Monday, April 23, 2018

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


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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.

Humboldt Redwood Company to log trees up to 40” dbh adjacent to the BLM Headwaters Forest Reserve.


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THP 1-18-031 HUM (Holy Diver THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 267.7 acres; 82% group selection, 8% selection, 7% special, 3% no-harvest logging.  Upper S. Fork Elk River (HUM: T3N R1E Sec.4, 9).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, sleep slopes up to 65%, landslide terrain, 14 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, headwaters forest reserve, coho watershed, spotted owl, osprey, trees up to 40” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 05/18/18. VIEW

This THP is about 5 miles NE of Fortuna, CA and about 8 miles SE of Eureka, CA near the BLM Headwaters Forest Reserve at an elevation of 500 to 1,500 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 South Fork of the Elk River and Elk River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature. There are 31 landslide terrain sites (24 within the THP area) including multiple debris slides, debris slide slopes, disrupted ground, rockslides, cut bank failures, earth flows, debris flows and steep inner gorges.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging, and use ground based equipment on existing skid trails within 100 feet of class II (mid sized) watercourse areas, and re-construct an existing skid trail that failed within 80 to 120 feet from a class II watercourse area. 14 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/restoration.  There is an osprey nest within 500 feet of a haul road, and 9 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut along the Carson Pass Highway 88.


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THP 4-18-002 ELD (Omo Gosh THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 231 acres; 81% clearcut, 12% fuelbreak, 7% selection logging. Sopidgo Creek (MD; T8N R14E Sec 14, 15, 16, 20, 21, 22, 23).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 60%, Highway 88, herbicides, CA spotted owl, CA red legged frog, 3 sensitive plant species, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 05/07/18. VIEW

This THP is about 35 miles SE of Sacramento, CA and about 6 miles NE of Barton, CA along the Carson Pass Highway (units 2204, 2201 and 2104 are adjacent to Highway 88).  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in ponderosa pine, sugar pine, incense cedar, white fir and Douglas fir forests at an elevation of 4,160 to 5,200 feet.  They also want to use temporary roads and landings during the winter period, and use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging along the SW portion of unit 2104, and at multiple locations throughout unit 2201. In 2002, a CA red legged frog was reported within .25 miles of the THP area in Section 21.  Coleman’s piperia was found in unit 2201, also near unit 1610, and Sierra Clarkia and Pleasant valley mariposa lily were found between units 2205 and 2206. There are CA spotted owl nesting territories within 1 mile of the THP area in sections 15 and 22.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Mendocino Redwood Company to log near the South Fork of the Eel River.


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THP 1-18-028 MEN (Bear Wallow THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 258 acres; 90% variable retention, 7% rehab, 3% transition logging. Middle Hollow Tree Creek, Upper Hollow Tree Creek, Juan Creek, Jack of Hearts Creek (MD: T21N R17W Sec.1, 2; T22N R17W Sec.15, 25, 26, 35, 36).  Wet weather operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, landslide terrain, 49 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, wet areas, herbicides, coho watershed, trees up to 36” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 04/30/18. VIEW

This THP is about 9 miles south of Leggett, CA, and about 20 miles NE of Fort Bragg, CA at an elevation of 1,210 feet to 2,370 feet.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning a tractor, feller buncher and shovel logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood and Douglas fir forests.  The THP area flows into the South Fork of the Eel River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment at 2 existing tractor roads within unit 9 inside class I (year round) watercourse areas, and use 2 existing tractor roads within unit 9 inside class II (mid sized) watercourse areas.  Ground based equipment is also proposed for use on slopes over 50% grade with a high erosion hazard.  49 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, ditch cleaning, dip construction and culvert repair/replacement.  There are 4 spotted owl nesting territories within .7 miles of the THP area.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Humboldt Redwood Company to log trees up to 60” dbh east of Eurreka, CA.


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THP 1-18-026 HUM (Cloney Island THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 181.5 acres; 80% group selection, 11% selection, 9% no-harvest, misc roadside logging. Cloney Gulch (HUM: T5N R1E Sec.26).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, landslide terrain sites, road failure sites, 12 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, peregrine falcon, trees up to 60” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 04/23/18. VIEW

This THP is about 4 miles east of Eureka, CA and Highway 101 at an elevation of 350 to 1,350 feet.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood and Douglas fir forests (trees up to 60” dbh in units 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, and trees up to 48” dbh in unit 3).  The THP area flows into Freshwater Creek which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment.  There are 2 landslide terrain sites including; an historically active earth flow in unit 7, a small stream side failure along a class II (mid sized) tributary within unit 4, and perched fill along the outboard edge of a road near a class III (intermittent) crossing.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging.  Twelve road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert  repair/replacement.  There is a peregrine falcon nest site .9 miles SW of the THP area, and 2 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.