Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log SE of Trinity Dam and Trinity Lake.


PANORAMIC Photo By KenHal
THP 2-16-059 SHA (Five East THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 344 acres; 99% clearcut, 1% roadside logging.  Deadwood Creek, Eastman Gulch, Fivemile Gulch, Dutch Gulch (MD: T33N R7W Sec.5; T33N R8W Sec.1; T34N R7W Sec.21, 27, 29, 31).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, 3 unstable areas, road failure sites, oversized units, herbicides, spotted owls, pacific fisher, townsend's big eared bat, shasta salamander, 6 sensitive plant species, trees over 32" dbh.   Estimated public comment deadline: 11/24/16. VIEW

This THP is about 3 miles SE of Trinity Dam at Trinity Lake and about 5 miles NW of French Gulch, CA at an elevation of 3,200 to 4,880 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in ponderosa pine, Douglas fir, sugar pine and incense cedar forests.  There are 3 unstable areas including a 30 foot long fill slope failure in unit 1A, a 90 foot long fill slope failure in unit 31A, and a 75 foot slump near the top of unit 5A.  Deadwood Creek and Eastman Gulch watersheds are listed as impaired watersheds for sediment and siltation.  Four Pacific fisher sightings were reported between 1994 and 2006 ranging from 291 feet from unit 27D to 3.4 miles from unit 1D.  There is an historic (1980's) sighting of a wolverine within unit 31C in section 31, and Townsend's big eared bats were reported to be located 1.7 miles from unit 5D in section 18, and 1.3 miles from unit 5C in section 16.  In 2012, a pair of Shasta salamanders were reported to be 2 miles from unit 5C in section 15.  Six sensitive plant species were reported including: Shasta agrarian near unit 7D, Northern clarkia in unit 7D, Blushing wild buckwheat in unit 7C, Slender Goldbanner in units 1A, 5I and 31A, Klamath mountain catchfly in units 5A and 5C, and English peak greenbriar in unit 5C.  There are 3 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log amongst Port Orford Cedars west of the Sacramento Canyon.


PANORAMIC Photo By skrilla
THP 2-16-058 SHA (Chicken Lily THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 338 acres; 100% clearcut, misc roadside logging.  Baker Creek, Upper Slate Creek (MD: T37N R5W Sec.7, 11, 13, 15).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 60%, unstable areas, 20 road drainage work sites, oversized units, herbicides, 12 sensitive plant species, pacific tailed frog, trees over 32" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/24/16. VIEW

This THP is about 14 miles NW of Lakehead, CA and about 4 miles west of Interstate 5 near the Sacramento Canyon at an elevation of 4,640 to 6,380 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a tractor based clearcut logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in white fir, red fir, Port Orford cedar (locally rare), western white pine, Jeffrey pine, ponderosa pine, sugar pine, Douglas fir and incense cedar forests.  There is an active unstable area (roadside fill failure) along the east side of Slate Creek, and hummocky landscape terrain in sections 11 and 13.  This THP is within a mile of the popular trail system that links Tamarack and Twin Lakes and has regionally uncommon Port Orford Cedar trees which can be killed by the spread of Port Orford Cedar root rot through logging.  SPI is planning to use ground based equipment on steep slopes over 65% grade in unit 13C, and use ground based equipment on slopes over 50% grade with a high erosion hazard in unit 11C.  20 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  A Pacific tailed frog was reported to be 2,460 feet from unit 13E in section 24.  12 sensitive plant species were reported including: Klamath manazanita in units 7A, 7B, 7E and 13E, Scalloped moonwart in unit 7E, Mingan moonwart in unit 7E, Clustered lady’s slipper in unit 13B, Picher plant in units 7C and 7E, Congdon’s buckwheat in units 7A, 7E, 11B, 11C, 11D, 15A and 15B, Scott Mountain phacelia in units 7A, 7B, 7C, 15A and 15B, Redwood lily in unit 7E, Englemann’s lomatium in units 7A, 15A and 15B, Cascade grass of parnassus in unit 7E, Threadleaf beardtongue in unit 7A and Yellow triplet lily in unit 15A.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log near the Pacific Crest Trail and West Girard Roadless Area.


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THP 2-16-056 SHA (Crag View THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 546 acres; 100% clearcut, misc roadside logging.  Tom Neal Creek, Sweetbrier Creek, Lower Soda Creek (MD: T38N R4W Sec.22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 35, 36).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, steep roads, 3 unstable areas, impaired 303.d watershed, west girard roadless area, oversized units, herbicides, spotted owl, osprey, western pond turtle, trees over 32" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/21/16. VIEW

This THP is about 12 miles south of Mt Shasta, CA and about 1 mi east of Castella, CA and Highway 5 at an elevation of 2,200 to 5,000 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in ponderosa pine, Douglas fir, incense cedar and sugar pine forests.  There are 3 unstable areas related to roads including an unstable area above unit 26A (cut bank instability) in section 26 and 2 unstable areas in section 23.  Section 24 is within .5 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail, and sections 25 and 36 are adjacent to the West Girard Roadless Area.  SPI wants to use ground based equipment on steep slopes over 65% grade within unit 24B, and construct 600 feet of new road with an 18% grade on steep slopes exceeding 65% grade adjacent to unit 23B.  Osprey were reported 1,200 feet west of unit 27B and 1,600 feet NW of unit 27A, and western pond turtles were reported at North Salt Creek which is 2 miles downstream from the THP area, and at Boulder Creek.  There are 2 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log near Weaverville, CA.


PANORAMIC Photo By Larry Doc Butcher
THP 2-16-054 TRI (9 Ball THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 217 acres; 83% clearcut, 6% selection, 4% seed tree, 4% rehab, 3% shelterwood, misc roadside logging.  West Weaver Creek, East Weaver Creek (MD: T34N R9W Sec.19; T34N R10W Sec.35).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, unstable area, 8 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, weaverville basin trail system, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/17/16. VIEW

This THP is about 2 miles north of Weaverville, CA and Highway 299 at an elevation of 2,720 to 4,080 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Douglas fir, ponderosa pine, sugar pine and white fir forests.  Portions of the Weaverville Basin Trail system are located within the THP area including the LaGrange Ditch Trail and Arbuckle Mine Trail (Section 19), the LaGrange Ditch Trail, Dolly Ditch Trail, Jackass Ridge Trail and Weaver Bally Road (Section 25).  There is an unstable area in unit 1904, and unstable areas in sections 19, 25 and 35.  The THP area flows into the Trinity River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and siltation.  SPI is planning to use ground based equipment on steep slopes over 60% grade in designated cable units to construct fire lines, and use ground based equipment within an unstable area in unit 1904.  Siskiyou Onion was found within unit 2502, and Glacus umbrellawort was found in unit 1904.  There are 3 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log east of Trinity Lake.


PANORAMIC Photo By backmans
THP 2-16-053 SHA (Honeymoon Flat THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 498 acres; 98% clearcut, 2% roadside logging.  Slate Creek (MD: T35N R6W Sec.19, 21; T35N R7W Sec.13, 23, 25, 35).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, steep roads, unstable area, 5 road drainage work sites, oversized units, herbicides, spotted owls, fisher, 8 sensitive plant species, trees over 32" dbh.  Estimated Public comment deadline: 11/15/16. VIEW

This THP is about 16 miles NE of Weaverville, CA and about 4 miles east of Trinity Lake at an elevation of 2,700 to 4,680 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in ponderosa pine, Douglas fir, incense cedar and sugar pine forests.  There is 1 unstable area in section 21 inside unit 21B.  SPI wants to use tractors adjacent to an unstable area in unit 21B, and use tractors on steep slopes exceeding 50% grade with a high erosion hazard rating in unit 13B.  They also are planning to construct segments of steep roads on slopes over 65% grade inside units 35A, 35B and 35C.  Five road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  In 1997, a Pacific fisher was spotted 1,061 feet from unit 35F in Section 2.  Eight sensitive plant species were found including: Klamath mountain catchfly within units 5A and 5C, Slender false lupine in unit 5I, Siskiyou onion near unit 7D, English peak greenbriar within units 5C and 35A, Canyon creek stonecrop in unit 13A, Redwood lily on roadsides near unit 35A, Northern clarkia inside units 7D, 13B, 19A, 21C and 35D, and Blushing wild buckwheat near units 7C and 19B.  There are 8 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area (.5 mi to 1.275 mi).

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log NE of Shingletown, CA.


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THP 2-16-047 SHA (Pluto THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 207 acres; 98% clearcut, 2% roadside logging.  Upper Battle Creek (MD: T31N R2E Sec.1; T32N R2E Sec.24, 25, 35, 36).  Winter operations, low erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, steep roads, 18 road drainage work sites, herbicides, chinook watershed, CA spotted owl, fisher, goshawk, 5 sensitive plant species, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/10/16. VIEW

This THP is about 11 miles NE of Shingletown, CA and Highway 44 at an elevation of 4,200 to 5,600 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a clearcut tractor based logging operation in ponderosa pine, sugar pine, incense cedar, white fir and Douglas fir forests.  The THP area drains into the Battle Creek watershed which is a Chinook salmon and steelhead watershed.  SPI is planning to build short temporary spur roads under 500 feet long to connect units without pre-designating locations, and construct seasonal roads in sections 25 and 36 with steep road beds exceeding 15% grade for over 200 feet.  They also are planning to construct a 65 by 50 foot waterhole within a class II (mid sized) watercourse.  18 road drainage sites are proposed for work Including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and repair/replacement of culverts.  Two fisher sightings were reported in 2011 in sections 35 and 36, and in 2012 a fisher sighting was reported in Latour State Park in section 22 which is 1.75 miles NW of the THP area.  Two goshawk nest sightings were reported, one in 2000 in section 13 which is 1.75 miles north of the THP area, and one in 2002 in section 32 which is 2 miles east of the THP area.  Upswept moonwort was found in sections 25 and 36, Rattlesnake fern was found in section 35, Butte county fritillary was found in section 35, Giant chekerbloom was found in section 36 and Obtuse starwort was found in section 24.  A CA spotted owl nesting territory is located in Section 30 which is .75 mi east of the THP area.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log east of Lake Oroville.


PANORAMIC Photo of Ponderosa Reservoir By wkuykendall
THP 2-16-043 BUT (Grasses THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 19 acres; 100% clearcut logging.  Ponderosa Reservoir, Daken Flat (MD: T19N R6E Sec.10).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 40%, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, goshawk, trees up to 140 years old.  Estimated public comment deadline: 10/28/16. VIEW

This THP is about 14 miles east of Oroville, CA and about 1.25 miles west of Forbestown, CA at an elevation of 3,200 to 3,321 feet.  The THP area is 2 miles from Lake Oroville, and 1.7 miles upstream from Ponderosa Lake, a popular fishing destination.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a clearcut tractor based logging operation in ponderosa pine, sugar pine, incense cedar, Douglas fir and white fir forests.  There is a radio transmission tower adjacent to the THP area, and a goshawk sighting was reported nearby.  Three CA spotted owl territories are located within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log near the Highway 299 coast range summit.


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THP 1-16-099 HUM (Little River Hwd THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 190.5 acres; 83% clearcut, 12% no-harvest, 4% selection, 1% roadside logging.  Toss-up Creek, Headwaters Little River (HUM: T7N R2E Sec.2, 10, 11, 13, 14, 23, 24).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 60%, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, landslide terrain, 6 road drainage work sites, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, fisher, southern torrent salamander, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 10/26/16. VIEW

This THP is about 10 miles NE of Arcata, CA and about 3 miles north of the Highway 299 coast range summit at an elevation of 1,940 to 3,360 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut feller buncher, shovel and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Douglas fir and redwood forests.  The THP area flows into the Little River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and siltation.  There is a shallow rapid landslide along the southern portion of unit C, a shallow rapid landslide along the NE boundary of unit E, and an unclassified swale in unit F.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to construct 8,780 feet of temporary road, 2,600 feet of seasonal road, 2,595 feet of existing temporary road, and re-construct a road within a class II (mid sized) watercourse area in unit D.  Six 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 was a 2006 sighting of a fisher in unit B, a 2007 sighting of a fisher in unit C, and southern torrent salamanders are known to occur in and/or immediately adjacent to unit B.  There are 3 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area, including spotted owl nesting territories within .25 miles of unit C, and within .5 miles of unit D.

Humboldt Redwood Company to log inside large tree marbled murrelet stands SE of Eureka.


PANORAMIC Photo By John Quinlan
THP 1-16-097 HUM (Freshwater 16 THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 470.7 acres; 72% group selection, 22% selection, 7% no-harvest, misc roadside logging.  Ryan Slough, Cloney Gulch, Little Freshwater Creek (HUM: T4N R1E Sec.3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 31 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, logging inside large tree marbled murrelet stands, coho watershed, spotted owls, osprey, red tailed hawk, old growth bat tree, trees up to 40" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 10/27/16. VIEW

This THP is about 4 miles SE of Eureka, CA and Highway 101 at an elevation of 120 to 760 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 Freshwater Creek which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and siltation.  There are multiple road related cut bank and fill slope failures, and 76 landslide terrain sites (mostly historic debris slides) are scattered throughout the THP area.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging, and log inside large tree marbled murrelet stands 147B and 233B.  31 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 2 osprey nests near units 1 and 2, an historic red tailed hawk nest is located west of unit 6, and an 136" diameter old growth bat tree is located near unit 1.  Six spotted owl nesting territories were reported within 1.3 miles of the THP area.