Thursday, May 24, 2018

Gray Wolf tracks found (2017) within Red River Forests Partnerships new THP near Bieber, CA.


Shasta Pack Gray Wolves CA Dept Fish & Game
THP 2-18-020 MOD (Scarface THP) Red River Forests Partnerships, 5,104 acres; 100% group selection logging. Upper Roberts Reservoir, Armentrout Flat, Ben Eberli Waterhole, Armentrout Flat, Harvel Canyon (MD: T40N R6E Sec.2, 3, 11, 12, 13, 14, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 36; T40N R7E Sec.7, 9, 16, 17, 18, 30, 31).  Winter operations, low erosion hazard, slopes up to 15%, 26 road drainage work sites, gray wolf, bald eagle, osprey, northern goshawk, great blue heron, greater sandhill crane, sharp shinned hawk, red tailed hawk, long haired star tulip, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 06/17/18. VIEW

This THP is about 25 miles NE of Burney, CA and about 8 miles north of Bieber, CA at an elevation of 4,000 to 5,000 feet.  Red River Forests Partnerships is planning a tractor based logging operation in Douglas fir, white fir, ponderosa pine, sugar pine and incense cedar forests.  26 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, and ditch cleaning.  On 12/13/2017 and 12/27/2017, a set of gray wolf tracks were seen in sections 22 and 27.  There is a goshawk territory with 4 nest sites; 2 within the THP area, and 2 adjacent to the THP area on US Forest Service lands, and an osprey territory 700 feet east of the THP area in section 24.  A bald eagle territory is located 600 feet from the THP area on US Forest Service lands, and a red tailed hawk nest was reported within .7 miles of the THP area.  In 2017, a great blue heron was seen foraging in section 22, and a sharp shinned hawk was spotted within the THP area. There are 4 historic greater sandhill crane nest sites, and 1 recent greater sandhill crane nest site adjacent to the THP area.  Long haired star tulip is known to occur along the timbered edges of the meadow margins within the THP area.

Sierra Pacific Industries planning a huge clearcut logging project NE of Chico, CA.


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THP 2-18-019 BUT (LoCarp THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 828 acres; 85% clearcut, 8% roadside, 7% selection logging. Carpenter Ridge, Timbered Crater, Forks of Butte, Bull Creek (MD: T24N R3E Sec.1, 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 16, 23; T25N R3E Sec.11, 12, 14, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 33, 34, 35, 36).  Winter operations, extreme erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, 26 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, chinook watershed, goshawk, osprey, scattered large trees. Estimated public comment deadline: 06/14/18. VIEW

This THP is about 16 miles NE of Chico, CA spanning a length of 9 miles between Forest Ranch and Lomo off Highway 32 at an elevation of 2,400 to 4,000 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on erosive slopes in Douglas fir, white fir, ponderosa pine, sugar pine and incense cedar forests.  Roads are proposed for use inside class II (mid sized) watercourse areas, and roads and landings are proposed for use and construction during the winter period.  26 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  There is a goshawk nest within .25 miles of road 70F in section 22, and osprey were reported in sections 14 and 23. Hall’s rupertia was found in sections 1, 6, 7, 11, 12, 13, 23, 24; shieldbract monkey flower was found in sections 23, 26, 27; Indian manzanita was found in sections 12, 23, 26; Sanborn’s onion was found in sections 10, 11, 23, 26, 34; night blooming false bindweed was found in sections 1, 2, 3, 13. 23, 26, 35, sulphur flower buckwheat was found in section 3 and giant checker bloom was found in section 1. There are 6 CA spotted owl nesting territories within .5 miles of the THP area in sections 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 23, 24, 28, 33, 34 and 35.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Mendocino Redwood Company to log on steep and unstable slopes NW of Willits, CA.


PANORAMIC Photo By mlhess
THP 1-18-045 MEN (Pick Up Sticks THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 339 acres; 70% transition, 24% variable retention, 6% group selection logging. North Fork Noyo River (MD: T18N R15W Sec.2, 3, 4, 9; T19N R15W Sec.32).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 80%, landslide terrain sites, road failure sites, 25 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 06/16/18. VIEW

This THP is 9 miles NW of Willits, CA, and 14 miles east of Fort Bragg, CA at an elevation of 360 to 1,200 feet.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planing a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood and Douglas fir forests. The THP area flows into the North Fork of The Noyo River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature. There are three landslide terrain sites inside section 32, three landslide terrain sites in section 4, and one landslide terrain site in section 2, and multiple road related fill failure and cut bank failure sites that have been stabilized.  25 road drainage sites  are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  There are 3 spotted owl nesting territories within .7 miles of the THP area.

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


PANORAMIO Photo By Gregg Phipps
THP 1-18-044 DEL (Savoy Split THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 328.5 acres; 61% clearcut, 23% selection, 14% no-harvest, 1% roadside logging.  Savoy Creek (HUM: T17N R1E Sec.5, 6; T18N R1E Sec.28, 29, 30, 31, 32; T18N R1W Sec.25, 26). Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, 41 road drainage work sites, wet area, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, bald eagle, foothill yellow legged frog, tailed frog, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 06/09/18. VIEW

This THP is 2 miles SE of Smith River, CA and Highway 101 at an elevation of 100 to 1,400 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir and western hemlock forests.  There are shallow rapid landslides in units A, B, C, D, E, F and H, deep seated landslides in unit F, and steep stream side slopes exceeding 65% grade in units A and B. 41 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings. Tailed frogs are known to occur immediately adjacent to unit E, and there is a historic (1974) bald eagle nest .4 miles north of unit J.  Foothill yellow legged frogs were reported in Rowdy Creek, and also 1,700 feet downstream from unit H.  Spotted owl nesting territories occur within .25 miles of units A and E, and within .5 miles of unit F.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log trees up to 50" dbh NE of Trinidad, CA.


PANORAMIC Photo By nthawoodz
THP 1-18-042 HUM (Gray Diamond THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 95.5 acres; 80% clearcut, 18% selection, 2% no-harvest logging. McDonald Creek, Pitcher Creek (HUM: T8N R1W Sec.1; T9N R1E Sec.8, 9, 10, 16, 17; HUM: T9N R1W Sec.36).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 4 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, osprey, great blue heron, sharp shinned hawk, southern torrent salamander, coastal tailed frog, trees up to 50” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 05/29/18. VIEW

This THP is 3.5 miles NE of Trinidad, CA, and about a mile east of Highway 101 near Big Lagoon, CA at an elevation of 600 to 1,400 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.  There are 2 shallow rapid landslide terrain sites, and several roads with minor cut bank and fill failures.  A bald eagle nest is located .7 miles west of unit A, and osprey nests are located within .25 miles of the LP Mill Road, and along the BL1000 Road. Southern torrent salamanders and coastal tailed frogs were reported within .5 miles of units A and B.  There is potential marbled murrelet habitat on Humboldt Redwoods State Park lands within .25 miles of the LP Mill Road.  In 2007, a sharp shinned hawk was reported 1.9 miles NE of unit C, and there is a great blue heron rockery 1.7 miles south of unit A.  Spotted owl nesting territories are located within .5 miles of unit B, and within .25 miles of unit A.

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


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THP 1-18-039 HUM (East Fork Mad THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 150.1 acres; 75% clearcut, 22% selection, 2% roadside, 1% no-harvest logging.  Canyon Creek (HUM: T7N R2E Sec.10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 20, 21, 22).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, landslide terrain, 4 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, coho watershed, spotted owl, Pacific fisher, trees over 36” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 05/26/18. VIEW

This THP is about 7 miles NE of Arcata, CA and about 3 miles NW of the Highway 299 coast range summit at an elevation of 840 to 2,200 feet. Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes (there are 4 deep seated landslide terrain sites in unit F) in redwood and Douglas fir forests.  The THP area flows into the Mad River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, turbidity and temperature.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to use temporary roads and landings during the winter period.  Four road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  Pacific fisher has been detected in unit A.

Green Diamond Resource Company refusing to protect marbled murrelet habitat near Big Lagoon


ACTION ALERT: Tell CAL FIRE to Deny Green Diamond Plans to Log Marbled Murrelet Habitat
By Rob DiPerna


Green Diamond Resource Company is refusing to appropriately map known-marbled murrelet habitat, and is refusing to accept recommendations from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to protect suitable nest trees and stands associated with known-occupied marbled murrelet habitat. Naturally, Green Diamond would rather clearcut the marbled murrelet habitat instead.

Astoundingly, the California Department of Forestry is siding with Green Diamond and is poised to approve THP 1-17-124HUM, located near Maple Creek and Big Lagoon, in the absence of requiring mapping and protection of the marbled murrelet habitat as required by CDFW, and over CDFW’s official Non-Concurrence with CAL FIRE’s recommendation to approve the THP and allow the logging.

Stand up for marbled murrelets, and help us stand up to Green Diamond CAL FIRE.

Take Action Now: Tell CAL FIRE it must deny Green Diamond THP 1-17-124HUM according to State Law and State Forest Practice Rules unless the mapping and protection of habitat stands and trees for the critically-endangered marbled murrelet are included in the THP, whether Green Diamond likes it or not! CLICK ON THIS LINK

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

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


PANORAMIO Photo By John Quinian
THP 1-18-038 HUM (Way Up Fresh) Humboldt Redwood Company, 178.8 acres; 52% group selection, 39% variable retention, 6% selection, 3% no-harvest, misc roadside logging. Upper Freshwater Creek (HUM: T4N R2E Sec.8, 9, 17, 18).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 43 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, coho watershed, spotted owl, trees up to 26” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 05/24/18. VIEW

This THP is about 8 miles SE of Eureka, CA and a few miles south of Kneeland, CA at an elevation of 1,500 to 2,200 feet.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning a tractor based logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir and western red cedar forests.  The THP area flows into Freshwater Creek which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and siltation. There are a series of small landslides along Freshwater Creek, a large landslide complex between units 1 and 2, and a small stream side landslide along a class II (mid sized) watercourse within unit 2.  There are also several road failure sites including a small slump along the edge of a road, a road partially buried by a dormant young landslide, and a road downstream of the toe of a large landslide between units 1 and 2.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment within an unstable area on the X65.5051 Road.  43 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  Within 1.3 miles of the THP area are 4 spotted owl nesting territories.

Humboldt Redwood Company to log trees up to 60” dbh near Scotia, CA.


PANORAMIC Photo By Redwood Transect
THP 1-18-037 HUM (Monument 18 THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 386.2 acres; 68% group selection, 22% no-harvest, 10% selection logging. Dean Creek, Monument Creek (HUM: T1N R1E Sec.7, 18, 19, 30; T1N R1W Sec.13, 24, 25).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, landslide terrain, 25 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, logging inside large tree marbled murrelet stands within unit 1, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, osprey, trees up to 60” dbh. Estimated public comment deadline: 05/24/18. VIEW

This THP is about 1.5 miles SW of Scotia, CA and Highway 101 at an elevation of 150 to 1,520 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 (trees up to 38” dbh in units 1, 3, 4, and 5, and trees up to 60” dbh in units 2 and 6).  There are 3 unstable areas within unit 1, including a dormant historic earth flow, an active to dormant cut slope slump off of road J23.4604, and an active to dormant landslide complex.  The THP area flows into the Eel River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature.  Logging is proposed inside large tree marbled murrelet stands 716E and 72B within unit 1. Humboldt Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging, and use a skid trail inside a class II (mid sized) watercourse area within unit 2.  25 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/restoration.  There are 2 known osprey nests within unit 1, and 7 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.