Monday, July 17, 2017

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log trees up to 60” dbh east of Redwood National Park.


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THP 1-17-065 HUM (Ah Pah THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 176 acres; 79% clearcut, 15% selection, 7% no-harvest logging.  Ah Pah Creek (HUM: T12N R2E Sec.17, 18, 19, 20).  Wet weather operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, steep roads, landslide terrain, 22 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, bald eagle, osprey, trees up to 60” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 08/06/17. VIEW

This THP is about 7 miles SE of Klamath, CA and just east of Redwood National Park and Highway 101 at an elevation of 440 to 1,600 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes (shallow rapid landslides in units B, C and F) in redwood, Douglas fir and Western hemlock forests (trees up to 60” dbh in unit C).  The THP area flows into the Lower Klamath River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, temperature, dissolved oxygen and nutrients.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to construct 675 feet of steep temporary road on slopes exceeding 15% grade.  22 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  There are bald eagle and osprey nests nearby along the Klamath River, and marbled murrelet habitat on Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park within .25 miles of the CL North Road.  Three spotted owl nesting territories are located within 1.3 miles of the THP area, including spotted owl nesting territories within .25 miles of units D, E and F, and within .5 miles of unit B.

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


PANORAMIC Photo By nthawoodz
THP 1-17-064 HUM (BL2200/2600 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 144.5 acres; 73% clearcut logging, 27% selection logging.  Pitcher Creek (HUM: T8N R1E Sec.3, 4, 11; T9N R1E Sec.27, 33, 34).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, landslide terrain, 12 road drainage work sites, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, osprey, great blue heron, Sonoma tree vole, northern red legged frog, tailed frog, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 08/05/17. VIEW

This THP is about 4 miles NE of Trinidad, CA and Highway 101 at an elevation of 500 to 1,160 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut feller buncher, shovel and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood and Douglas fir forests.  There is an unstable area (shallow rapid landslide) in unit A along the western portion of the unit above a class II (mid sized) watercourse, and 2 unstable areas (shallow rapid landslides) in unit B along the NW and NE corners of the unit.  12 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  Potential marbled murrelet habitat exists on Harry Merlo State Park lands within .25 miles of the LP Mill Road, and within 1.5 miles of unit D.  There are 2 osprey nests within .25 miles of the BL2000 Road, an osprey nest within .25 miles of the LP Mill Road, and an osprey nest within .25 miles of the CR1500 Road.  A sharp shinned hawk was spotted 1.3 miles NW of unit C in 2007, tailed frogs are known to occur inside or immediately adjacent to unit A, and northern red legged frogs and Sonoma tree voles were reported in unit B in 1994.  There is a newly colonized great blue heron rockery .22 miles east of the BL2000 Road, and spotted owl nesting territories within .5 miles of unit E.

Mendocino Redwood Company to log on steep and unstable slopes NW of Navarro, CA.


PANORAMIC Photo By rsyms
THP 1-17-063 MEN (Camp 16 THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 521 acres; 95% group selection, 5% variable retention logging.  Flynn Creek (MD: T15N R16W Sec.2, 3, 4, 10; T16N R16W Sec.26, 34, 35).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, 7 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 08/05/17. VIEW

This THP is about 5 miles NW of Navarro, CA and about 3 miles north of Highway 128 at an elevation of 200 to 1,120 feet.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes (landslide terrain in section 3) 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 in areas designated for cable logging.  Seven road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  There are 6 spotted owl nesting territories within .7 miles of the THP area.

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log next to Klamath, CA.


PANORAMIC Photo By Greg Nyquist
THP 1-17-062 DEL (Lower Four Mynot THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 287 acres; 51% clearcut, 31% commercial thin, 10% selection, 8% no-harvest, misc roadside logging.  Lower West Fork Hunter Creek, Hoppaw Creek (HUM: T13N R1E Sec.2, 3, 10, 11; HUM: T14N R1E Sec.35, 36).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, 23 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, osprey, marbled murrelet, pacific fisher, Del Norte salamander, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 08/03/17. VIEW

This THP is 1 mile NE of Klamath, CA and Highway 101 at an elevation of 520 to 1,400 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in redwood, Douglas fir and 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 3 landslide terrain sites in the THP area including; 2 shallow rapid landslides in unit D, and 1 deep seated landslide in unit E.  23 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  Six osprey nests are in the THP area including; 2 nests within .25 miles of unit F and the T10 Road, a nest within .25 miles of the T10 Road and within 397 feet of unit F, a nest within .25 miles of the T10 Road, a nest within .25 miles of the KM-10 Road, and 2 nests within .25 miles of the Mynot Creek Road.  Four marbled murrelet stands are in the THP area including; a stand within .25 miles of unit A and the T10 road, a stand within .25 miles of seasonal roads, a stand within .25 miles of units B, C, F, and within 300 feet of the Big Mynot Road, and a stand within .25 miles of units E, F, G and within 300 feet of the T10 Road.  A Pacific Fisher was detected inside unit B in 1995, and a Del Norte Salamander was detected inside units D and G in 1990.  There are 5 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area, including spotted owl nesting territories within .25 miles of units A and G, and within .5 miles of units B and F.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Gualala Redwood Timber Company to clearcut log between the Gualala River and Pacific Ocean.


PANORAMIC Photo By Alfonso Buongiorno
THP 1-17-049 SON (Cherry THP) Gualala Redwood Timber Company, 134 acres; 100% clearcut logging.  Mouth of Gualala, Black Point (MD: T10N R14W, T11N R14W, T11N R15W).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, 8 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, wet areas, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, osprey, CA red legged frog, swamp harebell, coast lily, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 08/12/17. VIEW

This THP is about 1.25 miles SE of Gualala, CA and Highway 1, and about .6 miles south of the Gualala River along the Mendocino coastline at an elevation of 340 to 640 feet..  Gualala Redwood Timber Company is planning a tractor based clearcut logging operation between the Gualala River and Pacific Ocean in redwood, Douglas fir and bishop pine forests.  The THP area flows into the Gualala River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature.  Eight road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  There is an osprey nest adjacent to unit #7, and several past reports of CA red legged frogs living nearby but outside of the THP area.  Coast lily was found near units 2, 4, 6, 7, 8, and swamp harebell was found near units 8 and 9.  Five spotted owl nesting territories are located within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log trees up to 60" dbh NE of Trinidad, CA.


PANORAMIC Photo By nthawoodz
THP 1-17-060 HUM (Shotgun Pass THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 192 acres; 78% clearcut, 11% selection, 10% no-harvest, 1% roadside logging.  Pitcher Creek (HUM: T9N R1E Sec.20, 21, 22, 23, 25, 26, 36; T9N R2E Sec.31).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 14 road drainage work sites, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, pacific fisher, marbled murrelet, osprey, bald eagle, great blue heron rockery, southern torrent salamander, trees up to 60” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 07/25/17. VIEW

This THP is about 6 miles NE of Trinidad, CA and Highway 101 near the western boundary of Redwood National Park at an elevation of 200 to 2,200 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir and Sitka spruce forests.  There is a fill failure along the BL2100 road, 2 shallow rapid landslide terrain sites along the SW portion of unit A, and 2 deep seated landslide terrain sites in unit A.  14 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  A pacific fisher was spotted inside unit B in 2006, a bald eagle nest is located 1.4 miles north of the THP area, and southern torrent salamanders are known to occur inside unit F.  Osprey nests are located within .25 miles of the LP Mill road, within .25 miles of the BL1000 road, and 2 osprey nests are located within .25 miles of the BL2000 road and unit A.  There is a newly colonized great blue heron rockery .22 miles east of the BL2000 Road, and .23 miles west of unit A.  Potential marbled murrelet habitat exists within .25 miles of the LP Mill Road, and within .25 miles of the BL2000 Road.  Six spotted owl nesting territories are located within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

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


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THP 1-17-057 HUM (Lower West Tectah THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 264 acres; 76% clearcut, 13% selection, 6% roadside, 5% no-harvest logging.  Surpur Creek, Lower Tectah Creek (HUM: T11N R2E Sec 2, 3, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16  T12 N  R2E Sec 34, T10N R2E Sec 3).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, 134 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, osprey, bald eagle, Sonoma tree vole, trees up to 40" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 07/23/17. VIEW

This THP is about 7 miles NE of Orick, CA and about 10 miles SE of Klamath, CA near the eastern boundary of Redwood National Park.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in redwood, Douglas fir, grand fir, western hemlock and Sitka spruce 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.  134 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  There is an osprey nest within .25 miles of the A600 road, a second osprey nest within .25 miles of the CL1040 road, and a bald eagle nest within .43 miles of the A600 road.  A Sonoma tree vole was reported inside unit B in 1994, and there are 9 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Mendocino Redwood Company to log near Rockport, CA along the Mendocino coastline.


PANORAMIC Photo By Winst1966
THP 1-17-056 MEN (Rockport Lane THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 317 acres; 62% transition, 38% selection logging.  Hardy Creek, Cottaneva Creek (MD: T22N R17W Sec.19, 30; T22N R18W Sec.24, 25).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 36 road drainage work sites, Rockport lane residential area, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 07/23/17. VIEW

This THP is about 7 miles north of Westport, CA and a mile east of Rockport, CA (unit A is adjacent to residents along Rockport Lane) and Highway 1 along the Mendocino coastline.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood and Douglas fir forests at an elevation of 10 to 1,240 feet.  There are 37 landslide terrain sites in the THP area including 18 debris slides, 13 cut bank failures and multiple rockfalls, fill failures and steep head wall swales.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment on steep slopes over 65% grade, and/or on slopes over 50% grade with a high erosion hazard within units B, C and D.  36 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  There are 2 spotted owl nesting territories within .7 miles of the THP area.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

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


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THP 1-17-053 HUM (Upper Surpur THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 342 acres; 77% clearcut, 17% selection, 6% no-harvest, misc roadside logging.  Surpur Creek, Ah Pah Creek (HUM: T11N R2E Sec.4, 5, 8, 9; T12N R2E Sec.32, 33).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 80%, landslide terrain, 15 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, redwood national park, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, bald eagle, osprey, southern torrent salamander, tailed frog, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 07/08/17. VIEW

This THP is about 5 miles NE of Orick, CA and just east of Redwood National Park and Highway 101 at an elevation of 1,000 to 2,200 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut feller buncher, shovel and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir, western hemlock and grand fir 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 6 landslide terrain sites in unit G, 3 landslide terrain sites in unit H, and 3 landslide terrain sites in unit I.  15 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, and culvert repair/replacement.  Tailed frogs are known to occur in or immediately adjacent to units G, H and J, and southern torrent salamanders are known to occur in or immediately adjacent to units F, G, H and J.  There are bald eagle and osprey nests located along the Klamath River which is 1.5 miles east of the THP area, and marbled murrelet habitat is located .9 miles west of the THP area at Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park.  Spotted owl nesting territories are located within .25 miles of units B and H, and within .5 miles of units A, G, I and and J.

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


PANORAMIC Photo By Kurt Minard
THP 1-17-051 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, 15, 16, 23, 24, 25).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, steep roads, landslide terrain, road failure sites, wet areas, 74 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, trees up to 42" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 07/06/17. VIEW

This THP is about 8.5 miles SW of Willits, CA and 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 East Branch of the North Fork of the Big River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature.  There are 22 landslide terrain sites including earth flows, debris slides, disrupted ground, steep stream side slopes, steep inner gorges, swales, rock slides, and 16 road failure sites including fill failures, road gullying, bank sloughing, bank seeping, debris piling and cut bank failures.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment on existing skid trails in areas designated for cable logging, use 4 landings inside class I (year round) watercourses, and use ground based equipment on existing skid trails across unstable areas and on slopes over 50% grade with a high erosion hazard.  They also are planning to construct a road within an unstable area, re-construct 200 feet of an existing seasonal road within a class II (mid sized) watercourse, and construct a road on steep slopes over 65% grade.  74 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  There are 5 spotted owl nesting territories within .7 miles of the THP area, and a large tree stand just south of the THP area that could contain marbled murrelet habitat.

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.


PANORAMIC Photo By Elifino 57
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.


PANORAMIC Photo By piefoot
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.


Bald Eagle Nest Tree Photo By NASA
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.


Snow Camp Lake PANORAMIC Photo By back mans
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.