Sunday, March 31, 2019

Humboldt Redwood Company to log trees up to 48” dbh west of Scotia, CA.


Google Earth Photo by Tyler Spencer
THP 1-19-037 HUM (Upper Dean THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 57 acres; 77% group selection, 23% no-harvest logging. Dean Creek (HUM: T1N R1W Sec 12, 13).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 55%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 2 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, trees up to 48” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 04/30/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about a mile west of Scotia, CA, Highway 101 and the Eel River at an elevation of 420 to 980 feet.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning a mostly group selection tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir and grand fir forests. The THP area flows into the Eel River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature.  There are 6 landslide terrain sites and road related failures including; multiple debris slides, disrupted ground and cut bank failures.  Two road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  There are 5 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Mendocino Redwood Company to log by Comptche, CA SE of Mendocino, CA.


PANORAMIC Photo By dsaracin
THP 1-19-035 MEN (Keene Summit THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 529 acres; 92% group selection, 8% selection logging. Middle Albion River, South Fork Albion River, South Fork Albion River, Upper Albion River (MD: T16N R16W Sec 11, 12, 13, 14, 23).  Wet weather operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, 52 road drainage work sites, Impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, Bolander’s reed grass, old man’s beard, trees over 40” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 04/27/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 9 miles SE of Mendocino, CA and Highway 1, and about 1 mile south of Comptche, CA at an elevation of 240 to 920 feet. Mendocino Redwood Company is planning a mostly group selection tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, grand fir, western hemlock and Douglas fir forests.  The THP area flows into the Albion River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature.  There are 4 unstable areas including multiple debris slides and shallow rapid landslide terrain sites. Ground based equipment is proposed for use on slopes between 50% and 65% grade with a moderate erosion hazard.  52 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  Bolander’s reed grass was reported along 2 roads in the western portion of the THP area, and Old man’s beard was reported in a tree along a haul route.  There is marbled murrelet habitat 1.5 miles north of the THP area, and 3 spotted owl nesting territories within .7 miles of the THP area.

Friday, March 29, 2019

Humboldt Redwood Company to log north of Honeydew, CA and the Mattole River.


Google Earth Photo by Chris Blampied.
THP 1-19-029 HUM (Rainbow Ranch THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 568.3 acres; 33% no-harvest, 30% group selection, 20% selection, 15% variable retention, 1% roadside logging. Oil Creek, Rattlesnake Creek (HUM: T1S R1E Sec 31; T2S R1E Sec 5, 6, 7, 8, 17). Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 66 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, trees up to 42” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 04/16/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 8 miles SW of Red Crest, CA and Highway 101, and about 5 miles north of Honeydew, CA at an elevation of 1,160 to 3,440 feet. Humboldt Redwood Company is planning a mostly group selection and selection tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Douglas fir forests.  The THP area flows into the Mattole River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature.  There are 123 landslide terrain sites including; multiple debris slides, debris slide slopes, steep inner gorges, earth flows, debris flows, disrupted ground, and steep headwall swales, and 5 road failure sites including 2 cut bank failures, 2 fill slope failures, and 1 road related debris slide. Humboldt Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging, and use ground based equipment across an unstable area on road D73.29 in unit 1.  They also are requesting an exception to be able to harvest visual retention trees prior to the required 50 year rest cycle.  66 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement. There are 5 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Monday, March 25, 2019

Humboldt Redwood Company to log adjacent to the BLM Headwaters Forest Reserve.


Photo of BLM Headwaters Forest Reserve.
THP 1-19-024 HUM (Korrigan North THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 385.5 acres; 85% group selection, 7% selection, 5% no-harvest, 3% special logging. Lower North Fork Elk River, Upper South Fork Elk River (HUM: T3N R1E Sec 2, 3, 4, 10, 11).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, landslide terrain, impaired 303.d watershed, 6 road drainage work sites, BLM Headwaters Forest Reserve, coho watershed, spotted owl, trees up to 36” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 04/08/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 5 miles NE of Fortuna, CA by the BLM Headwaters Forest Reserve (South Fork Elk River is adjacent) at an elevation of 500 to 1,500 feet.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning a mostly group selection tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir and grand fir forests. The THP area flows into the Elk River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and siltation.  There are 39 landslide terrain sites including; multiple steep inner gorges, debris slides, debris slide slopes, earth flows, disrupted ground, cut bank and fill slope failures.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging, use ground based equipment on an existing skid road in a class I (year round) watercourse area in unit 2, and construct 600 feet of the U08.61 road adjacent to an unstable area in unit 2.  Six road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  There are 10 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Mendocino Redwood Company to helicopter log south of Navarro, CA by the Navarro River.


Photo By Redwood Hikes of nearby Hendy Woods State Park
THP 1-19-023 MEN (Clark’s Crossing THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 348 acres; 66% transition, 34% variable retention logging. Floodgate Creek, Upper Navarro River (MD: T14N R15W Sec 3, 4, 5: T15N R15W Sec 32).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 55 road drainage work sites sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, trees up to 42” + dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 04/07/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 2 miles south of Navarro, CA, and about a mile west of Highway 128 by the Navarro River at an elevation of 140 to 600 feet. Mendocino Redwood Company is planning a transition and variable retention tractor, cable and helicopter (large tree) logging operation in redwood, Douglas fir and Monterey pine forests.  The THP area flows into the Navarro River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature.  There are 4 landslide terrain sites in unit C, and 15 road failure sites including; 3 fill failure sites, and 12 cut bank failure sites in the THP area.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning to use an existing landing that extends into a class I (year round) watercourse area adjacent to Kabuki Creek, and to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging.  55 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings. There is 1 spotted owl nesting territory within .7 miles of the THP area.

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log south of Klamath, CA and the Klamath River.


Google Earth Photo By Arunas Sileika
THP 1-19-021 DEL (The Dump THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 92 acres; 74% clearcut, 11% selection, 7% shelterwood, 7% no-harvest, 2% roadside logging.  McGarvey Creek (HUM: T13N R1E Sec 21, 22, 23).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, steep roads, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, osprey, great blue heron, foothill yellow legged frog, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 03/28/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is just west of highway 101, about a mile south of Klamath, CA and the Klamath River at an elevation of 80 to 960 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir, Sitka spruce and western hemlock forests.  There are 4 unstable areas in the THP area including; 1 shallow rapid landslide terrain site in unit C, and 3 shallow rapid landslide terrain sites in unit D.  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 use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging at the top of unit D, and construct a segment of temporary road across an unstable area in unit C.  They also are planning to use ground based equipment on an existing skid trail exceeding 20% grade for 100 feet along the NW portion of unit D. Five osprey nests are located within .25 miles of the THP area including; a nest within .25 miles of unit D, 3 nests across from Highway 101 within .25 miles of unit D, and a nest within .25 miles of units B, C and D. Five marbled murrelet stands are located in the THP area including; a stand within 300 feet of unit B, a stand within .25 miles of unit A, and a stand within .5 miles of unit A on Redwood National Park property.  Foothill yellow legged frogs are known to occur .5 miles north of unit D in the Klamath River, and a great blue heron rockery is located 1.9 miles east of unit D.  Spotted owl nesting territories are located within .25 miles of units B, C and D.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

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


PANORAMIO Photo By Elifino 57
THP 1-19-015 MEN (Lower Bear THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 354 acres; 57% group selection, 16% selection, 12% variable retention, 9% transition, 4% rehab, 2% no-harvest logging.  Middle Hollow Tree Creek (MD: T22N R17W Sec 3, 4, 8, 9, 10, 15).  Wet weather operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, 49 road drainage work sites, landslide terrain, impaired 303.d watershed, coho watershed, spotted owl, robust false lupine, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 03/15/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is 5.5 miles SW of Leggett, CA, and about 3.5 miles NE of Rockport, CA on the Mendocino coastline at an elevation of 1,110 to 1,840 feet.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning a mostly group selection tractor based logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Douglas fir and redwood forests.  There is a large deep seated landslide terrain site in and above unit 14.  The THP area flows into the South Fork of the Eel River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature. Mendocino Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment on short segments of existing roads on slopes over 50% grade with a high erosion hazard rating, and use ground based equipment on slopes over 65% grade with a medium erosion hazard rating in units 1, 6 and 9.  49 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  Robust false lupine was found on a seasonal road above units 2 and 3, and there are 4 spotted owl nesting territories within .7 miles of the THP area.