday, March 16, 2015

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log north of Twain Harte, CA.


PANORAMIC Photo By neutrino
THP 4-15-003 TUO (Oyster THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 218 acres; 49% clearcut, 19% no-harvest, 14% selection, 11% rehab, 4% seed tree, 2% meadow restoration, 1% roadside logging.  Lower Rose Creek, Deer Creek, Upper Rose Creek (MD: T3N R16E Sec.19, 20, 21, 22).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, 5 road drainage work sites, dry creek meadow, herbicides, 10 CA spotted owls within 1.3 mi, great gray owl within .25 mi, goshawk territory within .3 mi, trees up to 42" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 04/18/15. VIEW

This THP is about 8 miles NE of Sonora, CA and about 3 miles north of Twain Harte and Highway 108 at an elevation of 3,100 to 4,200 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor based logging operation in ponderosa pine, sugar pine, white fir, Douglas fir and incense cedar forests. The THP includes 4 acres of conifer removal around Dry Creek Meadow within section 20.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning to use tracked excavators for site prep on slopes up to 50% grade, and on slopes over 30% grade that do not flatten before reaching a class II (medium sized) watercourse.  Five road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction and culvert repair/replacement.  There is a goshawk territory within .3 mi of the THP area in section 27, and a great gray owl was reported to be within .25 mi of THP units in section 21. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

La Tour State Forest requesting an exception to log within 30 feet of streams for fire prevention.


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THP 2-15-008 SHA (Cave Rock THP) La Tour State Forest, 225 acres; 74% group selection, 20% clearcut, 4% no-harvest, 2% roadside logging.  Beal, Upper Battle Creek (MD: T32N R2E Sec.12, 13; T32N R3E Sec.7, 17, 18).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, 5 unstable areas, 26 road drainage work sites, herbicides, south cow creek campground, chinook watershed, 1 CA spotted owl within 1.3 mi, goshawk territory within .5 mi, fisher sighting in section 22, pine marten sightings in sections 7 and 24, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 04/17/15. VIEW

This THP is about 11 miles NE of Shingletown, CA and 23 miles SW of Burney, CA at an elevation of 5,320 to 6,330 feet.  La Tour State Forest is planning a tractor and cable logging operation in ponderosa pine, sugar pine, white fir, incense cedar, Douglas fir, Jeffrey fir and red fir forests.  The THP is adjacent to South Cow Creek Campground and near the Sierra Nevada crest.  There is a small cave 10 feet deep by 4 feet high which the THP is named after.  La Tour State Forest is proposing an exception to the Forest Practice Rules to be able to conduct individual tree and group selection logging to within 30 feet of streams for fuels and fire reduction. The desire to log closer to streams is suspect because these areas are already moist and well shaded and thus naturally fire resistant.  The logging industry is pushing to log closer to streams in the name of fire prevention which coincidently is where the largest trees now remain on private/state timberlands.  There are 5 unstable areas of over steepened banks along South Cow Creek.  La Tour State Forest is proposing to use ground based equipment on steep slopes designated for cable logging on 75 acres. There are 26 road drainage sites planned for work including rocking, dip construction and culvert repair/replacement.  A fisher was reported (2012) in section 22, a goshawk territory exists .5 mi to the west of the THP area in section 2, and a pine marten was detected in section 24 in 2005, 2006 and 2007, and in section 7 in 2010. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Mendocino Redwood Company to log near Comptche, CA and the Upper Albion River.


Comptche Image by zippymalone
THP 1-15-013 MEN (Jeep Trail THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 274 acres; 63% transition, 37% group selection logging.  Upper Albion River (MD: T16N R15W Sec.5, 6; T17N R15W Sec.31, 32).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 11 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, 2 spotted owls within .7 mi, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 04/04/15. VIEW

This THP is about 1.3 mi NE of Comptche, CA and about a dozen miles east of Mendocino, CA at an elevation of 360 to 1,560 feet.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation in redwood, Douglas fir and grand fir forests. The THP area drains into the North Fork of the Albion River and the Albion River which contains coho salmon and steelhead and is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning to use tractors on slopes up to 65% grade within units designated for cable logging. 11 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair/replacement and re-construction of washed out crossings.  For spotted owl nesting territory MD295; 13 acres of nesting/roosting habitat will be removed within .7 mi. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Mendocino Redwood Company to log on steep and unstable slopes NW of Ukiah, CA.


PANORAMIC Photo By Cascadia Vision Committee
THP 1-15-012 MEN (10 Mile THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 549.3 acres; 43% transition, 31% variable retention, 18% seed tree, 8% no-harvest, misc roadside logging.  Upper Ackerman Creek (MD: T15N R13W Sec.6, 7; T15N R14W Sec.1, 12; T16N R13W Sec.31; T16N R14W Sec.36).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 55%, landslide terrain, 38 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, 2 spotted owls within .7 mi, north coast semaphore grass, white flowered rein orchid, trees up to 36" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 03/26/15. VIEW

This THP is about 5 mi NW of Ukiah, CA and Highway 101 at an elevation of 1,200 to 2,489 feet.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in a Douglas fir forest. The THP area flows into the Russian River which is listed as impaired for sediment and contains chinook salmon, coho salmon and steelhead.  There are 18 landslide terrain sites including debris slides, cut bank failures, fill failures, disrupted ground, rockslides, earthflows and steep streamside slopes.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning to use tractors on unstable slopes on existing skid trails, and to use tractors on steep slopes up to 65% grade within units designated for cable logging.  They also want to construct 2 segments of road near a spring area, and construct 100 feet of road across an unstable area to avoid rare plants, and construct 100 feet of road across the toe of an older unstable area.  38 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair/replacement and re-construction of washed out crossings.  White flowered rein orchid was found along the cut bank of an existing seasonal road, and north coast semaphore grass was found at 3 locations inside and adjacent to unit 2, and an existing seasonal road.  For spotted owl territory MEN0446; this THP will remove 42 acres of foraging habitat within .7 mi, and for spotted owl territory MEN0566; this THP will remove 3 acres of foraging habitat within .7 mi. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.