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.