Thursday, December 6, 2018

Sierra Pacific Industries to log near the North Fork of the American River east of Colfax, CA.


Google Earth photo by Robert Sydnor
THP 2-18-143 PLA (Westwood THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 768 acres; 57% sanitation salvage, 32% clearcut, 5% fuel break, 5% selection, 1% no-harvest logging. El Dorado Canyon, Grouse Creek, Secret Canyon (MD: T15N R12E Sec 8, 9, 16, 17, 19, 21, 31).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 80%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 26 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, North Fork American River Roadless Area, herbicides, CA spotted owl, northern goshawk, Sierra blue grass, wooly violet, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/17/18. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 15 miles east of Colfax, CA and I-80 near the North Fork of the American River at an elevation of 3,700 to 5,300 feet.  Units 21 and 31 are adjacent to the North Fork American River Roadless Area.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a sanitation salvage and clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in ponderosa pine, white fir, Douglas fir, sugar pine, and incense cedar forests.  There are 4 unstable areas in the THP area including; 2 unstable areas related to roads, and 2 unstable areas within and adjacent to THP units.  SPI is planning to use and construct roads, landings and crossings during the winter period, and use ground based equipment (tractors) in areas designated for cable logging to skid logs in units 08-0603, 08-01, and 17-810.  They also are planning to use 2 landings and a skid trail inside a watercourse area in section 17, and re-construct a road at the head of a landslide area in section 10, re-construct a road around a landslide area in section 31, and repair several road related fill failures.  26 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  A northern goshawk was reported within .7 miles of the nearest harvest unit in section 25, and an historic (1989) sighting of a Sierra Nevada Red Fox exists within .9 miles of the THP area in section 27.  Wooly violet was found in unit 8-403, and Sierra blue grass was observed in units 19-301, 17-806, 9-407, 9-808, and 17-302.  Three CA Spotted owl sightings were reported including; a CA spotted owl sighting in a sanitation salvage unit in section 9, a CA spotted owl sighting within .12 miles of the THP area in section 18, and a CA spotted owl sighting within .9 miles of the THP area in section 15.

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log east of Redwood National Park.


Google Earth photo by 김의겸
THP 1-18-141 HUM (TT 515 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 214.3 acres; 48% clearcut, 26% commercial thin, 17% selection, 9% no-harvest, misc roadside logging. Upper Tectah Creek (HUM: T10N R2E Sec 17, 18, 19, 20).   Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, steep roads, landslide terrain, 12 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, Redwood National Park, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, foothill yellow legged frog, southern torrent salamander, coastal tailed frog, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/16/18. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 12 miles NE of Trinidad, CA and about 5 miles SE of Orick, CA by Redwood National Park (units A and E are adjacent) at an elevation of 1,200 to 2,000 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.  Special Treatment Areas (STAs) are planned to hide the effects of clearcutting within units A and E which are adjacent to Redwood National Park. There is a landslide terrain site (partial failure of the outbound edge of the TT-535.31L Road) in unit C, and a landslide terrain site (cut slope and fill slope failure off the TT-515 Road) between units A and B. 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 a temporary segment of steep road that exceeds 60% grade inside unit D, and construct a temporary road inside a class II (mid sized) watercourse area in the western portion of unit E.  12 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement. Occupied marbled murrelet habitat is located on Redwood National Park lands within .25 miles of units A and E. Coastal tailed frogs are known to occur 3,500 feet east of unit C, southern torrent salamanders are known to occur 4,000 feet north of unit C, and foothill yellow legged frogs are known to occur immediately adjacent to unit C.  There are 6 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log close to the rarely seen Sierra Nevada Red Fox by Lassen National Volcanic Park and the Caribou Wilderness Area.


Sierra Nevada Red Fox Photo
THP 2-18-137 LAS (Slope THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 1,283 acres; 79% clearcut, 20% fuel break, 1% roadside logging. Middle Butte Creek, (MD: T32N R6E Sec 11, 12, 13, 14, 23, 24, 25 T32N R7E Sec 7, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 28, 29, 30).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, herbicides, oversized units, Highway 44, bald eagle, northern goshawk, Sierra Nevada Red Fox, 3 sensitive plant species, scattered large trees. Estimated public comment deadline: 12/15/18. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 9 miles SE of Old Station, CA and about 3 miles NE of Lassen National Volcanic Park and the Caribou Wilderness Area.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor based logging operation in ponderosa pine, Jeffrey pine, white fir, sugar pine and incense cedar forests.  This THP is just NE of one of two populations of Sierra Nevada red foxes in California, and there are 9 historic sightings ranging from Pine Creek Valley south to Lassen National Park (a 2001 sighting was 1.1 miles south of the THP area).  There are also historic bald eagle and goshawk nests at Poison Lake in section 9.  Susanville milkvetch was found in fuelbreak A, and in unit 231, Sucksdorf’s milkvetch was found in unit 220U, and north of unit 209, and Blushing wild buckwheat was found in units 204 and 208.

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log trees up to 60” dbh near Redwood National Park.


PANORAMIC Photo By inna12
THP 1-18-140 HUM (North McDonald THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 175 acres; 79% clearcut, 12% selection, 8% no-harvest, 1% roadside logging. McDonald Creek (HUM: T10N R1E Sec 28, 32, 33, T9N R1E Sec 4).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 70%, 8 road drainage work sites, oversized units, Redwood National Park, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, osprey, trees up to 60” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/15/18. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 10 miles NE of Trinidad, CA and about 5 miles south of Orick, CA by Big Lagoon and Redwood National Park (units A, B and F are adjacent) at an elevation of 440 to 1,720 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in redwood, Douglas fir, Sitka spruce, grand fir and western hemlock forests. Eight road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  There are 3 osprey nests within the THP area including; an osprey nest within .25 miles of the LP Mill Road, an osprey nest within .25 miles of the BL 1300 Road, and an osprey nest within .25 miles of unit E and the BL 1300 Road. Potential marbled murrelet habitat is located on Humboldt Redwoods State Park lands within .25 miles of the LP Mill Road.  Spotted owl nesting territories are located within .25 miles of units C and D, and within .5 miles of units A, B and F.

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Humboldt Redwood Company to log trees up to 56” dbh inside large tree marbled murrelet stand 507D east of Eureka, CA.


Marbled Murrelet Photo By National Park Service
THP 1-18-139 HUM (Mid Cloney THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 327.3 acres; 74% group selection, 17% selection, 9% no-harvest, misc roadside logging. Cloney Gulch (HUM: T4N R1E Sec 2, T5N R1E Sec 26, 35, 36).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 11 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, logging inside large tree marbled murrelet stand 507D, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, peregrine falcon, trees up to 56” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/15/18. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 6 miles east of Eureka, CA and about a mile NW of Kneeland, CA at an elevation of 110 to 1,200 feet.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning a mostly group selection tractor and cable logging operation in redwood and Douglas fir forests. Logging is proposed within large tree marbled murrelet stand 507D inside unit 4. The THP area flows into Freshwater Creek which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and siltation. There are 26 landslide terrain sites in the THP area including; multiple earth flows, debris flows, debris slides, debris side slopes, rock slides and multiple road related fill slope and cut bank failures.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging, and use ground based equipment in unstable areas. 11 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  There is a peregrine falcon nest on the ridge between McCready Gulch and Cloney Gulch within .5 miles of unit 2.  Six spotted owl nesting territories are located within 1.3 miles of the THP area.