Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Green Diamond Resource Company planning a pair of clearcut THPs east of Redwood National Park.


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THP 1-18-091 HUM (Elk Camp THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 95 acres; 81% clearcut, 12% selection, 6% no-harvest, 1% roadside logging.  Upper Tectah Creek (HUM: T10N R2E Sec.20, 28, 33). Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, Redwood National Park, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, foothill yellow legged frog, trees up to 36” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 10/13/18. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about a dozen miles NE of Trinidad, CA by Redwood National Park (units A and C are adjacent) and the Bald Hills Road at an elevation of 1,880 to 2,600 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in Douglas fir, redwood 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.  There is potential marbled murrelet habitat within .25 miles of unit A, and an occupied marbled murrelet stand on Redwood National Park lands .7 miles west of the THP area.  Foothill yellow legged frogs were reported at Redwood Creek 1.75 miles west of unit A, and there are 3 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area. This THP is just NW of Green Diamond Resource Company’s recently proposed Bear Prairie THP 1-18-092 HUM.

THP 1-18-092 HUM (Bear Prairie THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 289 acres; 61% clearcut, 37% selection, 2% roadside, 1% no-harvest logging.  Upper Roach Creek (HUM: T9N R2E Sec.1, 2, 3; T10N R2E Sec.26, 27, 34, 35).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, 24 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, redwood national park, herbicides, coho watershed, golden eagle, southern torrent salamander, Del Norte salamander, coastal tailed frog, trees up to 30” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 10/19/18. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about a dozen miles NE of Trinidad, CA by Redwood National Park (unit A is adjacent) and the Bald Hills Road at an elevation of 1,000 feet to 2,400 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Douglas fir and redwood forests.  The THP area flows into the Lower Klamath River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, temperature, dissolved oxygen and nutrients, and there are 2 unstable areas in unit D, and 2 unstable areas in unit E. 24 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  In 1992, Del Norte salamanders were observed in units A and E, and golden eagles have been spotted within .5 miles of unit B. Coastal tailed frogs were reported 3,500 feet west of unit B, and southern torrent salamanders were reported 1,000 feet east of unit E.  There are spotted owl nesting territories within .5 miles of unit E.  This THP is just SE of Green Diamond Resource Company’s recently proposed Elk Camp THP 1-18-091 HUM.

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Mendocino Redwood Company to log near the mouth of the Navarro River.


Google Earth Photo of Navarro River By Natalie Furman
THP 1-18-086 MEN (Bear Pen THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 552 acres; 85% group selection, 10% transition, 6% variable retention logging. Mouth of Navarro River, Middle Navarro River (MD: T15N R16W Sec.7, 16, 17, 18, 19; T15N R17W Sec.12, 13, 24).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes over 75%, landslide terrain, 10 road drainage work sites, Navarro River, wet areas, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, osprey, bald eagle, Bolander’s reed grass, leafy stemmed miterwort, trees over 38” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 10/05/18. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is 3.5 miles NE of Elk, CA and 5 miles SE of Albion, CA near the Navarro River (there are 4 THP units adjacent) at an elevation of 50 to 1,160 feet.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood and Douglas fir forests.  There are 7 landslide terrain sites in the THP area including multiple debris slides, disrupted ground, earth flows, and multiple wet areas within THP units.  The THP area flows into the Navarro River and is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature. Mendocino Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment on existing skid trails in areas designated for cable logging.  10 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  In 2017, a pair of bald eagles were observed in the THP area near the Navarro River, and 3 osprey nests are located near the THP area, including; 1 osprey nest within the THP area, 1 osprey nest 3,000 feet downstream from the THP area, and 1 osprey nest along the Navarro River within a mile of THP units. Bolander’s reed grass was observed on roads and landings in the THP area, and leafy stemmed miterwort was found on a road along the northern boundary of the THP area.  There are 9 spotted owl nesting territories within .7 miles of the THP area.

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


Google Earth Photo By Whitney Deboice
THP 1-18-085 HUM (Ole Jacoby THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 178 acres: 55% clearcut, 39% selection, 6% no-harvest, misc roadside logging. Fay Slough, Lower Jacoby Creek (HUM: T5N R1E Sec.10, 15, 16, 21).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, landslide terrain, 3 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, osprey, peregrine falcon, tailed frog, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 09/29/18. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 4 miles NE of Eureka, CA and about 1.5 miles south of Bayside, CA and Highway 101 at an elevation of 80 to 640 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood and Douglas fir forests. There are 10 landslide terrain sites in the THP area including 6 unstable areas in unit C, and 4 unstable areas in unit F.  The THP area is located within the Lower Jacoby watershed which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment.  Three historic peregrine falcon nest sites are located in the THP area, a bald eagle nest is located within .5 miles of the THP area, and tailed frogs are known to occur immediately adjacent to unit C.  There are historic and active osprey nests within the THP area including; 10 nests within .25 miles of unit A, 8 nests within .25 miles of unit B, 3 nests within unit C, 13 nests within .25 miles of unit C, 9 nests within .25 miles of unit D, 6 nests within .25 miles of unit E, and 9 nests within .25 miles of unit F. Spotted owl nesting territories are located within .25 miles of units B and C, and within .5 miles of units A and D.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log near Little Grass Valley Reservoir SW of Quincy, CA.


Google Earth Little Grass Valley Reservoir Photo By OG
THP 2-18-046 PLU (Tama THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 592 acres; 74% clearcut, 18% seed tree, 7% selection, 1% roadside logging. Willow Creek, Little Bear Creek, Upper Fall River, Post Creek (MD: T21N R8E Sec.2, 3, 4; T22N R8E Sec.16, 17, 22, 23, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 33, 34, 35). Wet weather operations, high erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, unstable area, 77 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, middle fork roadless area, herbicides, CA spotted owl, goshawk, 3 sensitive plant species, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 09/27/18. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 14 miles SW of Quincy, CA and about 25 miles NE of Oroville, CA at an elevation of 4,960 to 5,600 feet by Little Grass Valley Reservoir; a popular camping, boating, fishing, hiking, water-skiing, and picnicking area (Middle Fork Roadless Area is adjacent to sections 16 and 17).  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in ponderosa pine, sugar pine, white fir, Douglas fir and incense cedar forests.  There is an unstable area (hydraulic mining wash and mining ditch) within 25 feet to 75 feet of unit 003 in section 16.  Five existing landings are proposed for use in watercourse areas within units 3, 13, 14 and 30, and five segments of existing skid trails are proposed for use in watercourse areas within units 7, 9, 30, 31 and 34. Ground based equipment is proposed in areas designated for cable logging, and roads and landings are proposed for construction during the winter period.  77 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  Northern Sierra daisy was observed within and east of unit 1, Clifton’s eremogone was observed east of unit 05-T, and Mt Lassen fleabane was observed adjacent to the 66OA3 Road. There is a goshawk territory within .25 miles of the D Line Road in section 33, and 7 CA spotted nesting territories within .5 miles of the THP area in sections 10, 21, 23, 30, 31, 33 and 34.

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log south of the Highway 299 coast range summit.


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THP 1-18-084 HUM (Cuttoff Road THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 438 acres; 48% clearcut, 36% commercial thin, 14% selection, 2% no-harvest, misc roadside logging. Long Prairie Creek, Pollock Creek, Upper Cannon Creek, Lupton Creek, Noisy Creek (HUM: T6N R3E Sec.7, 8, 16, 17, 18, 20, 21, 28, 29).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, oversized units, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 12 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, sharp shinned hawk, trees up to 48” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 09/23/18. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 9 miles east of Arcata, CA, and a few miles south of the Highway 299 coast range summit at an elevation of 1,200 to 2,600 feet. Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a clearcut and commercial thinning tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Douglas fir, western hemlock, western red cedar forests. The THP area flows into the Redwood Creek and the Mad River watersheds which are listed as impaired watersheds for sediment and temperature. There are 5 landslide terrain sites in the THP area including; 2 unstable areas in unit B, 1 unstable area in unit C, 1 unstable area in unit E, 1 unstable area in unit J, and 1 road failure site along the CP 1000 Road. In 2011 and 2016, a sharp shinned hawk was reported within 200 feet of unit D, and a pair of red tailed hawks were reported near a nest in unit F.  There are spotted owl nesting territories within .25 miles of units C, E, and I, and spotted owl nesting territories within .5 miles of units B, D and J.

SPI to clearcut log scattered residual old large trees east of Fortuna, CA.


Google Earth Photo By Humboldt Bay Jay
THP 1-18-083 HUM (Power THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 248 acres; 88% clearcut, 11% selection, 1% roadside logging.  Deer Creek, Showers Creek (HUM: T3N R4E Sec.21, 22, 27, 28).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, unstable areas, 20 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, osprey, bald eagle, trees over 40” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 09/21/18. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 22 miles east of Fortuna, CA and about 25 miles SE of Eureka, CA at an elevation of 2,760 to 4,040 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Douglas fir forests (some scattered residual old large trees will be harvested). The THP area flows into the Mad River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment/siltation, temperature and turbidity, and there are unstable areas in and around units 27J and 28L.  SPI is planning to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging for yarding logs and for fire line construction.  20 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement. Foraging habitat exists for osprey and bald eagle 3000 feet from the THP area along the Mad River.  There are 6 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.