Thursday, March 22, 2018

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log east of Mt Shasta, CA.


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THP 2-18-014 SIS (Rainbow Trout THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 429 acres; 99% clearcut, 1% roadside logging. Swamp Creek, Dry Creek, Horse Peak (MD: T41N R1W Sec.1, 3, 9, 15, 23; T42N R1E Sec.31; T42N R1W Sec.33, 35).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, oversized units, herbicides, spotted owl, northern goshawk, McCloud River redband trout, Pacific tailed frog, Coleman’s piperia, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 04/30/18. VIEW

This THP is about 9 miles east of Mt Shasta, and about 10 miles NE of McCloud, CA at an elevation of 4,200 to 6,600 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a clearcut tractor based logging operation in red fir, white fir, ponderosa pine, sugar pine, Douglas fir and incense cedar forests. They also are planning to use and construct crossings, roads and landings during the winter period, and construct temporary spur roads under 500 feet in length without pre-designation to connect landings with haul roads.  A northern goshawk nesting territory is located within .25 miles of units 01A and 01B (Trout Creek Butte), and a northern goshawk nesting territory is located within .25 miles of units 09A and 09B (Cramer Springs).  McCloud River Redband Trout were reported nearby in Trout Creek, and there is an historic (1989) report of a Pacific tailed frog in Section 3.  One spotted owl nesting territory (Dry Creek Spring) is located within .5 miles of the THP area (Section 4), and Coleman’s piperia was reported in unit 31B.

Mendocino Redwood Company to log SW of Leggett, CA.


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THP 1-18-024 MEN (Bond Creek THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 454 acres; 79% variable retention, 21% selection logging.  Middle Hollow Tree Creek, Upper Hollow Tree Creek (MD: T22N R17W Sec.3, 10, 11, 14, 15).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 85%, steep roads, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 96 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, white flowered rein orchid, glory bush, trees up to 100 years old.  Estimated public comment deadline: 04/21/18. VIEW

This THP is about 5 miles SW of Leggett, CA, and about 4 miles NE of Rockport, CA on the Mendocino coast at an elevation of 1,200 to 2,000 feet.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Douglas fir and redwood forests.  The THP area flows into the South Fork of the Eel River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature. There are 11 landslide terrain sites including; multiple debris slides, earth flows, disrupted ground and multiple fill slope and cut bank failures off of existing roads.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment on slopes over 50% grade with a high erosion hazard, and use 2 existing tractor roads and several skid roads and landings within a class II (mid sized) watercourse area.  They also are planning to construct 250 feet of road on steep slopes over 65% grade in unit 9, and utilize 2 segments of existing roads on slopes over 50% grade.  96 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  In 2017, ten white flowered rein orchids were discovered within units 1 and 2, and glory bush was found along the edge of the plan boundary.  There are 3 spotted owl nesting territories within .7 miles of the THP area.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Humboldt Redwood Company to log trees up to 60” dbh adjacent to the Eel River.


PANORAMIC Photo By Steve Tignor 
THP 1-18-017 HUM (Pokerface THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 698.6 acres; 42% variable retention, 37% group selection, 13% no-harvest, 8% selection, 1% special, misc roadside logging. Poison Oak Creek, Thompson Creek (HUM: T1S R3E Sec.31, 32, 33; T2S R3E Sec.4, 5). Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, steep roads, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 71 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, large tree helicopter logging inside unit 1, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, bald eagle, osprey, willow flycatcher, great blue heron, egret, trees up to 60” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 04/07/18. VIEW

This THP is 2 miles east of Weott, CA and Highway 101 near the Eel River at an elevation of 160 to 2,200 feet.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning a tractor, cable and helicopter logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood and Douglas fir forests (helicopter logging is proposed within large stands up to 60” dbh inside unit 1). There are over a 100 landslide terrain sites within the THP area mostly related to streams (inner gorges), roads and crossings including earth flows, rockslides, debris slides, debris slides, disrupted ground, and multiple road related fill failures, cut bank failures and bank sloughing. The THP area flows into the Eel River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment/siltation and temperature.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging, and use ground based equipment in unstable areas on existing roads (C40, C40.27, C52, C62, C62.10, C62.1005, C62.2091).  They also are planning to construct sections of the the C40.83 road with steep slopes exceeding 65%, and re-construct sections of the C40.27, C62.10, C62.1091 roads with steep slopes exceeding 65%.  Logging is proposed adjacent to marbled murrelet stands 500D and 60C, and hauling is proposed through marbled murrelet stands inside Humboldt Redwoods State Park lands.  71 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  Great blue herons and egrets are known to utilize the Eel River adjacent to unit 2, potential bald eagle and osprey habitat exists within unit 1, and there is 12.5 acres of potential willow flycatcher habitat in unit 1 along the Eel River.  Ten spotted owl nesting territories are located within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log trees up to 60” dbh east of Redwood National Park.


PANORAMIO Photo By Greg Nyquist 
THP 1-18-016 HUM (Metetcha THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 388 acres; 70% clearcut, 14% selection, 14% no-harvest, 1% roadside logging.  Upper Tectah Creek, Mettah Creek (HUM: T10N R2E Sec.2, 3, 9, 10, 11, 12, 15, 16; T11N R2E Sec.35).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 80%, landslide terrain, impaired 303.d watershed, 35 road drainage work sites, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, bald eagle, southern torrent salamander, tailed frog, trees up to 60” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 04/07/18. VIEW

This THP is about 7 miles east of Orick, CA and Highway 101, and a few miles east of Redwood National Park at an elevation of 700 to 2,460 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 and G contain trees up to 48”dbh, and unit M contains trees up to 60” dbh).  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 40 unstable areas in the THP area including; 34 shallow rapid landslide terrain sites, and 6 deep seated landslide terrain sites.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to use shovel and cable logging systems within a class II (mid sized) watercourse area in unit C, and use temporary roads and landings during the winter period.  35 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  A bald eagle territory is located over a mile east of the THP area along the Klamath River, tailed frogs are known to occur within .25 miles of unit D, and southern torrent salamanders are known to occur within unit C.  There are spotted owl nesting territories within .25 miles of units G, K and L, and within .5 miles of unit M.

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


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THP 1-18-015 HUM (CR 1900 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 121 acres; 73% clearcut, 25% selection, 2% no-harvest logging. McDonald Creek (HUM: T8N R1E Sec.7, 18; T8N R1W Sec.1, 12).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, 3 road drainage work sites sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, osprey, great blue heron, southern torrent salamander, coastal tailed frog, running pine, trees up to 40” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 03/27/18. VIEW

This THP is 1.5 miles NE of Trinidad, CA and Highway 101 at an elevation of 400 to 1,400 feet. Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in redwood, Douglas fir and bishop pine forests.  An osprey nest is located within .25 miles of the LP Mill Road, 2 osprey nests are located within .25 miles of the BL 2000 Road, and potential marbled murrelet habitat exists on Humboldt Redwoods State Park lands within .25 miles of the LP Mill Road.  A great blue heron rockery exists .22 miles east of the the BL 2000 Road, coastal tailed frogs are known to to occur in or immediately adjacent to units A and D, and southern torrent salamanders are known to occur in or immediately adjacent to unit A. Running pine was reported within a class II (mid sized) watercourse area in unit C, and within unit B.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log near Butte Meadows NE of Chico, CA.


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THP 2-18-008 TEH (Arcade THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 1,012 acres; 88% clearcut, 11% selection, 1% roadside logging. Ninemile Creek, Cascade Creek, Transfer (MD: T26N R4E Sec 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21; T26N R3E Sec 13, 24).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes over 60%, 55 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, chinook watershed, CA spotted owl, northern goshawk, osprey, cascade frog, 4 sensitive plant species, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 03/26/18.  VIEW

This THP is about 20 miles NE of Chico, CA and about a mile east of Highway 32 near Butte Meadows, CA.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in white fir, sugar pine, ponderosa pine, incense cedar and Douglas fir forests.  SPI is planning to re-construct 100 feet of existing road inside a class I (year round) watercourse to access a landing, use 750 feet of the 630B road within a class II (mid sized) watercourse in unit 37, and re-construct 2 landings inside class I (year round) and class II (mid sized) watercourse areas.  55 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  There is a northern goshawk nesting territory within .25 miles of THP units in section 18, a northern goshawk nesting territory within .50 miles of THP units in section 15, and a northern goshawk territory in section 9.  An osprey was reported in section 30, a cascade frog was reported in section 29, and there is an historic report of a Sierra Nevada red fox in section 30. California spotted owl territories exist in sections 5, 14, 15, and 23. Butte County morning glory was found in sections 4, 5, 8, Hot rock daisy was found in sections 4 and 9, Shield bracted monkey flower was found in sections 7, 8, 18, and Western catchfly was found in Unit 46.