Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut east of Trinity Lake


PANORAMIC Photo By backmans
THP 2-15-057 TRI (Wild Watson THP) Sierra Pacific Industries; 65 acres; 97% clearcut, 3% roadside logging. Grouse Lake, Halls Gulch, Watson Creek (MD: T37N R6W Sec.29).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, 2 unstable areas, wet area, 23 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, 2 sensitive plant species, scattered trees over 30" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 10/31/15. VIEW

This THP is 9 miles SE of Coffee Creek, CA, and about 6 miles NE of Trinity Center on the eastern side of Trinity Lake at an elevation of 3,000 to 4,000 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging in ponderosa pine, sugar pine, Douglas fir, white fir and incense cedar forests.  There are 2 unstable areas in sections 30 and 31.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging inside units 29A and 29B. Twenty three road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction and culvert repair/replacement.  Howell’s lewisia and slender false lupine were found in unit 29A. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut on steep and unstable slopes near Big Lagoon, CA.


PANORAMIC Photo By nthawoodz
THP 1-15-101 HUM (Lower Maple Creek THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 121 acres; 71% clearcut, 19% no-harvest, 9% selection, 1% roadside logging. Maple Creek, Pitcher Creek (HUM: T9N R1E Sec.19, 28, 29, 30, 32, 33).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, landslide terrain, oversized units, 3 road drainage work sites, herbicides, coho watershed, 6 spotted owls within 1.3 mi, 3 osprey nests within .25 mi of haul roads, Sonoma tree vole and red legged frog sightings near unit E, bald eagle nest within 1.6 mi, trees up to 60" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 10/31/15. VIEW

This THP is a few miles SE of Big Lagoon and about 5 miles NE of Trinidad, CA and Highway 101 at an elevation of 40 to 720 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Sitka spruce, Douglas fir, grand fir, western hemlock and redwood forests.  The THP area flows into Maple Creek which contains coho, chinook, steelhead and coastal cutthroat trout.  There are 8 unstable areas within units B, C and E, including 5 shallow rapid landslide terrain sites, and 3 deep seated landslide terrain sites.  Three road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction and culvert repair/replacement.  There is an osprey nest within .25 mi of the mainline LP Mill Road, and 2 osprey nests within .25 mi of the BL2000 Road.  A bald eagle nest is located 1.6 miles north of the THP area, and there are spotted owl nesting territories within .25 mi of units A, B and C. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut near Trinidad, CA.


PANORAMIC Photo By nthawoodz
THP 1-15-100 HUM (Maple Creek West 17 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 139.4 acres; 59% clearcut, 37% selection, 4% no-harvest logging. Maple Creek (HUM: T8N R1E Sec.5, 6, 7, 8, 9).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, landslide terrain, 5 road drainage work sites, coho watershed, 4 spotted owls within 1.3 mi, 2 osprey nests within .25 mi, fisher sighting within unit D, herbicides, trees up to 40" dbh. Estimated public comment deadline: 10/31/15. VIEW

This THP is about 2.5 mi NE of Trinidad, CA and Highway 101 at an elevation of 330 to 1,380 feet. Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut feller buncher, cable and shovel logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir and Sitka spruce forests.  There are several landslide complexes in unit B including a debris slide slope bound by 2 dormant to active slides along the NW side of the unit, and several active to dormant slides along the SW side of the unit.  Green Diamond Resource Company wants to re-construct a segment of road on slopes over 50% grade within 100 feet of a watercourses in unit B.  Five road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair/replacement and re-construction of washed out crossings.  There are 2 osprey nests; including an osprey nest within .25 mi of several haul roads, units B and C, and an osprey nest within .25 mi of unit D and a haul road.  Spotted owl nesting territories are located within .25 mi of unit A, and .5 mi of unit B. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Mendocino Redwood Company to log on steep and unstable slopes near the Garcia River.


PANORAMIC Photo By M Tijssen
THP 1-15-097 MEN (South Radar 2015 THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 334 acres; 50% transition, 35% variable retention, 16% rehab logging. South Fork Garcia River, Rolling Brook (MD: T12N R15W Sec.19, 20, 29, 30, 31, 32; T12N R16W Sec.24, 25).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 54 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, 5 spotted owls within .7 mi, long beard lichen, trees up to 36" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 10/25/15. VIEW

This THP is 7 miles north of Gualala, CA at an elevation or 200 to 1,800 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 flows into the Garcia River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature.  There are 12 road failure sites including bank sloughing, fill failures, cut bank failures, sink holes and washed out and shot gunned crossings.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment on existing skid trails with steep slopes over 65% grade, and use ground based equipment on existing skid trails in unit 1 on slopes over 50% grade with a high erosion hazard.  54 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and repair/replacement of damaged culverts. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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


PANORAMIC Photo By Damon Tighe
THP 1-15-096 MEN (BT Gulch THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 298 acres; 47% variable retention, 28% transition, 24% group selection logging. Upper Greenwood Creek (MD: T14N R16W Sec.13, 14, 23, 24).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, road failure sites, 27 road drainage work sites, herbicides, coho watershed, 5 spotted owls within .7 mi, long beard lichen, scattered large trees. Estimated public comment deadline: 10/25/15. VIEW

This THP is about 6.3 miles SE of Elk, CA and 7 miles west of Philo, CA on the Mendocino Coast.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation in redwood and Douglas fir forests on steep and unstable slopes at an elevation of 880 to 2,160 feet.  There are 9 road failure sites including cut bank failures, fill failures and channeling of the road bed.  Mendocino Redwood Company wants to use tractors on steep slopes over 50% grade that do not flatten before reaching a watercourse, use tractors on steep slopes over 65% on existing skid trails, and re-construct 150 feet of existing road inside a class II watercourse.  27 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair/replacement and re-construction of washed out crossings. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log near the Highway 299 Coast Range summit.


PANORAMIC Photo By Greg Nyquist
THP 1-15-095 HUM (40-1501 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 145.5 acres; 75% clearcut, 22% selection, 2% no-harvest, 1% roadside logging. Denman Creek (HUM: T6N R2E Sec.3, 4, 10, 15; T7N R2E Sec.28, 29, 32, 33).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, steep roads, landslide terrain, 11 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, oversized units, coho watershed, 12+ spotted owls within 1.3 mi, trees up to 72" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 10/25/15. VIEW

This THP is about 7 miles NE of Arcata, CA near the Highway 299 Coast Range summit at an elevation of 600 to 2,000 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in redwood, Douglas fir, grand fir, western hemlock and Monterey pine forests.  The THP area drains into the Mad River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, temperature and turbidity.  There are landslide terrain sites in units B, C, D, E and F.  Green Diamond Resource Company wants to yard and deck logs on a narrow strip of land between 2 class II (mid-sized) watercourses.  Eleven road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  There are spotted owl nesting territories within .25 mi of unit F, and .5 mi of units A,B and E. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Humboldt Redwood Company to log trees up to 40” dbh adjacent to the Headwaters Forest Reserve.


PANORAMIC Photo By Jacob Pounds
THP 1-15-099 HUM (Corrigan Again THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 357 acres; 85% group selection, 10% selection, 5% no-harvest logging. Upper S. Fork Elk River, Booths Run (HUM: T3N R1E Sec.3, 10, 11, 12, 13).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, 10 road drainage work sites, logging inside old growth stand 561D in unit 1, Headwaters Forest Reserve adjacent to unit 1, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, 11 spotted owls within 1.3 mi, marbled murrelet stand in unit 2, trees up to 40" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 10/31/15. VIEW

This THP is about 7 miles NE of Fortuna, CA, and about 3.6 miles SE of Elk, CA near the Headwaters Forest Reserve (unit 1 is adjacent).  Logging is proposed inside old growth stand 561D in unit 1. Humboldt Redwood Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation in redwood and Douglas fir forests on steep and unstable slopes at elevations of 550 to 1,550 feet.  The THP area contains 4 landslide terrain sites in unit 1 including debris slides, steep inner gorges, and cut bank failures and flows into the Elk River which is listed as impaired for sediment.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment inside areas designated for cable logging in unit 1, and use ground based equipment on slopes between 50% and 65% grade with a moderate erosion hazard rating. Ten road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction and culvert repair/replacement. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.