Monday, October 16, 2017

Sierra Pacific Industries to log in nice high elevation stands west of Quincy, CA.


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THP 2-17-036 BUT (Golden THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 452 acres; 77% selection, 22% seed tree, 1% roadside logging.  Philbrook Creek, Flying Pan, Crane Valley (MD: T25N R5E Sec.21, 28).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, steep roads, 67 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, oversized units, chips creek roadless area, wet areas, meadows, mining shafts, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/01/17. VIEW

This THP is about 20 miles NE of Chico, CA, 22 miles west of Quincy, CA, and about 18 miles SW of Chester, CA and Lake Almanor at an elevation of 6,000 to 7,000 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a selection and seed tree removal tractor based logging operation in nice high elevation stands of red fir, lodge pole pine and western white pine.  There are numerous seasonal wet areas and wet meadows throughout the THP area, a collapsed mine shaft, and sections 21 and 28 are adjacent to the Chips Creek Roadless Area.  SPI is planning to re-construct a steep portion of the T Line Road exceeding 15% for 400 feet, and utilize 2 existing segments of seasonal roads within watercourse areas including the T Line Road which runs parallel to a seasonal pond/wet meadow, and the 200T Road which runs adjacent to a wet meadow.  67 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log trees up to 48” dbh south of Lassen National Park.


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THP 2-17-035 TEH (Slate THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 322 acres; 75% clearcut, 17% selection, 7% commercial thin, 1% roadside logging.  Carter Creek, State Creek, Round Valley (MD: T28N R4E Sec.25, 26, 35, 36; T28N R5E Sec.30, 31, 32).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, 85 road drainage work sites, oversized units, herbicides, chinook watershed, CA spotted owl, osprey, dwarf resin birch, trees up to 48” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/01/17. VIEW

This THP is about a dozen miles south of Lassen Volcanic National Park and about 14 miles SW of Chester, CA and Lake Almanor.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor based logging operation in white fir, sugar pine, incense cedar and ponderosa pine forests at an elevation of 4,600 to 5,200 feet.  SPI is planning to use tractor crossings during the winter period, and construct roads and landings during the winter period.  85 road drainage sites  are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  An osprey nest is located within .25 miles of the 10L Road in section 32, and dwarf resin birch was found in section 29.  There are 3 CA spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area in sections 01, 32 and 36.

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log SE of Eureka, CA


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THP 1-17-094 HUM (K3 THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 121 acres; 93% clearcut, 7% selection logging.  Maple Creek, Twin Lakes Creek (HUM: T4N R4E Sec.5, 6, 8).  Wet weather operations, low erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, 4 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, coast fawn lily, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/03/17. VIEW

This THP is about 20 miles SE of Eureka, CA and Highway 101 near Snowcamp Lake at an elevation of 3,720 to 4,680 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in Douglas fir, white fir, ponderosa pine, sugar pine and incense cedar forests.  The THP area flows into Redwood Creek which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment/siltation/temperature and into the Mad River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment/siltation/temperature/turbidity.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning to construct roads and landings during the winter period.  Four road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  In 2007, coast fawn lily was reported to be within a watercourse area in the southern portion of unit 6A.  There are 7 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log near Chester, CA and Lake Almanor.


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THP 2-17-033 PLU (Louse Creek THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 734 acres; 75% clearcut, 22% fuelbreak, 3% selection, 1% roadside logging.  Louse Creek (MD: T28N R6E Sec.1, 2; T29N R6E Sec.14, 23, 26, 35).  Winter operations, low erosion hazard, 15 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, Sierra Nevada red fox, bald eagle, osprey, northern goshawk, cascades frog, Rocky Mountain chickweed, scattered large trees over 30” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 10/25/17. VIEW

This THP is a mile NW of Chester, CA and a few miles NW of Highway 36 and Lake Almanor at an elevation of 4,600 to 5,200 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor based logging operation in Jeffrey pine, ponderosa pine, sugar pine, white fir, incense cedar and Douglas fir forests.  A 1.25 mile long shaded fuel break is proposed along Warner Valley Road.  15 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  There is a bald eagle nest .16 miles south of the THP area on Collins Pine lands in section 2, and an active (2017) bald eagle nest was reported across from the Church of Christ along the Warner Valley Road 1.3 miles east of the THP area.  From 2002 to 2003 a rarely seen Sierra Nevada red fox was reported to be within 1 mile of the THP area in section 27, and in 2000, a goshawk nest was reported .36 miles west of the THP area in section 34. There are some older (historic) wildlife sightings including: an osprey (1971) nest site .43 miles south of the THP area in section 11, a Sierra Nevada red fox (1996) sighting .13 miles east of the THP area in section 6, and a Cascade Frog (1924) sighting .76 miles west of the THP area in section 27.  Rocky Mountain chickweed was reported to be growing in section 23 within unit 203, and in sections 14 and 24.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log SE of Orick, CA


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THP 1-17-093 HUM (Johnson 18 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 272.8 acres; 43% clearcut, 36% commercial thin, 19% selection, 2% no-harvest, misc roadside logging.  Upper Tectah Creek, Upper Roach Creek (HUM: T10N R2E Sec.23, 26, 27, 28, 33, 34, 35).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, landslide terrain, 10 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, Pacific fisher, golden eagle, trees up to 32” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 10/28/17. VIEW

This THP is about a dozen miles NE of Trinidad, CA, 7 miles SE of Orick, CA and a few miles east of Redwood National Park at an elevation of 1,200 to 2,600 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood and Douglas fir forests.  The THP area flows into the Klamath River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, temperature, dissolved oxygen and nutrients.  There are shallow rapid landslides along the SW corner of unit D, in the SE corner of unit E, and a deep seated landslide in unit E.  10 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, and culvert repair/replacement.  A fisher was spotted in unit A in 1994, and a golden eagle was reported over 1.5 miles from the THP area.  There are 4 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area including spotted owl nesting territories within .5 miles of unit G.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Sierra Pacific Industries to log in nice high elevation stands used by California’s only wolverine.


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THP 2-17-030 SIE (Great East THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 1,402 acres; 29% commercial thin, 27% sanitation salvage, 20% group selection, 16% no-harvest, 4% clearcut, 2% seed tree, 2% shelterwood, misc rehab logging.  Loves Falls, Thompson Meadows (MD: T20N R12E Sec.23, 25, 35; T20N R13E Sec.19, 21).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, steep roads, unstable area, 21 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, pacific crest trail, herbicides, CA spotted owl, wolverine, rocky mountain chickweed, trees up to 140 years old.  Estimated public comment deadline: 10/08/17. VIEW

This THP is about 2 miles NE of Sierra City, CA and Highway 49 at an elevation of 4,700 to 7,800 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in ponderosa pine, Jeffrey pine, Douglas fir, incense cedar, sugar pine, red fir, white fir and western white pine forests.  The THP area is in a high elevation forest near the Pacific Crest Trail (sections 23, 25 and 35) where a wolverine was spotted during the winter of 2008/2009.  There are unstable areas in sections 19, 23 and 25.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning to use class III (intermittent) crossings during the winter period, and re-construct 400 feet of steep road across 70% slopes.  They also are planning to construct a landing and a road within an unstable area in section 23, and use ground based equipment on existing benches within unstable areas in section 23.  21 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  Rocky mountain chickweed was reported in sections 19 and 25, and there are 5 CA spotted owl nesting territories in the THP area (adjacent to 1.4 miles from the THP area).

Monday, October 2, 2017

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


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THP 1-17-091 HUM (KK 800 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 190 acres; 79% clearcut, 21% selection logging.  Roaring Gulch (HUM: T7N R2E Sec.1, 2; T8N R2E Sec.25, 26, 35, 36).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, landslide terrain, 16 road drainage work sites,  impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, Pacific fisher, southern torrent salamander, trees up to 60” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 10/05/17. VIEW

This THP is about 12 miles SE of Trinidad, CA and Highway 101 at an elevation of 1,120 to 2,120 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood and Douglas fir forests (trees over 40” dbh in units A and B, and trees over 60” dbh in unit D).  The THP area flows into Redwood Creek which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature.  There is a small shallow rapid landslide terrain site, and associated debris slide in unit E.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to construct a temporary road inside unit E through the outer edge of a class II (mid sized) watercourse, and construct a temporary road onto a bench between 2 class II (mid sized) watercourse areas in unit E.  16 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  In 1992, a fisher was reported inside unit B and southern torrent salamanders are known to occur immediately adjacent to unit B.  There are 9 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area, including spotted owl nesting territories within .25 miles of unit A, and within .5 miles of units B, C, D and E.

Green Diamond Resource Company planning a pair of clearcut THPs SE of Trinidad, CA.


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THP 1-17-089 HUM (CR2700 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 159.5 acres; 82% clearcut, 16% selection, 2% no-harvest logging.  Headwaters Little River (HUM: T7N R2E Sec.2, 3; T8N R2E Sec.21, 27, 28, 33, 34, 35).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 60%, landslide terrain, wet area, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, Pacific fisher, sharp shinned hawk, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 10/05/17. VIEW

This THP is about 10 miles SE of Trinidad, CA and Highway 101 at an elevation of 1,040 to 2,200 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Douglas fir, redwood and western hemlock forests.  There are 6 shallow rapid landslide terrain sites along the lower portion of unit B, and a wet area in unit B.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to use an existing skid trail within a class II (mid sized) watercourse area inside unit F.  A Pacific fisher was reported inside unit C in 2007, and inside unit D in 2013, and a sharp shinned hawk was reported 2.1 miles NW of unit A.  There are 6 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area, including a spotted owl nesting territory within .5 miles of unit C.  This THP is just west of Green Diamond Resource Company’s recently proposed THP 1-17-091 HUM (KK 800 THP).