Saturday, September 8, 2018

Mendocino Redwood Company to log near the mouth of the Navarro River.


Google Earth Photo of Navarro River By Natalie Furman
THP 1-18-086 MEN (Bear Pen THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 552 acres; 85% group selection, 10% transition, 6% variable retention logging. Mouth of Navarro River, Middle Navarro River (MD: T15N R16W Sec.7, 16, 17, 18, 19; T15N R17W Sec.12, 13, 24).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes over 75%, landslide terrain, 10 road drainage work sites, Navarro River, wet areas, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, osprey, bald eagle, Bolander’s reed grass, leafy stemmed miterwort, trees over 38” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 10/05/18. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is 3.5 miles NE of Elk, CA and 5 miles SE of Albion, CA near the Navarro River (there are 4 THP units adjacent) at an elevation of 50 to 1,160 feet.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood and Douglas fir forests.  There are 7 landslide terrain sites in the THP area including multiple debris slides, disrupted ground, earth flows, and multiple wet areas within THP units.  The THP area flows into the Navarro River and is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature. Mendocino Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment on existing skid trails in areas designated for cable logging.  10 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  In 2017, a pair of bald eagles were observed in the THP area near the Navarro River, and 3 osprey nests are located near the THP area, including; 1 osprey nest within the THP area, 1 osprey nest 3,000 feet downstream from the THP area, and 1 osprey nest along the Navarro River within a mile of THP units. Bolander’s reed grass was observed on roads and landings in the THP area, and leafy stemmed miterwort was found on a road along the northern boundary of the THP area.  There are 9 spotted owl nesting territories within .7 miles of the THP area.

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log NE of Eureka, CA.


Google Earth Photo By Whitney Deboice
THP 1-18-085 HUM (Ole Jacoby THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 178 acres: 55% clearcut, 39% selection, 6% no-harvest, misc roadside logging. Fay Slough, Lower Jacoby Creek (HUM: T5N R1E Sec.10, 15, 16, 21).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, landslide terrain, 3 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, osprey, peregrine falcon, tailed frog, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 09/29/18. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 4 miles NE of Eureka, CA and about 1.5 miles south of Bayside, CA and Highway 101 at an elevation of 80 to 640 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. There are 10 landslide terrain sites in the THP area including 6 unstable areas in unit C, and 4 unstable areas in unit F.  The THP area is located within the Lower Jacoby watershed which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment.  Three historic peregrine falcon nest sites are located in the THP area, a bald eagle nest is located within .5 miles of the THP area, and tailed frogs are known to occur immediately adjacent to unit C.  There are historic and active osprey nests within the THP area including; 10 nests within .25 miles of unit A, 8 nests within .25 miles of unit B, 3 nests within unit C, 13 nests within .25 miles of unit C, 9 nests within .25 miles of unit D, 6 nests within .25 miles of unit E, and 9 nests within .25 miles of unit F. Spotted owl nesting territories are located within .25 miles of units B and C, and within .5 miles of units A and D.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log near Little Grass Valley Reservoir SW of Quincy, CA.


Google Earth Little Grass Valley Reservoir Photo By OG
THP 2-18-046 PLU (Tama THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 592 acres; 74% clearcut, 18% seed tree, 7% selection, 1% roadside logging. Willow Creek, Little Bear Creek, Upper Fall River, Post Creek (MD: T21N R8E Sec.2, 3, 4; T22N R8E Sec.16, 17, 22, 23, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 33, 34, 35). Wet weather operations, high erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, unstable area, 77 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, middle fork roadless area, herbicides, CA spotted owl, goshawk, 3 sensitive plant species, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 09/27/18. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 14 miles SW of Quincy, CA and about 25 miles NE of Oroville, CA at an elevation of 4,960 to 5,600 feet by Little Grass Valley Reservoir; a popular camping, boating, fishing, hiking, water-skiing, and picnicking area (Middle Fork Roadless Area is adjacent to sections 16 and 17).  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in ponderosa pine, sugar pine, white fir, Douglas fir and incense cedar forests.  There is an unstable area (hydraulic mining wash and mining ditch) within 25 feet to 75 feet of unit 003 in section 16.  Five existing landings are proposed for use in watercourse areas within units 3, 13, 14 and 30, and five segments of existing skid trails are proposed for use in watercourse areas within units 7, 9, 30, 31 and 34. Ground based equipment is proposed in areas designated for cable logging, and roads and landings are proposed for construction during the winter period.  77 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  Northern Sierra daisy was observed within and east of unit 1, Clifton’s eremogone was observed east of unit 05-T, and Mt Lassen fleabane was observed adjacent to the 66OA3 Road. There is a goshawk territory within .25 miles of the D Line Road in section 33, and 7 CA spotted nesting territories within .5 miles of the THP area in sections 10, 21, 23, 30, 31, 33 and 34.

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log south of the Highway 299 coast range summit.


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THP 1-18-084 HUM (Cuttoff Road THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 438 acres; 48% clearcut, 36% commercial thin, 14% selection, 2% no-harvest, misc roadside logging. Long Prairie Creek, Pollock Creek, Upper Cannon Creek, Lupton Creek, Noisy Creek (HUM: T6N R3E Sec.7, 8, 16, 17, 18, 20, 21, 28, 29).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, oversized units, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 12 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, sharp shinned hawk, trees up to 48” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 09/23/18. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 9 miles east of Arcata, CA, and a few miles south of the Highway 299 coast range summit at an elevation of 1,200 to 2,600 feet. Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a clearcut and commercial thinning tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Douglas fir, western hemlock, western red cedar forests. The THP area flows into the Redwood Creek and the Mad River watersheds which are listed as impaired watersheds for sediment and temperature. There are 5 landslide terrain sites in the THP area including; 2 unstable areas in unit B, 1 unstable area in unit C, 1 unstable area in unit E, 1 unstable area in unit J, and 1 road failure site along the CP 1000 Road. In 2011 and 2016, a sharp shinned hawk was reported within 200 feet of unit D, and a pair of red tailed hawks were reported near a nest in unit F.  There are spotted owl nesting territories within .25 miles of units C, E, and I, and spotted owl nesting territories within .5 miles of units B, D and J.

SPI to clearcut log scattered residual old large trees east of Fortuna, CA.


Google Earth Photo By Humboldt Bay Jay
THP 1-18-083 HUM (Power THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 248 acres; 88% clearcut, 11% selection, 1% roadside logging.  Deer Creek, Showers Creek (HUM: T3N R4E Sec.21, 22, 27, 28).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, unstable areas, 20 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, osprey, bald eagle, trees over 40” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 09/21/18. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 22 miles east of Fortuna, CA and about 25 miles SE of Eureka, CA at an elevation of 2,760 to 4,040 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Douglas fir forests (some scattered residual old large trees will be harvested). The THP area flows into the Mad River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment/siltation, temperature and turbidity, and there are unstable areas in and around units 27J and 28L.  SPI is planning to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging for yarding logs and for fire line construction.  20 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement. Foraging habitat exists for osprey and bald eagle 3000 feet from the THP area along the Mad River.  There are 6 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

ACTION ALERT: Stop the Gutting of California's THP Process. Oppose SB 901/AB 425.


Photo Courtesy of Sierra Club Stop Clearcutting CA Campaign
Faced with the worst summer fire season in 10 years, Gov. Jerry Brown is proposing broad new changes to California’s logging rules that would allow landowners to cut larger trees and build temporary roads without obtaining a permit (THP) as a way to thin more forests across the state.

The proposal — which has the support of the timber industry but is being opposed by more than a dozen environmental groups — would represent one of the most significant changes to the state’s timber harvesting (THP) rules in 45 years.

  • SB 901/AB 425 would allow trees to be removed from 300-acre plots without the benefits of timber harvest (THP) planning process.  
  • SB 901/AB 425 would increase the legally allowed diameter of trees that can be removed without triggering a timber harvest plan requirement. The diameter size will increase from the current 26 to 32 inches in logged areas and up to 36 inches in roadway construction areas.
  • SB 901/AB 425 would allow up to 600-foot long roads to be cut through forested areas with little to no oversight. This language essentially allows 600-foot-long clearcuts throughout California’s forests without the benefit of agency oversight. 
  • SB 901/AB 425 would lead to widespread biomass burning and increased air pollution.  
PLEASE CALL your state senator and assembly member and ask them to oppose AB 425 and SB 901. California already has an existing Timber Harvest Plan (THP) plan process where landowners and individuals can harvest trees utilizing the Forest Practices Act, so changes are not needed. Go to http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov/ and enter your address to contact your state assembly member and state senator.

Monday, August 20, 2018

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log SW of Whiskeytown, CA.


Google Earth Photo By Christian Wulfestieg
THP 2-18-040 TRI (Bullychop THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 233 acres; 88% clearcut, 12% selection logging. Upper Indian Creek (MD: T31N R8W Sec.2, 3; T32N R8W Sec.33).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, 3 sensitive plant species, trees up to 30” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 09/14/18. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 8 miles SW of Whiskeytown, CA, 10 miles SE of Douglas City, CA and about 4 miles south of Highway 299 at an elevation of 3,000 to 5,500 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in Douglas fir, ponderosa pine, incense cedar, white fir and sugar pine forests.  The THP area flows into the Trinity River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment.  SPI is planning to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging, and construct and use crossings, landings and roads during the winter period.  Blushing wild buckwheat was found along an open rocky ridge in unit 32D, California lady’s slipper was found along a seep and road near unit 32D, and Heckner’s Lewisia was found along open rocky outcroppings and rocky soil in and around unit 32D.  There are 2 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Green Diamond Resource Company planning a pair of clearcut THPs NE of Klamath, CA and the Klamath River.


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THP 1-18-080 DEL (T10 East THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 234.5 acres; 59% commercial thin, 25% clearcut, 9% no-harvest, 6% selection, 1% roadside logging. Lower West Fork Hunter Creek, Hoppaw Creek (HUM: T13N R1E Sec.1, 2, 12; T14N R1E Sec.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, marbled murrelet, osprey, Del Norte salamander, foothill yellow legged frog, southern torrent salamander, coastal tailed frog, trees up to 35” dbh. Estimated public comment deadline: 09/11/18. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is just NE of the town of Klamath, CA and the Klamath River at an elevation of 400 to 2,000 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a 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. 16 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  The T 10 marbled murrelet stand is within .25 miles of unit F, the T10 Road and T100 Road, and the Big Mynot marbled murrelet stand is within .25 miles of the T10 Road. Three osprey nests are located within .25 miles of the T10 Road, southern torrent salamanders were reported 100 feet west of unit F, and coastal tailed frogs were reported 3,500 feet south of unit F.  In 1990, a Del Norte salamander was reported in unit C, and foothill yellow legged frogs were found 1.5 miles south of unit H along the Klamath River.  There are 4 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

THP 1-18-081 DEL (T10 West THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 237 acres; 76% clearcut, 14% selection, 9% no-harvest, 1% roadside logging. Lower West Fork Hunter Creek, Lower Turwar Creek (HUM: T14N R1E Sec.23, 24, 25, 26, 36; T14N R2E Sec.30, 31).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, landslide terrain, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, osprey, southern torrent salamander, coastal tailed frog, foothill yellow legged frog, scattered large trees. Estimated public comment deadline: 09/11/18. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is a few miles NE of the town of Klamath, CA and the Klamath River at an elevation of 200 to 2,000 feet. Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes 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. There is a large deep seated landslide terrain site in unit I, and a steep headwall swale along the northern portion of unit E. Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to construct two segments of roads over 300 feet within 100 feet of a class II (mid sized) watercourse area in unit C. Four marbled murrelet stands are located within the THP area including: the “East Fork Hunter” marbled murrelet stand within .25 miles of units D and E, the T10 Road, T400.59R Road, and T400 Road, the “T10 Shop” marbled murrelet stand within .25 miles of the T10 Road, the “Big Mynot” marbled murrelet stand within .25 miles of the T10 and T200 Roads, and the “Pisgah View” marbled murrelet stand within .25 miles of the Mynot Creek Road.  There are 3 osprey nests within .25 miles of the T10 Road, foothill yellow legged frogs are known to occur at Turwar Creek 4,000 feet east of unit H, and southern torrent salamanders and coastal tailed frogs are known to occur within or immediately adjacent to unit I. Spotted owl nesting territories are located within .25 miles of unit E, and within .5 miles of units A, B, C, D, F, G and I.

Humboldt Redwood Company to log on steep and unstable slopes SW of Scotia, CA.


Google Earth Photo By Patti Burke
THP 1-18-077 HUM (Howe Grandis THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 262.5 acres; 55% variable retention, 25% no-harvest, 14% group selection, 6% selection logging.  Howe Creek (HUM: T1N R1W Sec.14, 15).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 27 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, trees up to 42” dbh. Estimated public comment deadline: 08/31/18. SUBMIT COMMENTS, VIEW THP

This THP is about 3 miles SW of Scotia, CA and Highway 101 at an elevation of 830 to 1,920 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.  The THP area flows into the Eel River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature.  There are 28 landslide terrain sites including multiple debris slides, earth flows, debris slide slopes, debris flow torrents, disrupted ground, steep inner gorges, gullying, and multiple road related fill slope and cut bank failures.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging on existing skid trails, and use an existing skid road inside a class II (mid sized) watercourse area in the NE corner of unit one. 27 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  There are six spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Sierra Pacific Industries to log by Malakoff Diggins State Park NE of Nevada City, CA.


Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park Photo By Wikipedia
THP 2-18-034 NEV (Humbug THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 1,045 acres; 79% commercial thin, 19% clearcut, 2% rehab, misc special logging. S. Fork Poorman Creek, Squirrel Creek, Roscoe Creek, Humbug Creek (MD: T17N R9E Sec.1; T17N R10E Sec.3, 4, 5, 6, 7; T18N R10E Sec.25, 27, 34, 35).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 80%, impaired 303.d watershed, Malakoff Diggins State Park, Missouri Bar Trail, herbicides, spotted owl, northern goshawk, foothill yellow legged frog, Sierra Nevada yellow legged frog, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 08/19/18. VIEW

This THP is about 9 miles NE of Nevada City, CA and a few miles north of the South Fork of the Yuba River by Malakoff Diggins State Park (unit 0101 is within 200 feet) at an elevation of 2,800 to 4,800 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is proposing a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in white fir, ponderosa pine, sugar pine, Douglas fir and incense cedar forests. There are 2 unstable areas in section 25 that appeared after severe weather during the winter of 2017.  SPI is planning to use and construct roads, landings and crossings during the winter period, and use an existing road and landing inside a class III (intermittent) watercourse area near unit 27-0309.  Seven foothill yellow legged frog sightings were reported near the THP area ranging from .01 to 1.52 miles away.  In 2016, a California spotted owl was reported in section 3, within .1 miles of the nearest THP unit, and in 1990, a California spotted owl was reported in section 12, within .15 miles of the nearest THP unit.  In 1998, a northern goshawk was reported in section 13, within 1.2 miles of the nearest THP unit, and in 2000, a Sierra Nevada yellow legged frog was reported at Poorman Creek within .66 miles of the nearest THP unit.  2,300 feet of the Missouri Bar Trail passes through the THP area in section 7.

Friday, August 3, 2018

Humboldt Redwood Company to log trees up to 60” DBH east of Carlotta, CA.


PANORAMIC Photo By Redwood Transect
THP 1-18-073 HUM (Yager Vista THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 255.6 acres; 61% group selection, 25% variable retention, 10% selection, 3% no-harvest, 1% roadside logging.  Copper Mill Creek, Cummings Creek, Blanton Creek, South Fork Yager Creek (HUM: T2N R1E Sec.13; T2N R2E Sec.7, 16, 18, 21).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, landslide terrain, 25 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, trees up to 60” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 08/17/18. VIEW

This THP is about 3 miles east of Carlotta, CA and Highway 36 at an elevation of 1,200 to 2,400 feet.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood and Douglas fir forests (unit 4 has trees up to 60” dbh).  The THP area flows into the Van Duzen River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature.  There are 23 landslide terrain sites including multiple debris slides, earth flows, disrupted ground, incised channels and gullies within units 1 and 4.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment in unstable areas to construct roads and landings within unit 1, use ground based equipment on an existing skid trail segment within a watercourse area in unit 1, and use ground based equipment on 2 existing skid trail segments within a watercourse area in unit 3.  Twenty five road drainage sites are planned for use including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  The Allen Creek marbled murrelet stand is within .25 miles of unit A, and there are 7 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Mattole Residents File Grievance Over Certification of Humboldt Redwood Company Forest Logging.


Press Release from the Lost Coast League
PETROLIA, Calif., –  The Petrolia-based Lost Coast League (LCL) filed a formal grievance with SCS Global Services for certifying as sustainable a logging plan by Humboldt Redwood Co. (HRC) on untouched, primary forests in the Mattole River watershed on Rainbow Ridge.

SCS has contracted to review timber companies’ practices for the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification program.  Firms awarded certification are allowed to brand their lumber as coming from sustainably managed lands.  This can bring companies higher prices per unit at lumber yards and preferred market positions.

In the grievance letter the LCL contends that cutting those old forests is a violation of FSC standards, which restrict “sustainable” production to previously managed forests and prohibit the conversion of old, mature forests to plantations.

Secondly, the LCL letter cites FSC standards that require HRC to “use integrated pest management and silviculture systems which avoid, or aim at eliminating, the use of chemical pesticides,” clearly limiting herbicide use to what LCL terms “extreme and exceptional circumstances.”  To date, however, nearly 25 percent of HRC (and sister company Mendocino Redwood Co, or MRC) holdings have been chemically treated.  LCL contends that the timber company is using herbicides well beyond the “extreme and exceptional threshold.”  (The HRC/MRC website notes 78,000 acres have been treated with herbicides.  But more acres have been treated since the time of that assertion — including some 163 acres of previously un-entered Douglas-fir/mixed hardwood stands at Rainbow Ridge in the Mattole watershed.)

According to LCL President Ellen E. Taylor, “Our efforts to resolve this issue directly with the company have been extensive and fully exhausted.  For this reason we seek resolution through the dispute resolution process afforded under SCS and FSC policy.”

The League’s David Simpson added, “There is a wide community interest in seeing the health of the Mattole watershed restored.  Since 1980 many resident landowners, together with state and federal agencies, have committed enormous private and public resources to moving the restoration process forward.

“Logging Rainbow Ridge’s native forests cannot qualify as sustainable under any reasonable criteria, especially under FSC’s published standards, and would only serve to set back the gains our community’s restoration efforts have made.”

Filing this letter sets into motion a formal grievance process.  SCS has five business days to acknowledge the letter and 14 days to respond as to whether an investigation is warranted and what recourses are available for resolution.

In submitting the letter, LCL is joined by over 40 Mattole residents, as well as the Mattole Salmon Group, members of the Mattole Restoration Council, the Center for Biological Diversity, the Environmental Protection Information Center (EPIC), Ecological Rights Foundation, Institute for Sustainable Forestry, Forests Forever, Californians for Alternatives to Toxics, Julia Butterfly Hill, actor Peter Coyote and more than 50 additional concerned citizens.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log trees up to 50” dbh NE of Trinidad, CA.


PANORAMIC Photo By nthawoodz
THP 1-18-069 HUM (Scattered Maple THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 268.5 acres; 59% clearcut, 32% selection, 9% no-harvest logging.  Maple Creek (HUM: T8N R1E Sec.3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, 17, 32; T8N R1W Sec.12; HUM: T9N R1E Sec.32).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 3 road drainage work sites, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, osprey, marbled murrelet, sharp shinned hawk, southern torrent salamander, coastal tailed frog, trees up to 50” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 08/12/18. VIEW

This THP is about 3.5 miles NE of Trinidad, CA and Highway 101 at an elevation of 200 to 1,240 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 (units E, F, G, H and I have trees up to 48” dbh).  There are 12 landslide terrain sites; including unstable areas inside units C, D, I and G, and a road related fill slope failure off the BL 2220 Road.  Ten osprey nests are located within .25 miles of haul roads; including an historic osprey nest within .25 miles of the LP Mill Road, an historic osprey nest within .25 miles of the BL1000 Road, and historic osprey nests within .25 miles of units C, D, H and I.  Marbled murrelet habitat is located 2.1 miles east of unit F, and marbled murrelet habitat exists in Humboldt Redwoods State Park lands within .25 miles of the LP Mill Road.  Southern torrent salamanders are known to occur within .5 miles of units B, C, D and G.  A sharp shinned hawk was reported .4 miles east of unit A, coastal tailed frogs are known to occur within .5 miles of units A, B and G, and there is a great blue heron rockery within .25 miles of the BL2000 Road.  There are spotted owl nesting territories within .25 miles of units C, D, E, H and I, and within .5 miles of units B and F.

Mendocino Redwood Company to log on steep and unstable slopes east of Elk, CA.


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THP 1-18-067 MEN (Lower Greenwood THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 332 acres; 100% selection logging.  Lower Greenwood Creek (MD: T15N R16W Sec.30, 31; T15N R17W Sec.25).  Wet weather operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 49 road drainage work sites, herbicides, coho watershed, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 08/11/18. VIEW

This THP is 1.2 miles east of Elk, CA and Highway 1 on the Mendocino coastline at an elevation of 120 to 1,330 feet.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning a selection tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood and Douglas fir forests.  There are 28 landslide terrain sites including multiple road related fill slope and cut slope failures, and multiple locations with debris slides, rock slides and debris flows near Greenwood Creek.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment on existing skid trails with slopes over 50% grade with a high erosion hazard in units 1 and 2, and use ground based equipment on existing skid trails with steep slopes exceeding 65% grade within the west end of unit 2.  49 road drainage sites are planned for use including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings. There re two spotted owl nesting territories within .7 miles of the THP area.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log near the Klamath River.


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THP 1-18-063 HUM (J 1700 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 221.1 acres; 57% clearcut, 19% commercial thin, 11% no-harvest, 10% selection, 2% shelterwood, 1% roadside logging. Mettah Creek, Johnson Creek (HUM: T11N R2E Sec.19, 24, 25, 29, 30).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, landslide terrain, 10 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, coho watershed, spotted owl, bald eagles, osprey, peregrine falcon, Cooper ‘s hawk, foothill yellow legged frog, southern torrent salamander, great blue heron, trees up to 24” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 08/02/18. VIEW

This THP is about 6 miles NE of Orick, CA, and 13 miles SE of Klamath, CA along the Klamath River (units E and F are adjacent) at an elevation of 600 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 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 including; a deep seated landslide in the northern portion of unit F, a deep seated landslide in the southern portion of unit F, and a deep seated landslide in the eastern portion of unit F.  Ten road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  There are multiple bald eagle and osprey nests along the Klamath River greater than 1 mile north of the THP area, and a peregrine falcon nest was reported adjacent to the Klamath River along the boundary of unit F.  In 2012, a Cooper’s hawk was reported .35 miles east of unit G, Southern torrent salamanders are known to occur .5 miles from units A and G, and Foothill yellow legged frogs have been reported 1 mile away from the THP area at Clirliah Creek.  A great blue heron rockery is located greater than .5 miles north of the THP area, and there are spotted owl nesting territories within .25 miles of units C and G, and within .5 miles of units A, B, D, E and F.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Humboldt Redwood Company planning a pair of THPs to log inside large tree marbled murrelet stands near Redcrest, CA and Humboldt Redwoods State Park.


THP 1-18-011 HUM (Threadbear THP) is just west of Redcrest, CA and will log inside large tree marbled murrelet stands 373C and 583D, and THP 1-18-061 HUM (Redcrest THP) is just south of Redcrest, CA and will log inside large tree marbled murrelet stands 89D, 416D and 419D. VIEW

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THP 1-18-061 HUM (Redcrest THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 352 acres; 69% group selection, 22% no-harvest, 9% selection, misc roadside logging. Chadd Creek (HUM: T1S R2E Sec.9, 10, 15, 16).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, landslide terrain, 17 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, logging inside large tree marbled murrelet stands, Humboldt Redwood State Park, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, bald eagle, osprey, trees up to 48” dbh. Estimated public comment deadline: 07/25/18. VIEW

This THP is just south of the town of Redcrest, CA and Highway 101 and north of Humboldt Redwoods State Park (the southern boundary of unit 2, and the southern and eastern boundaries of unit 1 are adjacent) 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 and grand fir forests.  Logging is proposed inside large tree marbled murrelet stands 89D, 416D and 419D.  The THP area flows into the Eel River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature.  There are 47 landslide terrain sites including multiple debris slides, debris flows, earth flows, disrupted ground, debris side slopes and inner gorge slopes mostly related to watercourses.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging inside unit 1, and use a skid trail across an unstable area.  17 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement. There is a bald eagle nest within .5 miles of unit 1, five osprey nests within 1.3 miles of the THP area, and five spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

THP 1-18-011 HUM (Threadbear THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 314.5 acres; 53% variable retention, 41% group selection, 5% no-harvest, 1% selection logging. Bear Creek (HUM: T1S R2E Sec.5, 6, 7, 8, 17).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, landslide terrain, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, logging inside large tree stands 373C and 583D, coho watershed, northern spotted owl, trees up to 36” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 03/09/18. VIEW

This THP is about a mile west of Redcrest, CA and Highway 101 at an elevation of 560 to 2,600 feet.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation in Redwood, Douglas fir and grand fir forests.  The THP area flows into the Eel River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature.  There are 13 landslide terrain sites (mostly debris slides) in the THP area.  Logging is proposed inside large tree marbled murrelet stands 373C and 583D. There are 5 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.


Sunday, June 24, 2018

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log NW of Big Bend, CA.


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THP 2-18-028 SHA (Straw Gun THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 105 acres; 66% clearcut, 31% selection, 3% roadside logging. Stump Creek (MD: T37N R1E Sec.19, 30; T37N R1W Sec.24).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, unstable areas, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, trees up to 30” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 07/22/18. VIEW

This THP is a few miles NW of Big Bend, CA and about a dozen miles NW of Burney, CA and Highway 299 at an elevation of 2,500 to 2,800 feet. Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable soils (there are 2 small areas of instability within unit 19) in Douglas fir, white fir, incense cedar, ponderosa pine and sugar pine forests.  The THP area flows into the Pit River which is listed as an impaired watershed for temperature, nutrients and dissolved oxygen.  There is 1 spotted owl nesting territory within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log near Lakehead, CA and Shasta Lake.


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THP 2-18-026 SHA (Bass Canyon THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 246 acres; 90% clearcut, 10% roadside logging.  Lower Middle Salt Creek, Nawtawaket Creek, Upper Middle Salt Creek, Upper Salt Creek (MD: T35N R4W Sec.3; T36N R4W Sec.25, 35, 36).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, steep roads, unstable area, 6 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, West Girard roadless area, herbicides, spotted owl, Sierra Nevada yellow legged frog, trees over 32” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline:  07/18/18. VIEW

This THP is about 22 miles NE of Redding, CA and about 5 miles NE of Lakehead, CA near Shasta Lake at an elevation of 2,200 to 4,200 feet.  Section 25 is adjacent to the West Girard Roadless Area.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a clearcut cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Douglas fir, ponderosa pine, sugar pine and incense cedar forests.  Unit 25C has a small unstable area near the bottom of a proposed road crossing.  SPI wants to build a road across state lands to access their lands, construct steep segments of roads on slopes exceeding 65%, and construct roads and landings during the winter period. In 2007, a Sierra Nevada yellow legged frog was reported .75 miles east of unit 25D in section 30, and there is an historic (1982) report of a spotted owl in or adjacent to the THP area.

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log by Hayward Flat Campground at Trinity Lake.


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THP 2-18-025 TRI (Thor THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 252 acres; 87% clearcut, 8% shelterwood, 3% selection, 2% roadside logging. Davis Creek, East Fork Stuart Fork, Strope Creek (MD: T35N R8W Sec.3, 4, 17, 21).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, steep roads, unstable areas, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, Hayward Flat Campground, spotted owl, Glaucous umbrellawort, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 07/15/18. VIEW

This THP is about 6 miles SW of Trinity Center, CA by Hayward Flat Campground near Trinity Lake and Highway 3 at an elevation of 2,500 to 4,000 feet. Hayward Flat Campground is adjacent to units 2130 and 2170, and unit 410 is adjacent to Highway 3. Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes (unit 330) in Douglas fir, ponderosa pine, sugar pine and Pacific yew forests.  There are 3 segments of roads proposed for use exceeding 20% grade in section 21, and 75 feet of an existing skid trail is proposed for use within a class II (mid sized) watercourse in unit 2210.  Glaucous umbrellawort was found within unit 400L, and there is a spotted owl nesting territory within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log near Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park.


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THP 1-18-059 HUM (S Line 100 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 217 acres; 69% clearcut, 27% selection, 2% no-harvest, 1% roadside logging.  Tarup Creek, Ah Pah Creek (HUM: T12N R1E Sec.11, 12, 13; T12N R2E Sec.7, 18). Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, steep roads, 10 road drainage work sites, redwood national park, oversized units, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, southern torrent salamander, tailed frog, Del Norte salamander, red tree vole, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 07/15/18. VIEW

This THP is about 6 miles south of Klamath, CA and about a mile east of Highway 101 near Redwood National Park (unit A is adjacent) at an elevation of 200 to 1,500 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 E) in redwood, Douglas fir 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. Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to construct 3 segments of steep road on slopes exceeding 50% grade for over 500 feet.  10 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/restoration.  There is marbled murrelet habitat on Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park lands within .25 miles of unit A, and within .25 miles of the S Line Road.  Tailed frogs are known to occur immediately adjacent to unit F, and southern torrent salamanders are known to occur within 500 feet of units D and E.  In 1994, Del Norte salamanders were reported within unit D, and in 1990, Del Norte salamanders were reported within unit E.  In 1994, red tree voles were reported inside unit F.  There are spotted owl nesting territories within .5 miles of unit A.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Gray Wolf tracks found (2017) within Red River Forests Partnerships new THP near Bieber, CA.


Shasta Pack Gray Wolves CA Dept Fish & Game
THP 2-18-020 MOD (Scarface THP) Red River Forests Partnerships, 5,104 acres; 100% group selection logging. Upper Roberts Reservoir, Armentrout Flat, Ben Eberli Waterhole, Armentrout Flat, Harvel Canyon (MD: T40N R6E Sec.2, 3, 11, 12, 13, 14, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 36; T40N R7E Sec.7, 9, 16, 17, 18, 30, 31).  Winter operations, low erosion hazard, slopes up to 15%, 26 road drainage work sites, gray wolf, bald eagle, osprey, northern goshawk, great blue heron, greater sandhill crane, sharp shinned hawk, red tailed hawk, long haired star tulip, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 06/17/18. VIEW

This THP is about 25 miles NE of Burney, CA and about 8 miles north of Bieber, CA at an elevation of 4,000 to 5,000 feet.  Red River Forests Partnerships is planning a tractor based logging operation in Douglas fir, white fir, ponderosa pine, sugar pine and incense cedar forests.  26 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, and ditch cleaning.  On 12/13/2017 and 12/27/2017, a set of gray wolf tracks were seen in sections 22 and 27.  There is a goshawk territory with 4 nest sites; 2 within the THP area, and 2 adjacent to the THP area on US Forest Service lands, and an osprey territory 700 feet east of the THP area in section 24.  A bald eagle territory is located 600 feet from the THP area on US Forest Service lands, and a red tailed hawk nest was reported within .7 miles of the THP area.  In 2017, a great blue heron was seen foraging in section 22, and a sharp shinned hawk was spotted within the THP area. There are 4 historic greater sandhill crane nest sites, and 1 recent greater sandhill crane nest site adjacent to the THP area.  Long haired star tulip is known to occur along the timbered edges of the meadow margins within the THP area.

Sierra Pacific Industries planning a huge clearcut logging project NE of Chico, CA.


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THP 2-18-019 BUT (LoCarp THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 828 acres; 85% clearcut, 8% roadside, 7% selection logging. Carpenter Ridge, Timbered Crater, Forks of Butte, Bull Creek (MD: T24N R3E Sec.1, 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 16, 23; T25N R3E Sec.11, 12, 14, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 33, 34, 35, 36).  Winter operations, extreme erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, 26 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, chinook watershed, goshawk, osprey, scattered large trees. Estimated public comment deadline: 06/14/18. VIEW

This THP is about 16 miles NE of Chico, CA spanning a length of 9 miles between Forest Ranch and Lomo off Highway 32 at an elevation of 2,400 to 4,000 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on erosive slopes in Douglas fir, white fir, ponderosa pine, sugar pine and incense cedar forests.  Roads are proposed for use inside class II (mid sized) watercourse areas, and roads and landings are proposed for use and construction during the winter period.  26 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 goshawk nest within .25 miles of road 70F in section 22, and osprey were reported in sections 14 and 23. Hall’s rupertia was found in sections 1, 6, 7, 11, 12, 13, 23, 24; shieldbract monkey flower was found in sections 23, 26, 27; Indian manzanita was found in sections 12, 23, 26; Sanborn’s onion was found in sections 10, 11, 23, 26, 34; night blooming false bindweed was found in sections 1, 2, 3, 13. 23, 26, 35, sulphur flower buckwheat was found in section 3 and giant checker bloom was found in section 1. There are 6 CA spotted owl nesting territories within .5 miles of the THP area in sections 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 23, 24, 28, 33, 34 and 35.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

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


PANORAMIC Photo By mlhess
THP 1-18-045 MEN (Pick Up Sticks THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 339 acres; 70% transition, 24% variable retention, 6% group selection logging. North Fork Noyo River (MD: T18N R15W Sec.2, 3, 4, 9; T19N R15W Sec.32).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 80%, landslide terrain sites, road failure sites, 25 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 06/16/18. VIEW

This THP is 9 miles NW of Willits, CA, and 14 miles east of Fort Bragg, CA at an elevation of 360 to 1,200 feet.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planing a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood and Douglas fir forests. The THP area flows into the North Fork of The Noyo River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature. There are three landslide terrain sites inside section 32, three landslide terrain sites in section 4, and one landslide terrain site in section 2, and multiple road related fill failure and cut bank failure sites that have been stabilized.  25 road drainage sites  are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  There are 3 spotted owl nesting territories within .7 miles of the THP area.

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log SE of Smith River, CA.


PANORAMIO Photo By Gregg Phipps
THP 1-18-044 DEL (Savoy Split THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 328.5 acres; 61% clearcut, 23% selection, 14% no-harvest, 1% roadside logging.  Savoy Creek (HUM: T17N R1E Sec.5, 6; T18N R1E Sec.28, 29, 30, 31, 32; T18N R1W Sec.25, 26). Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, 41 road drainage work sites, wet area, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, bald eagle, foothill yellow legged frog, tailed frog, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 06/09/18. VIEW

This THP is 2 miles SE of Smith River, CA and Highway 101 at an elevation of 100 to 1,400 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 western hemlock forests.  There are shallow rapid landslides in units A, B, C, D, E, F and H, deep seated landslides in unit F, and steep stream side slopes exceeding 65% grade in units A and B. 41 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings. Tailed frogs are known to occur immediately adjacent to unit E, and there is a historic (1974) bald eagle nest .4 miles north of unit J.  Foothill yellow legged frogs were reported in Rowdy Creek, and also 1,700 feet downstream from unit H.  Spotted owl nesting territories occur within .25 miles of units A and E, and within .5 miles of unit F.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log trees up to 50" dbh NE of Trinidad, CA.


PANORAMIC Photo By nthawoodz
THP 1-18-042 HUM (Gray Diamond THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 95.5 acres; 80% clearcut, 18% selection, 2% no-harvest logging. McDonald Creek, Pitcher Creek (HUM: T8N R1W Sec.1; T9N R1E Sec.8, 9, 10, 16, 17; HUM: T9N R1W Sec.36).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 4 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, osprey, great blue heron, sharp shinned hawk, southern torrent salamander, coastal tailed frog, trees up to 50” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 05/29/18. VIEW

This THP is 3.5 miles NE of Trinidad, CA, and about a mile east of Highway 101 near Big Lagoon, CA at an elevation of 600 to 1,400 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 2 shallow rapid landslide terrain sites, and several roads with minor cut bank and fill failures.  A bald eagle nest is located .7 miles west of unit A, and osprey nests are located within .25 miles of the LP Mill Road, and along the BL1000 Road. Southern torrent salamanders and coastal tailed frogs were reported within .5 miles of units A and B.  There is potential marbled murrelet habitat on Humboldt Redwoods State Park lands within .25 miles of the LP Mill Road.  In 2007, a sharp shinned hawk was reported 1.9 miles NE of unit C, and there is a great blue heron rockery 1.7 miles south of unit A.  Spotted owl nesting territories are located within .5 miles of unit B, and within .25 miles of unit A.

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log NE of Arcata, CA.


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THP 1-18-039 HUM (East Fork Mad THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 150.1 acres; 75% clearcut, 22% selection, 2% roadside, 1% no-harvest logging.  Canyon Creek (HUM: T7N R2E Sec.10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 20, 21, 22).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, landslide terrain, 4 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, coho watershed, spotted owl, Pacific fisher, trees over 36” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 05/26/18. VIEW

This THP is about 7 miles NE of Arcata, CA and about 3 miles NW of the Highway 299 coast range summit at an elevation of 840 to 2,200 feet. Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes (there are 4 deep seated landslide terrain sites in unit F) in redwood and Douglas fir forests.  The THP area flows into the Mad River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, turbidity and temperature.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to use temporary roads and landings during the winter period.  Four road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  Pacific fisher has been detected in unit A.

Green Diamond Resource Company refusing to protect marbled murrelet habitat near Big Lagoon


ACTION ALERT: Tell CAL FIRE to Deny Green Diamond Plans to Log Marbled Murrelet Habitat
By Rob DiPerna


Green Diamond Resource Company is refusing to appropriately map known-marbled murrelet habitat, and is refusing to accept recommendations from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to protect suitable nest trees and stands associated with known-occupied marbled murrelet habitat. Naturally, Green Diamond would rather clearcut the marbled murrelet habitat instead.

Astoundingly, the California Department of Forestry is siding with Green Diamond and is poised to approve THP 1-17-124HUM, located near Maple Creek and Big Lagoon, in the absence of requiring mapping and protection of the marbled murrelet habitat as required by CDFW, and over CDFW’s official Non-Concurrence with CAL FIRE’s recommendation to approve the THP and allow the logging.

Stand up for marbled murrelets, and help us stand up to Green Diamond CAL FIRE.

Take Action Now: Tell CAL FIRE it must deny Green Diamond THP 1-17-124HUM according to State Law and State Forest Practice Rules unless the mapping and protection of habitat stands and trees for the critically-endangered marbled murrelet are included in the THP, whether Green Diamond likes it or not! CLICK ON THIS LINK

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Humboldt Redwood Company to log on steep and unstable slopes SE of Eureka, CA.


PANORAMIO Photo By John Quinian
THP 1-18-038 HUM (Way Up Fresh) Humboldt Redwood Company, 178.8 acres; 52% group selection, 39% variable retention, 6% selection, 3% no-harvest, misc roadside logging. Upper Freshwater Creek (HUM: T4N R2E Sec.8, 9, 17, 18).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 43 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, coho watershed, spotted owl, trees up to 26” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 05/24/18. VIEW

This THP is about 8 miles SE of Eureka, CA and a few miles south of Kneeland, CA at an elevation of 1,500 to 2,200 feet.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning a tractor based logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir and western red cedar forests.  The THP area flows into Freshwater Creek which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and siltation. There are a series of small landslides along Freshwater Creek, a large landslide complex between units 1 and 2, and a small stream side landslide along a class II (mid sized) watercourse within unit 2.  There are also several road failure sites including a small slump along the edge of a road, a road partially buried by a dormant young landslide, and a road downstream of the toe of a large landslide between units 1 and 2.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment within an unstable area on the X65.5051 Road.  43 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  Within 1.3 miles of the THP area are 4 spotted owl nesting territories.

Humboldt Redwood Company to log trees up to 60” dbh near Scotia, CA.


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THP 1-18-037 HUM (Monument 18 THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 386.2 acres; 68% group selection, 22% no-harvest, 10% selection logging. Dean Creek, Monument Creek (HUM: T1N R1E Sec.7, 18, 19, 30; T1N R1W Sec.13, 24, 25).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, landslide terrain, 25 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, logging inside large tree marbled murrelet stands within unit 1, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, osprey, trees up to 60” dbh. Estimated public comment deadline: 05/24/18. VIEW

This THP is about 1.5 miles SW of Scotia, CA and Highway 101 at an elevation of 150 to 1,520 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 38” dbh in units 1, 3, 4, and 5, and trees up to 60” dbh in units 2 and 6).  There are 3 unstable areas within unit 1, including a dormant historic earth flow, an active to dormant cut slope slump off of road J23.4604, and an active to dormant landslide complex.  The THP area flows into the Eel River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature.  Logging is proposed inside large tree marbled murrelet stands 716E and 72B within unit 1. Humboldt Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging, and use a skid trail inside a class II (mid sized) watercourse area within unit 2.  25 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/restoration.  There are 2 known osprey nests within unit 1, and 7 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log trees up to 32” dbh north of Lake Shasta.


PANORAMIO Photo By zarpheous
THP 2-18-017 SHA (Pup’s Ferry THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 190 acres; 93% clearcut, 4% no-harvest, 3% roadside logging. Lower Middle Salt Creek, Upper Middle Salt Creek, Campbell Creek (MD: T36N R4W Sec.29, 31; T36N R5W Sec.25, 36).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, unstable areas, road failure sites, 26 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, foothill yellow legged frog, Shasta maidenhair fern, trees up to 32” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 05/13/18. VIEW

This THP is 3 miles north of Lakehead, CA near Lake Shasta, and about 25 miles north of Redding, CA at an elevation of 1,360 to 2,360 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in ponderosa pine, Douglas fir, sugar pine and incense cedar forests.  There are 2 unstable areas in units 25A and 25D where cable logging operations will be conducted, and 2 road sites with a debris slide and a fill slope debris slide.  SPI is planning to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging inside units 25A, 25B, 25D and 29A.  26 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  In 1994, a foothill yellow legged frog was reported inside unit 25B in section 25, and in 2006, a foothill yellow legged frog was reported 5,864 feet from the THP area in section 35.  Shasta maidenhair fern was found inside units 25C, 25E, 31A, and along a proposed road in unit 25E.

Green Diamond Resource Company to log NE of McKinleyville, CA.


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THP 1-18-033 HUM (Upper Fork Thin THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 353.5 acres; 86% commercial thin, 13% no-harvest, misc clearcut, selection and roadside logging. Lower South Fork, Headwaters Little River (HUM: T7N R1E Sec.1; T7N R2E Sec.4, 6, 7, 8, 10; T8N R1E Sec.36; T8N R2E Sec.31, 33).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 85%, unstable area, 13 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, peregrine falcon, foothill yellow legged frog, trees up to 28” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 05/12/18. VIEW

This THP is about 8 mies SE of Trinidad, CA and Highway 101, and about 6 miles NE of McKinleyville, CA at an elevation of 280 to 2,060 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 is an unstable area in unit F.  13 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  An historic peregrine falcon eyrie is located 1.1 miles SW of unit F, and foothill yellow legged frogs have been spotted within 300 feet of unit A.  Spotted owl nesting territories are located within .25 miles of unit G, and within .5 miles of units E and F.