Thursday, September 29, 2016

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log NE of the town of Smith River.


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THP 1-16-096 DEL (Lower Rowdy THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 333.5 acres; 55% clearcut, 18% selection, 17% commercial thin, 8% no-harvest, 1% roadside logging.  Lower Rowdy Creek, Dominie Creek (HUM: T18N R1E Sec.7, 8, 17, 18, 19, 20; T18N R1W Sec.12).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, landslide terrain, 3 road drainage work sites, herbicides, oversized units, coho watershed, spotted owl, southern torrent salamanders, tailed frogs, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 10/21/16. VIEW

This THP is about 3 miles NE of the town of Smith River, CA and Highway 101 at an elevation of  100 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.  There are shallow rapid landslide terrain sites in units A, C, D, E, F, G and H.  Three road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  Southern torrent salamanders are known to occur in and/or immediately adjacent to units B and H, and coastal tailed frogs are known to occur in and/or immediately adjacent to units A, C and D.  There are 5 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area, including spotted owl nesting territories within .5 miles of unit C.

Mendocino Redwood Company to log near the Skunk Train Route east of Fort Bragg.


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THP 1-16-095 MEN (Northspur THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 659.5 acres; 52% transition, 25% variable retention, 23% group selection, 1% no-harvest, misc roadside logging.  North Fork Noyo River (MD: T18N R15W Sec.4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 17).  Winter operations, steep slopes over 65%, steep roads, moderate erosion hazard, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 66 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, old growth bat tree, redwood lily, trees over 24" dbh. Estimated public comment deadline: 10/21/16. VIEW

This THP is about 12 miles east of Fort Bragg, CA and Highway 1, and about 6 miles north of Highway 20 at an elevation of 320 to 1,360 feet.  The western and southern portions of the THP area are adjacent to the Skunk Train route, including the Northspur station.  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 down the North Fork of the Noyo River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and siltation.  There are 2 cut bank road related failure sites in sections 5 and 9, and 4 landslide terrain sites in sections 5, 8 and 9.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging, and to use ground based equipment on steep slopes over 65% grade.  They also are planning to use 2 landings and 2 skid trails inside a watercourse area, and  construct 850 feet of new roads on steep slopes over 65% grade.  66 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.  Redwood lily was found in the THP area, and there is an old growth bat tree that will be inspected.  There are 3 spotted owl nesting territories within .7 miles of the THP area.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

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


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THP 1-16-093 HUM (Jacoby Creek THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 160.5 acres; 44% clearcut, 28% selection, 17% group selection, 9% shelterwood, 1% roadside logging.  Fay Slough, Lower Jacoby Creek (HUM: T5N R1E Sec.14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23).  Wet weather operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, landslide terrain, 12 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, osprey, peregrine falcon, bald eagle, 2 old growth bat trees, trees up to 40" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 10/19/16. VIEW  

This THP is about 3 miles NE of Eureka, CA and Highway 101 at an elevation of 110 to 1,120 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir, western hemlock and grand fir forests.  The THP area drains down the Jacoby Creek watershed which is listed as an impaired watershed for sedimentation.  There are 5 landslide terrain sites within unit D including 2 shallow rapid landslides, and 3 steep headwall swales.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to use 2 landings and short segments of road inside a watercourse within 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 and sinkholes.  There are 24 osprey nests within .25 miles of seasonal and permanent roads including an osprey nest within .25 mi of unit A, an osprey nest 240 feet from unit B, 2 osprey nests within .25 mi of unit B, 6 osprey nests within .25 mi of unit D, and 2 osprey nests in and around unit C.  A bald eagle nest is located .8 miles north of the THP area, 3 peregrine falcon nest trees are located within .25 mi of the plan area, and there are 2 old growth bat trees including a 12 foot diameter redwood snag and a 7 foot diameter redwood snag within unit D.  Four spotted owl nesting territories are located within 1.3 miles of the THP area, and there are spotted owl nesting territories within .25 miles of unit F, and within .5 miles of units B, C and D.

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


PANORAMIC Photo By Greg Nyquist 
THP 1-16-091 HUM (Upper Tectah THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 250.5 acres; 62% clearcut, 36% selection, 1% no-harvest logging.  Upper Tectah Creek (HUM: T10N R2E Sec.8, 9, 16, 17, 20, 21, 29).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, landslide terrain, 15 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, oversized units, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 10/11/16. VIEW

This THP is about 5.5 miles SE of Orick, CA and Highway 101 along the eastern edge of Redwood National Park at an elevation of 160 to 1,040 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Douglas fir, redwood, Sitka spruce, Monterey pine, western red cedar and western hemlock forests.  The THP area flows into the Klamath River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, temperature, dissolved oxygen and nutrients.  There are 13 landslide terrain sites including 6 unstable areas in unit A, 1 unstable area in unit B, 2 unstable areas in unit C, 1 unstable area in unit D, and 3 unstable areas in unit E.  15 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings and sinkholes.  There is marbled murrelet habitat within .25 miles of the mainline TT-100 road on Redwood National Park Lands and along the paved Bald Hills Road.  There are 3 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area, including spotted owl nesting territories within .5 miles of unit C.

Mendocino Redwood Company to log NW of Navarro, CA.


PANORAMIC Photo By Robert Syms 
THP 1-16-090 MEN (Mendocino Mustard THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 475 acres; 70% transition, 30% variable retention logging.  North Fork Navarro River, Middle Navarro River, Ray Gulch (MD: T15N R16W Sec.3, 4, 9, 10, 15, 16).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, steep roads, landslide terrain, 8 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owls, maple leaved checkerbloom, trees up to 30" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 10/09/16. VIEW

This THP is about 5 miles NW of Navarro, CA and Highway 128 in Mendocino County at an elevation of 560 to 1,680 feet.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation in redwood and Douglas fir forests.  The THP area flows into the Navarro River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment inside areas designated for cable logging, and construct a seasonal road on steep slopes between 65% and 70% grade.  They also want to use an existing mainline road inside a class I (year round) watercourse (Mustard Gulch), and use 2 seasonal roads with debris slides originating at or below the outside of the road prism.  Eight road drainage sites are planned for work Including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  Maple leaved checker bloom was found within 150 feet of a road, and within 550 feet of the nearest harvest unit.  There are 8 spotted owl nesting territories within .7 miles of the THP area.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Gualala Redwoods Timber to log out the alluvial flats of the North Fork of the Gualala River.


PANORAMIO Photo By Raniero Tazzi
THP 1-16-094 MEN (Plum THP) Gualala Redwoods Timber, 154 acres; 88% selection, 12% no-harvest logging.  Stewart Creek, Robinson Creek (MD: T11N R14W Sec.6, 7; T11N R15W Sec.12, 13, 14, 23, 24).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, 15 road drainage work sites, landslide terrain, impaired 303.d watershed, logging inside Gualala River Wild and scenic area, coho watershed, old growth bat tree, spotted owl, osprey, Cooper's hawk, red legged frog, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 10/21/16. VIEW

This THP is about 2 miles NE of the town of Gualala, CA and Highway 1 at an elevation of 30 to 200 feet.  Gualala Redwoods Timber (formerly Gualala Redwoods Inc) is planning to tractor log redwood and Douglas fir trees on 154 acres of alluvial flats (flood prone areas) along the North Fork of the Gualala River.  The THP area drains down the North Fork of the Gualala River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature into the Pacific Ocean (Unit 1 is within the Gualala River Wild and Scenic Area (.25 acres)).  Gualala Redwoods Timber Company is planning to use existing skid trails, landings and haul roads within the alluvial flats which are designated as watercourse areas.  15 road drainage sites are planned for work Including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  Ten second growth redwood trees up to 48" dbh are planned to be cut and left in the stream channel as part of a large woody debris stream enhancement project.  There are osprey nests nearby at the mouth of the Gualala River, South Fork of the Gualala River, China Gulch and at Buckeye Creek.  Cooper's hawks have been observed on the east side of the Gualala River downstream from the THP area, and a red legged frog was reported in Salal Creek (2015) 1.5 miles SW of the THP area.  There are 5 spotted owl nesting territories within .7 mi of the THP area, and an old growth bat tree will be retained in unit 18.