Friday, December 30, 2016

Sierra Pacific Industries to log near Salt Springs Reservoir by the Upper Mokelumne River.


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THP 4-16-008 CAL (No Moore THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 262 acres; 49% sanitation salvage, 17% shelterwood, 17% no-harvest, 13% clearcut, 4% selection logging.  Moore Creek (MD: T7N R16E Sec.16).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, 13 road drainage work sites, herbicides, wet area, impaired 303.d watershed, goshawk, Sierra Nevada yellow legged frog, 4 sensitive plant species, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/31/17. VIEW

This THP is about 8 miles west of Bear Valley Ski Area and about 13 miles NE of Arnold, CA and Highway 4 at an elevation of 5,400 to 6,400 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a tractor based sanitation salvage, shelterwood (overstory removal) and clearcut logging operation in white fir, incense cedar, red fir, sugar pine and Jeffrey pine forests.  The THP area is close to Salt Springs Reservoir, a popular swimming and hydroelectric reservoir on the Upper Mokelumne River.  SPI is planning to use an existing landing within a watercourse area, and construct and/or expand landings during the winter period.  13 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  A historic goshawk territory and sightings were recorded within .25 miles of the THP area in sections 15 and 22, and an historic (1995) Sierra Nevada yellow legged frog was reported 1.5 miles from the THP area.  Three species of moonworts (upswept moonwort, scalloped moonwort, Mingan moonwort) were found within class II (mid sized) watercourses and also within unit 4769, Stebbens desert parsley was found on a lava cap surrounding unit 4763, Coleman's piperia was found in units 4749, 4755, 4761, and near unit 4759, and obtuse starwort was found in unit 4769.  There are 5 CA spotted owl territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area, within sections 8, 11, 15, 17 and 22.

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log near Stumpy Meadows Lake Recreation Area NE of Placerville.


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THP 4-16-007 ELD (Airperson THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 1,559 acres; 49% clearcut, 26% fuelbreak, 18% commercial thin, 6% selection, 1% roadside logging.  Lower Pilot Creek, Upper Pilot Creek, Missouri Canyon, Whaler Creek, Brass Creek, Zero Spring, Little Grizzly Canyon, Gaddis Creek (MD: T13N R11E Sec 25, T12N R11E Sec 1, T13N R12E Sec 31, 32, 33, 34, T12N R12E Sec 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 80%, 21 road drainage work sites, rubicon roadless area, herbicides, oversized units, impaired 303.d watershed, goshawk, osprey, bald eagle, Cooper's hawk, foothill yelled legged frog, 4 sensitive plant species, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/25/17. VIEW

This THP is about 12 miles NE of Placerville, CA and about 10 miles north of Pollock Pines and Highway 50 near the townsite of Quintette at an elevation of 3,200 to 4,800 feet.  It is also adjacent to Stumpy Meadows Lake, a popular picnicking, swimming, fishing, boating, and camping destination with 3 campgrounds, a boat launch and nearby waterfall hiking and OHV trails.  Section 2 is adjacent to the Rubicon Roadless Area.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in ponderosa pine, sugar pine, incense cedar, Douglas fir and white fir forests.  Ground based equipment is proposed for use in areas designated for cable logging in units 330M, 332M, 102M, 256M, 310M, 251M, 254M, 400H, 401H and 331M.  Existing landings and roads are also proposed for use within the watercourse zone of Pilot Creek in unit 100M, and also for skidding operations within the watercourse zone of Pilot Creek in unit 331M.  SPI wants an exception to the Forest Practice Rules to be able to tractor pile slash on slopes between 40% and 50% grade, and use tractors on slopes over 30% grade that do not flatten before reaching a watercourse.  21 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement. Three goshawk nests were reported including a goshawk nest in section 4 within the THP area, and two goshawk nests were reported .8 miles from the THP area in sections 2 and 35.  Four osprey nests were reported including an osprey nest within 125 feet of the THP area in section 4, two osprey nests were reported within .2 miles of the THP area in section 11, and an osprey nest was reported 1.6 miles from the THP area.  Two Cooper's hawks were also reported including a nest in section 10 within the THP area, and a nest in section 24, one mile from the THP area.  Three bald eagle nests were reported within .7 miles of the THP area in section 13, and a foothill yellow legged frog was reported 1.2 miles from the THP area in section 18.  There are 14 CA spotted owl nesting territories within the THP area (within 230 feet to 1.6 miles of THP units).    Stebbin's phacelia was found in section 10, Red Hills soap plant was found in section 25, arching sedge was found in sections 4, 10, 25, 31 and 32 and Sierra bayberry was found in section 10 along the banks of Pilot Creek.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log trees up to 84” dbh just south of Redwood National Park.


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THP 1-16-125 HUM (East Coyote THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 182 acres; 44% clearcut, 39% commercial thin, 11% no-harvest, 3% special, 2% selection, 1% roadside logging.  Coyote Creek (HUM: T8N R2E Sec.1; T8N R3E Sec.6; T9N R2E Sec.36; T9N R3E Sec.31).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 80%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 23 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, redwood national park, Lyons ranch trailhead, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, southern torrent salamander, running pine, trees up to 84" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/13/17. VIEW

This THP is about 12 miles NE of Trinidad, CA and Highway 101 and just south of Redwood National Park (unit E is adjacent).  Units B, C, D and E are directly across Coyote Creek and visible from the Lyons Ranch Trail parking lot on Redwood National Park lands.  The THP area flows into Redwood Creek which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Douglas fir, redwood and western hemlock forests at an elevation of 1,240 to 2,400 feet.  There are multiple road failure sites including fill failures, cut bank failures, road bed slumping and 10 unstable areas including 5 shallow rapid landslides, 4 dormant landslides and 1 large erosional feature in unit A.  Units A and B have trees up to 60" dbh, and unit E has trees up to 84" dbh.  A special treatment area will be created to hide the effects of clearcutting between unit E and the boundary of Redwood National Park.  23 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  There is marbled murrelet habitat on Redwood National Park lands over 1 mile west and NW of the THP area, and southern torrent salamanders are known to occur in or around class II (mid sized) watercourses in unit E.  Spotted owl nesting territories are located within .25 miles of units C and E, and within .5 mile of unit D.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log east of Trinity Center and Trinity Lake.


PANORAMIC Photo By backmans
THP 2-16-088 TRI (Nelly THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 178 acres; 91% clearcut, 7% selection, 2% roadside logging.  Nelson Creek, Cedar Creek, Hay Gulch (MD: T35N R7W Sec.3; T36N R6W Sec.7, 19; T36N R7W Sec.1).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, unstable area, 22 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, oversized units, spotted owl, northern goshawk, bald eagle, trees up to 36" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/09/17. VIEW

This THP is about 4 miles east of Trinity Center, CA and Highway 3, and a few miles east of Trinity Lake at an elevation 2,400 to 4,000 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a tractor and cable clearcut logging operation in white fir, Douglas fir, ponderosa pine, sugar pine and incense cedar forests.  There are unstable areas outside of THP units in sections 19 and 31.  SPI is planning to use heavy equipment within unit 19G on slopes exceeding 50% grade that does not flatten before reaching a watercourse.  An historic bald eagle nest tree exists adjacent to Hay Gulch watershed near Trinity lake, and an historic goshawk nesting territory exists in section 26.  There are 5 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log east of Westwood, CA near the Coppervale Ski Area.


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THP 2-16-087 LAS (Officeview THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 1,391 acres; 46% shelterwood, 25% clearcut, 21% commercial thin, 6% fuelbreak, 1% roadside, 1% no-harvest, misc selection logging.  Coppervale Station, Upper Goodrich Creek (MD: T28N R10E Sec.5, 6; T29N R9E Sec.22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 36; T29N R10E Sec.19, 20, 29, 30, 31, 32).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, 135 road drainage work sites, coppervale ski area, highway 36, wet meadow, CA spotted owl, northern goshawk, greater sandhill crane, bald eagle, golden eagle, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/08/17. VIEW

This THP is about 4 miles east of Westwood, CA and is adjacent to Highway 36 and the Coppervale Ski Area.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a tractor based shelterwood (overstory removal) and clearcut logging operation in ponderosa pine, sugar pine, Jeffrey pine, white fir, red fir and incense cedar forests at an elevation for 5,000 to 6,600 feet.  Temporary roads under 500 feet length are planned for construction without pre-designation to connect roads and landings, and new roads and landings are proposed for construction during the winter period.  135 road drainage sites are planned for construction including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  There is a goshawk nest tree in section 31 that is .15 miles from the closest THP unit and was last active in 2005, and greater sandhill cranes have been spotted along Goodrich Creek and inside MacKenzie meadows.  An active bald eagle nest tree is located in section 26 that will have a 150 foot no-cut buffer, and an active golden eagle nest tree is located in section 36 outside of the THP area, but within .3 mi of THP units.  There are 3 CA spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log near the East Girard Roadless Area by Shasta Lake.


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THP 2-16-086 SHA (Southdown THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 243 acres; 100% clearcut logging, misc roadside logging.  Lower Chatterdown Creek, Nosoni Creek (MD: T35N R3W Sec.3; T36N R3W Sec.23, 25, 27, 35).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, unstable areas, east girard roadless area, oversized units, herbicides, spotted owl, pacific tailed frog, foothill yellow legged frog, shasta salamander, western pond turtle, trees up to 30" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/07/17. VIEW

This THP is about 25 miles NE of Redding, CA and about 10 miles NE of Lakehead, CA near the McCloud River Arm of Shasta Lake at an elevation of 1,400 to 3,600 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Douglas fir, ponderosa pine, sugar pine and incense cedar forests.  The East Girard Roadless Area is located nearby in sections 23 and 25, and Unit 27B has a small unstable area that originated from a road fill slope into the unit.  SPI is planning to construct roads and landings during the winter period, and use heavy equipment on steep slopes exceeding 65% grade in units 23D and 25D, and use heavy equipment on slopes over 50% grade that do not flatten before reaching a watercourse in units 23A and 25D.  Foothill yellow legged frogs were reported in 2007 within section 28 approximately 1.3 miles from unit 27A, and in 1995 within section 2 approximately .6 miles from unit 3A.  A western pond turtle was reported in 1993 within section 4 approximately 1.2 miles from unit 3A, and a Pacific tailed frog was reported in 1989 within section 2 approximately .8 miles from unit 3A.  Shasta salamanders were also reported in 2010 within section 21 approximately 1.9 miles from unit 27A, and in 2009 within section 31 approximately 1.2 miles from unit 25D.  There is one spotted owl nesting territory within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log near Nevada City and the South Fork of the Yuba River.


PANORAMIC Photo By Jeremiah Mahler
THP 2-16-085 NEV (Wash THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 189 acres; 35% clearcut, 31% commercial thin, 21% sanitation salvage, 13% no-harvest logging.  Rock Creek, Humbug Creek, Spring Creek (MD: T17N R9E Sec.23).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, 9 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, CA spotted owl, goshawk, CA red legged frog, butte county fritillary, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/06/17. VIEW

This THP is about 5 miles NE of Nevada City, CA and about 3 miles north of Highway 20 near the South Fork of the Yuba River at an elevation of 3,000 to 3,800 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a tractor based logging operation in ponderosa pine, sugar pine, white fir, incense cedar and Douglas fir forests. Nine road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  A northern goshawk territory is located within .15 miles of the THP area in section 13, a CA spotted owl nesting territory is located within .11 miles of the THP area in section 14, a CA spotted owl nesting territory is located within .27 miles of the THP area in section 27, and a CA spotted owl nesting territory is located within 2.5 miles of the THP area in section 3.  There was also a report of a CA red legged frog within 1 mile of the THP area in 2007, and Butte county fritillary was reported within .25 miles of the THP area.

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log south of Patrick’s Point State Park.


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THP 1-16-123 HUM (A Line Slope THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 153 acres; 78% clearcut, 17% selection, 4% no-harvest, 2% commercial thin logging.  McDonald Creek (HUM: T8N R1E Sec.18; T8N R1W Sec.2, 12; T9N R1W Sec.25, 35, 36).  Wet weather operations moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, highway 101, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, osprey, trees over 40" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/07/17. VIEW

This THP is about 3 miles north of Trinidad, CA and a few miles south of Patrick’s Point State Park adjacent to Highway 101 at an elevation of 560 to 1,720 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in redwood, Douglas fir, Sitka spruce and grand fir forests.  Three acres of special treatment area are proposed within unit C along Highway 101 to hide the effects of clear cutting, and a temporary road is proposed in unit C along the edge of a class I (year round) watercourse.  There is a great blue heron rockery 2 miles NE of the THP area, an historic osprey nests exists within .25 miles of the LP Mill Road, and marbled murrelet habitat exists on Harry Merlo State Park lands within .25 miles of the LP Mill Road.  Two spotted owl nesting territories are located within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log near the Klamath River and Klamath, CA.


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THP 1-16-122 DEL (Tarup II THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 335 acres; 67% clearcut, 15% selection, 13% shelterwood, 4% no-harvest logging.  Trail Creek, McGarvey Creek (HUM: T13N R1E Sec.25, 36; T13N R2E Sec.19, 20, 29, 30, 31).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, landslide terrain,15 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, osprey, bald eagle, great blue heron, southern torrent salamander, trees up to 36" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/06/17. VIEW

This THP is about 4 miles SE of Klamath, CA and Highway 101 near the Klamath River at an elevation of 200 to 1,000 feet.  Green Diamond Resource 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 Lower Klamath River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, temperature, nutrients and dissolved oxygen.  There are 5 landslide terrain sites including an unstable area in unit B, 3 unstable areas in unit D, and an unstable area in unit H.  15 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  Three bald eagle nests are located within .5 miles of the THP area including a bald eagle within .5 miles of unit A, a bald eagle nest within .5 miles of units A and C, and a bald eagle nest within .5 miles of units B and D.  Marbled murrelet habitat exists on Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park lands within .25 miles of the S Line Road.  There are 14 osprey nest sites within .25 miles of the THP area, a great blue heron rockery is located 350 feet east of the mainline MG-10 Road, and southern torrent salamanders are known to occur immediately adjacent to unit H.  Four spotted owl nesting territories are located within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log SE of Hayfork.


PANORAMIC Photo By Chris English
THP 2-16-082 TRI (Nimoy THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 406 acres; 88% clearcut, 12% selection logging.  Wilson Creek, Hall City Creek (MD: T29N R10W Sec.6, 7, 8; T29N R11W Sec.1, 12; T30N R11W Sec.25, 36).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 60%, unstable areas, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, salt gulch roadless area, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, foothill yellow legged frog, Townsend's big eared bat, 2 sensitive plant species, trees up to 30" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/29/16. VIEW

This THP is about 9 miles SE of Hayfork, CA near the town of Wildwood, CA and Highway 36 at an elevation of 3,280 to 4,240 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor based logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Douglas fir, ponderosa pine, sugar pine, incense cedar and white fir forests (there are unstable areas in units 1902, 1904 and 2501).  The THP area flows into the South Fork of the Trinity River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, temperature and siltation.  Salt Gulch Roadless area is located nearby in section 25, and the THP area is just SW of the Chanchelulla Wilderness Area.  SPI wants to use landings and watercourse crossings during the winter period, utilize 500 feet of an existing tractor road inside a class I watercourse (Hayfork Creek), and decrease the width of existing watercourse protection zones to the edge of existing permanent roads inside several watercourse areas.  A foothill yellow legged frog was reported in section 25 within .4 miles of the THP area, and a Townsend's big eared bat roost site is located 370 feet from the THP area.  Redwood lily was found along a roadside in unit 7D, and Siskiyou False Hellebore was found in unit 1C.  There are 3 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Green Diamond Resource Company to log near the eastern edge of Redwood National Park.


PANORAMIC Photo By Federico Pizano
THP 1-16-120 HUM (TT 100/200 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 348 acres; 44% clearcut, 38% commercial thin, 13% selection, 5% no-harvest, misc roadside logging.  Upper Tectah Creek, Lower Tectah Creek (HUM: T11N R2E Sec.21, 22, 27, 28, 33, 34).  Wet weather operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 85%, landslide terrain, 9 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, pacific fisher, old growth bat tree, southern torrent salamander, coastal tailed frog, Del Norte salamander, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/28/16. VIEW

This THP is about 18 miles NE of Trinidad, CA and about 6 miles NE of Orick, CA near the eastern boundary of Redwood National Park at an elevation of 600 to 1,840 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Douglas fir, redwood, western red cedar and western hemlock forests.  The THP area flows into the Lower Klamath River watershed which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, temperature, dissolved oxygen and nutrients.  There are shallow rapid and deep seated landslide terrain sites in units B, C, D, E, F, I and landslide terrain sites adjacent to the TT-100 and TT-200 roads. Nine road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  Pacific fisher was reported inside unit F during a 1991 survey, and potential marbled murrelet habitat exists on Redwood National Park lands within .25 miles of the CL South Road and TT-100 Road.  There is a 10 foot diameter old growth tree with hollows that will be retained as a Townsend's Big Eared bat tree in unit C.  Southern torrent salamanders and tailed frogs are known to occur in or around units D, F and G, and Del Norte salamander's were reported in units D (1990) and G (1992) during past surveys.  Spotted owl nesting territories exist within .25 miles of units B, C and I, and within .5 miles of unit A.

Green Diamond Resource Company to log SE of the town of Smith River, CA.


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THP 1-16-119 DEL (Savoy Thin THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 354.5 acres; 58% commercial thin, 19% clearcut, 14% no-harvest, 8% selection, 1% roadside logging.  Lower Rowdy Creek, Dominie Creek (HUM: T17N R1E Sec.5; T18N R1E Sec.29, 30, 31, 32).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, landslide terrain, 10 road drainage work sites, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, bald eagle, scattered large trees. Estimated public comment deadline: 12/28/16. VIEW

This THP is about 3 miles SE of Smith River, CA and Highway 101 at an elevation of 160 to 1,600 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir and western hemlock forests.  There are shallow rapid landslide terrain sites in units A, C, E and H, and a 100 foot section of the SAV-1100 Road has been offset by a deep seated dormant landslide. 10 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  There is an historic bald eagle nest .4 miles west of units A and F, and spotted owl nesting territories within .25 miles of unit H.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Humboldt Redwood Company to log inside large tree marbled murrelet stand #351 SE of Eureka, CA.


Marbled Murrelet Photo By National Park Service
THP 1-16-117 HUM (Upside of 15 THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 208.9 acres; 85% group selection, 9% selection, 5% no-harvest, 1% roadside logging.  Upper N. Fork Elk River (HUM: T4N R2E Sec.30, 31, 32).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, steep roads, landslide terrain, 28 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, logging inside large tree marbled murrelet stand 351, coho watershed, spotted owl, scattered old growth trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/25/16. VIEW

This THP is about 9 miles SE of Eureka, CA and Highway 101 at an elevation of 1,200 to 1,800 feet.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir and grand fir forests.  The THP area flows into the Elk River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and siltation.  There are 9 landslide terrain sites including fill failures, debris slides, cut bank failures and stream side failures.   Humboldt Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging, and use ground based equipment on slopes over 50% grade that do not flatten before reaching a watercourse.  They also are planning to construct a road near a wet area, use a seasonally wet landing, and construct a portion of the N88 road on steep slopes over 65%.  28 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  Logging is proposed inside large tree marbled murrelet stand # 351.  There are over a dozen spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Green Diamond Resource Company to log east of Redwood National Park.


PANORAMIC Photo By Kethaneni
THP 1-16-116 HUM (TT100 #2 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 341 acres; 62% commercial thin, 22% clearcut, 12% no-harvest, 4% selection logging.  Upper Tectah Creek (HUM: T10N R2E Sec.3, 4, 9; T11N R2E Sec.33, 34).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 80%, steep roads, landslide terrain, impaired 303.d watershed, 3 road drainage work sites, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, Del Norte salamander, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/25/16. VIEW

This THP is about 16 miles south of the town of Klamath, CA and about 5 miles east of Orick, CA near the eastern edge of Redwood National Park.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood and Douglas fir forests at an elevation of 1,140 to 1,960 feet.  The THP area flows into the Lower Klamath River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, temperature, dissolved oxygen and nutrients.  There are 7 unstable areas in the THP area including; 2 in unit D, 2 in unit C, and 3 in unit A.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to construct a steep road in unit E to access a bench area across 50% to 70% side slopes.  Three road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  Marbled murrelet habitat exists on Redwood National Park within .25 mile of the TT-100 haul road, and Del Norte salamanders have been reported in unit D.


Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log within the West Girard Roadless Area.


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THP 2-16-079 SHA (Chiquito THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 149 acres; 94% clearcut, 6% roadside logging.  Tuna Creek (MD: T36N R3W Sec.5).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, steep roads, unstable area, oversized units, herbicides, west girard roadless area, spotted owl, 5 sensitive plant species, trees up to 33" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/25/26. VIEW

This THP is about 20 miles SE of Mt. Shasta, CA and about 8 miles NE of Lakehead, CA and Shasta Lake at an elevation of 2,000 to 3,500 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable sloes in Douglas fir, white fir, ponderosa pine, sugar pine and incense cedar forests.  There are 2 unstable areas in section 5 including a small rotational slide 25' by 25' inside unit 5B, and a 75' by 75' unstable area 75' downhill from new road construction.  The THP area is a single section (section 5) of private lands surrounded by the West Girard Roadless Area.  SPI wants to construct 300 feet of steep new road with a grade exceeding 20% just west of unit 5F, and 2 segments of roads in unit 5B with steep side slopes exceeding 65%.  5 sensitive plant species were found including; Shasta Lake maidenhair fern throughout the THP area, Mt Shasta snakeroot in a rocky outcrop in unit 5 B, Blushing wild buckwheat in units 5C and 5 D, Cantelow's lewisia on several rock outcroppings in unit 5C, and Siskiyou lewisia was found between 2 proposed roads.

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log SE of Eagle Lake, CA.


PANORAMIO Photo By LakeBound Now
THP 2-16-078 LAS (Rounders THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 383 acres; 95% clearcut, 4% selection, 1% roadside logging.  Round Valley, Murrers Upper Meadow (MD: T31N R11E Sec.23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 35, 36; T31N R12E Sec.19).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 60%, 35 road drainage work sites, herbicides, bald eagle, greater sandhill crane, Susanville beardtongue, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/20/16. VIEW

This THP is about 6 miles north of Susanville, CA and Highway 44, and about 3 miles SE of Eagle Lake at an elevation of 5,400 to 6,520 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in Douglas fir, white fir, ponderosa pine, sugar pine, Jeffrey pine and incense cedar forests.  SPI is planning to construct new temporary roads under 500 feet without pre designation or pre flagging.  35 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  There is a bald eagle nesting territory 900 feet east of unit 3 and 1,025 feet north of unit 2, and another bald eagle territory 2,280 feet SW of unit 1.  Greater sandhill cranes have been spotted in meadow areas around Coleman Lake along the SD Line haul road near the THP area, and at Round Valley Reservoir east of the THP area.  Susanville beardtongue was found in sections 22, 23, 24, 27 and 30.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Roseburg Resources Company to clearcut log SW of Burney, CA.


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THP 2-16-077 SHA (Cedar Boots THP) Roseburg Resources Company, 392 acres; 91% clearcut, 9% selection, 1% roadside logging.  Cedar Creek, Lookout Mountain, Upper Montgomery Creek (MD: T34N R1E Sec.14, 21, 22, 23, 27, 28).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, 39 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, snow mountain roadless area, herbicides, CA spotted owl, fisher, goshawk, Pacific tailed frog, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/20/16. VIEW

This THP is about 10 miles SW of Burney, CA and about 4 miles east of the town of Round Mountain and Highway 299 at an elevation of 4,400 to 5,200 feet.  Roseburg Resources Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor based logging operation in Douglas fir, white fir, ponderosa pine, sugar pine and incense cedar forests.  Section 23 is adjacent to the Snow Mountain Roadless Area.  39 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  Goshawk nests were reported in sections 15, 23 and 27, and Pacific fisher was reported in sections 15, 23 and 27.  Pacific tailed frogs were sighted along the South Fork of Cedar Creek near units 2201 and 2308.  There is 1 CA spotted owl nesting territory within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log SW of Lassen National Park.


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THP 2-16-076 TEH (Ashley THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 738 acres; 99% clearcut, 1% selection, misc roadside logging.  Judd Creek (MD: T28N R2E Sec.1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9; T28N R3E Sec.6; T29N R2E Sec.34, 35, 36; T29N R3E Sec.31, 32).  Winter operations, low erosion hazard, herbicides, chinook watershed, slopes up to 50%, 49 road drainage work sites, trees up to 125 years old.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/15/16. VIEW

This THP is about 25 miles NE of Red Bluff, CA and about 6 miles SW of Mineral, CA on the south side of Highway 36.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a clearcut tractor based logging operation in Douglas fir, incense cedar, ponderosa pine, sugar pine and white fir forests at an elevation of 3,240 to 5,440 feet.  49 road drainage sites are planned for work Including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  There are 2 CA spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Green Diamond Resource Company to log near the CA/OR border.


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THP 1-16-115 DEL (1000/1600 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 250 acres; 33% clearcut, 28% commercial thin, 27% selection, 12% no-harvest, misc roadside logging.  S. Fork Winchuck River (HUM: T18N R1E Sec.6, 7; T18N R1W Sec.1, 12; T19N R1E Sec.31; T19N R1W Sec.35, 36).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 70%, steep roads, landslide terrain, 8 road drainage work sites, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, trees up to 36" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/19/16. VIEW

This THP is about 4 miles NE of the town of Smith River, CA and Highway 101 near the CA/OR border at an elevation of 140 to 1,080 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood and Douglas fir forests.  There are 13 landslide terrain sites including a shallow rapid landslide along the eastern edge of unit A, 3 shallow rapid landslides in unit E, 3 shallow rapid landslides in unit F, and 6 shallow rapid landslides in unit G.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to construct and re-construct steep roads over 15% grade and/or pitches exceeding 20% grade for 500 feet in units C, D and G, and construct and re-construct steep roads on slopes over 65%, and/or on slopes over 50% within 100 feet of a watercourse in units C and E.  There is potential marbled murrelet habitat within .25 miles of units A, B, C, D, E and F in Oregon on Siskiyou National Forest lands, and within .25 miles of the WI-1000 road.  Two spotted owl nesting territories are located within 1.3 miles of the THP area, including a spotted owl nesting territory within .5 miles of unit D.

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log trees up to 50” dbh near Redwood National Park.


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THP 1-16-113 HUM (BL 1700/2630 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 143.6 acres; 87% clearcut, 9% selection, 3% special, 1% no-harvest logging.  Pitcher Creek (HUM: T8N R1E Sec.1, 2, 3; T9N R1E Sec.14, 15, 22, 23, 27, 34, 35, 36).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, redwood national park, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, osprey, marbled murrelet, Sonoma tree vole, northern red legged frog, trees up to 50" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/16/16. VIEW

This THP is about 5 miles NE of Trinidad, CA and about 15 miles NE of Arcata, CA at an elevation of 760 to 2,200 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in Douglas fir, redwood, grand fir, and Sitka spruce forests.  Unit A is adjacent to Redwood National Park and will include a 5 acre special treatment area to hide the effects of clearcutting. Potential marbled murrelet habitat exists within .25 miles of the LP Mill Road on Humboldt Redwoods State Park lands, and .44 miles SE of unit F.  There are also historic osprey nest trees within .25 miles of the LP Mill Road, BL1000 and BL2000 haul roads. Northern red legged frogs and Sonoma tree voles were spotted near unit B during a 1994 survey, and a newly colonized great blue heron rockery exists .22 miles east of the BL2000 road.  There are 4 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Humboldt Redwood Company to log on steep and unstable slopes east of Eureka, CA.


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THP 1-16-112 HUM (Lower Cloney THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 155.8 acres; 94% group selection, 5% selection, 2% no-harvest logging.  Cloney Gulch (HUM: T4N R1E Sec.3; T5N R1E Sec.34, 35).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 19 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, coho watershed, spotted owl, peregrine falcon, trees up to 42" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/15/16. VIEW

This THP is about 5 miles east of Eureka, CA and Highway 101 at an elevation of 70 feet to 640 feet.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning a tractor based logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir and grand fir forests.  The THP area flows into Freshwater Creek which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and siltation.  There are 6 road failure and landslide terrain sites including fill slope failures, cut bank failures, debris slides, and block slide failures. 19 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  In 2016, a peregrine falcon nest tree was found 250 feet to 275 feet east of the THP area on a ridge between Cloney Gulch and McCready Gulch.  There are 6 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Roseburg Resources Company to clearcut log SW of Burney, CA.


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THP 2-16-075 SHA (Southox THP) Roseburg Resources Company, 432 acres; 95% clearcut, 4% selection, 1% roadside logging.  Mill Creek, Lookout Mountain (MD: T33N R1E Sec.1, 2, 3, 4, 5; T34N R1E Sec.32, 33, 34, 35).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes, steep roads, 23 road drainage work sites, herbicides, chinook watershed, western pond turtle, cascade frog, foothill yellow legged frog, rattlesnake fern, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/15/16. VIEW

This THP is about 4 miles SE of Round Mountain and Highway 299, and about 9 miles SW of Burney, CA at an elevation of 3,420 to 5,760 feet.  Roseburg Resources Company is planning a tractor and cable clearcut logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Douglas fir, incense cedar, ponderosa pine, sugar pine and white fir forests.  There are 2 unstable areas in watercourse areas inside units 501 and 3405, and 1 unstable area adjacent to the east side of unit 401.  Roseburg Resources Company is planning to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging, and use ground based equipment on steep slopes over 65% in sections 4 and 33.  They also want to construct a road on steep slopes over 65% within 100 feet of a watercourse, and use 6 segments of existing seasonal roads inside class I (year round) and class II (mid sized) watercourse areas.  23 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  A western pond turtle was reported 2 miles west of the THP area, and a cascade frog was reported 1.5 miles SW of the THP area near Silver Lake.  Foothill yellow legged frogs were reported 2 miles south of the THP area, and rattlesnake fern was found adjacent to the SW boundary of unit 3301.

Roseburg Resources Company to clearcut log near Dunsmuir, CA.


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THP 2-16-073 SIS (Soda Fountain THP) Roseburg Resources Company, 515 acres; 92% clearcut, 7% selection, 1% roadside logging.  Middle Soda Creek (MD: T39N R3W Sec.16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 29, 30).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, steep roads, oversized units, herbicides, spotted owl, osprey, pacific tailed frog, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/10/16. VIEW

This THP is a mile east of Dunsmuir, CA and about 6 miles SE of Mt. Shasta at an elevation of 2,880 to 4,480 feet.  Roseburg Resources Company is planning a clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in Douglas fir, ponderosa pine, sugar pine, white fir and incense cedar forests.  The THP area drains into the Sacramento River above Shasta Lake.  Roseburg Resources Company is planning to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging, and  re-construct 2 segments of road on slopes over 65% within 100 feet of a watercourse.  They also want to use segments of existing roads inside watercourse areas in units 1712, 1714, 2014 and 3003.  There is an osprey nest 3,000 feet NE of unit 3301 in section 24, and a Pacific Tailed Frog was reported in Soda Creek near unit 1713. Foothill yellow legged frogs were also spotted in Soda Creek 2.25 miles downstream from unit 3002 near the Sacramento River.

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log adjacent to the CA/OR border.


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THP 1-16-111 DEL (Moore Tract East THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 235.6 acres; 62% clearcut, 19% shelterwood, 13% selection, 4% roadside, 2% no-harvest logging.  Elk Creek (HUM: T18N R4E Sec.1, 2, 12; T18N R5E Sec.6; T19N R4E Sec.36).  Wet weather operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, steep roads, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 14 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marten, ruffed grouse, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/10/16. VIEW

This THP is about 7.5 miles south of O Brien, Oregon and adjacent to the CA/OR border at an elevation of 1,800 to 4,880 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep slopes in Douglas fir, sugar pine, and Port Orford cedar forests.  The THP area drains into the West Fork of the Illinois River in Oregon which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, PH and temperature.  There are steep road segments between 15% grade and 20% grade for 200 feet to 500 feet in units C, E, F and G, and steep road segments on slopes over 65% within 100 feet of a watercourse in units B, C, D and E.  Ground based equipment is proposed for use in areas designated for cable logging, and a landing is proposed for use inside a watercourse area in unit B.  Over 11,312 feet of seasonal roads and 6,263 feet of temporary roads will be built inside the THP area.  14 road drainage sites are proposed for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  Marten was detected inside unit G, within 100 feet of unit D, and within 1.25 miles of units A, B, C, E, and F, and ruffed grouse has been spotted inside units F and G.  There are 3 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Green Diamond Resource Company to log on steep and unstable slopes SE of Klamath, CA.


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THP 1-16-110 HUM (CL 1800 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 302 acres; 48% commercial thin, 34% clearcut, 9% selection, 9% no-harvest logging.  Bear Creek, Ah Pah Creek (HUM: T12N R2E Sec.21, 22, 27, 28, 34).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 80%, steep roads, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 11 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, osprey, bald eagle, great blue heron, tailed frog, trees up to 30" dbh. Estimated public comment deadline: 12/10/16. VIEW

This THP is about 8 miles SE of Klamath, CA and a few miles east of Highway 101 and Redwood National Park at an elevation of 300 to 1,840 feet.  The THP area flows into the Lower Klamath River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, dissolved oxygen, nutrients and temperature.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, western hemlock and Douglas fir, Sitka spruce and grand fir forests.  There are 7 shallow rapid landslide terrain sites in the THP area.  A section of steep road is proposed for re-construction in unit A that will exceed 20% grade, and a section of road will be re-constructed near a watercourse area on 35% slopes in unit E.  11 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  Five bald eagle nests are located within .5 miles of the THP area and several haul roads (within 200 to 2,500 feet of units C, E, F and G).  Two historic osprey nests are located within .25 miles of the BL1800 haul road, and 1 historic osprey nest is located within .25 miles of the CL1040 haul road.  A historic great blue heron rockery exists 315 feet south of unit B, and within .25 miles of units C, D, and E, and several haul roads.  There are spotted owl nesting territories within .25 mi of unit A, within .5 mi of unit B, and tailed frogs are known to occur inside and adjacent to unit H.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Roseburg Resources Company to clearcut log east of McCloud, CA.


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THP 2-16-061 SIS (Sandflat THP) Roseburg Resources Company, 329 acres; 100% clearcut logging.  Middle Bear Creek, Sand Flat Well (MD: T39N R3E Sec.5, 8; MD: T40N R3E Sec.30, 31).  Winter operations, low erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, willow flycatcher, long haired star tulip, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/04/16. VIEW

This THP is about 24 miles east of McCloud, CA (Mt Shasta area) and about 3 miles NE of Pondosa, CA at an elevation of 3,800 to 4,300 feet.  Roseburg Resources Company is planning a tractor based logging operation in ponderosa pine, Douglas fir, white fir, incense cedar, lodgepole pine and sugar pine forests.  The THP area flows into Bear Creek above Lake Britton and eventually into the Pit River which is listed as an impaired watershed for nutrients, dissolved oxygen and temperature.  A bald eagle was reported 2 miles SW of the THP area, and there is an active willow flycatcher population at the Bear Creek Bridge which is outside of the THP area.  Long haired star tulip was found in sections 6, 30, 31 and 32.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log NW of Bieber, CA.


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THP 2-16-071 MOD (Alderman THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 476 acres; 99% clearcut, 1% roadside logging.  Alderman Ridge (MD: T38N R6E Sec.1; T38N R7E Sec.6; T39N R6E Sec.13, 24, 25, 26, 36; T39N R7E Sec.31).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, herbicides, northern goshawk, bald eagle, greater sandhill crane, 5 sensitive plant species, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/07/16. VIEW

This THP is about 3 miles SW of Lookout, CA and about 4 miles NW of Bieber, CA and Highway 299 at an elevation of 4,200 to 5,000 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a clearcut tractor based logging operation in white fir, ponderosa pine, sugar pine and incense cedar forests.  There is a goshawk territory .75 miles north of the THP area in section 12, a a bald eagle territory .8 miles from the nearest harvest unit in section 30, and 2 sandhill cranes were observed foraging along Widow Valley Creek in section 24.  5 sensitive plant species were reported including; Silvery false lupine in units 13A, 24A, 24E and 26A, Sierra beardtongue in unit 24E, Egg lake monkey flower in unit 24E, Disappearing monkey flower in unit 24E (also between units 25A and 25C), and Long haired star tulip in section 25.

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log in the Sacramento Canyon north of Redding, CA.


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THP 2-16-070 SHA (Little Boulder THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 408 acres; 82% clearcut, 13% shelterwood, 5% roadside logging.  Campbell Creek, Lower Slate Creek, North Fork Shotgun Creek, Boulder Creek (MD: T36N R5W Sec.3, 9, 21; T37N R5W Sec.21, 27, 33, 34, 35).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 80%, unstable areas, 13 road drainage work sites, oversized units, slate creek roadless area, herbicides, pacific fisher, bald eagle, osprey, tailed frog, foothill yellow legged frog, western pond turtle, trees over 40" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/07/16. VIEW

This THP is about 28 miles north of Redding, CA in the Sacramento Canyon and about 8 miles north of the town of Lakehead and Shasta Lake at an elevation of 1,600 to 5,200 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in white fir, Douglas fir, ponderosa pine, sugar pine, incense cedar and port orford cedar forests.  Unit 9A has an unstable area below the last existing skid trail outside of the unit, units 3A and 9C have unstable areas associated with watercourse erosion, and unit 3D has an existing road cut bank failure and watercourse erosion.  Sections 9 and 33 are adjacent to the Slate Creek roadless area.  SPI is planning to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging inside units 3C, 3D, 9B, 21B, 27A, 27D, 35E and 35F, and re-use 2 existing skid road crossings inside watercourse area within units 35A and 35D.  They also want to build temporary roads under 500 feet without flagging and use temporary roads and landings during the winter period.  Tractor units 3A, 9A, 27E and 35D have areas in which slopes exceed 50% that lead without flattening before reaching a watercourse.  13 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  An osprey nest is located on the east side of the Sacramento River near I-5 (section 15), pacific fisher sightings were reported in sections 2, 13, 16 and 17, and a bald eagle nest is located 1.25 miles from the THP area in the Boulder Creek Watershed (section 16).
Several sightings of western pond turtles were reported in the Boulder Creek Watershed over a mile from the THP area in sections 18 and 24, and multiple occurrences of tailed frogs were reported in the Boulder Creek, Shotgun and Little Slate watersheds in sections 14, 24, 27 and 28.  Foothill yellow legged frogs were reported in sections 6, 9, 14, 18, 21, 24, 33, 34, and 35.

Sierra Pacific Industries to log out beautiful red fir trees near the home of California’s only wolverine.


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THP 2-16-066 SIE (Webb THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 782.15 acres; 74% sanitation salvage, 21% selection, 5% no-harvest, misc roadside logging.  Webber Lake (MD: T18N R13E Sec.1; MD: T19N R14E Sec.29, 31).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 60%, unstable areas, 24 road drainage work sites, pacific crest trail, herbicides, wet meadows, Webber lake, CA spotted owl, bald eagle, pacific fisher, wolverine, marten, willow flycatcher, greater sandhill crane, Donner pass buckwheat, wire mousetail scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/03/16. VIEW

This THP is about 9 miles NW of Donner Summit on I-80 near the Pacific Crest Trail (section 1) at an elevation of 6,880 to 8,120 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly sanitation salvage (targeting larger red fir and white fir trees) tractor logging operation in lodgepole pine, Jeffrey pine, white fir, red fir, white pine and mountain hemlock forests.  These are nice high elevation stands of less common beautiful red fir (section 1 has large diameter red fir trees), white pine and western hemlock trees amongst wet meadows (section 31) and aspen/willow groves.  The THP area is between the Pacific Crest Trail and Webber Lake which are popular hiking, camping, fishing and backpacking areas.  24 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement, and SPI wants to use an existing skid trail inside a class II (mid sized) watercourse.  California’s only existing WOLVERINE has been spotted here (section 7).  Pacific fisher was reported in sections 19, 21, 25, 28 and 29, American marten was reported in sections 21, 25, and 31, and there are historic Sierra Nevada Red Fox sightings in sections 2 and 28.  A bald eagle was reported in section 28, a willow flycatcher was reported in section 33, and greater sandhill cranes were reported in section 28.  Wire mousetail was reported in section 28, and Donner pass buckwheat was reported in sections 7 and 31. There are 2 CA spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log NW of Burney, CA.


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THP 2-16-063 SHA (Goose THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 270 acres; 100% clearcut logging.  Canyon Creek, Roaring Creek, Goose Creek (MD: T35N R1E Sec.1, 2, 11, 12; T35N R2E Sec.5, 6).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, wet areas, herbicides, CA spotted owl, fisher, goshawk, bald eagle, osprey, English peak greenbriar, hot rock daisy, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/31/16. VIEW

This THP is about 7 miles NW of Burney, CA and 3 miles north of Highway 299 near the Hatchet Mountain Windmill Farm.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a clearcut tractor based logging operation in ponderosa pine, Douglas fir, white fir, sugar pine and incense cedar forests at an elevation of 3,800 to 5,400 feet elevation.  There are 4 springs and wet areas within the THP area in units 1B, 1E and 2A.  Pacific fisher have been reported in sections 1 and 10, historic (1993 - 1995) goshawk nest locations have been reported in section 4, and willow flycatcher habitat is located in sections 6, 9 and 10.  Osprey have been reported at nearby Lake Margaret, and bald eagles have been reported at Lake Margaret with nesting activity in sections 5 and 8, including a 2006 nest in section 5 within .25 miles of unit 5C.  There are historic (1989) reports of CA spotted owl nesting territories in sections 7 and 33 which were altered by the 1992 Fountain Fire.  English peak greenbriar was found adjacent to a wet area on the south side of unit 6A, and Hot rock daisy was found in the NE corner of unit 11B.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log trees up to 72” dbh SE of Eureka, CA.


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THP 1-16-107 HUM (Boulder Creek South THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 242 acres; 51% clearcut, 28% commercial thin, 11% no-harvest, 8% selection, 2% roadside logging.  Graham Creek, Boulder Creek, Goodman Prairie Creek (HUM: T4N R3E Sec.14, 15, 22, 23, 26, 27).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, landslide terrain, 8 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, oversized units, coho watershed, golden eagle, Cooper's hawk, sharp shinned hawk, trees up to 72" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/29/16. VIEW

This THP is about 20 miles SE of Eureka, CA and about 4 miles SE of the town of Maple Creek at an elevation of 2,100 to 3,800 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Douglas fir forests.
The THP area flows into the Mad River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, temperature and turbidity.  There are 7 landslide terrain sites including 2 shallow rapid landslides in unit A, 4 shallow rapid landslides in unit C, 4 shallow rapid landslides in unit F, and a deep seated landslide near the SW corner of unit C.  Eight road drainage sites are planned for work Including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to use a short segment of steep temporary road inside unit D that is on 35% slopes within 75 to 100 feet of a class II (mid sized) watercourse.  In 2014, a sharp shinned hawk was spotted .5 mile west of unit C, and in 2000, a sharp shinned hawk was spotted 1 mile east of unit B.  In 2011, a Cooper's hawk was spotted .5 miles south of unit E, and in 1996, a Cooper's hawk was spotted 1.2 miles east of unit E.  Golden eagles have been spotted within .5 miles of the THP area.  There are over a dozen spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area including nesting territories within .25 miles of unit F, and within .5 miles of units C and D.

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log SW of Redwood National Park.


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THP 1-16-106 HUM (BL 2700 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 133.35 acres; 79% clearcut, 20% selection, 1% no-harvest logging.  Pitcher Creek (HUM: T9N R1E Sec.22, 27, 28).  Wet weather operations, low erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 60%, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, osprey, northern red legged frog, running pine, trees up to 36" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/27/16. VIEW

This THP is about 6 miles NE of Trinidad, CA and just SW of Redwood National Park at an elevation of 800 to 1,400 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut feller buncher and shovel logging operation in redwood, Douglas fir, grand fir, western hemlock and Sitka spruce forests.  There are 2 osprey nests including an osprey nest within .25 mi of the LP Mill Road, and an osprey nest within .25 mi of the BL2000 Road.  Potential marbled murrelet habitat exists on Harry Merlo State Park lands within .25 miles of the LP Mill road.  A Northern Red Legged frog was spotted in unit D in 1999, and a newly colonized great blue heron rockery is located .22 miles east of the BL2000 Road.  Running pine was found in units B and D.  There are 5 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Green Diamond Resource Company planning a pair of clearcut THPs near the Highway 299 Coast Range Summit.


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THP 1-16-105 HUM (Canyon Creek Scramble THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 225 acres; 75% clearcut, 22% selection, 2% no-harvest, 1% roadside logging.  Canyon Creek (HUM: T7N R2E Sec.21, 22, 23, 25, 26, 27, 35).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 16 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, oversized units, coho watershed, spotted owl, Cooper's hawk, southern torrent salamander, Sonoma tree vole, scattered large trees. Estimated public comment deadline: 11/22/16. VIEW

This THP is about 8 miles NE of Arcata, CA and a few miles NW of the Highway 299 Coast Range summit at an elevation of 1,500 to 2,000 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut feller buncher, shovel and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood and Douglas fir forests.  The THP area flows into the Mad River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, temperature and turbidity.  There are 3 landslide terrain sites including 2 shallow rapid landslides along the upper NW portion of unit G, a deep seated landslide within unit G, and 2 road failure sites including a cut bank failure along the K&K 100 road, and a vertical cut bank failure along the K&K 430 road.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to re-construct 1,500 feet of existing steep seasonal road on a grade exceeding 15%.  16 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and restoration of washed out crossings.  A Cooper's hawk was spotted 300 feet east of unit B in 2010, Sonoma tree voles were reported inside units B and C during 2004 surveys, and southern torrent salamanders are known to occur in some of the class II (mid sized) habitat inside unit E.  There are 4 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area, including nesting territories within .25 mi of units E and G, and within .5 miles of unit D.  This THP is just SE of Green Diamond Resource Company’s recently proposed Basin Central THP 1-16-108 HUM.

THP 1-16-108 HUM (Basin Central THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 168 acres; 78% clearcut, 20% selection, 2% no-harvest logging.  Canyon Creek (HUM: T7N R2E Sec.9, 16, 17, 21, 22, 28).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 12 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, peregrine falcon, trees up to 60" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/29/16. VIEW

This THP is about 8 miles NE of Arcata, CA and 3 miles NW of the Highway 299 Coast Range summit at an elevation of 760 to 1,680 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, western hemlock and Douglas fir forests.  The THP area flows into the Mad River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, temperature and turbidity.  There are multiple cut bank and fill slope failures adjacent to unit B, a fill failure associated with a shallow rapid landslide on the K&K 626 Road, and an old depression in unit E.  12 road drainage sites are planned for work Including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  There is a historic peregrine falcon eyrie 1.3 miles west of the THP area, and 8 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area including nesting territories within .25 mi of units E and F, and within .5 mi of unit A.  This THP is just NW of Green Diamond Resource Company’s recently proposed Canyon Creek Scramble THP 1-16-105 HUM.