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.