Sunday, February 18, 2018

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log SE of Quincy, CA near Sloat, CA.


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THP 2-18-007 PLU (Middle Fork THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 158 acres; 99% clearcut, 1% roadside logging. Poplar Creek, Jackson Creek, Little Long Valley Creek (MD: T23N R11E Sec.10, 14, 16).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes over 60%, 27 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, Quincy lupine, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 03/09/18. VIEW

The THP is about 10 miles SE of Quincy, CA near Sloat, CA and Highway 89 spanning both sides of the Middle Fork of the Feather River.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in Douglas fir, white fir, ponderosa pine, Jeffrey pine, incense cedar and sugar pine forests at an elevation of 4,000 to 5,000 feet.  27 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  SPI is planning to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging inside unit 7, and use roads and landings during the winter period.  Quincy lupine was found along an existing seasonal road cut bank in section 16.

Humboldt Redwood Company to log inside large tree marbled murrelet stands 373C and 583D near Redcrest, CA.


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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.

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log adjacent to Redwood National Park.


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THP 1-18-010 HUM (Pitcher Upper THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 98.1 acres; 82% clearcut, 13% selection, 3% no-harvest, 2% special logging. Maple Creek, Bridge Creek, Pitcher Creek (HUM: T8N R1E Sec.2; T9N R1E Sec.23, 26; T9N R2E Sec.31).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, landslide terrain, impaired watershed, wet areas, oversized units, Redwood National Park, herbicides, coho watershed, marbled murrelet, osprey, great blue heron, southern torrent salamander, tailed frog, trees up to 48” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 03/09/18. VIEW

This THP is about 6 miles NE of Trinidad, CA and Highway 101 by Redwood National Park (unit C is adjacent) at an elevation of 800 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.  The THP area flows into Redwood Creek which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature, and there is a small rapid landslide terrain site in unit A. Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to use an existing road and landing inside a class II (mid sized) watercourse within unit B, and use temporary roads and landings during the winter period.  They also are proposing a 2.3 acre buffer known as a “Special Treatment Area” to hide the effects of clearcutting adjacent to Redwood National Park in unit C. There is potential marbled murrelet habitat within .25 miles of the LP Mill Road on Humboldt Redwoods State Park lands, within .25 miles of the BL 2000 Road, and .6 miles south of unit C.  Four osprey nest sites are located nearby including; 1 nest within .25 miles of the LP Mill Road, 2 nests within .25 miles of the BL 2000 Road, and a nest within .25 miles of the BL 1000 Road.  Southern torrent salamanders are known to occur within .25 miles of units A, B and C, tailed frogs are known to occur within .25 miles of unit A, and a great blue heron rockery is located .22 miles east of the BL 2000 Road.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log right next to California Pines Community SW of Alturas, CA.


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THP 2-18-004 MOD (Frank Canyon THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 665 acres; 99% clearcut, 1% selection logging. Upper Canyon Creek, Ballard Reservoir, Higgins Canyon (MD: T40N R10E Sec.3, 4, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 22, 23; T41N R10E Sec.33, 34). Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes over 50% grade, impaired 303.d watershed, California Pines community, herbicides, oversized units, CA spotted owl, goshawk, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 02/29/18. VIEW

This THP is about 14 miles SW of Alturas, CA and about 7.25 miles SE of Canby, CA and Highway 299 at an elevation of 5,100 to 6,400 feet.  The THP area is just west of the California Pines community which has over 200 homes and a 28 room guest lodge and recreation center.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a clearcut tractor based logging operation in ponderosa pine, Jeffrey pine, white fir and incense cedar forests.  Roads, landings and crossings are planned for use during the winter period. There is a goshawk territory 1.1 miles SW of the THP area in section 35, a goshawk territory 500 feet SE of the THP area in section 15, and a CA spotted owl territory within .5 miles of the THP area in section 26.

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


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THP 1-18-008 DEL (Sultan Salvage THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 100 acres; 49% clearcut, 24% sanitation salvage, 20% selection, 7% no-harvest, 1% roadside logging.  Little Mill Creek (HUM: T17N R1E Sec.18, 19).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, 9 road drainage work sites, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, foothill yellow legged frog, trees up to 40” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 02/26/18. VIEW

This THP is about 7 miles NE of Crescent City, CA and about 2 miles east of Highway 101 at an elevation of 80 to 1,300 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Douglas fir, redwood, western red cedar and western hemlock forests.  There are rapid landslide terrain sites in units A and B, and a dormant earth flow in unit C.  Nine road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  Foothill yellow legged frogs have been spotted 2.6 miles south of the THP area at the Smith River, and potential marbled murrelet habitat is located 1.5 miles SE of unit C on Six Rivers National Forest lands.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log east of Klamath, CA.


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THP 1-18-007 DEL (RM-10 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 308.8 acres; 49% clearcut, 23% commercial thin, 15% selection, 13% no-harvest logging. Lower Turwar Creek, Upper Turwar Creek, Potato Patch Creek (HUM: T13N R2E Sec.3, 4, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17; T14N R2E Sec.33, 34). Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 75%, steep roads, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 46 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, osprey, Del Norte salamander, foothill yellow legged frog, ruffed grouse, great blue heron, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 02/26/18. VIEW

This THP is about 1 mile NE of Klamath Glen, CA, and about 5 miles east of Klamath, CA and Highway 101 at an elevation of 240 to 2,880 feet. Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir, western hemlock, Port Orford and western red cedar 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 dormant transitional/rotational slides, debris slides and areas of disrupted ground throughout and adjacent to the THP area. There are also multiple road failure sites that will require construction and re-construction on unstable slopes including; 4 road failure sites in unit B, 3 road failure sites in unit C, 1 road failure site in unit H, and 2 road failure sites in unit I. Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to construct a temporary road in unit B on steep slopes exceeding 20% grade for 220 feet, and re-construct 150 feet of a seasonal road with side slopes over 50% that drains towards a watercourse.  46 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  There is marbled murrelet habitat within .25 miles of unit D and associated roads, within .25 miles of unit C and associated roads, and within .25 miles of the B-10 and RM-10 roads.  One osprey nest is located within .25 miles of the B-10 Road (within .5 miles of unit D), and a second osprey nest is located within .25 miles of the B-10 Road.  In 2013, a ruffed grouse was found in unit D, foothill yellow legged frogs have been spotted at Turwer Creek .5 miles from the THP area, and a great blue heron rockery is located 1.2 miles SW from the THP area.  In 1997, a sharp shinned hawk was spotted .87 miles NW from unit A, and in 1992, a Del Norte salamander was found in unit D.  There are spotted owl nesting territories within .25 miles of units A, B, D, G, and within .5 miles of unit E.

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


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THP 1-18-006 DEL (SA-10 End THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 221.5 acres; 76% clearcut, 11% no-harvest, 9% selection, 3% roadside logging. Tarup Creek (HUM: T12N R2E Sec.5, 6; T13N R2E Sec.29, 31, 32).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes slopes up to 80%, steep roads, landslide terrain, 7 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, osprey, bald eagle, great blue heron, foothill yellow legged frog, southern torrent salamander, tailed frog, trees up to 36” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 02/26/18. VIEW

This THP is about 4 miles SE of Klamath, CA and Highway 101 at elevation of 40 to 1,300 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 Lower Klamath River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, temperature, dissolved oxygen, nutrients, and a shallow rapid landslide is located in unit B. There are multiple segments of steep roads including; 2 segments of road construction and 1 segment of road re-construction on slopes over 15% grade, 2 segments of steep roads in unit D that exceed 35% grade, and 2 segments of steep roads with side slopes exceeding 65%.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to use temporary roads and landings during the winter period, and re-construct 150 feet of road inside a class II (mid sized) watercourse in unit D.  Seven road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  There is marbled murrelet habitat within .25 miles of the SA-10 Road on Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park lands.  Bald eagles have been spotted within .5 miles of the THP area along the Klamath River, and there are 4 osprey nests within .25 miles of the THP area along the Klamath River.  Foothill yellow legged frogs are known to occur immediately adjacent to unit A (Klamath River) and unit C (Tarup Creek).  There is a great blue heron rockery 1.2 miles north of unit A, tailed frogs have been spotted immediately adjacent to unit C, and southern torrent salamanders are known to occur within 400 feet of units B and G. Spotted owl nesting territories are located within .25 miles of unit A, and within .5 miles of unit B.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Sierra Pacific Industries to log trees up to 42” dbh NE of Trinity Lake.


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THP 2-18-001 TRI (Devils THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 448 acres; 73% shelterwood, 26% sanitation salvage, 1% roadside logging. Grouse Lake, Halls Gulch, Watson Creek (MD: T37N R6W Sec.21).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 55%, impaired 303.d watershed, bonanza king roadless area, herbicides, spotted owl, foothill yellow legged frog, cascade frog, 3 sensitive plant species, trees up to 42” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 02/17/18. VIEW

This THP is about 8 miles NE of Trinity Center, CA and about 4 miles NE of Lake Trinity at an elevation of 5,360 to 6,680 feet by the Bonanza King Roadless Area.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a shelterwood and sanitation salvage tractor based logging operation in Douglas fir, white fir, red fir, incense cedar, sugar pine, western white pine and Port Orford cedar.  A cascade frog was reported to be within a harvest unit in section 21, and also located within 4,394 from the nearest harvest unit in section 15.  A foothill yellow legged frog was reported to be 6,817 feet from the nearest unit in section 9, and a northern spotted owl was detected in 2016. Klamath manzanita was found in section 21, Congdon’s buckwheat was found in section 21, and Scott Mountain phacelia was found in section 21.

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


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THP 1-18-004 HUM (VanCleave THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 195 acres; 58% clearcut, 17% no-harvest, 12% selection, 8% commercial thin, 5% roadside logging.  Powers Creek, Lower Jacoby Creek (HUM: T5N R1E Sec.1, 2; T6N R1E Sec.35).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 80%, landslide terrain, road failure site, 6 road drainage work sites, impaired 303. watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, southern torrent salamander, great blue heron, trees up to 60” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 02/19/18. VIEW

This THP is a few miles SE of Arcata, CA and about 6 miles NE of Eureka, CA at an elevation of 680 to 1,500 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir, Sitka spruce, grand fir and western hemlock forests.  The THP area flows into the Jacoby Creek and Mad River watersheds which are listed as impaired watersheds for sediment, temperature and turbidity.  There are 8 landslide terrain sites in the THP area including 6 shallow rapid landslides, and 2 deep seated landslides.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to use temporary roads and landings during the winter period, and re-construct a section of road with a fill slope failure across an unstable area.  Six road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  There is a great blue heron rockery .8 miles NE of unit A, and southern torrent salamanders are known to occur in or immediately adjacent to units A, C and E.  Spotted owl nesting territories are located within .25 miles of units A, D and G, and within .5 miles of units B, C, E and F.

Green Diamond Resource Company planning a pair of clearcut THPs west of the Highway 299 coast range summit.


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THP 1-18-002 HUM (Canyon Creek THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 181 acres; 68% clearcut, 30% selection, 2% no-harvest, misc roadside logging.  Canyon Creek (HUM: T7N R2E Sec.26, 27, 34, 35).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, Cooper’s hawk, southern torrent salamander, coastal tailed frog, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 02/17/18. VIEW

This THP is about a mile west of the Highway 299 coast range summit and about 8 miles NE of Arcata, CA at an elevation of 700 to 1,700 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut feller buncher, cable and shovel logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood and Douglas fir forests.  The THP area flows into the Mad River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, temperature and turbidity.  There are 8 landslide terrain sites in unit A, 3 landslide terrain sites in unit B, 2 landslide terrain sites in unit C, 2 landslide terrain sites in unit D, and 1 landslide terrain site in unit E.  In 2010, a Cooper’s hawk was spotted .86 miles SE of unit B, and coastal tailed frogs are known to occur in or immediately adjacent to units A and B.  Southern torrent salamanders are also known to occur in or immediately adjacent to units A and B, and there are spotted owl nesting territories within .25 miles of units A and B, and within .5 miles of units C and E.  This THP is just NE of Green Diamond Resource Company’s recently proposed Jackson Creek THP 1-18-003 HUM.

THP 1-18-003 HUM (Jackson Creek THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 171 acres; 72% clearcut, 17% selection, 10% no-harvest, 1% roadside logging.  Canyon Creek, Denman Creek, Pollock Creek (HUM: T6N R2E Sec.4, 9, 10, 14, 15; T7N R2E Sec.32, 33, 34).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 10 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, red tree vole, southern torrent salamander, coastal tailed frog, trees up to 72” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 02/19/18. VIEW

This THP is a few miles SW of the Highway 299 coast range summit and about 6 miles NE of Arcata, CA at an elevation of 600 to 1,500 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 and red cedar forests.  The THP area flows into the Mad River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, temperature and turbidity.  There are shallow rapid landslides terrain sites in units B, F, and H, and adjacent to units E and I, and also along a road that has slumped for 75 to 100 feet in unit I.  Ten road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  Marbled murrelet habitat exists .5 miles SE of the THP area along Bald Mountain Creek, and in 1990, a red tree vole was spotted in unit G.  Coastal tailed frogs are known to occur within 1,000 feet of units G and H, and southern torrent salamanders are known to occur within 1,000 feet of units A, B, E, G, H and I. There are spotted owl nesting territories within .25 miles of units E, F, G, H and I. This THP is just SW of Green Diamond Resource Company’s recently proposed Canyon Creek THP 1-18-002 HUM.

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


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THP 1-17-149 HUM (K&K 830 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 214.5 acres; 76% clearcut, 17% selection, 6% rehab, 1% no-harvest logging.  Roaring Gulch (HUM: T7N R2E Sec.1, 2, 12; T7N R3E Sec.6; HUM: T8N R2E Sec.35).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, steep roads, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 17 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, foothill yellow legged frog, southern torrent salamander, coastal tailed frog, trees up to 25” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 02/07/18. VIEW

This THP is about 12 miles SE of Trinidad, CA and about 5 miles north of the Highway 299 coast range summit at an elevation of 570 to 2,825 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut feller buncher, shovel and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Douglas fir, redwood and western hemlock forests.  The THP area flows into Redwood Creek which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature.  There are 7 shallow rapid landslide terrain sites, and 2 deep seated landslide terrain sites in unit G.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to re-construct the DV-1900 Road across shallow rapid landslide terrain in unit G, and re-construct across fill failures at 3 crossing locations along the Dolly Varden Road in unit G.  17 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  Coastal tailed frogs are known to occur immediately adjacent to unit G, southern torrent salamanders are known to occur immediately adjacent to units D and E, and foothill yellow legged frogs have been reported approximately 1.5 miles upstream from unit F.

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


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THP 1-17-148 HUM (CR2220 Thin THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 180 acres; 74% clearcut, 26% no-harvest logging. Lower South Fork (HUM: T7N R1E Sec.1, 2; T8N R1E Sec.34, 35).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, 8 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, coastal tailed frog, trees up to 36” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 02/07/18. VIEW

This THP is about 5 miles SE of Trinidad, CA and about 10 miles NE of Arcata, CA at an elevation of 300 to 800 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 Little River which is listed as an impaired watershed for bacteria.  There are 2 shallow rapid landslide terrain sites in unit A, and 1 deep seated landslide terrain site in unit B.  Eight road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, and culvert repair/replacement.  A peregrine falcon eyrie is located 1.8 miles SE of unit D, and coastal tailed frogs are known to occur within .5 miles of units A and C.