Monday, May 13, 2019

Mendocino Redwood Company to log trees up to 42” dbh NW of Willits, CA.


PANORAMIC Photo By mlhess
THP 1-19-059 MEN (Switchbacks THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 382 acres; 45% selection, 42% transition, 12% variable retention logging. McMullen Creek (MD: T18N R14W Sec 5, 8, 9, 17, 18).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 80%, steep roads, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 51 road drainage work sites, impaired watershed, skunk train, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, peregrine falcon, trees up to 42” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 06/18/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS, VIEW THP

This THP is about 3.5 miles NW of Willits, CA, and about 1.5 miles north of Highway 20 at an elevation of 660 to 1,920 feet. Mendocino Redwood Company is planning a selection and transition tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood and Douglas fir forests. The THP is close to an area called the “switchbacks” along the Skunk Train route, and flows into the Noyo River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature.  There are 47 landslide terrain sites (debris slides, debris flows, earth flows, disrupted ground, rock slides) located within and adjacent to the THP area, of which 43 are skid trail and/or road related failure sites (cut bank/fill slope failures) from legacy road construction.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment on existing skid trails in areas designated for cable logging, use ground based equipment on existing skid trails within unstable areas, and use 4 existing landings within unstable areas (dormant historic earth flows). They also are planning to use an existing landing inside a class II (mid sized) watercourse area, construct a temporary road inside a class II (mid sized) watercourse area, and construct a 308 foot segment of steep road across slopes exceeding 65%. There is potential marbled murrelet habitat within .25 miles of the THP area along the Skunk Train route adjacent to the Noyo River, and a peregrine falcon eyrie is located within 200 feet of the THP area near the Noyo River.  51 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  There are 2 spotted owl nesting territories within .7 miles of the THP area.

Humboldt Redwood Company to log trees up to 40” dbh between Fortuna and BLM Headwaters Forest Preserve.


Photo of BLM Headwaters Salmon Pass Trail by redwoodhikes.com
THP 1-19-054 HUM (Strongbow THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 529.1 acres; 82% group selection, 12% variable retention, 3% selection, 3% no-harvest, misc special logging.  Strongs Creek (HUM: T2N R1E Sec 4, 5; T3N R1E Sec 9, 20, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33; T3N R1W Sec 25, 36). Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 46 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, BLM Headwaters Forest Preserve, coho watershed, spotted owl, trees up to 40” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 06/11/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is located about a mile east of Fortuna, CA and Highway 101, and just west of the BLM Headwaters Preserve (Unit 2 is adjacent) at an elevation of 600 to 1,400 feet.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning a mostly group selection tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, grand fir and Douglas fir forests. The THP area flows into the Eel River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature. There are 45 landslide terrain sites including multiple debris slides, debris slide slopes, debris flows, unstable stream-side slopes, earth flows and 33 road related fill slope, cut bank and culvert failures.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment on existing skid trails in areas designated for cable logging. 46 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  There are 16 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Gualala Redwood Timber Company to log large trees in the alluvial flats of the South Fork Gualala River.


Photo of Gualala River by CA State Water Resources Control Board
THP 1-19-051 SON (Hazel THP) Gualala Redwood Timber Company, 93 acres; 100% selection logging.  Annapolis, Mouth of Gualala River (MD: T10N R14W Sec 22).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, 17 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, large tree logging inside unit 1, coho watershed, spotted owl, osprey, foothill yellow legged frog, CA red legged frog, coast iris, fringed false helleborne, trees over 120 years old.  Estimated public comment deadline: 06/07/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 7 miles SE of Gualala, CA, and about 2 miles SW of Annapolis, CA near the South Fork of the Gualala River at an elevation of 80 to 600 feet.  Gualala Redwood Timber Company is planning a selection based tractor logging operation (large tree (classification 5D) logging is proposed within the alluvial flats of unit 1) in redwood, Douglas fir, grand fir and western hemlock forests. The THP area flows into the Gualala River which is listed as an impaired watershed for temperature and sediment (San Andreas Fault Zone runs through Unit 1).  Gualala Redwood Timber Company is planning to use ground based equipment on existing skid trails and a landing inside the flood prone portion of unit 1. 17 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  There is an osprey nest approximately 1/3 mile south of unit 1, CA red legged frogs have been spotted along the Gualala River, and Foothill yellow legged frogs have been spotted along the South Fork of the Gualala River.  Coast iris and fringed false helleborne were observed in the THP area.  There is 1 spotted owl nesting territory within .7 miles of the THP area.

La Tour State Forest to group select log NE of Shingletown, CA.


PANORAMIC Photo By Piefoot
THP  2-19-044 SHA (Royston THP) La Tour State Forest, 510 acres; 90% group selection, 6% fuel break, 4% rehab logging. Atkins Creek, Beal (MD: T32N R2E Sec 2, 3, 10, 11, 15).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, 16 road drainage work sites, herbicides, chinook watershed, CA spotted owl, goshawk, fisher, pine marten, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 05/12/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 10 miles NE of Shingletown, CA and about 16 miles SW of Burney, CA at an elevation of 4,410 to 5,840 feet.  La Tour State Forest is planning a mostly group selection tractor based logging operation in ponderosa pine, sugar pine, white fir, incense cedar, Douglas fir, Jeffrey pine and red fir forests. Temporary roads, crossings and landings are proposed for use during the winter period.  16 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  Pacific fisher sightings have been reported within sections 7 and 22, and pine marten sightings have been reported within sections 7 and 24.  There is a goshawk territory 2.5 miles SE of the THP area, and a CA spotted owl nesting territory is located within 1.3 miles of the THP area.