Monday, March 20, 2017

Mendocino Redwood Company to log on steep and unstable slopes west of Comptche, CA.


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THP 1-17-022 MEN (Melbourne THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 560 acres; 64% group selection, 36% transition logging.  Middle Albion River, Upper Albion River (MD: T16N R16W Sec.2, 3, 4, 10, 11).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 26 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 04/21/17. VIEW

This THP is 1 mile west of Comptche, CA and about 9 miles SE of Mendocino, CA and Highway 1 at an elevation of 160 to 920 feet.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir and grand fir forests.  The THP area flows into the Albion River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature.  There are 12 landslide terrain sites in the THP area including rockslides, earth flows, disrupted ground, debris slides, fill failures, and cut slope failures related to watercourse areas and roads.  Three road failure sites are located inside the THP area including a seasonal road with an eroding ditch near an unstable area, a road with a cut bank failure and a road with a fill failure.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment on steep slopes over 65% grade, and use ground based equipment on 10 segments of skid trails within unstable areas.  They also are planning to construct a new segment of road inside a class I watercourse area (North Fork Albion River), and use an existing skid road inside a class I watercourse area (Albion River).  26 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  There are 3 spotted owl nesting territories within .7 miles of the THP area.

Humboldt Redwood Company to log inside large tree marbled murrelet stand 83B near Redcrest, CA and Humboldt Redwood State Park.


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THP 1-17-018 HUM (Little Red THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 120 acres; 65% group selection, 19% no-harvest, 16% selection logging.  Chadd Creek (HUM: T1S R2E Sec.10, 15).  Winter operations, low erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, landslide terrain, 7 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, Humboldt Redwood State Park, logging inside large tree marbled murrelet stand 83B, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, bald eagle, osprey, humboldt milk vetch, trees up to 56" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 04/15/17. VIEW

This THP is about 1 mile SE of Redcrest, CA, and about 4 miles north of Weott, CA near Humboldt Redwood State Park (unit 1 is adjacent) and Highway 101 at an elevation of 600 to 1,700 feet.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir, grand fir, and Monterey pine forests.  Logging is proposed inside large tree marbled murrelet stand 83B along the NE portion of unit 2.  The THP area flows into the Eel River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature. There are 7 dormant landslide terrain sites in unit 1 including debris slides, and 10 active and dormant landslide terrain sites in unit 2 including earth flows, debris slides, debris flows and fill slope failures.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment on skid trails in unstable areas within unit 1, and use ground based equipment on a skid trail within a class III (intermittent) watercourse area.  Seven road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  There are osprey nest sites in sections 10 and 14, and the High Rock bald eagle nest tree is located within .5 miles of unit 2.  Humboldt milk vetch was reported to be in the THP area.  There are 4 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

SPI to clearcut log along Highway 3 between Weaverville, CA and Hayfork, CA.


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THP 2-17-007 TRI (Reeta THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 726 acres; 94% clearcut, 6% selection, misc roadside logging.  Middleton Gulch, Little Creek, Hazel Gulch (MD: T31N R10W Sec.2, 3, 4, 10, 11; T32N R10W Sec.15, 16, 21, 22, 23, 25, 27, 28, 34, 35, 36).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, unstable areas, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, 4 sensitive plant species, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 04/11/17. VIEW

This THP is about 8 miles SW of Weaverville, CA and about 9 miles NE of Hayfork, CA along Highway 3 at an elevation of 1,900 to 5,200 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Douglas fir, ponderosa pine, sugar pine and white fir forests.  The THP area flows into Browns Creek and the Trinity River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and siltation.  There are 3 unstable areas near units 3015, 3032 and 3285.  SPI is planning to use tractors on steep slopes over 60% grade to construct fire lines, and use and construct roads and landings during the winter period.  Ground based equipment is proposed for use on slopes over 50% grade with a high erosion hazard in units 2318 and 3032.  Siskiyou lewisia was found adjacent to a road in section 3, Shasta chaenactis was found in unit 2583, Dudley's rush was found in unit 2308, and Oregon fireweed was found in units 2682 and 2583.  There are 10 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

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


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THP 2-17-006 PLU (Johnson Creek THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 810 acres; 62% clearcut, 32% fuel break, 6% selection, misc roadside logging.  Johnson Creek, Louse Creek, Benner Creek (MD: T28N R6E Sec.1, 12; T28N R7E Sec.6; T29N R6E Sec.23, 24, 25, 26, 35, 36; T29N R7E Sec.30, 31).  Winter operations, low erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, herbicides, CA spotted owl, Sierra Nevada red fox, bald eagle, osprey, goshawk, cascade frog, Rocky Mountain chickweed, scattered trees over 30" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 04/11/17. VIEW

This THP is .5 miles NW of Highway 36 and Chester, CA near Lake Almanor at an elevation of 4,600 to 5,120 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor based logging operation in Jeffrey pine, ponderosa pine, sugar pine, white fir, Douglas fir and incense cedar forests.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning to use temporary roads and landings during the winter period, construct temporary spur roads under 500 feet without pre-designation, and use seasonal road 30W inside a class I (year round) watercourse.  A bald eagle nest is located adjacent to the shaded fuel break unit in section 6, and a bald eagle nest is located .56 miles west of the THP area in section 2.  There is a goshawk nest within .4 miles of the THP area in section 24, an osprey nest within .5 miles of the THP area in section 11, and a cascade frog was reported in section 5.  An historic (1996) Sierra Nevada Red Fox sighting was reported .13 miles east of the THP area in section 6.  Rocky Mountain chickweed was reported in sections 23, 24, 25 and 31.  A CA spotted owl nesting territory is located .75 miles east of the THP area in section 30.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log around a bald eagle nest tree near Lewiston, CA.


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THP 2-17-005 TRI (Jesjen THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 156 acres; 58% clearcut, Deadwood Creek, 41% rehab, 1% selection logging.  Buckeye Creek (MD: T33N R8W Sec.9, 16).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, bald eagle, trees up to 30" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 04/02/17. VIEW

This THP is a few miles NE of Lewiston, CA near Trinity Lake and about 4 miles north of Highway 299 at an elevation of 2,600 to 3,600 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor based logging operation in Douglas fir, ponderosa pine and sugar pine forests.  A portion of the THP area is in the Deadwood watershed which drains into the Trinity River and is classified as an impaired watershed for sediment and siltation.  There is a bald eagle nest adjacent to Trinity Lake, and also inside clearcut unit 9H.  All but a circle of 375 feet (minimum 10 acre buffer) will be clearcut around the eagle nest in unit 9H.  One spotted owl nesting territory is located within .5 miles of unit 9H.