Monday, April 22, 2019

Jackson State Forest to log on steep and unstable slopes SE of Fort Bragg, CA.


PANORAMIO Photo By Robert Syms
THP 1-19-042 MEN (Parlin 17 THP) Jackson State Forest, 1,150 acres; 83% selection, 17% fuel break logging. Brandon Gulch, Parlin Creek (MD: T17N R16W Sec 3, 4; T18N R16W Sec 21, 22, 27, 28, 29, 32, 33, 34).  Wet weather operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, impaired 303.d watershed, 30 road drainage work sites, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, 2 sensitive plant species, scattered large trees. Estimated public comment deadline: 05/06/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 8 miles SE of Fort Bragg, CA, and a few miles north of Highway 20 in Jackson State Forest at an elevation of 160 to 1,160 feet. Jackson State Forest is planning a mostly selection tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir, grand fir and western hemlock forests.  The THP area flows into the Noyo River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature. There are 21 landslide terrain sites including; multiple debris slide slopes, debris flows, and debris torrents, 2 fill slope failures along the Indian Springs Road, 2 cut bank failures along the 340 Road, and several other road related fill failures.  5 temporary roads and 4 landings are proposed for construction inside a class I (year round) watercourse area off roads 300 and 340.  30 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement. There is marbled murrelet habitat (pentagon grove) within .25 miles of the THP area, and 3 spotted owl nesting territories within .7 miles of the THP area. Humboldt milk vetch was reported along roads 330, 334, 345 and 336, and 1 occurrence of white flowered rein orchid was found along a PG&E access road.

Humboldt Redwood Company to log on steep and unstable slopes NE of Fortuna, CA.


Google Earth Photo By Greg Nyquist
THP 1-19-041 HUM (Up Road Nine THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 516.9 acres; 91% group selection, 5% selection, 3% no-harvest, 1% roadside logging. Booths Run, Corner Creek, Shaw Creek (HUM: T3N R2E Sec 16, 17, 19, 20, 29, 30).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 33 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, trees up to 36” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 05/06/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 8 miles NE of Fortuna, CA and about 6.62 miles NE of Carlotta, CA at an elevation of 600 to 1,975 feet.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning a mostly group selection tractor and cable logging operation in redwood, Douglas fir and grand fir forests.  The THP area flows into the Van Duzen River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment/sedimentation and temperature.  There are 51 unstable areas including; multiple debris slides, debris flows, earth flows, disrupted ground and steep inner gorges, and 6 road failure sites including; multiple cut bank and fill slope failures.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment on slopes between 50% and 65% grade with a moderate erosion hazard, use an existing landing inside a class I (year round) watercourse area, and use ground based equipment on existing skid trails within unstable areas at 6 locations.  33 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  Portions of unit 1 and several haul roads are within .25 miles of designated marbled murrelet habitat areas, and there are 2 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

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


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THP 1-19-040 HUM (Big Red THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 213.4 acres; 66% clearcut, 20% no-harvest, 13% selection, 1% roadside logging.  Ah Pah Creek (HUM: T12N R2E Sec 20, 21, 28, 29, 30, 31).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 70%, steep roads, landslide terrain, 11 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, osprey, bald eagle, marbled murrelet, foothill yellow legged frog, coastal tailed frog, great blue heron, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 05/06/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 8 miles south of Klamath, CA, 8 miles NE of Orick, CA, and about a mile east of Redwood National Park at an elevation of 90 to 1,460 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir, grand fir, western hemlock and Sitka spruce forests.  The THP area flows into the Lower Klamath River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, temperature, nutrients and dissolved oxygen.  There are 5 unstable areas in unit B including; 4 shallow rapid landslide terrain sites and 1 deep seated landslide terrain site.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to use a seasonal road inside a class II (mid sized) watercourse area for yarding, decking and loading operations near unit B, and construct a segment of temporary steep road to access unit C that exceeds 20% grade for approximately 100 feet.  11 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  Bald eagle nests are located .8 miles NE of unit E, and greater than 1 mile from the THP area along the Klamath River.  Two osprey nests are located within the THP area including; a nest within .25 miles of unit E and several haul roads, and a second nest within .25 miles of units E and F, and several haul roads.  Potential marbled murrelet habitat exists on Redwood National Park lands within .25 miles of the CL North Road. There is a great blue heron rockery .5 miles SE of unit F along the Klamath River, and foothill yellow legged frogs and coastal tailed frogs are known to occur in Ah Pah Creek adjacent to unit F.  Spotted owl nesting territories are located within .25 miles of units C, D and F, within .5 miles of units A and B.