Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Humboldt Redwood Company to log trees up to 65” dbh near the Headwaters Forest Reserve.


Headwaters Forest Reserve Photo By Wikipedia
THP 1-16-056 HUM (Bridge Too Far THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 263.3 acres; 85% group selection, 8% selection, 5% no-harvest, 1% roadside logging.  Lower N. Fork Elk River (HUM: T4N R1E Sec.20, 28, 29, 30; T4N R1W Sec.25).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, steep roads, landslide terrain, 33 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, coho watershed, spotted owls, osprey nests, howell's montia, trees up to 65" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 07/20/16. VIEW

This THP is just north of the Headwaters Forest Reserve and about 5 miles SE of Eureka, CA at an elevation of 200 to 700 feet.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning a group selection and selection (individual tree removal) tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood and Douglas fir forests.  There are 128 acres of late seral stands in the THP area including trees up to 40" dbh in unit 1 that could be logged, trees up to 50" dbh in units 3 & 5 that could be logged, and trees up to 65" dbh in units 2 & 4 that could be logged.  The THP area flows into the Lower North Fork of the Elk River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and siltation.   Eleven landslide terrain sites are located within the THP area including debris slides, disrupted ground, debris flows and cut bank failures.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging in units 2 and 5, and construct a short segment of road inside a class I (year round) watercourse at Dunlap Gulch and the North Fork of Elk River.  They also want to construct steep segments of road U11.40001 on slopes over 65% grade, and within 100 feet of a class I watercourse.  33 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  There are 2 historic osprey nesting trees, and 9 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

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


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THP 1-16-054 HUM (BL2630 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 182 acres, 70% clearcut, 29% selection, 1% no-harvest logging.  Pitcher Creek (HUM: T8N R1E Sec.2, 3, 11; T9N R1E Sec.35).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, landslide terrain, road failure site, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, osprey, red tree vole, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 07/19/16. VIEW

This THP is about 5 miles NE of Trinidad, CA and about 2 miles SW of Redwood National Park at an elevation of 600 to 1,080 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood and Douglas fir forests.  There is an unstable area along the eastern boundary of unit A, and a seep that concentrates water across a road causing outboard fill erosion.  Potential marbled murrelet habitat exists within .25 mi of the LP Mil Road, and there is an osprey nest within .25 mi of the LP Mil Road, and 2 osprey nests within .25 mi of the  BL2000 Road.  Red tree voles were reported in 1994 to be in unit C.  There are spotted owl nesting territories within .5 miles of unit E.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

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


PANORAMIC Photo By Damon Tighe
THP 1-16-052 MEN (SE Corral THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 420 acres; 52% group selection, 37% selection, 12% transition logging.  Lower Greenwood Creek (MD: T14N R16W Sec.1, 2, 11, 12; T15N R16W Sec.35).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes over 70%, steep roads, landslide terrain, 51 road drainage work sites, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 07/10/16. VIEW

This THP is about 6 miles SE of Elk, CA, and about 7 miles NW of Philo, CA at an elevation of 450 to 1,460 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 7 landslide terrain sites including steep headwall swales, debris flows, earth flows and disrupted ground.  51 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 adjacent to the THP area.  Two spotted owl nesting territories are located within .7 miles of the THP area.

Mendocino Redwood Company to log on steep and unstable slopes west of Willits, CA.


PANORAMIC Photo By mlhess
THP 1-16-049 MEN (Northspur THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 659 acres; 58% transition, 27% variable retention, 14% group selection, 1% no-harvest logging.  North Fork Noyo River (MD: T18N R15W Sec.4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 17).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 53 road drainage work sites,  impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, redwood lily, trees over 24" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 07/06/16. VIEW

This THP is about 10 miles west of Willits, CA and about 5 miles north of Highway 20 at an elevation of 320 to 1,360 feet.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood and Douglas fir forests.  There are 4 road failure sites including cut bank failures in sections 5 and 9, scarp failures upslope and downslope of roads in section 9, and a landslide terrain site near a class II (mid sized) watercourse in section 5.  The THP area flows into the Noyo River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment/sedimentation.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging, use ground based equipment on steep slopes over 65% grade, and use a landing and several skid roads inside a watercourse area.  53 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, and culvert repair/replacement.  There are spotted owl nesting territories within .7 mi of the THP area.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log trees up to 40” dbh near Weavervile, CA.


PANORAMIO Photo By Elifino 57
THP 2-16-018 TRI (Dutch THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 281 acres; 96% clearcut, 3% selection,  1% roadside logging.  Dutch Creek, Soldier Creek (MD: T32N R11W Sec.1, 2, 11; T33N R10W Sec.30, 31; T33N R11W Sec.36).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, 12 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, osprey, trees up to 40" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 06/30/16. VIEW

This THP is about 6 miles SW of Weavervile, CA and Highway 299 at an elevation of 1,840 to 3,960 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in Douglas fir, ponderosa pine, sugar pine and incense cedar forests.  The THP area flows into the Trinity River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and siltation.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning to use ground based equipment on steep slopes up to 65% grade to construct fire lines.  12 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, and culvert repair/replacement.  There is an active osprey nest in section 30, within 170 feet of a haul road and within 300 feet of Soldier Creek Road.  3 Spotted owl nesting territories are located within 1.3 miles of the THP area, and within .5 mi of units 103 and 201.

Humboldt Redwood Company to log trees up to 55” dbh just south of Avenue of Giants.


PANORAMIO Photo By Redwood Transect
THP 1-16-048 HUM (Going Green THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 339 acres; 42% group selection, 31% no-harvest, 15% variable retention, 10% selection, 2% roadside logging.  Bear Creek (HUM: T1N R1E Sec.25, 26, 35, 36; T1S R1E Sec.1, 2).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, 7 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, Cooper's hawk, trees up to 55" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 06/30/16. VIEW

This THP is a mile south of the Avenue of the Giants and Highway 101 and about 4 miles SE of Scotia, CA.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir and grand fir forests at an elevation of 150 to 2,350 feet.  The THP area flows into the Eel River which is listed as impaired watershed for sediment and temperature.  The THP area contains trees up to 55" dbh, and will allow for the logging inside large tree marbled murrelet stands 307C, 319C and 320C.  There are multiple landslide terrain sites including debris slides, debris flows, earth flows, rock slides and disrupted ground.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging.  7 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings/sinkholes.  There are 3 Cooper's hawk nests in unit 4, and eight spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Green Diamond Resource Company to log east of Trinidad, CA.


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THP 1-16-046 HUM (KK Panther THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 161.9 acres; 57% commercial thin, 32% clearcut, 9% no-harvest, 1% selection, 1% roadside logging.  Panther Creek (HUM: T8N R2E Sec.13, 14, 23, 24, 25; T8N R3E Sec.30).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, landslide terrain, 10 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, trees up to 36" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 06/25/16. VIEW

This THP is about a dozen miles east of Trinidad, CA and a few miles SE of Redwood National Park at an elevation of 500 to 1,800 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.  The THP area flows into Redwood Creek which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature.  There are dormant landslide terrain sites in units A, B and C.  Ten road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings and sink holes.  There are spotted owl nesting territories within .5 miles of units A and D.