Monday, October 15, 2018

Sierra Pacific Industries planning a large fuel break THP east of Pollock Pines, CA.


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THP 4-18-015 ELD (Icebreaker THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 1,480 acres; 96% fuel break, 3% no-harvest, 1% roadside logging. Fry Creek, Twentyfive Mile Canyon, Peavine Creek (MD: T11N R14E Sec.9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 20, 21, 22, 23).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, unstable areas, 34 road drainage work sites, herbicides, 3 sensitive plant species, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 10/28/18. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 9 miles east of Pollock Pines, CA near Highway 50 and Ice House Reservoir at an elevation of 4,000 to 5,400 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning 1,480 acres of fuel break tractor logging, some of it out to 3/4 mile from the nearest road in ponderosa pine, incense cedar, sugar pine and Douglas fir forests.  There is a unstable area in section 20, and an unstable area in section 22.  34 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  Pleasant valley mariposa lily was found in sections 21 and 22, Sierra clarkia was found in sections 15, 16 and 21, and Yellow bur navarretia was found in section 21.  There are 3 CA spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

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


PANORAMIC Photo By Greg Nyquist
THP 1-18-103 HUM (Headwaters of Tarup THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 321 acres; 76% clearcut, 19% selection, 5% no-harvest, misc roadside logging. Tarup Creek, Ah Pah Creek (HUM: T12N R1E Sec.1, 12; T12N R2E Sec.5, 6, 7, 41, 42).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, red tree vole, southern torrent salamander, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 10/29/18. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 6 miles SE of Klamath, CA, and just east of Redwood National Park and Highway 101 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 in redwood, Douglas fir and western hemlock forests.  There are 10 landslide terrain sites in the THP area including; 3 unstable areas in unit A, 1 unstable area in unit D, 1 unstable area in unit E, 1 unstable area in unit F, 1 unstable area in unit G, 2 unstable areas in unit H, and a headwall swale in unit I.  The THP area flows into the Lower Klamath River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, temperature, nutrients and dissolved oxygen.  Marbled murrelet habitat is located inside Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park lands within .25 miles of the S Line Road. In 1994, a red tree vole was spotted inside unit F, coastal tailed frogs are known to occur immediately adjacent to units A and C, and southern torrent salamanders are known to occur immediately adjacent to units C and I.  There are 2 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

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


PANORAMIC Photo By Kurt Minard
THP 1-18-101 MEN (Bowman Gulch THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 406 acres; 57% transition, 31% variable retention, 13% selection, misc roadside logging. Mettick Creek (MD: T16N R15W Sec.2, 11, 12, 13, 14).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, steep roads, landslide terrain, 61 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, white flowered rein orchid, trees over 34” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 10/24/18. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 15 miles SE of Mendocino, CA and about 11 miles SW of Willits, CA, near Comptche, CA at an elevation of 320 to 1,240 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 82 landslide terrain sites in the THP area including; numerous debris slides, debris flows, earth flows, rockslides, steep inner gorges, disrupted ground, and steep headwall swales, and several road failure sites including a washed out road, multiple fill failures and cut bank failures.  The THP area flows into the Big River which 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, construct 450 feet of seasonal road on slopes exceeding 65%, and construct a road above an unstable area.  61 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  White flowered rein orchid was spotted within a harvest unit in section 14, and within 100 feet of a harvest unit in section 12.  There are 4 spotted owl nesting territories within .7 miles of the THP area.

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


PANORAMIC Photo By spewydog
THP 1-18-100 HUM (Mini Brucer THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 241.2 acres; 75% group selection, 18% no-harvest, 7% selection logging. Little Freshwater Creek, Upper Freshwater Creek (HUM: T4N R1E Sec.13, 23, 24; T4N R2E Sec.18, 19).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 60%, landslide terrain, impaired 303.d watershed, coho watershed, spotted owl, osprey, trees up to 36” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 10/24/18. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 7 miles SE of Eureka, CA and Highway 101 at an elevation of 610 to 1,520 feet.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning a cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir and grand fir forests. There are 31 landslide terrain sites including multiple debris slides, earth flows, steep headwall swales, and cut bank failures. The THP area flows into Freshwater Creek which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and siltation.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging inside unit 1. There are several osprey nests along haul roads in the THP area, and 4 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log north of Klamath, CA.


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THP 1-18-098 DEL (Upper West Fork Hunter Creek THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 204 acres; 73% clearcut, 24% selection, 2% no-harvest, 1% roadside logging. Upper West Fork Hunter Creek, North of Teds Ridge (HUM: T14N R1E Sec.2, 3, 4; T15N R1E Sec.34, 35).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, oversized units, 6 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, osprey, coastal tailed frog, southern torrent salamander, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 10/24/18. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 7 miles north of Klamath, CA and about 3 miles east of highway 101 and Redwood National Park at an elevation of 400 to 1,640 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 a few shallow rapid landslides in units B and D, and a road with a sunken grade.  The THP area flows into the Lower Klamath River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, temperature, nutrients and dissolved oxygen. Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to construct 175 feet of road within 150 feet of a class I (year round) watercourse (Hunter Creek).  Six 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 marbled murrelet stand within .25 miles of the W10 and H200 Roads, and an historic osprey nest and active osprey nest within .25 miles of the W10 Road.  Coastal tailed frogs were reported 1,000 feet west of unit B, and southern torrent salamanders were reported 1 mile SE of unit E.  There are spotted owl nesting territories within .5 miles of units B, D and E.

Humboldt Redwood Company planning a second THP that logs inside large tree marbled murrelet stands near the BLM Headwaters Forest Reserve.


Headwaters Forest Reserve Photo by Recreation.gov
THP 1-18-096 HUM (Baratheon THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 304.3 acres; 89% group selection, 8% selection, 3% no-harvest logging.  Lower N. Fork Elk River, Upper N. Fork Elk River (HUM: T3N R1E Sec.1, 2, 12; T4N R1E Sec.35, 36).  Wet weather operations, low erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 50%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, impaired 303.d watershed, 19 road drainage work sites, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, foothill yellow legged frog, trees up to 40” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 10/24/18. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 4 miles NE of Fortuna, CA, just east of the BLM Headwaters Forest Reserve at an elevation of 400 to 1,400 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 stand 399D within unit 1, and also adjacent to an occupied large tree marbled murrelet stand 680E within unit 2.  The THP area flows into the Elk River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature.  There are 38 landslide terrain sites including multiple earth flows, disrupted ground, and debris slides, and 7 road related failure sites including multiple fill failures, cut bank failures and sink holes.  19 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  Foothill yellow legged frogs have been spotted within the THP area, and there are 9 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.  This THP is just east of Humboldt Redwood Company’s recently proposed Holy Diver THP 1-18-031 HUM (See Humboldt Redwood Company to log trees up to 40” dbh adjacent to the BLM Headwaters Forest Reserve).

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Gualala Redwood Timber to target individual trees growing in the alluvial flats of the Little North Fork of the Gualala River.


North Fork of the Gualala River By Peter Cafferata 
THP 1-18-095 MEN (Little THP) Gualala Redwood Timber, 251 acres; 79% selection, 21% no-harvest logging. Doty Creek (MD: T11N R15W Sec.4, 9, 10, 14, 15, 23).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, 18 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, coho watershed, CA red legged frog, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 10/24/18. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is a few miles NE of Gualala, CA and Highway 1 along the Mendocino coastline at an elevation of 40 to 440 feet. Gualala Redwood Timber is planning a tractor based logging operation in redwood and Douglas fir forests amongst the alluvial flats of the Little North Fork of the Gualala River (the THP units are located in 90 to 100 year old forests mostly along river bottoms (alluvial flats) adjacent to the Little North Fork of the Gualala River, including a flood prone area in the southern portion of unit 1). The THP area flows into the Gualala River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature.  Gualala Redwood Timber is planning to use an existing haul road system that enters class I (year round) and class II (mid sized) watercourse areas at 12 locations along the Little North Fork of the Gualala River, and use 2 landings near watercourse areas. 18 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  CA red legged frogs were reported inside a ditch adjacent to the plan area and there are 2 spotted owl nesting territories within .7 miles of the THP area.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log trees over 48” dbh NE of Weott, CA.


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THP 1-18-094 HUM (Lucky THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 294 acres; 76% clearcut, 20% selection, 2% rehab, 2% roadside logging. Horse Creek, Mill Creek (HUM: T1S R4E Sec.2, 3, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, unstable areas, 29 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, scattered large trees over 48” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 10/21/18. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 11 miles NE of Weott, CA and Highway 101, and about 3 miles south of Highway 36 at an elevation of 1,720 to 3,680 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood and Douglas fir forests.  The THP area flows into the Van Duzen River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment/siltation, and into the Eel River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature.  There is a small unstable area in unit 11G, a small unstable area in unit 11H, and several minor roadside slumps.  SPI is planning to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging, and construct roads and landings during the winter period.  29 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  There are 3 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Mendocino Redwood Company to log in marbled murrelet stands adjacent to Navarro River Redwoods State Park.


PANORAMIO Photo By Robert Syms
THP 1-18-093 MEN (Ironbar THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 491 acres; 77% transition, 13% selection, 5% no-harvest, 3% variable retention, 2% special logging.  Mouth of Navarro River, Big Salmon Creek, Ray Gulch (MD: T15N R16W Sec.6, 7, T15N R17W Sec.1, 11, 12).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 33 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, Navarro Redwoods State Park, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, Mendocino pygmy cypress, long beard lichen, trees up to 46” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 10/20/18. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 3 miles north of Elk, CA and about 8 miles SE of Mendocino, CA by Highway 128 and Navarro River Redwoods State Park (units 6 and 9 are adjacent) at an elevation of 40 to 720 feet.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning a tractor, cable and helicopter logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood and Douglas fir forests. The THP area flows into the Navarro River which is listed as an impaired watershed for temperature and sediment. Over 80 landslide terrain sites are located in the THP area including multiple: earth flows, debris flows, debris slides, debris slide slopes, disrupted ground, steep gullies, rock slides, fill slope and cut bank failures.  Seven unstable road failure sites are located in the THP area including a seep causing a fill failure on temporary road, a bank seep at the base of a debris slide on a temporary road, multiple sink holes on existing roads, a fill slope failure below an existing road, and a road that has sunk 1 to 2 feet.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning to use an existing temporary road across an unstable area (earth flow), construct 350 feet of new road across an unstable area, and use an existing landing near an unstable area (earth flow).  33 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  There is potential marbled murrelet habitat in the NE portion of section 11 within the THP area, and also on Navarro River Redwoods State Park lands.  Mendocino pygmy cypress was found along the edge of a seasonal road, and long beard lichen was found adjacent to an open landing at the end of a spur road.  There are 6 spotted owl nesting territories within .7 miles of the THP area.

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log SE of Placerville, CA near Jenkinson Lake.


Google Earth Photo By Wayne Calhoon
THP 4-18-014 ELD (Super Fun THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 420 acres; 65% clearcut, 21% fuel break, 5% sanitation salvage, 5% commercial thin, 4% no-harvest, 1% roadside logging.  Upper Alder Creek, Snow Creek, Headwaters Camp Creek, North Sly Park Creek, Lower Sly Park Creek, Van Horn Creek, Middle Butte (MD: T10N R13E Sec.13, 15, 16, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27; T10N R14E Sec.20, 22, 23, 27; T10N R15E Sec.19, 29).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, unstable area, 9 road drainage work sites, Jenkinson Lake, herbicides, CA spotted owl, northern goshawk, bald eagle, golden eagle, foothill yellow legged frog, Sierra Nevada yellow legged frog, 3 sensitive plant species, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 10/15/18. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP  

This THP is about 17 miles SE of Placerville, CA and about 4 miles south of Highway 50 near Jenkinson Lake, a popular fishing, boating, swimming, camping and hiking destination. Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor based logging operation in incense cedar, ponderosa pine, white fir, sugar pine, and Douglas fir forests at an elevation of 3,520 to 6,200 feet.  There is a small unstable area (outside edge of a landing that has failed/eroded) in unit 230 within section 23.  SPI is planning to use ground based equipment on slopes up to 50% grade for tractor pilling, use ground based equipment at a fill failure site within unit 230 for restoration work, and use an existing landing inside a class III (intermittent) watercourse area within unit FB6.  Nine road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  There are 8 northern goshawk territories (.4 mi to 1.5 mi from THP units), a bald eagle territory at Jenkinson Lake within .6 miles of THP units in section 9, and in 1996, a golden eagle was reported within 1.6 mi of THP units in section 36. Sierra Nevada yellow legged frogs were spotted in section 29 (.55 mi from THP units), section 11 (1 mi from THP units), and section 27 (1.4 mi from THP units), and Foothill yellow legged frogs were reported (1992 to 1999) at Camp Creek (.6 mi and .9 mi from THP units), and at Snow Creek (1.5 mi from THP units).  Coleman’s piperia was found in units FB5, 200, 201, 220, 272 and 273, Sierra clarkia was found in units SE1, FB2, FB6, 190, 200, 201, 272, and 273, and Kellogg’s lewisia was found outside of THP units.  There are 27 California spotted owl territories (.13 mi to 1.7 mi from THP units).