Thursday, November 29, 2018

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log NE of Chico, CA by Highway 32.


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THP 2-18-131 TEH (Windy THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 1460 acres; 75% clearcut, 22% fuelbreak, 3% selection, misc roadside logging. Calf Creek, Cement Creek, North Fork Calf Creek, Transfer (MD: T26N R3E Sec 1, 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 22, 23, 24, T26N R4E Sec 5, 6, 7, T27N R3E Sec 33, 34, 35, 36, T27N R4E Sec 31).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, landslide terrain, 45 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, highway 32, polk springs roadless area, herbicides, chinook watershed, CA spotted owl, northern goshawk, foothill yellow legged frog, 5 sensitive plant species, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/09/18. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 25 miles NE of Chico, CA, 4 miles NW of Butte Meadows, CA by Highway 32 and the Polk Springs Roadless Area (sections 4, 9, 22 and 33 are adjacent) at an elevation of 3,260 to 4,360 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in ponderosa pine, sugar pine, Douglas fir, incense cedar and white fir forests. There are 5 landslide terrain sites in the THP area including; a landslide within unit 21 adjacent to a class III (intermittent) watercourse area, an unstable area adjacent to unit 24, and 3 landslide terrain sites within units 3, 4 and 25. SPI is planning to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging inside units 6, 21, 26, 35, 45 and 62, and use an existing skid trail within a class II (mid sized) watercourse area to access a landing inside unit 23.  45 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  A goshawk territory is located within 1.3 miles of the THP area, and between 1991 and 2017, seven California spotted owl sightings were recorded in the THP area. There is an historic report of a Sierra Nevada Red Fox sighting in section 13, and a foothill yellow legged frog was reported in section 26. Shieldbract monkeyflower was found in units 19, 21, Sanborn’s onion was found in units 21, 25, Hall’s rupertia was found in units 25, 26, 27, along roads 420A and the H Line Road, western catchfly was found in units 4 and 5, and Butte County morning glory was found in units 58 and 63.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log NE of Bieber, CA.


Google Earth Photo By Jacob Pratt
THP 2-18-124 MOD (Dry Elk THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 826 acres; 88% clearcut, 12% fuelbreak, misc roadside logging. Ben Eberli Waterhole, Upper Mud Lake, Webb Flat Reservoir (MD: T41N R6E Sec 1, 13, 23, 24, T41N R7E Sec 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 18, T42N R6E Sec 36, T42N R7E Sec 7, 16, 17, 18, 20, 21, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33).  Winter operations, low erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, oversized units, seasonal wet meadows, road herbicides, northern goshawk, 4 sensitive plant species, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/04/18. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 22 miles NE of Bieber, CA and about 16 miles west of Canby, CA and Highway 299 at an elevation of 4,300 to 5,200 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor based logging operation in ponderosa pine, incense cedar and white fir forests.  There is a goshawk nest tree .35 miles NW of the nearest harvest unit in section 18, and a goshawk nest tree .25 miles NW of the nearest harvest unit in section 19. Silvery false lupine was found within and adjacent to units 113C, 113D, 124B, 124C and 124D, Susanville milkvetch was found alongside unit 228B and outside of unit 232A, Sierra beardtongue was found within and adjacent to units 105A, 220A, 221A, 231A and 236A, and long haired star tulip was found within and adjacent to units 105A, 220A, 221A, 231A, 232A, and 236A.

Monday, November 26, 2018

Fruit Growers Supply Company to log adjacent to Burney, CA.


Google Earth Photo by Christian Wulfestieg
THP 2-18-123 SHA (Ledge THP) Fruit Growers Supply Company, 2,057 acres; 43% sanitation salvage, 40% commercial thin, 7% clearcut, 5% no-harvest, 4% selection, misc roadside logging.  Jackrabbit Flat, Rocky Ledge, Washburn Park (MD: T34N R3E, Sec 3, 4, 5, 6, T35N R3E Sec 27, 28, 29, 32, 33, 34).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, goshawk, osprey, Diamond clarkia, Susanville milk vetch, trees up to 21” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/02/18. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is a mile SE of Burney, CA and Highway 299 at an elevation of 3,800 to 5,800 feet.  Fruit Growers Supply Company is planning a sanitation salvage and commercial thinning tractor based logging operation in white fir, Douglas fir, ponderosa pine, sugar pine and incense cedar forests.  The THP area flows into the Pit River which is listed as an impaired watershed for temperature, dissolved oxygen, nutrients, and organic enrichment. There is a goshawk territory in section 7, approximately 1.5 miles SW of the THP area, and osprey was reported at Burney Creek 1 mile west of the THP area.  Susanville milkvetch was reported in sections 27, 28, 33 and 34, and Diamond clarkia was found in the northern portion of the THP area.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log trees up to 150 years old adjacent to Calaveras Big Trees State Park and Dorrington, CA.


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THP 4-18-128 TUO (Sour Boards THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 529 acres; 67% clearcut, 17% fuel break, 7% selection, 5% special, 3% seed tree, 1% roadside logging. Mill Creek (MD: T5N R16E Sec 3, 4, 8, 9, 16, 17, 19, 20).  Winter operations, extreme erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, landslide terrain, 39 road drainage work sites, Calaveras Big Trees State Park, oversized units, CA spotted owl, northern goshawk, 2 sensitive plant species, trees up to 150 years old.  Estimated public comment deadline:12/06/18. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 5 miles NE of Arnold, CA, 2 miles east of Dorrington, CA and Highway 4 by Calaveras Big Trees State Park (29 acres of Special Treatment Area (STA) fuel break prescription are proposed adjacent to Calaveras Big Trees State Park to hide the effects of clearcutting).  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in ponderosa pine, sugar pine, Douglas fir, incense cedar and white fir forests at an elevation of 3,000 to 5,800 feet.  There are multiple unstable areas (debris slides, dormant slips, rotational slumps, headwall swales) including; an unstable area in Special Treatment Area 2, and 3 unstable areas (adjacent to fuel break 6, and alternative units 1046 and 1092. SPI is planning to use temporary roads, crossings and landings during the winter period, and use ground based equipment on existing skid trails in areas of high/extreme erosion hazard.  They also are planning to use an existing skid trail between class II (mid sized) and class III (intermittent) watercourse areas within the fuel break, use a pair of skid trails within the edge of class II (mid sized) watercourse areas in units 2690 and 5817, and use a skid trail within the edge of a class III (intermittent) watercourse area in unit 1046.  A northern goshawk was reported on forest service lands within 1 mile of the THP area in section 32, and there are 10 CA spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.  Threebract onion was found in unit 1092, and Coleman’s piperia was found in unit 2544.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Tree Sitters Protest Sierra Pacific Industries (SPI) Clearcut Logging.



Photo By North Coast Forest Defenders Mattole
Humboldt County, CA—After putting up a tree-sit 100’ high in an active Sierra Pacific Industries‘ (SPI) logging plan last Thursday, about a dozen forest defenders were on the ground in the plan this morning, resulting in the shutting down of the logging activity. The timber harvest plan (THP) is in the Rainbow Ridge area in the Mattole River watershed in Humboldt County, site of a long-running, multi-pronged campaign to preserve the legacy forests there under Humboldt Redwood Co. (HRC) ownership. Nearby HRC land is the SPI plan, near Taylor Peak on the North Fork of the Mattole River, and is the “Pig Mat THP 1-12-032 HUM”, according to CalFire. Logging trucks on site, attempting to move huge Douglas Fir and Tanoak logs, have left the forest area, about 17 miles in from county roads, and have not returned.


The tree sit, plus a group of activists, and several surrounding old growth trees remain. This action follows on the heels of the raising of the tree-sit last week, in efforts to protect this area from clearcut logging and the cutting of old growth in the Mattole River watershed. SPI, the largest private landowner in California, is the most prolific clearcutter. A press release on the tree-sit, with further background, can be found at: https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2018/11/18/18819249.php

Monday, November 12, 2018

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log east of Mt. Shasta.


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THP 2-18-121 SIS (Fons Butte THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 508 acres; 90% clearcut, 8% shelterwood, 1% selection, 1% roadside logging. Swamp Creek (MD: T41N R01W Sec 5, 7, 9, 15; T41N R02W Sec 11, 13, 25).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 40%, oversized units, herbicides, spotted owl, northern goshawk, McCloud River redband Trout, trees up to 100 years old.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/29/18. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 10 miles NE of McCloud, CA and about 8 miles east of Mt Shasta, at an elevation of 4,400 to 5,600 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor based logging operation in white fir, ponderosa pine, sugar pine, incense cedar and knob cone pine forests.  The regionally significant Upper McCloud River Redband Trout are located nearby at Swamp Creek in section 5 of the THP area, and there is an active northern goshawk nest within 965 feet of unit 9B in section 9.  Two spotted owl nesting territories are located within 1.3 miles of the THP area in sections 4 and 30.

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log trees over 40" DBH west of Lassen Volcanic National Park.


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THP 2-18-119 SHA (Dan’s Cow THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 579 acres; 100% clearcut, misc roadside logging.  Atkins Creek, Huckleberry (MD: T32N R2E Sec 1, 2; T33N R2E 20, 21, 22, 23, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, oversized units, herbicides, Chinook watershed, CA spotted owl, osprey, 3 sensitive plant species, trees over 40” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/26/18. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 14 miles SW of Burney, CA and about 8 miles west of Lassen Volcanic National Park at an elevation of 4,800 to 5,600 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a clearcut tractor based logging operation in ponderosa pine, sugar pine, Douglas fir, incense cedar and white fir forests.  There is an osprey nest along Hunt Creek within 510 feet of unit 29B in section 29.  Upswept moonwort was found near unit 21D and 21E, scalloped moonwort was found in unit 21E, and least moonwort was found in the grassy edge of unit 28D.  There is a CA spotted owl nesting territory along the northern edge of unit 25A.

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log SE of Colfax, CA.


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THP 2-18-115 PLA (Baker Divide THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 815 acres; 54% commercial thin, 45% clearcut, 1% no-harvest logging.  Brushy Canyon, Huges Mill (MD: T14N R10E Sec 12, 13; T14N R11E Sec 6, 7, 8, 17, 18, 19).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, CA spotted owl, foothill yellow legged frog, 2 sensitive plant species, trees up to 100 years old.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/24/18. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 8 miles SE of Colfax, CA and Highway 80, and about 2.7 miles NE of Foresthill, CA at an elevation of 2,400 to 4,100 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a commercial thinning and clearcut tractor and cable logging logging operation in ponderosa pine, sugar pine, Douglas fir, white fir and incense cedar forests.  SPI is proposing to use temporary skid roads in class III (intermittent) watercourse areas during the winter period. Two foothill yellow legged frogs were reported in the THP area including; a foothill yellow legged frog sighting within .25 miles of harvest units in section 8, and a foothill yellow legged frog sighting within 1 mile of harvest units in section 5. Van Zuik’s morning glory was observed along the road bordering unit 08-0804 and along the Finning Mill Road, and Sierra blue grass was observed inside units A and B.  There are 4 CA spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Monday, November 5, 2018

Sierra Pacific Industries to log between the Middle Fork of the American River and the Rubicon River NE of Auburn, CA.


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THP 2-18-111 PLA (Ralston THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 898 acres; 33% fuelbreak, 32% clearcut, 32% commercial thin, 3% no-harvest, misc roadside logging. Big Mosquito Creek, Brushy Canyon, Long Canyon, Zero Spring (MD: T13N R11E Sec1; T13N R12E Sec 1, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 11; T14N R12E Sec 33, 35).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 60%, 12 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, northern goshawk, CA red legged frog, foothill yellow legged frog, 3 sensitive plant species, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/20/18. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 25 miles NE of Auburn, CA and about 11 miles NE of Georgetown, CA near the Middle Fork of the American River and the Rubicon River at an elevation of 3,400 to 4,800 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a fuel break, commercial thinning and clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in ponderosa pine, sugar pine, white fir, Douglas fir and incense cedar forests.  Ground based equipment is proposed for use in areas designated for cable logging, and the construction of temporary “jump roads” are proposed to access roads and landings under 500 feet in length without pre-designation. 12 road drainage sites are panned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  There are 3 northern goshawk territories including; a goshawk territory .25 miles east of CT unit 2, a goshawk territory .25 miles west of CC unit Jen, and a goshawk territory .25 miles east of CT unit 2.  In 2001, a CA red legged frog was spotted within .5 miles of the nearest unit in section 1, and 5 foothill yellow legged frog sightings were reported ranging from .5 miles to 1.5 miles from the THP area.  Sierra blue grass was found in clearcut harvest units Zoe and Jes, Sanborn’s onion was found on both sides of a road accessing CC unit Eli, also within CC unit Eli, and along the southern boundary of unit FBC, and Fresno mat was found on the edge of a road between harvest units Joe and Tom.  There are 8 CA spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log by Redwood National Park and Highway 101 near Klamath, CA.


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THP 1-18-114 DEL (Headwaters of McGarvey THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 278.5 acres; 62% clearcut, 22% selection, 9% shelterwood, 5% no-harvest, 2% roadside logging.  Tarup Creek, McGarvey Creek (HUM: T13N R1E, Sec 26, 34, 35, 36; T12N R1E, Sec 1, 2).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 80%, 14 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, Redwood National Park, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, osprey, southern torrent salamander, tailed frog, scattered large trees. Estimated public comment deadline: 11/23/18. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 4 miles south of Klamath, CA by Highway 101 and Redwood National Park at an elevation of 300 to 1,800 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Douglas fir, redwood, grand fir, Sitka spruce, western hemlock, and Port Orford cedar forests. A Special Treatment Area (STA) has been proposed adjacent to the entrance of highway 101 and Redwood National Park to hide the effects of clearcutting. The THP area flows into the Lower Klamath River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, temperature, dissolved oxygen and nutrients.  There are shallow rapid landslide terrain sites in units A, B, C, and H, deep seated landslide terrain sites in units F and B, steep stream side slopes adjacent to a class II (mid sized) watercourse in unit H, and an unclassified swale in unit H. 14 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  Potential marbled murrelet habitat exists within .25 miles of units B, D, the MD-170 Road near Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park lands, and occupied marbled murrelet habitat exists within .25 miles of the S Line haul road.  There is an osprey nest within .25 miles of units B, C, D, E and F, an osprey nest near unit E, and also within .25 miles of units B, C, D, E, and F.  Tailed frogs were spotted 1,000 feet north of unit H, and southern torrent salamanders were spotted 800 feet north of unit I.  There are spotted owl nesting territories within .5 miles of unit I.

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log east of Arcata, CA near the Highway 299 coast range summit.


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THP 1-18-109 HUM (Bald Mountain Creek THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 128 acres; 87% clearcut, 12% selection, 1% no-harvest logging.  Pollock Creek (HUM: T6N R2E, Sec 25, 26; T6N R3E, Sec 18, 19, 30).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, 5 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, red tree vole, foothill yellow legged frog, trees up to 70” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/13/18. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 9 miles east of Arcata, CA and about 3 miles south of the Highway 299 coast range summit at an elevation of 1,600 to 2,400 feet. Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in Douglas fir, redwood, western red cedar and western hemlock forests.  There is an unstable area along the NW corner of unit A.  The THP area flows into the Mad River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, temperature and turbidity. Potential marbled murrelet habitat exists within .25 miles of units A, B, the CB1000 Road and several seasonal roads. Foothill yellow legged frogs were spotted 1.5 miles NW of unit A, and in 1994, a red tree vole was reported inside unit A. There are spotted owl nesting territories within .5 miles of units A and D.

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log near Pelican Bay State Prison by Crescent City, CA.


Pelican Bay State Prison photo by The Curry Coastal Pilot
THP 1-18-107 DEL (Fort Dick THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 197.5 acres; 82% clearcut, 17% selection, 2% no-harvest logging.  King’s Valley, Little Mill Creek, Upper Jordan Valley (HUM: T17N R01W Sec 13 , 22, 24, 27).  Wet weather operations, low erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, 12 road drainage work sites, herbicides, coho watershed, northern red legged frog, foothill yellow legged frog, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/12/18. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 5 miles NE of Crescent City, CA near Highway 101 and Pelican Bay State Prison at an elevation of 100 to 400 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in redwood, Douglas fir, Sitka spruce and western hemlock forests.  12 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement. Foothill yellow legged frogs were reported 1 mile NE of unit A, and northern red legged frogs were reported in units F and G.  There is 1 spotted owl nesting territory within 1.3 miles of the THP area.