Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log up against the Trinity Alps Wilderness.


Stoney Ridge Trail PANORAMIC Photo By aliandgohiking
THP 2-15-021 TRI (Yesmon THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 195 acres; 75% clearcut, 16% selection, 9% seed tree logging.  Stoney Creek, Trinity Alps Creek (MD: T35N, R9W, Sec 15, 21, 27).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, 17 road drainage work sites, unstable areas, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, trinity alps wilderness nearby, stoney ridge trail, elk gulch trail, 2 spotted owls within 1.3 mi, bald eagle and osprey sightings nearby, 7 sensitive plant species, trees up to 50" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 05/24/15. VIEW

This THP is about 10 miles NE of Weaverville, CA and a few miles west of Trinity Lake near the Bridge Camp Trailhead that leads into the Trinity Alps Wilderness.  Unit 1385 in section 15 is adjacent to the Trinity Alps Wilderness boundary, and the THP area contains 2 trails; the Stoney Ridge Trail in section 15 (unit 1385), and the Elk Gulch Trail in section 21 (units 1390 and 560).  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor logging operation in Douglas fir, ponderosa pine, incense cedar, white fir and sugar pine forests at an elevation of 2,400 to 5,200 feet.  There are unstable areas in sections 15, 21 and 27, and SPI wants to build a new temporary road crossing at the Stuart Fork stream to access their landlocked lands in section 27.  Two skid trails are proposed for use inside a class II (mid sized) watercourse, 3 landings are proposed for use inside a class II watercourse, and a landing is proposed for use inside a class III (intermittent) watercourse.  They also want to use tractors on steep slopes over 65% grade within units 565 and 3527.  17 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction and culvert repair/replacement.  California pitcher plant was found in unit 560, Congdon’s buckwheat was found on the edge of unit 1385, Engelmann’s desert parsley was found on the edge of unit 1385, slender false lupine was found in units 575, 1390, 550, 565, 560 and 1288, California’s lady slipper was found in unit 560, Oregon fireweed was found in unit 560, and Cascade grass of parnassus was found in sections 15,16 and 22. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.
 

Mendocino Redwood Company to log on steep and unstable slopes in the Upper Albion River area.


MRC hack and squirt herbicide use, Redwood Coast Watersheds Alliance website.
THP 1-15-031 MEN (Mettick-Poverty THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 584 acres; 82% transition, 11% variable retention, 7% seed tree logging.  Mettick Creek, Upper Albion River (MD: T16N, R15W, Sec 3,4,9,10).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 45 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, 7 spotted owls within 1.3 mi, trees up to 54" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 05/20/15. VIEW

This THP is about 2.25 miles east of Comptche, CA in the Upper Albion River Watershed at an elevation of 560 to 1,520 feet.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation in redwood and Douglas fir forests. The THP area flows into Big River and the Albion River which are listed as impaired watersheds for sediment and temperature and contain coho salmon and steelhead.  There are 18 landslide terrain sites including multiple debris slides and earth flows, and 15 road failure sites including multiple cut bank failures, fill failures and bank sloughing sites.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning to use tractors on steep slopes up to 65% grade within units designated as cable logging to swing yard and for guy line anchors.  They also want to do some re-construction of existing roads on unstable soils, and use roads and landings inside a class II (mid-sized) watercourse and near a wet area. 45 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  For spotted owl nesting territory MD0170 (2014): foraging habitat will decrease by 25 acres within .7 mi; for spotted owl nesting territory MD0079 (2012) foraging habitat will decrease by 113 acres within .7 mi; and for spotted owl nesting territory MD0076 (2014) foraging habitat will decrease by 136 acres within .7 mi. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Humboldt Redwood Company to log in large tree stands NE of Grizzly Creek State Park.


PANORAMIC Photo By Rob Gendreau
THP 1-15-027 HUM (Griz 14 THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 126.7 acres; 44% variable retention, 33% group selection, 10% selection, 9% no-harvest, 4% roadside logging.  Stevens Creek, Grizzly Creek, Swains Flat (HUM: T1N, R2E, Sec 1; T1N, R3E, Sec 5,6,7).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, steep roads, landslide terrain, 17 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, logging inside large tree stands, grizzly creek redwoods nearby, coho watershed, 12+ spotted owls within 1.3 mi, trees up to 40" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 05/10/15. VIEW

This THP is about a mile NE of Grizzly Creek State Park and Highway 36 near Maple Grove, CA.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation in redwood, grand fir and Douglas fir forests at an elevation of 700 to 1,600 feet.  The THP area drains into the Van Duzen River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature.  There are 20 active to dormant landslide terrain sites in the THP area including earth flows, debris slides, rock slides and steep inner gorges. Logging inside large tree stands will occur along the SW corner of the THP area.  Humboldt Redwood Company plans to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging to long line trees, swing yard and provide tail holds, and use heavy equipment for a skid trail re-opening through a class III (intermittent) watercourse. 17 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, ditch cleaning, dip construction and culvert repair/replacement. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Green Diamond Resource Company to log NE of Eureka, CA.


Jacoby Creek Watershed Photo by EPIC
THP 1-15-026 HUM (G-140 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 181.4 acres; 36% clearcut, 33% commercial thin, 16% selection, 15% no-harvest logging.  Lower Jacoby Creek (HUM: T5N, R1E, Sec 10,14,15).  Wet weather operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, 9 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, 3 spotted owls within 1.3 mi, bald eagle within .52 mi, 26 osprey nests within .25 mi, 2 peregrine falcon nests within .25 mi, southern torrent salamander sightings in units D,E and G, trees up to 40" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 05/10/15. VIEW

This THP is about 5 miles NE of Eureka, CA and about a mile south of Bayside and Highway 101.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation in redwood, Douglas fir, grand fir and western hemlock forests. The THP area drains into Jacoby Creek which is listed as impaired for sediment and contains chinook, coho salmon, steelhead, and coastal cutthroat trout.  9 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair/replacement and re-construction of washed out crossings. There are 26 current and historic osprey nest sites within .25 mi of the THP area; including 2 nests within unit A, one nest within unit B, and 2 nests within unit F.  One bald eagle territory lies .52 mi west of the THP area, and 2 peregrine falcon nests are located within .25 mi of unit B, and within .5 mi of units A,C,D,E and G.  Spotted owl nesting territories are located within .5 mi of unit B. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut near Hayfork, CA


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THP 2-15-015 TRI (2D Glades THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 344 acres; 99% clearcut, 1% roadside logging.  Duncan Creek, Potato Creek (MD: T31N, R10W, Sec 8,17,18,20,29).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, wells mountain roadless area, herbicides, coho watershed, 3 spotted owls within 1.3mi, Clustered lady's slipper, Howell's lewisia, scattered large trees. Estimated public comment deadline: 05/06/15. VIEW

This THP is about 7 - 8 miles east of Hayfork, CA and Highway 3 at an elevation of 3,280 to 5,020 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in Douglas fir, ponderosa pine, white fir, sugar pine and incense cedar forests.  The THP area flows into the South Fork of the Trinity River which is listed as impaired for sediment/siltation and temperature and contains chinook, coho salmon and steelhead.  SPI is planning to use tractors in units designated for cable logging, and use tractors on slopes up to 60% grade with a high erosion hazard to construct fire breaks.  The Wells Mountain roadless area is located in adjacent sections 7, 13 and 19.  Clustered lady's slipper was found in unit 2039, and Howell's lewisia was found in section 3. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Timber Products Company to log near Port Orford cedar stands in the Sacramento Canyon.


Port Orford cedar Photo By Wikipedia and USFS
THP 2-15-014 SHA (Hunter THP) Timber Products Company, 74 acres; 65% shelterwood, 34% clearcut, 1% roadside logging. Flume Creek (MD: T37N, R4W, Sec 4).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, herbicides, fisher sighting nearby, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 05/03/15. VIEW

This THP is in the Sacramento Canyon about 3 miles south of Castella, CA and across the road from I-5 at an elevation of 1,800 to 2,400 feet.  Timber Products Company is planning a clearcut and shelterwood (overstory removal) tractor and cable logging operation in Douglas fir, ponderosa pine, sugar pine, white fir and Port Orford cedar forests.  Port Orford cedar is uncommon in the Sacramento Canyon, and logging can spread Port Orford cedar root rot disease.  The THP area contains road failure sites and unstable areas including 2 unstable areas along the banks of a class II (mid-sized) watercourse, 2 unstable ares with hummocky ground inside a tractor clearcut unit, and 3 road failure sites with roadside fill failures in sections 4, 9 and within unit 2.  Ground based equipment is proposed for use in units designated for cable logging inside units 3 and 4. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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


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THP 1-15-022 MEN (Dutchman East THP) Campbell Timberlands, 217 acres; 54% variable retention, 40% selection, 6% commercial thin logging.  Redwood Creek, Churchman Creek, Campbell Creek (MD: T19N, R16W, Sec 10,11,14,15,23).  Wet weather operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 95 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, 2 spotted owls within .7mi, trees up to 48" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 05/01/15. VIEW

This THP is about a dozen miles NE of Fort Bragg, CA and Highway 1 at an elevation of 400 to 1,680 feet.  Campbell Timberlands is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir, western hemlock and grand fir forests. The THP area flows into the Ten Mile River which is listed as an impaired watershed for temperature and sediment.  There are multiple dormant and active earthflows and landslides above the North Fork of Redwood Creek, near North Fork of Gulch Two and above Redwood Creek.  Campbell Timberlands is planning to use tractors on unstable soils in units C, H, I, L, and M; and use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging to construct fire lines.  They also are planning to use ground based equipment on steep slopes over 65%, and on slopes over 50% grade with a moderate erosion hazard in units A, C, H, I, L and M.  Tractor roads are proposed for use inside a class II (mid-sized) watercourse at 4 locations, inside a class III (intermittent) watercourse at 5 locations, and near a wet area.  95 road drainage sites require work including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair/replacement, ditch cleaning and re-construction of washed out crossings. An unoccupied marbled murrelet stand is located near a haul road. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Green Diamond Resource Company to log near the Korbel Mill and Blue Lake, CA.


Korbel Mill, Photo By www.krcrtv.com
THP 1-15-018 HUM (Korbel Combo 16 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 305 acres; 76% commercial thin, 14% no-harvest, 10% clearcut logging.  Hutchery Creek, Powers Creek (HUM: T5N, R2E, Sec 3, T6N, R2E, Sec 21,27,28,33,34).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 80%, landslide terrain, 11 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, 12+ spotted owls within 1.3 mi, fisher sighting in unit D, coastal tailed frog and southern torrent salamander sightings, trees up to 36" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 04/26/15. VIEW

This THP is adjacent to the town of Blue Lake and the Korbel Mill near Highway 299 at an elevation of 150 to 1,100 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly commercial thin tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, grand fir and Douglas fir forests.  The THP area flows into the North Fork of the Mad River and the Mad River which is listed as impaired for sediment, temperature and turbidity and contains coho salmon, chinook salmon, steelhead and coastal cutthroat trout.  There are 16 unstable areas mostly related to unit C including steep headwall swales, over steepened banks, earthflows, debris slides, and rock slides. 11 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings. Southern torrent salamanders were seen along Sullivan Gulch and along the tributaries of the North Fork of the Mad River.  Coastal tailed frogs were reported to be near units B and E, and also along the North Fork of the Mad River.  There are spotted owl nesting territories within .5 mi of units A,B,E and F. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Campbell Timberlands to log on steep and unstable slopes near Westport, CA.


PANORAMIC Photo By CaseyR.
THP 1-15-016 MEN (South Side Wages Creek THP) Campbell Timberlands, 153 acres; 76% clearcut, 24% selection logging.  Rider Gulch (MD: T21N R17W Sec.26, 27, 34, 35, 36).  Wet weather operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, landslide terrain, 56 road drainage work sites, coho watershed, 3 spotted owls within .7 mi, marbled murrelet stand near haul road, trees up to 50" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 04/24/15. VIEW

This THP is about 13 miles north of Fort Bragg, CA and about 2.3 miles east of Westport, CA and Highway 1 at an elevation of 360 to 1,480 feet.  Campbell Timberlands is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood and Douglas fir forest. The THP area contains 6 landslide terrain sites including 4 deep seated landslide terrain sites with minimal displacement, and 2 shallow landslide areas at the upper portion of Robert's Gulch and inside unit H. Tractors are proposed for use on steep slopes over 65% grade in unit G, and on slopes over 50% grade with a high or extreme erosion hazard in unit F. 56 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  For spotted owl nesting territory MEN0073 (2014); nesting/roosting habitat will be reduced by 5 acres within .7 mi, and foraging habitat will be reduced by 60.3 acres within .7 mi.  For spotted owl nesting territory MEN0131 (2014); nesting/roosting habitat will be reduced by 21.1 acres within .7 mi.  For spotted owl nesting territory MEN0234 (2014); nesting/roosting habitat will be reduced by 26.1 acres within .7 mi, and foraging habitat will be reduced by 16 acres within .7 mi. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.