Tuesday, January 15, 2019

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


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THP 2-18-183 PLU (Stars THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 110 acres; 76% clearcut, 17% selection, 6% no-harvest logging. Happy Valley, Jackson Creek (MD: T23N R12E Sec  8, 17, 18).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 80%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 21 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, CA spotted owl, Quincy lupine, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/26/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 14 miles SE of Quincy, CA and about 1.5 miles east of Cromberg, CA and Highway 89 at an elevation of 4,285 to 5,300 feet. Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Douglas fir, white fir, incense cedar, ponderosa pine and sugar pine forests. There are 7 landslide terrain sites in the THP area including; 2 unstable areas outside of THP units, a fill slope failure in unit 204, an eroding slope in unit 205 from historic hydraulic mining, a debris slide in a plantation, and 2 dormant slides in and adjacent to unit 202.  SPI is planning to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging.  21 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  Quincy lupine was found in sections 7, 14, 17, 19, and 24.  There are 2 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Fruit Growers Supply Company to log NW of Susanville, CA.


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THP 2-18-181 LAS (Pine Crate THP) Fruit Growers Supply Company, 1,045 acres; 69% group selection, 12% selection, 10% clearcut, 8% shelterwood, 1% roadside logging. Little Harvey Valley, Pine Creek Valley, Squaw Valley (MD: T32N R9E Sec 5, 7, 8, 17, 20, 29, 30, 31).  Winter operations, low erosion hazard, slopes up to 40%, herbicides, CA spotted owl, northern goshawk, greater sandhill crane, Sierra Nevada red fox, Suksdorf’s milk vetch, scattered large trees. Estimated public comment deadline: 01/22/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 20 miles north of Westwood, CA, and about 20 miles NW of Susanville, CA at an elevation of 5,560 to 6,115 feet. Fruit Growers Supply Company is planning a group selection and selection tractor based logging operation in ponderosa pine, Jeffrey pine, white fir, sugar pine, lodgepole pine and incense cedar forests. Northern goshawk sightings were reported in section 14 and at Logan Mountain, and greater sandhill crane sightings were reported in sections 4, 5, 6, 16, 17, 21, 28, 32, and 33. American badger sightings were reported in sections 6, 29, and 32, and Sierra Nevada red fox sightings were reported in sections 12 (2000/2003) and 16 (1982).  Suksdorf’s milk vetch was found in a wet area in section 30. There is a CA spotted owl nesting territory .25 miles east of the THP area at Crater Mountain, and a CA spotted owl nesting territory over a mile west of the THP area at Logan Mountain. 

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log trees up to 72” dbh NE of Fortuna, CA.


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THP 1-18-176 HUM (Goodman Prairie THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 191.5 acres; 68% clearcut, 28% selection, 3% roadside, 1% no-harvest logging. Goodman Prairie Creek (HUM: T4N R3E Sec 15 22, 23, 26, 27).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, 16 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, golden eagle, Cooper’s hawk, sharp shinned hawk, red tree vole, foothill yellow legged frog, southern torrent salamander, western pond turtle, trees up 72” dbh. Estimated public comment deadline: 01/16/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 16 miles SE of Eureka, CA and about 16 miles NE of Fortuna, CA at an elevation of 1,200 to 2,600 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Douglas fir and grand fir forests. The THP area flows into the Mad River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, temperature and turbidity.  There are unstable areas in units A, B, D, G and F (2 shallow rapid landslides along the northern boundary of unit F). 16 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  In 2014, a sharp shinned hawk was reported .53 miles west of unit B, in 2011, a Cooper’s hawk was reported 500 feet east of unit F, and 700 feet SE of unit E, and in 1994, a red tree vole was observed in unit E. Golden eagles have been spotted within .5 miles of the THP area, and a western pond turtle was reported .2 miles north of unit B, and .27 miles SW of unit C in large pond areas.  Southern southern torrent salamanders were reported 1,000 feet north of unit F, and foothill yellow legged frogs were reported 4,700 feet NW of unit H.  There are spotted owl nesting territories within .5 miles of units B and C.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log by Jenkinson Lake, SE of Pollock Pines, CA.


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THP 4-18-184 ELD (Uber THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 596 acres; 54% clearcut, 26% fuel break, 11% commercial thin, 4% selection, 4% no-harvest, 2% sanitation salvage logging.  Jenkinson Lake, Lower Sly Park Creek, North Sly Park Creek, Plum Creek, Snow Creek (MD: T10N R13E Sec 16 ; T10N R14E Sec 7, 8, 9,15, 16, 17, 18, 21, 22, 23 , 24).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, oversized units, 12 road drainage work sites, Jenkinson lake, herbicides, CA spotted owl, bald eagle, northern goshawk, western pond turtle, foothill yellow legged frog, Sierra Nevada yellow legged frog, 3 sensitive plant species, scattered large trees. Estimated public comment deadline: 01/26/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 8 miles SE of Pollock Pines, CA and a few miles south of Highway 50 near Jenkinson Lake (units 5782, 5783, FB01, FB02, FB04 are adjacent), which is a popular camping, fishing, hiking and picnicking area. Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a clearcut and fuel break tractor and cable logging operation in ponderosa pine, sugar pine, Douglas fir, incense cedar and white fir forests at an elevation of 3,800 to 5,900 feet.  12 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  A goshawk was reported within 1.9 miles of the THP area, and a bald eagle territory is located within .6 miles of the THP area.  Sierra Nevada yellow legged frogs were reported within 1.5 miles of the THP area in section 11, also in sections 27 & 30, and foothill yellow legged frogs were reported within 1 mile of the THP area, and also in sections 11, 25, 29, 30, 33, 34 and 36. Western pond turtles were reported at Sly Park Creek at the upper portion of Jenkinson Lake within .5 miles of the THP area.  Sierra clarkia was found within units B, C, G, F, K, I, M, L, R and FB6, Pleasant valley mariposa lily was found within unit A and just outside of unit FB6, and Coleman’s piperia was found in units 5877, FB09 and R.  12 CA spotted owl nesting territories are located within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log near the southern edge of Redwood National Park.


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THP 1-18-175 HUM (Pollnow Peak THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 119 acres; 82% clearcut, 12% selection, 5% no-harvest logging. Maple Creek (HUM: T8N R1E Sec 13; T8N R2E Sec 7, 17, 18). Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, landslide terrain, 8 road drainage work sites, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, fisher, sharp shinned hawk, Del Norte salamander, southern torrent salamander, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/16/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 7 miles NE of Trinidad, CA and Highway 101, near the southern edge of Redwood National Park at an elevation of 800 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 and redwood forests.  There is 1 deep seated landslide terrain site in the southern portion of unit D, 2 shallow rapid landslide terrain sites in the western portion of unit E, and 1 deep seated landslide terrain site in the western portion of unit E.   Eight road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  In 2013, a fisher was spotted inside unit E, in 2012, a sharp shinned hawk was reported .5 miles SW of unit E, and in 1999, a Del Norte salamander was found inside unit E. Southern torrent salamanders are known to occur in and immediately adjacent to unit C, and marbled murrelet habitat is located within .25 miles of unit D, and the Bl2600 Road.  A spotted owl nesting territory is located within .25 miles of unit E.

Sunday, January 6, 2019

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


Google Earth Photo by Federico Pizano
THP 1-18-173 HUM (Tectah 300 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 139.5 acres; 69% clearcut, 24% selection, 7% no-harvest logging. Lower Tectah Creek (HUM: T11N R2E Sec 21, 22, 27, 28).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, landslide terrain, 21 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, Humboldt marten, marbled murrelet, osprey, foothill yellow legged frog, southern torrent salamander, coastal tailed frog, trees over 30” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/16/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 18 miles NE of Trinidad, CA, 6 miles NE of Orick, CA by the eastern boundary of Redwood National Park at an elevation of 510 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. The THP area flows into the Lower Klamath River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, temperature, dissolved oxygen and nutrients. There 6 unstable areas in the THP including; a deep seated landslide on the east side of unit C, a shallow rapid landslide on the south end of unit C, a shallow rapid landslide on the SW corner of unit B, a shallow rapid landslide along the southern boundary of unit B, a shallow rapid landslide along the southern boundary of unit D, and a shallow rapid landslide at the NE corner of unit E.  21 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  In 1998, an osprey nest was reported within .25 miles of units B and C, and potential marbled murrelet habitat is located on Redwood National Park property within .25 miles of the TT-100 Road.  Humboldt marten special management area tract #56 is located inside the THP area, coastal tailed frogs were reported 1,200 feet SE of unit B, southern torrent salamanders were reported 1,000 feet SE of unit B, and foothill yellow legged frogs were reported at Clirliah Creek within 1 mile of the THP area.  There are spotted owl nesting territories within .25 miles of unit C, and within .5 miles of unit B.

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Humboldt Redwood Company to log trees up to 52” dbh in marbled murrelet stands 276C and 512D near Weott, CA.


Google Earth Photo by Greg Nyquist
THP 1-18-170 HUM (Shady Lady THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 196.4 acres; 41% variable retention, 38% group selection, 11% selection, 10% no-harvest, misc roadside logging. Poison Oak Creek (HUM: T1S R3E Sec 20, 29, 30). Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, landslide terrain, impaired 303.d watershed, 28 road drainage work sites, large tree marbled murrelet stands 276C and 512D, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, osprey, willow flycatcher, trees up to 52” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/15/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 2 miles NE of Weott, CA and about 4 miles SE of Redcrest, CA and Highway 101 at an elevation of 160 to 1,400 feet. Humboldt Redwood Company is planning a variable retention and group selection tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood and Douglas fir forests (logging is proposed inside large tree marbled murrelet stands 276C and 512D in unit 3). The THP area flows into the Eel River (unit 3 is adjacent) which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment/siltation and temperature.  There are multiple landslide terrain sites in units 2 and 3 including dormant and active earth flows, debris slides, debris slide slopes, and steam related steep inner gorges.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment on existing skid trails on steep slopes under 65% grade in areas designated for cable logging, and use ground based equipment in unstable areas (large earth flow) in unit 2.  28 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  Osprey nests are located within .5 miles of unit 2, within .5 miles of unit 3, and willow flycatcher habitat (Larabee Bridge area) is adjacent to the THP area.  There are 7 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log trees up to 50” dbh north of Trinity Lake.


Google Earth Photo By Adam Berryman
THP 2-18-159 TRI (Rip Van THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 467 acres; 85% clearcut, 15% selection logging. Big Bear Lake, Rainshorn Creek (MD: T38N R7W Sec 1, 11; T39N R6W Sec 31; T39N R7W Sec 35).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 15 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, spotted owl, northern goshawk, foothill yellow legged frog, 9 sensitive plant species, trees up to 50 “ dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/15/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 15 miles SW of Mt. Shasta, CA and about 14 miles north of Lake Trinity and Trinity Center, CA at an elevation of  3,200 to 5,800 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Douglas fir, ponderosa pine, incense cedar, white fir and sugar pine forests.  There are 5 unstable areas including; 2 landslide terrain sites, and 3 road related cut slope and fill failures.  SPI is planning to use ground based equipment on steep slopes exceeding 65% on existing skid trails, use 3 existing landings inside class II (mid sized) watercourse areas, and use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging on existing skid trails in units 102, 103 and 3102.  15 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement. Foothill yellow legged frogs and northern goshawk were observed just outside of the THP area. Nine sensitive plant species were identified including; threadleaf beardtongue in unit 1102, Cascade grass of Parnassus in Meter Meadow, Oregon fireweed and California ladyslipper in Meter Meadow (between units 3503 and 3504), Klamath manzanita in units 3101, 3102 and 3103, citrus fawn lily in units 101, 3501 and 3503, California pitcher plant just outside of unit 1105, Congdon’s buckwheat in units 102, 103, 1102, 1104, 3102 and 3501, and slender goldbanner in unit 1105.  There are 2 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.