Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log near Eagle Lake and Susanville.


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THP 2-15-038 LAS (Big Merrill THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 276 acres; 99% clearcut, 1% roadside logging.  Hog Flat Reservoir, Big Merrill Flat (MD: T30N R10E Sec.5, 6; T31N R10E Sec.32, 33).  Winter operations, low erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, 2 CA spotted owl territories within 1.3 mi, 7 goshawk territories within 1.3 mi, historic osprey nest within .5 mi, trees up to 125 years old.  Estimated public comment deadline: 08/06/15. VIEW

This THP is about 8 miles NE of Susanville, CA and about 3 miles south of Eagle Lake at an elevation of 5,760 to 6,360 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a clearcut tractor based logging operation in white fir, ponderosa pine sugar pine, incense cedar and Douglas fir forests.  The THP area is along the north side of Highway 44, near McCoy and Hogs Flat Reservoirs.  SPI wants to be able to construct short spur roads up to 500 feet to access units without pre-designation.  An historic (1971) osprey nest was reported to be within .5 mi of the THP area within section 33, and there are 7 goshawk territories; 3 of which are located near the THP area, and 4 territories south of highway 44. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut on highly erosive slopes near Stirling City and Inskip.


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THP 2-15-036 BUT (Shews THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 978 acres; 68% clearcut, 31% selection, 1% roadside logging.  Fall Creek, Crane Valley Big Kimshaw Creek (MD: T23N R4E Sec.2, 11, 13; T23N R5E Sec.6; T24N R4E Sec.1, 12, 13, 14, 23, 24, 25, 26, 35, 36; T24N R5E Sec.6, 8, 9, 16, 17, 18, 20, 21, 28, 29, 30, 31).  Winter operations, steep slopes up to 70%, extreme erosion hazard, road failure sites, 167 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, chips creek roadless area, wet area, 5 CA spotted owls within 1.3 mi, 2 goshawk territories within .25 mi, cascade frog within I mi, 3 sensitive plant species, trees up to 100 years old.  Estimated public comment deadline: 08/01/15. VIEW

This THP is about 20 miles NE of Chico, CA up near Stirling City and Inskip by the headwaters of Kimshew Creek.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on highly erosive granitic soils in ponderosa pine, sugar pine, white fir, Douglas fir and incense cedar forests at an elevation of 3,000 to 6,000 feet.  Sections 8 & 9 are adjacent to the Chips Creek Roadless Area, and the headwaters of Kimshaw Creek contains several waterfalls popular with hikers. There are multiple road failure sites including moderate rilling and sediment transport from seasonal roads 21OU2 and the P Line road, extensive rilling and sediment transport along seasonal roads 310R and 320R, and 300 feet of road failure along seasonal road 22OU5 inside a class I (year-round) watercourse.  1.9 miles of road construction is planned, and over .8 miles of road re-construction is planned.  SPI wants to use ground based equipment on steep slopes designated for cable logging to construct firebreaks and install waterbars.  167 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair/replacement and re-construction of washed out crossings.  A cascade frog was reported in section 19, and there are 3 goshawk territories nearby, including a goshawk territory within .25 mi of unit 5, a goshawk territory within .25 mi of unit 17, and a goshawk territory in section 1. Clifton’s eremogone were found in units 6, 26, 29, 30, 31, 33, 34, 35; close throat beardtongue was found in unit 3 and Mildred’s clarkia was found in units 12, 19, 20 and 21.  There are CA spotted owl nesting territories within .25 mi of units 6, 7, 19, 20, and 21. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Mendocino Redwood Company planning another THP near Compatche, CA.



THP 1-15-062 MEN (Pit Stop THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 710 acres; 61% transition, 20% group selection, 19% variable retention, misc no-harvest logging.  Lower North Fork Big River, Two Log Creek, East Branch North Fork Big River (MD: T17N R15W Sec.20, 21, 27, 28, 29).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, steep roads, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 71 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, 5 spotted owls within .7 mi, Oregon gold thread, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 08/01/15. VIEW

This THP is about 11 miles SW of Willits, CA and about 3 miles NE of Compatche, CA at an elevation of 200 to 1,200 feet.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood and Douglas fir forests. The THP area drains into the Big River which is listed as impaired for sediment and temperature. There are 12 road failure sites including multiple fillslope and cut bank failures, and road bed re-construction planned across active and dormant earth flows.  Mendocino Redwood Company wants to use tractors on steep slopes over 65% grade with a moderate erosion hazard, use tractors on steep slopes over 65% grade to end line logs, and construct seasonal roads on steep slopes over 65% grade.  71 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  Populations of Oregon gold thread were found along the banks of the North Fork of the Big River. For spotted owl nesting territory MD075 (2013): foraging habitat decreased by 4 acres within .7 mi; for spotted owl nesting territory MD239 (2014) foraging habitat decreased by 18 acres within .7 mi; and for spotted owl nesting territory MD438 (2014) foraging habitat decreased by 37 acres within .7 mi.  This THP is just north of Mendocino Redwood Company’s  1-15-013 MEN (Jeep Trail) and 1-15-031 MEN (Mettick-Poverty) THPs. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log near the mouth of the Klamath River.


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THP 1-15-060 DEL (B10 13/18 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 67.5 acres; 87% clearcut, 13% no-harvest logging.  Lower Turwar Creek (HUM: T13N R2E Sec.8).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, steep roads, landslide terrain, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, marbled murrelet stand near haul road, 3 spotted owls within 1.3 mi, 2 bald eagle territories within 2.24 mi, southern torrent salamander and tailed frog sightings nearby, trees up to 40" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 07/23/15. VIEW

This THP is within a few miles of the towns of Klamath and Klamath Glen where the Klamath River meets the Pacific Ocean.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut feller buncher, shovel and cable logging operation in Douglas fir, redwood and western cedar forests at an elevation of 400 to 1,800 feet. The THP area drains down Turwar Creek into the Klamath River which is listed as an impaired watershed and contains coho, chinook salmon and steelhead.  There are seven landslide terrain sites in the NE portion of unit C, located within the 4.5 acre no harvest area.  Two bald eagle territories were reported to be 2.24 mi south of the THP area, and southern torrent salamanders and tailed frogs have been spotted along Turwar Creek.  A marbled murrelet stand is located within 300 feet of the A10 haul road, and 1 mile north of the THP area.  There are spotted owl nesting territories within .5 mi of units A, B and C. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Mendocino Redwood Company planning a THP near Elk, CA.


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THP 1-15-058 MEN (Beacon 2015 THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 108 acres; 56% transition, 44% selection logging.  Lower Elk Creek (MD: T14N R16W Sec.4, 5, 8, 9).  Wet weather operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, 13 road drainage work sites, coho watershed, 1 spotted owl within .7 mi, trees up to 30" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 07/23/15. VIEW

This THP is about 4 mi SE of Elk, CA and Highway 1 at an elevation of 1,120 to 1,800 feet.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir and grand fir forests.  There are 3 landslide terrain sites near an old scarp and existing road, near an existing road and spring, and on hummocky grounds.  Ground based equipment is proposed for use on landslide terrain, on steep slopes over 65% grade, and on slopes over 50% grade with a high or extreme erosion hazard.  An existing road and landing are also proposed for use inside a class II (mid-sized) watercourse. 13 road drainage sites will require work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, and culvert repair/replacement. 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 1-15-057 HUM (Holter Ridge THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 175.2 acres; 57% clearcut, 26% selection, 13% no-harvest, 4% no-harvest logging.  Upper Tectah Creek, Lower Tectah Creek (HUM: T11N R2E Sec.27, 28, 29, 32, 33).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 42 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, redwood national park, herbicides, oversized units, coho watershed, 2 spotted owls within 1.3 mi, fisher sightings in unit B, southern torrent salamander and tailed frog sightings in Tectah Creek, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 07/23/15. VIEW

This THP is about 5 miles east of Orick, CA, just east of the Redwood National Park boundary at an elevation of 520 to 2,100 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in redwood, Douglas fir and western hemlock forests. The THP area drains down Tectah Creek into the Klamath River which is listed as an impaired watershed and contains coho, chinook salmon, steelhead and coastal cutthroat trout. To hide the effects of clearcutting, there will be a light cut within 200 feet of the boundary with Redwood National Park (units A, B and C).  There is shallow rapid landslide terrain in units B, C and D, and multiple road failure sites including fill failures, cut bank failures and road bed channeling.  42 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and re-construction of washed out crossings.  The THP includes over 7,800 feet of seasonal road construction, and 11,352 feet of seasonal road re-construction. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.