Sunday, July 30, 2017

Mendocino Redwood Company to log NE of Philo, CA.


PANORAMIC Photo by Cascadia Vision Committee
THP 1-17-074 MEN (West Branch THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 276 acres; 49% transition, 27% variable retention, 24% group selection logging.  Upper S. Branch Navarro River, North Fork Indian Creek (MD: T15N R14W Sec.25, 26, 27, 28, 33, 34, 35).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 85%, landslide terrain, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, white flowered rein orchid, trees up to 34” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 08/27/17. VIEW

This THP is about 10 miles west of Ukiah, CA and about 4 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 which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature.  There are unstable areas in sections 25 and 34, and miscellaneous cut bank and fill failures along several road ways.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging.  16 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  White flowered rein orchid was found near Indian Creek .25 miles from the THP area.  There are 5 spotted owl nesting territories within .7 miles of the THP area.

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log near Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park.


PANORAMIC Photo by Mike Marler
THP 1-17-073 DEL (West Wilson THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 305.5 acres; 57% clearcut, 17% selection, 13% no-harvest, 10% commercial thin, 2% roadside logging.  North of Teds Ridge (HUM: T14N R1E Sec.5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 16; T15N R1E Sec.29, 30, 31, 32).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 85%, landslide terrain, oversized units, 39 road drainage work sites, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, osprey, Del Norte salamander, Sonoma tree vole, southern torrent salamander, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 08/25/17. VIEW

This THP is about 8 miles SE of Crescent City, CA and about 7 miles NW of Klamath, CA near Highway 101 and Redwood National Park.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, western hemlock, Sitka spruce and Douglas fir forests at an elevation of 100 to 1,200 feet.  There are shallow rapid landslides in units D and I, shallow rapid landslides adjacent to unit A, and a steep headwall swale in unit I.  Two skid trails and a temporary road are proposed for use inside a class II (mid sized) watercourse within unit G.  39 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 within 300 feet of units C, D, E, within .25 miles of units B and F, and on Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park lands within .25 miles of units A, C, E and several haul roads.  An osprey nest is located 140 feet SE of unit G, within .25 miles of unit H and the W10 road, and a second osprey nest is located within .25 miles of unit H and the W10 road.  Southern torrent salamanders are know to occur in unit C, Del Norte salamanders were reported (1984) inside units G and H, and Sonoma tree voles were reported (1993) inside unit G.  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 G and H, and within .5 miles of unit I.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Humboldt Redwood Company to log trees up to 52” dbh NE of Weott, CA and the Eel River.


PANORAMIC Photo By Wanderlust_biker
THP 1-17-068 HUM (Little Smokey THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 55.5 acres; 83% group selection, 14% selection, 4% no-harvest logging. Chadd Creek (HUM: T1S R2E Sec.13; T1S R3E Sec.18, 19).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, landslide terrain, 5 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, trees up to 52” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 08/12/17. VIEW

This THP is about 3 miles SE of Redcrest, CA and about 3 miles NE of Weott, CA near the Eel River and Highway 101 at an elevation of 1,160 to 1,850 feet.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Douglas fir, redwood and grand fir forests.  The THP area flows into the Eel River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment/siltation, temperature and dissolved oxygen.  There is a large landslide terrain (debris slide) site along the southern portion of the THP area, and a smaller steep inner gorge along the northern portion of the THP area.  Five road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/restoration.  There are 6 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

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


PANORAMIC Photo By Jose Luis Escudero
THP 1-17-066 MEN (Gulch 1 THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 677 acres; 58% transition, 42% variable retention logging. East Branch North Fork Big River (MD: T17N R15W Sec.9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 20, 21).  Winter operations, steep slopes up to 75%, steep roads, moderate erosion hazard, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 20 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, glory bush, redwood lily, trees up to 30” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 08/11/17. VIEW

This THP is 10 miles SW of Willits, CA and about a mile south of Highway 20 at an elevation of 200 to 1,200 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 27 landslide terrain and road failure sites in the THP area including multiple fill slope failures, cut bank failures, debris slides, rock slides, gully/inner gorge failures, earth flows and debris flows.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging, and construct 1,750 feet of seasonal road on steep slopes over 65%.  That also want to use an existing skid trail inside a watercourse area, and along a road within the watercourse area of the East Branch of the North Fork of the Big River.  Road use and re-construction by ground based equipment is proposed on unstable areas at 3 locations.  One redwood lily plant was found along a ridge top road, and 2 glory bush plants were found along a main haul road outside of the plan area.  There are 8 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area, including 1 spotted owl nesting territory within .7 miles of the THP area.

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.