Monday, January 15, 2018

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


PANORAMIO Photo By wesuk79
THP 1-17-136 HUM (Roach/Johnson THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 348 acres; 57% clearcut, 18% selection, 13% no-harvest, 10% commercial thin, 2% roadside logging.  Upper Roach Creek (HUM: T9N R2E Sec.2, 3; T10N R2E Sec.33, 34, 35, 36).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, steep roads, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 33 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, golden eagle, southern torrent salamander, tailed frog, trees up to 30” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/22/18. VIEW

This THP is about 8 miles SE of Orick, CA and about 12 miles NE of Trinidad, CA near the eastern boundary of Redwood National Park at an elevation of 1,000 to 2,200 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging on steep and unstable slopes in redwood and 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 unstable areas in units C, D, E, G, H, J, I including; multiple road related fill failures and cut bank failures throughout the THP area, 6 small to medium sized deep seated landslide terrain sites in unit D, and 3 shallow rapid landslide terrain sites in unit D. Green Diamond Resource Company is proposing to re-construct an existing road that crosses an unstable area in units C and D, and re-construct a segment of road on steep slopes over 65% grade between units C and D.  33 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  Golden eagles were spotted within .5 miles of the THP area, and tailed frogs have been spotted within 300 feet of unit F.  Southern torrent salamanders were reported to be inside unit E, and within 400 feet of units B, H and J.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Roseburg Resources Company to clearcut log NW of Burney, CA.


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THP 2-17-080 SHA (Amp THP) Roseburg Resources Company, 749 acres; 96% clearcut, 4% selection logging. Deep Creek, Little Roaring Creek, Bush Bar (MD: T36N R1E Sec.17, 18, 19, 20, 30; T36N R1W Sec.13, 23, 24, 25, 36).  Winter operations, low erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 60%, 64 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, osprey, bald eagle, northern goshawk, English peak greenbriar, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/27/18. VIEW

This THP is about 12 miles NW of Burney, CA and about 7 miles north of Montgomery Creek, CA and Highway 299 at an elevation of 2,800 to 3,600 feet.  Roseburg Resources Company is planning a tractor based clearcut logging operation in Douglas fir, white fir, incense cedar, sugar pine and ponderosa pine forests.  The use of an existing haul road across an unstable area is proposed outside of the THP area, and the use and construction of roads, landings and crossings are proposed during the winter period.  64 road drainage sites are planned for use including rocking, dip construction, rocking, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/restoration.  In 2015, a northern goshawk was discovered less than .25 miles from unit 3002, and osprey and bald eagle are seen frequently along the Pit River.  English peak greenbriar was found within units 1904, 3001, 2502, 2504, 2506, 1902, 2001, 1801 and 1303.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Green Diamond Resource Company to log adjacent to Harry Merlo State Park


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THP 1-17-135 HUM (BL1110 Thin THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 168.4 acres; 73% commercial thin, 27% no-harvest logging. McDonald Creek, Pitcher Creek (HUM: T9N R1E Sec.17, 18, 20).  Wet weather operations, low erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, landslide terrain, impaired 303.d watershed, Harry Merlo State Park, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, osprey, bald eagle, tailed frog, trees up to 26” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/21/18. VIEW

This THP is about 6 miles NE of Trinidad, CA and about a mile east of Highway 101 by Harry Merlo State Park (unit A is adjacent) an elevation of 50 to 350 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Sitka spruce and Douglas fir forests.  There are 5 landslide terrain sites in the THP area including 2 shallow rapid landslides, and 3 deep seated landslide terrain sites.  An osprey nest is located within .25 miles of unit A and the LP Mill Road, and bald eagle nests are located within .25 miles of unit A, within .5 miles of the LP Mill Road, and within .25 miles of several haul roads. Tailed frogs have been spotted adjacent to unit A, and marbled murrelet habitat exists on Harry Merlo State Park lands within 300 feet of unit A, within .25 miles of the LP Mill Road, and near several haul roads.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log east of Redwood National Park.


PANORAMIO Photo By Greg Nyquist
THP 1-17-134 HUM (Ogletree THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 117.9 acres; 84% clearcut, 15% selection, 1% no-harvest logging. Upper Roach Creek (HUM: T9N R2E Sec.11, 12, 13, 14).  Winter operations, low erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 60%, landslide terrain, 16 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, golden eagle, trees up to 36” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/21/18. VIEW

This THP is about 12 miles NE of Trinidad, CA and Highway 101, and just east of Redwood National Park at an elevation of 1,400 to 2,400 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.  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 cut bank failure on a road near unit C, and a fill slope failure at road point 13. 16 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  Golden eagles have been reported within .5 miles of the THP Area, and there are spotted owl nesting territories within .25 miles of units B, D, and E, and within .5 miles of units A and C.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Mendocino Redwood Company to log trees up to 140 years old by Navarro Redwoods State Park.


PANORAMIO Photo By Robert Syms
THP 1-17-133 MEN (Lower Navarro THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 380 acres; 82% group selection, 18% selection logging. Mouth of Navarro River, Cuffeys Point (MD: T15N R17W Sec.2, 10, 11, 12, 13).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 80%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 51 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, osprey, 4 sensitive plant species, bishop pine forest, trees up to 140 years old.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/20/18. VIEW

This THP is about 8 miles SE of Mendocino, CA and about 3 miles north of Elk, CA by the Navarro Redwoods State Park at an elevation of 40 to 880 feet.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir, grand fir and western hemlock forests. The THP area flows into the Navarro River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature.  There are 5 landslide terrain sites (rockslides) in the THP area, and 115 feet of road with bank erosion is proposed for re-construction adjacent to the Navarro River.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging, and use ground based equipment in unstable areas.  51 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  There are osprey nests located adjacent to the Navarro River, and at the upper end of Marsh Gulch, and marbled murrelet habitat within the THP Area.  Coast lily was found along existing roads, Bolander’s reed grass was found on landings and open skid trails, leafy stemmed miterwort was reported along a road in the northern boundary of the plan area, and Long bearer lichen was found along roads.  There is a bishop pine forest community that will be retained in the THP area.  Three spotted owl nesting territories are located within .7 miles of the THP area.

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log east of Lassen National Park.


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THP 2-17-079 LAS (Long Halls THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 393 acres; 100% clearcut logging. Lower Butte Creek (MD: T33N R7E Sec.5, 6, 7, 8, 17, 18, 19, 20).  Winter operations, low erosion hazard, slopes up to 40%, herbicides, greater sandhill crane, Susanville milk vetch, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/26/18. VIEW

This THP is about 23 miles SE of Burney, CA and about 10 miles NE of Old Station, CA at an elevation of 5,620 to 6,120 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a clearcut tractor based logging operation in white fir, ponderosa pine, Jeffrey pine, and incense cedar forests.  Temporary “jump roads” are proposed for construction under 500 feet in length without pre-designation to connect haul roads with landings, and winter operations are proposed for roads, landings and crossings.  In 2000, a pair of greater sandhill cranes were reported near Halls Flat 2 miles west of the THP Area.  Susanville milk vetch was found inside units 6, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 19 and 20.

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


PANORAMIO Photo By Greg Nyquist
THP 1-17-132 HUM (Golden Graham THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 225.1 acres; 82% group selection, 10% no-harvest, 9% selection, misc roadside logging. Cloney Gulch, Upper Freshwater Creek (HUM: T4N R1E Sec.1, 2, 12; T4N R2E Sec.6).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, landslide terrain, steep slopes up to 65%, 30 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, coho watershed, spotted owl, trees up to 46” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/19/18. VIEW

This THP is about 8 miles SE of Eureka, CA and about .5 miles SW of Kneeland, CA at an elevation of 280 to 1,720 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. There are 20 landslide terrain sites in the THP area including multiple earth flows, debris slides, disrupted ground, rock slides, fill slope and cut bank failures.  The THP area flows into Freshwater Creek which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and siltation. Humboldt Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging, and use ground based equipment in unstable areas.  There are 6 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Monday, January 8, 2018

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


PANORAMIO Photo By Gregg Phipps
THP 1-17-131 DEL (Little Mor THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 162 acres; 40% commercial thin, 38% clearcut, 16% selection, 6% no-harvest, misc roadside logging. Little Mill Creek, Savoy Creek (HUM: T18N R1E Sec.31; T18N R1W Sec.25, 36).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, landslide terrain, 7 road drainage work sites, steep slopes up to 70%, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, bald eagle, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/15/18. VIEW

This THP is about a mile SE of the town of Smith River, CA and Highway 101 at an elevation of 300 to 1,400 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation in redwood, Douglas fir and western hemlock forests. Shallow rapid landslides exist in units A, B, C and D, and there are 7 road drainage sites planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings. An historic (1974) bald eagle nest was reported .5 miles from unit A.

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log adjacent to McKinleyville, CA


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THP 1-17-130 HUM (Murray Road THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 99 acres; 76% clearcut, 24% selection, 1% roadside logging. Norton Creek, Mill Creek, Mather Creek (HUM: T6N R1E Sec.4; T7N R1E Sec.28, 33, 34).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 85%, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, cooper’s hawk, trees up to 60” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/15/18. VIEW

This THP is a mile east of McKinleyville, CA and Highway 101 at an elevation of 200 to 800 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in Douglas fir, Sitka spruce and grand fir forests.  The THP area flows into the Mad River watershed which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, turbidity and temperature.  In 2012, a Cooper’s hawk was reported 2.1 miles north of unit A, and there are spotted owl nesting territories within .25 miles of units A and B.