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.


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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.


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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.