Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Green Diamond Resource Company to commercial thin and clearcut adjacent to the town of McKinleyville, CA.


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THP 1-19-076 HUM (Big Mack Combo THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 341 acres; 57% commercial thin, 25% clearcut, 16% no-harvest, 2% selection logging.  Mather Creek, Mill Creek, Norton Creek, Squaw Creek, Warren Creek (HUM: T6N R1E Sec 2, 3, 4, 10; T7N R1E Sec 32, 33, 34).  Wet weather operations, low erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, landslide terrain, 17 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, osprey, Cooper’s hawk, western pond turtle, trees up to 30” dbh. Estimated public comment deadline: 07/20/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is adjacent to the eastern edge of the town of McKinleyville, CA at an elevation of 200 to 800 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly commercial thinning tractor and cable logging operation with some clearcutting on steep and unstable slopes (shallow rapid landslide in unit D) in Douglas fir, redwood, Sitka spruce, grand fir, western hemlock and Monterey pine forests.  The THP area flows into the Mad River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, turbidity and temperature.  17 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement. In 2012, a Cooper’s hawk was reported 2.5 miles north of unit D, osprey nests were reported 2 miles south of unit H, and a western pond turtle was reported 1.3 miles north of unit D.  There are spotted owl nesting territories within .25 miles of unit D.

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


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THP 1-19-075 MEN (Ramon Creek THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 390 acres; 62% variable retention, 36% transition, 2% selection logging. Mettick Creek (MD: T16N R15W Sec 1, 6, 7, 11, 12).  Tractor and cable logging operation, high erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 30 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, trees over 32” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 07/19/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 3 miles east of Comptche, CA and about 14 miles SE of the town of Mendocino, CA at an elevation of 400 to 1,720 feet. Mendocino Redwood Company is planning a mostly variable retention (logging within various age/size classes) tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood and Douglas fir forests. The THP area flows into the Big River watershed which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature.  There are 14 unstable areas in the THP area including; 2 unstable areas in unit 5, 1 unstable area in unit 4, 2 unstable areas in unit 2, 1 unstable area in unit 8, 3 unstable areas in unit 11, and 5 unstable areas outside of unit boundaries. Eight road related and skid trail failure sites exist within the THP area including: a road with gully erosion, multiple roads with cut bank and fill failures, a road slump across an existing seasonal road, road bed and skid trail ground cracking and a skid trail that crosses an unstable swale. Mendocino Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging, use ground based equipment on existing skid trails on slopes over 65% grade with a moderate erosion hazard, and use ground based equipment on existing skid trails across unstable areas in unit 11.  They also are planning to construct 275 feet of new seasonal road on steep slopes exceeding 65%, construct 2 segments of new seasonal road on steep slopes exceeding 65% for 228 feet, and construct a road within class II (mid sized) and class I (year round) watercourse areas.  30 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  There are 3 spotted owl nesting territories within .7 miles of the THP area.

Green Diamond Resource Company to commercial thin SE of Eureka, CA.


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THP 1-19-074 HUM (Bear Gulch Thin) Green Diamond Resource Company, 334 acres; 95% commercial thin, 5% no-harvest logging. Ryan Slough (HUM: T4N R1E Sec 7, 8, 17, 18; T4N R1W Sec 12, 13).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 70%, landslide terrain, 10 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed. herbicides, coho watershed, osprey, peregrine falcon, trees up to 32” dbh. Estimated public comment deadline: 07/08/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 3 miles SE of Eureka, CA at an elevation of 100 to 500 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly commercial thinning tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir, Sitka spruce and western hemlock forests. The THP area flows into Freshwater Creek which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment.  There are 4 landslide terrain sites including; 2 unstable areas in unit B, 1 unstable area in unit C, and 1 unstable area in unit D.  Ten road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  In 2009, peregrine falcons were observed nesting within .25 miles of the R Line Road, and in 2019, two peregrine falcons were observed roosting on some snags adjacent to unit B. There are 2 osprey nests within .25 miles of the R Line Road, and an historic osprey nest near the boundary of unit D. Spotted owl nesting territories are located within .25 miles of unit D, and .5 miles of units A, B and C.

Monday, June 17, 2019

Mendocino Redwood Company to log SE of Mendocino, CA near the Lower Albion River


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THP 1-19-070 MEN (Calvert Ridge THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 195 acres; 100% selection logging. Lower Albion River (MD: T16N R16W Sec18, 19, T16N R17W Sec 13, 14, 24).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, landslide terrain, impaired 303.d watershed, 9 road drainage work sites, coho watershed, red tree vole, coastal tailed frog, southern torrent salamander, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 07/01/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 4 miles SE of the town of Mendocino, CA and Highway 1 at an elevation of 40 to 680 feet.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning a 100% individual tree selection tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood and Douglas fir forests. The THP area flows into the Albion River which is listed as an impaired watershed for siltation/sedimentation and temperature.  There are 4 landslide terrain sites including; 2 unstable areas near the southern portion of section 13, and 2 unstable areas near the middle portion of section 19.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning to use 100 feet of an existing seasonal road inside a class II (mid sized) watercourse area to access an existing landing for log skidding operations.  Nine road drainage work sites including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, and culvert repair/replacement.  Red tree voles have been reported within .5 miles of the THP area, coastal tailed frogs were reported 1.5 miles south of the THP area, and southern torrent salamanders were reported 1.4 miles south of the THP area.  There are 3 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Green Diamond Resource Company planning a pair of clearcut THPs north of the Highway 299 Coast Range summit.


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THP 1-19-068 HUM (Wire Fawn THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 202 acres; 71% clearcut, 19% selection, 7% no-harvest, 3% roadside logging. Long Prairie Creek  (HUM: T7N R2E, Sec 25, 36; T7N R3E Sec 30, 31).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, landslide terrain, 23 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, Cooper’s hawk, southern torrent salamander, coastal tailed frog, trees over 30” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 07/01/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 8 miles NE of Arcata, CA, just north of the Highway 299 coast range summit at an elevation of 1,600 to 3,310 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable soils in Douglas fir and redwood forests. The THP area flows into the North Fork of the Mad River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, turbidity and temperature.  There are 10 unstable areas including; 7 shallow rapid landslide terrain sites near the middle portion of the east boundary of unit B, 1 shallow rapid landslide terrain site near the southern portion of unit B by the K&K 152.56R Road, and 1 shallow rapid landslide terrain site along the eastern boundary of unit F. Green Diamond Resource Company is planning loading, decking, and yarding operations on existing roads within a class II (mid sized) watercourse area inside unit B, use 2 segments of existing skid roads inside a class II (mid sized) watercourse area which connects to a landing inside unit B, and construct a road near a wet area in unit F.  Ground based equipment is also proposed for use within a landslide terrain site (earth flow) inside unit B. Twenty three road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement. In 2010, a Cooper’s hawk was reported 300 feet NW of unit A, and southern torrent salamanders and coastal tailed frogs are known to occur immediately adjacent to unit F.   There are 2 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.  This THP is just south of Green Diamond Resource Company’s Wire Canyon THP 1-19-065 HUM.

THP 1-19-065 HUM (Wire Canyon THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 225 acres; 64% clearcut, 13% rehab, 11% selection, 11% no-harvest, 1% roadside logging.  Canyon Creek, Long Prairie Creek, Toss Up Creek (HUM: T7N R2E Sec 22, 23, 24, 25, 26).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, landslide terrain, oversized units, 6 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, red tree vole, Cooper’s hawk, southern torrent salamander, coastal tailed frog, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 06/24/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 9 miles NE of Arcata, CA and a few miles north of the Highway 299 coast range summit at an elevation of 1,520 to 3,400 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable soils in Douglas fir and redwood forests.  The THP area flows into the North Fork of the Mad River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, turbidity and temperature.  There are 2 deep seated landslide terrain sites in unit A, and 2 shallow rapid landslide terrain sites in unit G.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to use ground based equipment on unstable areas (deep seated landslide terrain) within unit A. Six road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, and culvert repair/replacement.  In 2001, a red tree vole was spotted inside unit A, and in 2010, a Cooper’s hawk was reported .24 miles south of unit F.  Coastal tailed frogs were reported 2,400 feet downstream of unit G, and southern torrent salamanders are known to occur within 1,000 feet of units B and D.  There are spotted owl nesting territories within .5 miles of unit A.  This THP is just north of Green Diamond Resource Company’s Wire Fawn THP 1-19-068 HUM.

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Mattole Forest Defenders head to the forest as Humboldt Redwood Company begins logging Rainbow Ridge (THP 1-19-029 HUM) north of Honeydew, CA.

SF Bay Area Indymedia, June 7, 2019

Photo of Unit 4 at nearby Long Ridge Cable THP 1-12-026 HUM
Honeydew, CA - Humboldt Redwood Company (HRC) brought logging crews and paramilitary security into in the last remaining unprotected, intact Douglas-fir/hardwood forest in coastal California late on Wednesday, June 5.

On Thursday morning, Mattole Forest Defenders headed to the forest. HRC has again hired paramilitary-styled security company Lear Asset Management of Ukiah, which employs tasers, dogs, drones, and night-vision goggles. This equipment is familiar to Lear personnel who are veterans of U.S. wars in the Middle East. Last year, there were safety breeches by Lear employees using aggressive tactics. Thursday morning they showed up in camo gear on 4-wheelers.

Rainbow Ridge, located about 25 miles south of Eureka in the Mattole River Watershed, has been the scene of resistance to old-growth logging since 1990. Lawsuits, blockades, and tree-sits have kept much of the forest standing.

The remote area is the home to numerous threatened and endangered species, including Golden Eagle, Northern Goshawk, and Northern Spotted Owl and is the headwaters for the wild Mattole River stocks of coho and Chinook salmon.

In 2018, the Lost Coast League (LCL) filed formal complaints challenging HRC’s “green” sustainability certification under the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). FSC’s auditors (SCS Global Services) found the complaint to have merit in two areas: lack of a plan to designate and protect High Conservation Value Forests, and lack of a plan to phase out the widespread use of herbicides routinely used by HRC.

The Petrolia-based LCL was assured by SCS Global’s founder, Dr. Robert Hrubes, that logging would not happen until HRC completed its reports as required by SCS Global and delivered them to LCL for evaluation. Neither documents have been delivered to the Lost Coast League.

Despite negotiations between HRC and Mattole citizens groups (Lost Coast League, Mattole Restoration Council, Mattole Salmon Group) and other environmental organizations on the North Coast, as well as persistent forest defense actions, HRC has refused to allow the groups to achieve permanent protection for these Mattole watershed land, which lie adjacent to Humboldt Redwoods State Park, home to the largest contiguous stands of virgin Coast redwood in the world and habitat for many endangered species.

“We are shocked and disappointed that Humboldt Redwood Company would rush in to log these trees without fulfilling the promise of their Forest Stewardship Council ‘sustainability’ audit,” said Michael Evenson, Vice President of LCL. “Violating the terms of the audit should call into question the certification of their operations. This is an irreplaceable natural treasure.”

This logging also shines a light on programs of corporations like Home Depot’s that charge a premium price for lumber certified as sustainably sourced. “Claiming lumber from such sources to be sustainable,” said long-time Mattole activist Jane Lapiner, “is cheating the consumer.”

“Humboldt Redwood Co. is wholly owned by the Fisher family, San Francisco real estate moguls that also own the GAP and Old Navy. Though the Fishers claim to have serious environmental principles they have apparently have given the go-ahead on this logging.”

Tree-sitters and forest defenders have pledged to stop the logging until HRC comes to its senses and negotiates the protection of these natural treasures.

Source: North Coast Indybay Media Press Release https://www.indybay.org, Save the Mattole Ancient Forest Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/savethemattoleforest/, Rainbow Ranch Timber Harvest Plan THP 1-19-029 HUM http://www.thpblog.org/2019/03/humboldt-redwood-company-to-log-north.html

Monday, June 3, 2019

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log north of the Highway 299 coast range summit.


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THP 1-19-065 HUM (Wire Canyon THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 225 acres; 64% clearcut, 13% rehab, 11% selection, 11% no-harvest, 1% roadside logging.  Canyon Creek, Long Prairie Creek, Toss Up Creek (HUM: T7N R2E Sec 22, 23, 24, 25, 26).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, landslide terrain, oversized units, 6 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, red tree vole, Cooper’s hawk, southern torrent salamander, coastal tailed frog, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 06/24/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 9 miles NE of Arcata, CA and a few miles north of the Highway 299 coast range summit at an elevation of 1,520 to 3,400 feet. Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable soils in Douglas fir and redwood forests.  The THP area flows into the North Fork of the Mad River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, turbidity and temperature.  There are 2 deep seated landslide terrain sites in unit A, and 2 shallow rapid landslide terrain sites in unit G.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to use ground based equipment on unstable areas (deep seated landslide terrain) within unit A. Six road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, and culvert repair/replacement.  In 2001, a red tree vole was spotted inside unit A, and in 2010, a Cooper’s hawk was reported .24 miles south of unit F.  Coastal tailed frogs were reported 2,400 feet downstream of unit G, and southern torrent salamanders are known to occur within 1,000 feet of units B and D.  There are spotted owl nesting territories within .5 miles of unit A.

Green Diamond Resource Company to log SE of Trinidad, CA.


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THP 1-19-064 HUM (Railroad Creek Thin) Green Diamond Resource Company, 283.5 acres; 89% commercial thin, 11% no-harvest logging.  Headwaters Little River, South Fork  (HUM: T7N R1E Sec 2, 3, 12; T8N R1E Sec 25, 27, 34, 35, 36; T8N R2E Sec 30, 31).  Wet weather operations, low erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, landslide terrain, 13 road drainage work sites, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, osprey, fisher, peregrine falcon, sharp shinned hawk, foothill yellow legged frog, coastal tailed frog, trees over 36” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 06/24/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 6 miles SE of Trinidad, CA, and about 6 miles NE of McKinleyville, CA at an elevation of 320 to 1,320 feet. Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a commercial thinning tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes (a deep seated landslide terrain site is located in unit D) in redwood, Douglas fir, grand fir and western hemlock forests. 13 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  In 2010, a fisher was observed in unit K, and in 2007, a fisher was observed in unit F. In 2012, a sharp shinned hawk was spotted 1.5 miles NE of unit A, a peregrine falcon eyrie is located .52 miles south of unit G, and there is an osprey nest within .25 miles of the CR2000 Road. Coastal tailed frogs are known to occur immediately adjacent to unit F, and foothill yellow legged frogs are known to occur 2,500 feet south of unit E.  There are spotted owl nesting territories within .25 miles of unit G.

Mendocino Redwood Company to log on steep and unstable slopes SE of Rockport, CA.


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THP 1-19-060 MEN (Lower Juan THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 232 acres; 100% selection logging.  Juan Creek (MD: T21N R17W Sec 3, 4, 5, 6, T22N R17W Sec 32, 33, 34).  Wet weather operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 85%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 28 road drainage work sites, herbicides, coho watershed, osprey, trees up to 28” dbh. Estimated public comment deadline: 06/18/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 3 miles SE of Rockport, CA, and about 4 miles NE of Westport, CA along the Mendocino coastline at an elevation of 120 to 880 feet.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning a selection based tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir, grand fir and western hemlock forests. There are multiple landslide terrain sites in the THP area including; 11 unstable areas in unit C, 2 unstable areas in unit D, 1 unstable area in unit H, and 4 road related cut bank failures. Mendocino Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment on existing skid trails on slopes between 50% and 65% grade with a high erosion hazard, and use ground based equipment on existing landings inside watercourse areas.  28 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  There is an historic osprey nest located inside unit C, and 5 spotted owl nesting territories within .7 miles of the THP area.