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.