Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut and sanitation salvage log near Emigrant Gap and I-80.


PANORAMIC Photo By Tyler Blake
THP 2-17-012 NEV (Scotch THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 593 acres; 43% sanitation salvage, 28% no-harvest, 20% clearcut, 7% commercial thin, 1% selection logging.  Scotchman Creek Diamond Creek, Fuller Lake, Upper Steephollow Creek (MD: T17N R10E Sec.23; T17N R11E Sec.13, 21, 23).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, 7 unstable areas, 5 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, CA spotted owl, northern goshawk, osprey, foothill yellow legged frog, Sierra Nevada yellow legged frog, Sierra starwort, feltleaf violet, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 06/26/17. VIEW

This THP is about 4 miles NW of Emigrant Gap and Interstate 80 at an elevation of 3,200 to 5,400 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a tractor and cable sanitation salvage and clearcut logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in ponderosa pine, sugar fir, white fir, Douglas fir, incense cedar and Pacific yew forests.  There are 7 unstable areas mostly related to historic gold rush era mining activities within sections 21 and 23 in the THP area.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning to use tractors to log across unstable areas at 2 locations within section 23, and use an existing haul road and landing within unstable areas in section 23.  They also are planning to use an existing tractor road within a class III (intermittent) watercourse in section 23, and use an existing landing inside a class II (mid sized) watercourse in section 23.  Five road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  An osprey nest was reported to be within 1 mile of the THP area, and in 2004, a northern goshawk was reported 1.34 miles away in section 18.  Nine foothill yellow legged frogs were reported between .28 to 2.19 miles from the THP area, and five Sierra Nevada yellow legged frogs were reported from within the THP area to 2.33 miles away from the THP area.  Sierra starwort was found in a previously harvested areas and within retention areas in the THP area, and felt leaf violet was found in an open gravelly area within the THP area.  Eleven CA spotted owl sightings were reported from within the THP area (2 occurrences) to 1.12 miles away from the THP area.

Green Diamond Resource Company to log adjacent to former mill site in Korbel, CA.


Photo of former Korbel Mill by California Redwood Company
THP 1-17-048 HUM (Korbel Mill Thin THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 314.5 acres; 84% commercial thin, 11% no-harvest, 3% selection, 2% clearcut logging.  Hutchery Creek, Powers Creek (HUM: T6N R2E Sec.20, 21, 28, 29, 32, 33).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 80%, landslide terrain, 15 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, bald eagle, trees up to 72" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 06/26/17. VIEW

This THP is just SE of the town of Blue Lake, CA and Highway 299 and adjacent to the former California Redwood Company (a subsidiary of Green Diamond Resource Company) in Korbel.  Green Diamond Resource 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 200 to 1,000 feet.  The THP area flows into the Mad River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, temperature and turbidity.  There are 12 unstable areas in the THP including 6 unstable areas in unit C, 3 unstable areas 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.  There is a bald eagle territory 2.3 miles south of the THP area, and 12+ spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles, including spotted owl nesting territories within .5 miles of units C and E.

Green Diamond Resource Company to log along the eastern boundary of Redwood National Park.


PANORAMIC Photo By Greg Nyquist
THP 1-17-047 HUM (Tectah Forks THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 571 acres; 52% commercial thin, 37% clearcut, 6% selection, 3% no-harvest, 1% rehab, 1% roadside, 1% special logging.  Upper Tectah Creek (HUM: T10N R2E Sec.16, 17, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes, landslide terrain, 35 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, Redwood National Park, coho watershed, spotted owl, Sonoma tree vole, trees up to 26" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 06/25/17. VIEW

This THP is about 5 miles SE of Orick, CA and Highway 101 along the eastern boundary of Redwood National Park at an elevation of 1,400 to 2,500 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Douglas fir, redwood and western hemlock forests.  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 shallow rapid landslide terrain sites in units D and J, and a deep seated landslide terrain site in unit E.  A Special Treatment Area (STA) is located along the boundary of unit I to hide the effects of clearcutting near Redwood National Park lands.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to use temporary tractor road crossings inside class III (intermittent) watercourses inside units A and D, and construct 29,850 feet of new road including 21,650 feet of new seasonal road and 8,000 feet of temporary road (proposed for abandonment later).  35 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  A Sonoma tree vole was spotted in unit K, and there are 2 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Friday, May 12, 2017

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


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THP 1-17-043 DEL (Bear Creek THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 425.5 acres; 40% commercial thin, 32% clearcut, 16% selection, 11% no-harvest, 1% roadside logging.  Upper Bear Creek (HUM: T18N R1E Sec.4, 5, 6; T19N R1E Sec.31, 32, 33).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 85%, landslide terrain, oversized units, herbicides, packsaddle roadless area, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, southern torrent salamanders, trees up to 48" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 06/15/17. VIEW

This THP is within a mile of the CA/OR border, and about 4.5 miles NE of Smith River, California  and Highway 101 at an elevation of 400 to 1,680 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, B, C, D, F, G, H, I, J, deep seated landslide terrain sites in units B, C, G, H and 2 headwall swales in units A and I.  The Packsaddle roadless area is adjacent to sections 3 and 33.  18 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 Six Rivers National Forest lands, Siskiyou National Forest Lands and Oregon State Lands within 300 feet of units A and D, within .25 miles of units B, H and I and within .25 miles of several haul roads.  Southern torrent salamanders were reported within and immediately adjacent to unit I, and there are 2 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Mendocino Redwood Company to log on steep and unstable slopes SE of Elk, CA.


PANORAMIC Photo By byroneil
THP 1-17-042 MEN (Fashauer THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 452.5 acres, 86% selection, 14% variable retention, misc roadside logging.  Lower Greenwood Creek (MD: T14N R16W Sec.2, 3; T15N R16W Sec.27, 33, 34, 35).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes over 70%, landslide terrain, 18 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, CA red legged frog, Sonoma tree vole, trees up to 42" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 06/15/17. VIEW

This THP is about 5 miles SE of Elk, CA and about 4 miles SW of Navarro, CA on the Mendocino coastline at an elevation of 400 to 1,320 feet.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir, grand fir and western hemlock forests. There are 20 landslide terrain sites in the THP area including multiple debris flows, earth flows, debris side slopes, rock slides, fill failures, disrupted ground, and steep inner gorges.  Two existing landings are proposed for use inside a class II (mid sized) watercourse, 3 tractor roads are proposed for use inside watercourse areas, and road construction is proposed inside a class II watercourse area.  Mendocino Redwood Company also wants to use tractor roads on an earth flow in unit A, use existing truck roads on an earth flow in unit D, use tractor roads on an earth flow in unit G, and log on slopes over 50% grade with a high erosion hazard in unit G. CA red legged frogs have been spotted at 3 locations adjacent to the project area, and a Sonoma tree vole nest site was marked for retention in the THP area.  There are 2 spotted owl nesting territories within .7 miles of the THP area.

Humboldt Redwood Company to log trees up to 60” dbh SE of Eureka, CA.


PANORAMIC Photo By spewydog
THP 1-17-040 HUM (Elk Hunt THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 207.8 acres; 66% group selection, 26% variable retention, 5% selection, 3% no-harvest, 1% roadside logging.  Upper N Fork Elk River (HUM: T4N R2E Sec 19, 29, 30, 31, 32).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, landslide terrain, 18 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, trees up to 60" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 06/05/17. VIEW

This THP is about 8 miles SE of Eureka, CA and about 3 miles south of Kneeland, CA at an elevation of 1,400 to 2,400 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 (trees up to 44" dbh in unit 1, and trees up to 60" dbh in unit 2).  The THP area flows into the elk river which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and siltation. There are 5 landslide terrain sites in the THP area including tension cracks, incised gullies, debris slides and a cut bank failure.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging for yarding, for tail holds and for the construction of fire lines.  Hauling is proposed within designated Marbled Murrelet Conservation Areas (MMCA). 18 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  There are 6 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Green Diamond Resource Company to log adjacent to Trinidad, CA and Strawberry Rock Trail.


Photo By Earth First Humboldt
THP 1-17-039 HUM (Grassy Creek Thin) Green Diamond Resource Company, 153 acres; 82% commercial thin, 18% no-harvest, misc roadside logging.  McDonald Creek (HUM: T8N R1E Sec.20, 21, 29; T8N R1W Sec.13).  Wet weather operations, low erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, 10 road drainage work sites, strawberry rock trail, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, osprey, northern red legged frog, trees up to 30" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 06/02/17. VIEW

This THP is within a mile east of Trinidad, CA and Highway 101 at an elevation of 400 to 960 feet.  Unit A is adjacent to the lower portion of the Strawberry Rock Trail, a popular hiking destination with great views of the Pacific Ocean.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly thinning tractor and cable logging operation in redwood, Douglas fir, Sitka spruce and grand fir forests.  There is a cut bank failure above an old skid road in the eastern portion of unit A.  Ten road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  There is potential marbled murrelet habitat on Humboldt Redwoods State Park property lands within .25 miles of the LP Mill haul road.  In 1993, a northern red legged frog was found in unit A, and an osprey nest is located within .25 miles of the LP Mill haul road, and a 2nd osprey nest is located within .25 miles of unit A and several seasonal haul roads.  There are 2 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area, including a spotted owl nesting territory within .25 miles of unit C.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log east of Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park.


PANORAMIC Photo By Greg Nyquist
THP 1-17-037 DEL (Upper Omagar THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 95 acres; 57% clearcut, 31% sanitation salvage, 9% no-harvest, 3% selection logging.  Tarup Creek (HUM: T12N R2E Sec.5; T13N R2E Sec.32).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 80%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 10 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, osprey, trees up to 36" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 05/25/17. VIEW

This THP is about 4 miles SE of Klamath, CA and about 3 miles east of Redwood National Park and Highway 101 at an elevation of 800 to 1,120 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor based logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir, grand fir 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 2 unstable areas including a fill failure off the SA.900.70 Road near an old landing and class II (mid sized) watercourse in unit B, and a fill failure between 2 skid roads adjacent to a class II watercourse in unit B.  Ten road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, and culvert repair/replacement.   Osprey were reported .8 miles from the THP area, and there is marbled murrelet habitat at Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park within .25 miles of the SA-10 haul road.  There are 3 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Mendocino Redwood Company to log on steep and unstable slopes NE of Philo, CA.


PANORAMIC Photo By Cascadia Vision Comm
THP 1-17-036 MEN (Alaska Rose THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 583 acres; 46% transition, 40% variable retention, 14% group selection logging.  Middle S. Branch Navarro River, Upper S. Branch Navarro River, North Fork Indian Creek (MD: T15N R14W Sec.21, 22, 23, 25, 26, 27, 28).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 85%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 74 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, trees up to 34" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 05/25/17. VIEW

This THP is about 9 miles west of Ukiah, CA and about 5 miles NE of Philo, CA at an elevation of 800 to 2,400 feet.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood and Douglas fir forests.  The THP area flows into the Navarro River watershed which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature.  There are 16 landslide terrain and road failure sites within the THP area including multiple debris slides, fill failures, cut bank failures, earth flows, bank seeps, washouts and road bed channel diversions.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment on existing skid trails in areas designated for cable logging, use 2 existing landings inside unstable areas, and re-construct 4 existing segments of roads across unstable areas.  74 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 4 spotted owl nesting territories within .7 miles of the THP area.

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log trees up to 60” dbh east of Eureka, CA.


PANORAMIC Photo By Redwood Transect
THP 1-17-035 HUM (FH 1000 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 88 acres; 61% clearcut, 34% selection, 2% no-harvest, 2% roadside logging.  Upper Jacoby Creek (HUM: T5N R2E Sec.29).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 80%, landslide terrain, oversized units, 4 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, trees up to 60" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 05/25/17. VIEW

This THP is about 8 miles east of Eureka, CA and a few miles NE of Kneeland, CA at an elevation of 1,070 to 2,050 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Douglas fir, redwood, grand fir and western hemlock forests (unit A has trees up to 40" dbh, and unit B has trees up to 60" dbh).  The THP area flows into the Jacoby Creek watershed which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, temperature and turbidity.  There are 11 landslide terrain sites in unit B; including 8 shallow rapid landslides, and 3 deep seated landslides mostly related to legacy roads and skid trails.  Four road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, and culvert repair/replacement.  There is a bald eagle territory 2.8 miles NE of the THP area, and spotted owl nesting territories within .25 miles of unit B, and within .5 miles of unit A.

Green Diamond Resource Company to log SE of Eureka, CA.


PANORAMIC Photo By angel nava
THP 1-17-033 HUM (Ryan Creek Thin THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 233.5 acres; 89% commercial thin, 10% no-harvest, 1% roadside logging.  Ryan Slough (HUM: T4N R1E Sec.6, 7, 8, 17, 18, 19; T4N R1W Sec.13).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, 11 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, osprey, peregrine falcon, trees up to 40" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 05/19/17. VIEW

This THP is about 2.5 miles SE of Eureka, CA and Highway 101 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, Douglas fir and Sitka spruce forests. The THP area is part of Freshwater Creek which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment.  There are steep stream side slopes and shallow rapid landslides in units A and D, and 2 road repair sites.  11 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  Five osprey nests are located near the THP area; including 4 osprey nest within .25 miles of the R Line haul road and a seasonal road, an osprey nest within .25 miles of unit A, and a peregrine falcon nest within .25 miles of the R Line haul road.  There are spotted owl nesting territories within .25 miles of units A, B and D, and within .5 miles of unit C.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Green Diamond Resource Company to log adjacent to McKinleyville, CA


PANORAMIC Photo By Redwood Transect
THP 1-17-031 HUM (Essex Thin THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 368.7 acres; 64% commercial thin, 27% no-harvest, 8% clearcut, 1% selection logging.  Warren Creek, Squaw Creek, Norton Creek, Mill Creek (HUM: T6N R1E Sec.2, 3, 4, 10; T7N R1E Sec.32, 33).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, 19 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, osprey, trees up to 40" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 05/12/17. VIEW

This THP is a mile east of McKinleyville, CA and Highway 101 at an elevation of 140 to 420 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation in redwood, Sitka spruce, western hemlock, Douglas fir and Monterey pine forests (there are scattered trees over 40" dbh in unit D). The THP area flows into the Mad River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, temperature and turbidity.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to use a skid trail crossing inside a class III (intermittent) watercourse in unit C.  19 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  There are several osprey nests approximately 2 miles south of unit H, and a spotted owl nesting territory within .5 miles of unit B.

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log trees up to 60” dbh east of Arcata, CA.


PANORAMIC Photo By Redwood Transect
THP 1-17-030 HUM (Can THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 32 acres; 63% clearcut, 25% no-harvest, 13% selection, misc roadside logging.  Upper Cannon Creek, Lower Cannon Creek (HUM: T5N R3E Sec.6).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 9 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, osprey, bald eagle, heart leaved twayblade, maple leaved checkerbloom, scattered trees over 60" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 05/10/17. VIEW

This THP is about 9 miles east of Arcata, CA and about 4 miles SE of Korbel, CA and Highway 299 at an elevation of 840 to 1,360 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Douglas fir and redwood forests (including scattered redwood trees up to 60" dbh, and scattered Douglas fir trees up to 48" dbh).  The THP area flows into the Mad River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment/siltation, temperature and turbidity.  There are multiple cut bank and fill failure road failure sites throughout the THP area, and 9 unstable landforms in the THP area; including 3 unstable areas in unit B, 4 unstable areas in unit C, and 2 unstable areas between units B and C.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging to construct fire trails and for yarding purposes.  Bald eagles and osprey have been reported at the Mad River which is 2.5 miles from the THP area.  Heart leaved twayblade was found outside of THP units, and maple leaved checker bloom was found along the edge of the most western unit.  There are 5 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area, including 2 spotted owl nesting territories within .25 miles, and 1 spotted owl nesting territory within .5 of THP units.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Humboldt Redwood Company to log near Kneeland, CA inside large tree marbled murrelet stands 487D, 488D and 514D.


Photo of Marbled Murrelet by National Park Service
THP 1-17-024 HUM (Upper Cloney 2 THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 317.2 acres; 83% group selection, 10% selection, 7% no harvest, misc roadside logging.  Upper Jacoby Creek, Cloney Gulch, Upper Freshwater Creek (HUM: T4N R1E Sec.1, 2; T4N R2E Sec.6; T5N R1E Sec.35, 36; T5N R2E Sec.31).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, landslide terrain, 19 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, logging inside large tree marbled murrelet stands, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, peregrine falcon, trees up to 42" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 04/27/17. VIEW

This THP is about 6 miles east of Eureka, CA and about .5 miles NW of Kneeland, CA at an elevation of 180 to 2,000 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. There are 3 landslide terrain sites adjacent to unit 6, and logging is proposed inside large tree marbled murrelet stands 487D, 488D and 514D.  The THP area flows into Freshwater Creek which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and siltation.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging, and  19 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  There are 8 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area, including 3 spotted owl nesting territories within 1, 000 feet of THP units, and a peregrine falcon nest 4,200 feet NW of the THP area.

Mendocino Redwood Company to log near Highway 1 between Leggett and Rockport.


PANORAMIC Photo By Hank Hansen
THP 1-17-023 MEN (Middle Creek THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 281 acres; 77% group selection, 19% variable retention, 5% transition logging.  Middle Hollow Tree Creek, Lower Hollow Tree Creek (MD: T22N R17W Sec.6; T23N R17W Sec.29, 30, 31, 32).  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, 5 sensitive plant species, trees up to 42" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 04/24/17. VIEW

This THP is about 4.5 miles SW of Leggett, CA and about 5 miles NE of Rockport, CA near where Highway 1 heads to the coast.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation in redwood and Douglas fir forests at an elevation of 1,080 to 1,800 feet.  There are 3 landslide terrain sites in the THP area including inner gorges and debris slides.  The THP area flows into the South Fork of the Eel River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment on short segments of existing skid trails with slopes over 50% grade with a high erosion hazard, and use ground based equipment on short segments of skid trails within a class II (mid sized) watercourse, and use 2 landings within a class II watercourse.  12 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement. Robust false lupine was found along an existing seasonal road along the plan boundary, running pine was found along an existing skid trail within a swale in the plan area, heart leaved twayblade was found in a flat area designated for cable logging in the plan area, glory bush was found along mainline roads in the plan area, and redwood lily was found on roads outside of the plan area.  There is a spotted owl nesting territory within .7 miles of the THP area.

Monday, March 20, 2017

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


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THP 1-17-022 MEN (Melbourne THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 560 acres; 64% group selection, 36% transition logging.  Middle Albion River, Upper Albion River (MD: T16N R16W Sec.2, 3, 4, 10, 11).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 26 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 04/21/17. VIEW

This THP is 1 mile west of Comptche, CA and about 9 miles SE of Mendocino, CA and Highway 1 at an elevation of 160 to 920 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.  The THP area flows into the Albion River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature.  There are 12 landslide terrain sites in the THP area including rockslides, earth flows, disrupted ground, debris slides, fill failures, and cut slope failures related to watercourse areas and roads.  Three road failure sites are located inside the THP area including a seasonal road with an eroding ditch near an unstable area, a road with a cut bank failure and a road with a fill failure.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment on steep slopes over 65% grade, and use ground based equipment on 10 segments of skid trails within unstable areas.  They also are planning to construct a new segment of road inside a class I watercourse area (North Fork Albion River), and use an existing skid road inside a class I watercourse area (Albion River).  26 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  There are 3 spotted owl nesting territories within .7 miles of the THP area.

Humboldt Redwood Company to log inside large tree marbled murrelet stand 83B near Redcrest, CA and Humboldt Redwood State Park.


PANORAMIC Photo By Ge Nielissen
THP 1-17-018 HUM (Little Red THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 120 acres; 65% group selection, 19% no-harvest, 16% selection logging.  Chadd Creek (HUM: T1S R2E Sec.10, 15).  Winter operations, low erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, landslide terrain, 7 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, Humboldt Redwood State Park, logging inside large tree marbled murrelet stand 83B, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, bald eagle, osprey, humboldt milk vetch, trees up to 56" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 04/15/17. VIEW

This THP is about 1 mile SE of Redcrest, CA, and about 4 miles north of Weott, CA near Humboldt Redwood State Park (unit 1 is adjacent) and Highway 101 at an elevation of 600 to 1,700 feet.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir, grand fir, and Monterey pine forests.  Logging is proposed inside large tree marbled murrelet stand 83B along the NE portion of unit 2.  The THP area flows into the Eel River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature. There are 7 dormant landslide terrain sites in unit 1 including debris slides, and 10 active and dormant landslide terrain sites in unit 2 including earth flows, debris slides, debris flows and fill slope failures.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment on skid trails in unstable areas within unit 1, and use ground based equipment on a skid trail within a class III (intermittent) watercourse area.  Seven road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  There are osprey nest sites in sections 10 and 14, and the High Rock bald eagle nest tree is located within .5 miles of unit 2.  Humboldt milk vetch was reported to be in the THP area.  There are 4 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

SPI to clearcut log along Highway 3 between Weaverville, CA and Hayfork, CA.


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THP 2-17-007 TRI (Reeta THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 726 acres; 94% clearcut, 6% selection, misc roadside logging.  Middleton Gulch, Little Creek, Hazel Gulch (MD: T31N R10W Sec.2, 3, 4, 10, 11; T32N R10W Sec.15, 16, 21, 22, 23, 25, 27, 28, 34, 35, 36).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, unstable areas, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, 4 sensitive plant species, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 04/11/17. VIEW

This THP is about 8 miles SW of Weaverville, CA and about 9 miles NE of Hayfork, CA along Highway 3 at an elevation of 1,900 to 5,200 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 white fir forests.  The THP area flows into Browns Creek and the Trinity River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and siltation.  There are 3 unstable areas near units 3015, 3032 and 3285.  SPI is planning to use tractors on steep slopes over 60% grade to construct fire lines, and use and construct roads and landings during the winter period.  Ground based equipment is proposed for use on slopes over 50% grade with a high erosion hazard in units 2318 and 3032.  Siskiyou lewisia was found adjacent to a road in section 3, Shasta chaenactis was found in unit 2583, Dudley's rush was found in unit 2308, and Oregon fireweed was found in units 2682 and 2583.  There are 10 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log near Chester, CA and Lake Almanor.


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THP 2-17-006 PLU (Johnson Creek THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 810 acres; 62% clearcut, 32% fuel break, 6% selection, misc roadside logging.  Johnson Creek, Louse Creek, Benner Creek (MD: T28N R6E Sec.1, 12; T28N R7E Sec.6; T29N R6E Sec.23, 24, 25, 26, 35, 36; T29N R7E Sec.30, 31).  Winter operations, low erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, herbicides, CA spotted owl, Sierra Nevada red fox, bald eagle, osprey, goshawk, cascade frog, Rocky Mountain chickweed, scattered trees over 30" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 04/11/17. VIEW

This THP is .5 miles NW of Highway 36 and Chester, CA near Lake Almanor at an elevation of 4,600 to 5,120 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor based logging operation in Jeffrey pine, ponderosa pine, sugar pine, white fir, Douglas fir and incense cedar forests.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning to use temporary roads and landings during the winter period, construct temporary spur roads under 500 feet without pre-designation, and use seasonal road 30W inside a class I (year round) watercourse.  A bald eagle nest is located adjacent to the shaded fuel break unit in section 6, and a bald eagle nest is located .56 miles west of the THP area in section 2.  There is a goshawk nest within .4 miles of the THP area in section 24, an osprey nest within .5 miles of the THP area in section 11, and a cascade frog was reported in section 5.  An historic (1996) Sierra Nevada Red Fox sighting was reported .13 miles east of the THP area in section 6.  Rocky Mountain chickweed was reported in sections 23, 24, 25 and 31.  A CA spotted owl nesting territory is located .75 miles east of the THP area in section 30.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log around a bald eagle nest tree near Lewiston, CA.


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THP 2-17-005 TRI (Jesjen THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 156 acres; 58% clearcut, Deadwood Creek, 41% rehab, 1% selection logging.  Buckeye Creek (MD: T33N R8W Sec.9, 16).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, bald eagle, trees up to 30" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 04/02/17. VIEW

This THP is a few miles NE of Lewiston, CA near Trinity Lake and about 4 miles north of Highway 299 at an elevation of 2,600 to 3,600 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor based logging operation in Douglas fir, ponderosa pine and sugar pine forests.  A portion of the THP area is in the Deadwood watershed which drains into the Trinity River and is classified as an impaired watershed for sediment and siltation.  There is a bald eagle nest adjacent to Trinity Lake, and also inside clearcut unit 9H.  All but a circle of 375 feet (minimum 10 acre buffer) will be clearcut around the eagle nest in unit 9H.  One spotted owl nesting territory is located within .5 miles of unit 9H.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

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


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THP 1-17-013 HUM (Roddy THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 97 acres; 86% clearcut, 10% selection, 4% no-harvest logging.  Maple Creek, Twin Lakes Creek, Bradford Creek (HUM: T4N R4E Sec.4, 5, 6, 7, 8).  Wet weather operations, low erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, 11 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, pacific fisher, Cooper's hawk, sharp shinned hawk, trees up to 50" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 03/19/17. VIEW

This THP is about 20 miles east of Eureka, CA, about 6 miles east of the community of Maple Creek near Snow Camp Lake.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut feller buncher and shovel logging operation in Douglas fir, white fir and incense cedar forests.  The THP area flows into the Mad River and Redwood Creek which are listed as impaired watersheds for sediment and temperature.  11 road drainage sites are planned for use including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  In 1990, pacific fisher sightings were reported inside units A, B and C, in 2000, a sharp shinned hawk was spotted 1.7 miles SW of the THP area, and in 1996, a Cooper's hawk was spotted 2.1 miles south of the THP area.  There are trees up to 40" dbh in units A, B, D, E, trees up to 50" dbh in unit C, and 12+ spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Mendocino Redwood Company planning a pair of THPs between Fort Bragg and Willits, CA.


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THP 1-17-010 MEN (Kelly Gulch THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 671 acres; 50% transition, 32% variable retention, 12% group selection, 6% rehab, misc no-harvest logging.  Russell Brook (Mettick Creek (MD: T17N R15W Sec.26, 27, 28, 33, 34, 35, 36).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 30 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, 3 sensitive plant species, trees up to 34" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 03/01/17. VIEW

This THP is 14 miles SE of Fort Bragg, CA, 11 miles SW of Willits, CA and about 3 miles south of Highway 20 at an elevation of 280 to 1,400 feet.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood and Douglas fir forests.  The THP area flows into the Big River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature.  There are 3 landslide terrain sites including 2 earth flows and 1 debris slide, and 11 road related failure sites including; multiple cut bank and fill slope failures, multiple sites of vertical displacement of the road bed, debris slides, rock slides and earth flows.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging.  30 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  Oregon good thread was found in section 27, Maple leaved checkerbloom was found in section 27 and Long beard lichen was found in section 36.  There are 9 spotted owl nesting territories within .7 miles of the THP area.  This THP is just SW of Mendocino Redwood Company’s recently proposed Upper Ranch THP 1-17-014 MEN.

THP 1-17-014 MEN (Upper Ranch THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 621 acres; 52% transition, 26% variable retention, 22% group selection logging.  Russell Brook, East Branch North Fork Big River (MD: T17N R14W Sec.19, 20, 30; T17N R15W Sec.13, 23, 24, 25).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 64 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, trees up to 42" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 03/21/17. VIEW

This THP is 15 miles SE of Fort Bragg, CA, 7.68 miles SW of Willits, CA and about 2 miles south of Highway 20 at an elevation of 320 to 960 feet.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood and Douglas fir forests.  The THP area flows into the Big River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature.  There are 10 landslide terrain sites in the THP area including debris slides, steep inner gorges, earth flows and 14 road related failure sites including fill slope, cut bank, and road bank instability.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment on steep slopes over 65% grade in areas designated for cable logging and re-construct 200 feet of existing seasonal road inside a class II (mid sized) watercourse.  There are steep slopes over 50% grade with a high erosion hazard, and 4 landings that extend into class I (year round) watercourse areas.  64 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.  A marbled murrelet stand is located just south of the THP area, and there are 5 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.  This THP is just NE of Mendocino Redwood Company’s recently proposed Kelly Gulch THP 1-17-010 MEN.

Humboldt Redwood Company to helicopter log trees up to 70” dbh near Grizzly Creek State Park.


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THP 1-17-008 HUM (Blue Bull THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 578 acres; 67% group selection, 18% selection, 14% no-harvest, 1% special, misc roadside logging.  Root Creek, Stevens Creek (HUM: T1N R2E Sec.1, 2, 3, 4, 9, 11; T2N R2E Sec.34, 35).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, landslide terrain, 28 road drainage work sites, large tree helicopter logging, grizzly creek state park, herbicides, coho watershed, impaired 303.d watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, pacific fisher, trees up to 70" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 03/01/17. VIEW

This THP is about 6 miles SE of Carlotta, CA and just north of Highway 36 near Grizzly Creek State Park (units 1 & 10 are adjacent) at an elevation of 400 to 1,400 feet.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning a tractor, cable and helicopter logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir and grand fir forests.  Helicopter logging is planned adjacent to large tree marbled murrelet stands D619 and D575, and units 1, 2, and 6 have trees up to 48" dbh, and units 3, 4, 5, 7, 8 and 9 have trees up to 70" dbh.  The THP area flows into the Van Duzen River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment/siltation and temperature.  There are 40 landslide terrain sites in the THP area including; multiple debris slides, debris slide slopes, earth flows, rock falls, and disrupted ground.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable or helicopter logging, construct 2 segments of road L53.2251 across an unstable area in unit 2, and use an existing skid road inside a class III (mid sized) watercourse area.  28 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 Pacific fisher den site within .25 miles of the THP area, and 15 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Friday, February 10, 2017

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


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THP 2-17-001 SIS (South Trumpet THP) Roseburg Resources Company, 367 acres; 100% clearcut logging.  Middle Bear Creek (MD: T39N R2E Sec.2, 3, 10, 11).  Winter operations, low erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, wet area, northern goshawk, bald eagle, long haired star tulip, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline:02/27/17. VIEW

This THP is about 21 miles east of McCloud, CA and about 3 miles NW of Pondosa, CA and Highway 89 at an elevation of 4,100 to 4,640 feet.  Roseburg Resources Company is planning a 100% clearcut tractor based logging operation in ponderosa pine, sugar pine, Douglas fir, white fir, incense cedar and lodge pole pine forests.  Construction of roads and landings are proposed during the winter period.  Historic northern goshawk sightings were reported in sections 09, 23 and 34, and a bald eagle was observed 1 mile south of the THP area. There is an active willow flycatcher population at Bear Creek bridge on Pondosa Way, and long haired star tulip was found in unit 1101.

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


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THP 1-17-004 DEL (U 1000 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 219.5 acres; 53% commercial thin, 31% clearcut, 10% no-harvest, 6% selection, misc roadside logging.  Lower Turwar Creek, Upper Turwar Creek (HUM: T13N R2E Sec.4, 8, 9, 10, 16; T14N R2E Sec.28, 29, 33).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 75%, steep roads, landslide terrain, 6 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, bald eagle, osprey, fisher, great blue heron, sharp shinned hawk, southern torrent salamander, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 02/20/17. VIEW

This THP is about 4 miles NE of Klamath, CA and Highway 101 at an elevation of 560 to 2,200 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, western hemlock, western red cedar and Douglas fir 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 8 unstable areas including; 3 deep seated landslide terrain sites on the eastern edge of unit C, 1 shallow rapid landslide terrain site in unit C, 2 shallow rapid landslide terrain sites in unit D, and 2 landslide terrain sites on steep stream side slopes in the northern edge of unit C.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to construct 2 segments of temporary road on slopes over 50% grade that does not flatten before reaching a watercourse, construct a temporary steep road in unit C with a grade exceeding 20% for 300 feet, and construct a temporary steep road in unit D with a grade exceeding 20% for 200 feet.  Six road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/ replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  Several bald eagle nests are located along the Klamath River 1.5 miles SW of the THP area, and a pacific fisher was reported inside unit C in 1994.  There is marbled murrelet habitat on Green Diamond Resource Company lands and 2 osprey nests are located within .25 miles of the Arrow Mills Road.  A sharp shinned hawk was observed in 1997, 250 feet south of unit A, southern torrent salamanders are known to occur in unit C, and there is an historic great blue heron rockery 1.6 miles SW of the THP Area.  Seven northern spotted owl nesting territories are located within 1.3 miles of the THP area, including spotted owl nesting territories within .25 miles of units A and C, and within .5 miles of unit D.

Green Diamond Resource Company to Rehab log north of the Highway 299 Coast Range Summit.


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THP 1-17-003 HUM (Dolly Varden THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 171 acres; 78% rehab, 16% no-harvest, 5% clearcut, 1% selection, misc roadside logging.  Toss-up Creek, Roaring Gulch (HUM: T7N R2E Sec.13; T7N R3E Sec.7, 8, 18, 19).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, 8 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, trees over 60" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 02/20/17. 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 1,120 to 3,400 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly rehab (similar to clearcut logging - used to re-set a stand) tractor and cable logging operation in Douglas fir forests.  The THP area flows into Redwood Creek which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature.  Unit D has trees over 60" dbh, and there is a small shallow rapid landslide terrain site in unit B.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to construct and use roads and landings during the winter period.  Eight road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/ replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  There are 7 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area, including spotted owl nesting territories within .25 miles of unit B, and .5 miles of unit A.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

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


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THP 1-17-002 HUM (Miller Prairie THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 211 acres; 36% clearcut, 29% commercial thin, 15% selection, 15% no-harvest, 6% rehab logging.  Long Prairie Creek (HUM: T6N R2E Sec.1, 2, 11, 12; T6N R3E Sec.6; T7N R2E Sec.36).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 70%, steep roads, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 33 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, northern red legged frog, trees over 40" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 02/20/17. VIEW

This THP is about 8 miles NE of Arcata, CA near the Highway 299 coast range summit at an elevation of 550 to 1,740 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 Mad River which was listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, turbidity and temperature.  There are multiple road failure sites including fill slope failures, cut bank failures, bank sloughing, gullying and erosional voids near crossings.  19 unstable areas are located in the THP area including; 3 shallow rapid landslide terrain sites along the northern boundary of unit A, 1 shallow rapid landslide terrain site along the NW boundary of unit A, 2 small roadside fill failures off the K&K 92 Road, 4 shallow rapid landslide terrain sites along the western boundary of unit A, 1 shallow rapid landslide terrain site along the central portion of unit B, 1 shallow rapid and 1 deep seated landslide terrain sites along the SE boundary of unit B, 1 shallow rapid landslide terrain site in the western portion of unit D, 1 deep seated landslide terrain site in the northern central portion of unit B, 1 shallow rapid landslide terrain site in the eastern portion of unit D, 1 deep seated landslide terrain site in the central portion of unit E, 1 deep seated landslide terrain site in the eastern portion of unit E, and a 1 deep seated landslide terrain site in the NW portion of unit E.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging in unit A, and use a short segment of seasonal road inside unit B within a class I (year round) watercourse area.  They also want to use ground based equipment in unstable areas on 3.3 acres of deep seated landslide terrain within unit D, and on unstable areas on the K&K 90 and K&K 92 Roads.  Over 600 feet of temporary road is proposed for construction on steep slopes over 65% grade, and 3 segments of road are proposed for construction with average grades exceeding 15%, including grades over 20% for 500 feet.  33 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 12 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area including, spotted owl nesting territories within .25 miles of units B, E and F, and within .5 miles of units A, C and D.

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log south of Klamath, CA.


PANORAMIC Photo By phillis1
THP 1-17-001 DEL (Tube Road THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 276.8 acres; 49% clearcut, 23% commercial thin, 19% no-harvest, 6% selection, 2% roadside, 1% special logging.  McGarvey Creek (HUM: T13N R1E Sec.27, 28, 33, 34).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, steep roads, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 13 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, oversized units, redwood national park, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, osprey, tailed frog, trees up to 48" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 02/20/17. VIEW

This THP is about 2.5 miles south of Klamath, CA near Highway 101 and the eastern boundary of Redwood National Park at an elevation of 320 to 800 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, western hemlock, Sitka spruce and Douglas fir forests.  The THP area flows into the Klamath River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, temperature, dissolved oxygen and nutrients.  A Special Treatment Area (STA) will be located inside unit D within 200 feet of Redwood National Park to hide the effects of clearcutting. There are 17 unstable areas in the THP area including; 1 shallow rapid landslide terrain site in the SW portion of unit B, 1 shallow rapid landslide terrain site in the eastern portion of unit C, 8 shallow rapid landslide terrain sites in the NW portion of unit D, 1 deep seated landslide terrain site in the northern portion of unit E, 2 shallow rapid landslide terrain sites near haul roads in unit F, 1 shallow rapid landslide terrain site on the fill slope of a haul road near Highway 101, and 3 shallow rapid landslides on a road cut adjacent to Highway 101.  Multiple road failure sites exist in the THP area including fill slope failures, cut bank failures, bank sloughing, gullying and erosional voids near crossings.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to use a segment of existing temporary road between two class II (mid sized) watercourses for loading and decking operations inside unit D, and construct a steep seasonal road over 20% grade, and construct a temporary road in unit D which may exceed 15% grade for over 200 feet.  They also want to construct a seasonal road within 150 feet of a class I (year round) watercourse, and construct another temporary road inside a class II (mid sized) watercourse in unit D.  13 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.  Two historic osprey nests are adjacent to Highway 101, and within .25 miles of two permanent haul roads, and tailed frogs are known to occur in or immediately adjacent to unit H.  Marbled murrelet habitat is located on Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park lands within .25 miles of several seasonal and permanent haul roads, and on Green Diamond Resource Company lands within .25 miles of the MG-170 Road.  A spotted owl nesting territory is located within .5 miles of units C and F.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log north of Klamath, CA.


PANORAMIC Photo By blacksilverfan12
THP 1-16-143-DEL (Wilson Ridge THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 91 acres; 84% clearcut, 9% selection, 7% no-harvest, 1% roadside logging. North of Teds Ridge (HUM: T14N R1E Sec.3, 4, 9, 10; T15N R1E Sec.33).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, landslide terrain, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, wet area, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, osprey, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 02/17/17. VIEW

This THP is about 6 miles north of Klamath, CA and about 9 miles SE of Crescent City, CA at an elevation of 1,000 to 1,600 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir and western hemlock forests.  There are 3 unstable areas in the THP including a shallow rapid landslide terrain site in unit B, and 2 shallow rapid landslide terrain sites in unit C.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to use temporary roads and landings during the winter period.  An historic osprey nest is located within .25 miles of the W10 Road, and marbled murrelet habitat is located within .25 miles of the W10 Road and H200 Road.  There is a wet area in unit A.  Five spotted owl nesting territories are located within 1.3 miles of the THP area, including spotted owl nesting territories within .5 miles of units A and C.

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


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THP 1-16-142 HUM (The Final Bow THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 211.5 acres; 51% clearcut, 35% commercial thin, 12% selection, 2% no-harvest, misc roadside logging.  Pitcher Creek (HUM: T9N R1E Sec.16, 17, 21, 25, 26; T9N R1W Sec.25).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 55%, landslide terrain, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, bald eagle, osprey, great blue heron, sharp shinned hawk, trees up to 32" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 02/17/17. VIEW

This THP is about 5 miles north of Trinidad, CA and a few miles NE of Patrick's Point State Park near Big Lagoon and Highway 101 at an elevation of 600 to 2,000 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in redwood, Douglas fir, Sitka spruce, western hemlock and pine forests.  There is marbled murrelet habitat within .25 miles of the LP Mill Road, within 1.02 miles of unit D, within .25 miles of the BL 2000 Road, and adjacent to Highway 101 on state park property.  An osprey nest is located within .25 miles of the LP Mill Road, and within .29 miles of Highway 101.  A second osprey nest is located within .25 miles of the BL 1000 Road, and a third osprey nest is located within .25 miles of the BL 2000 Road.  A bald eagle nest is located 1.2 miles NW of the THP area, a sharp shinned hawk was reported in 2007 approximately 1.3 miles east of unit E, and a great blue heron rockery exists .22 miles east of the BL 2000 Road.  There are 2 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

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


PANORAMIC Photo By phillis1
THP 1-16-141 DEL (Drury Gate THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 306.5 acres; 51% commercial thin, 26% clearcut, 16% no-harvest, 5% selection, 2% roadside logging.  McGarvey Creek (HUM: T12N R1E Sec.2, 3; T13N R1E Sec.25, 26, 35, 36, 38).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, 6 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, wet areas, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, bald eagle, southern torrent salamander, tailed frog, great blue heron, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 02/15/17. VIEW

This THP is about 3 miles south of Klamath, CA near the eastern boundary of Redwood National Park and Highway 101 at an elevation of 80 to 960 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Douglas fir, redwood, western hemlock, Sitka spruce and western red cedar 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 5 unstable areas within the THP; including a shallow rapid landslide terrain site in unit C, and 4 shallow rapid landslide terrain sites in unit F.  Six road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, and culvert repair/replacement and restoration.  A bald eagle territory is located 1.5 miles NE of unit A, marbled murrelet habitat is located on Redwood National Park lands within .19 miles of unit E, within .25 miles of the SA-10 Road, and adjacent to Highway 101 near THP units.  There is a historic great blue heron rockery 1.3 miles NE of the THP area, and southern torrent salamanders and tailed frogs are known to occur in and immediately adjacent to unit F.  Two spotted owl nesting territories are located within 1.3 miles of the THP area and within .5 miles of unit F.