Saturday, June 30, 2018

Humboldt Redwood Company planning a pair of THPs to log inside large tree marbled murrelet stands near Redcrest, CA and Humboldt Redwoods State Park.


THP 1-18-011 HUM (Threadbear THP) is just west of Redcrest, CA and will log inside large tree marbled murrelet stands 373C and 583D, and THP 1-18-061 HUM (Redcrest THP) is just south of Redcrest, CA and will log inside large tree marbled murrelet stands 89D, 416D and 419D. VIEW

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THP 1-18-061 HUM (Redcrest THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 352 acres; 69% group selection, 22% no-harvest, 9% selection, misc roadside logging. Chadd Creek (HUM: T1S R2E Sec.9, 10, 15, 16).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, landslide terrain, 17 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, logging inside large tree marbled murrelet stands, Humboldt Redwood State Park, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, bald eagle, osprey, trees up to 48” dbh. Estimated public comment deadline: 07/25/18. VIEW

This THP is just south of the town of Redcrest, CA and Highway 101 and north of Humboldt Redwoods State Park (the southern boundary of unit 2, and the southern and eastern boundaries of unit 1 are adjacent) at an elevation of 600 to 1,700 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.  Logging is proposed inside large tree marbled murrelet stands 89D, 416D and 419D.  The THP area flows into the Eel River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature.  There are 47 landslide terrain sites including multiple debris slides, debris flows, earth flows, disrupted ground, debris side slopes and inner gorge slopes mostly related to watercourses.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging inside unit 1, and use a skid trail across an unstable area.  17 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement. There is a bald eagle nest within .5 miles of unit 1, five osprey nests within 1.3 miles of the THP area, and five spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

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.


Sunday, June 24, 2018

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log NW of Big Bend, CA.


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THP 2-18-028 SHA (Straw Gun THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 105 acres; 66% clearcut, 31% selection, 3% roadside logging. Stump Creek (MD: T37N R1E Sec.19, 30; T37N R1W Sec.24).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, unstable areas, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, trees up to 30” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 07/22/18. VIEW

This THP is a few miles NW of Big Bend, CA and about a dozen miles NW of Burney, CA and Highway 299 at an elevation of 2,500 to 2,800 feet. Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable soils (there are 2 small areas of instability within unit 19) in Douglas fir, white fir, incense cedar, ponderosa pine and sugar pine forests.  The THP area flows into the Pit River which is listed as an impaired watershed for temperature, nutrients and dissolved oxygen.  There is 1 spotted owl nesting territory within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log near Lakehead, CA and Shasta Lake.


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THP 2-18-026 SHA (Bass Canyon THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 246 acres; 90% clearcut, 10% roadside logging.  Lower Middle Salt Creek, Nawtawaket Creek, Upper Middle Salt Creek, Upper Salt Creek (MD: T35N R4W Sec.3; T36N R4W Sec.25, 35, 36).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, steep roads, unstable area, 6 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, West Girard roadless area, herbicides, spotted owl, Sierra Nevada yellow legged frog, trees over 32” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline:  07/18/18. VIEW

This THP is about 22 miles NE of Redding, CA and about 5 miles NE of Lakehead, CA near Shasta Lake at an elevation of 2,200 to 4,200 feet.  Section 25 is adjacent to the West Girard Roadless Area.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a clearcut cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Douglas fir, ponderosa pine, sugar pine and incense cedar forests.  Unit 25C has a small unstable area near the bottom of a proposed road crossing.  SPI wants to build a road across state lands to access their lands, construct steep segments of roads on slopes exceeding 65%, and construct roads and landings during the winter period. In 2007, a Sierra Nevada yellow legged frog was reported .75 miles east of unit 25D in section 30, and there is an historic (1982) report of a spotted owl in or adjacent to the THP area.

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log by Hayward Flat Campground at Trinity Lake.


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THP 2-18-025 TRI (Thor THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 252 acres; 87% clearcut, 8% shelterwood, 3% selection, 2% roadside logging. Davis Creek, East Fork Stuart Fork, Strope Creek (MD: T35N R8W Sec.3, 4, 17, 21).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, steep roads, unstable areas, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, Hayward Flat Campground, spotted owl, Glaucous umbrellawort, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 07/15/18. VIEW

This THP is about 6 miles SW of Trinity Center, CA by Hayward Flat Campground near Trinity Lake and Highway 3 at an elevation of 2,500 to 4,000 feet. Hayward Flat Campground is adjacent to units 2130 and 2170, and unit 410 is adjacent to Highway 3. Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes (unit 330) in Douglas fir, ponderosa pine, sugar pine and Pacific yew forests.  There are 3 segments of roads proposed for use exceeding 20% grade in section 21, and 75 feet of an existing skid trail is proposed for use within a class II (mid sized) watercourse in unit 2210.  Glaucous umbrellawort was found within unit 400L, and there is a spotted owl nesting territory within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log near Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park.


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THP 1-18-059 HUM (S Line 100 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 217 acres; 69% clearcut, 27% selection, 2% no-harvest, 1% roadside logging.  Tarup Creek, Ah Pah Creek (HUM: T12N R1E Sec.11, 12, 13; T12N R2E Sec.7, 18). Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, steep roads, 10 road drainage work sites, redwood national park, oversized units, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, southern torrent salamander, tailed frog, Del Norte salamander, red tree vole, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 07/15/18. VIEW

This THP is about 6 miles south of Klamath, CA and about a mile east of Highway 101 near Redwood National Park (unit A is adjacent) at an elevation of 200 to 1,500 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes (shallow rapid landslides in units B, C and E) in redwood, Douglas fir and western hemlock forests.  The THP area flows into the Lower Klamath River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, temperature, dissolved oxygen and nutrients. Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to construct 3 segments of steep road on slopes exceeding 50% grade for over 500 feet.  10 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/restoration.  There is marbled murrelet habitat on Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park lands within .25 miles of unit A, and within .25 miles of the S Line Road.  Tailed frogs are known to occur immediately adjacent to unit F, and southern torrent salamanders are known to occur within 500 feet of units D and E.  In 1994, Del Norte salamanders were reported within unit D, and in 1990, Del Norte salamanders were reported within unit E.  In 1994, red tree voles were reported inside unit F.  There are spotted owl nesting territories within .5 miles of unit A.