Monday, July 29, 2019

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log NE of the town of Smith River, CA.


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THP 1-19-100 DEL (Ravine Creek THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 271.5 acres; 41% commercial thinning, 34% clearcut, 12% no-harvest, 11% selection, 2% roadside logging.  Lower Rowdy Creek, South Fork Winchuck River, Savoy Creek, Upper Bear Creek (HUM: T18N R1E Sec 4, 8, 9, 16, 17, 18, 19, 30).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 80%, landslide terrain, 16 road drainage work sites, oversized units, Packsaddle Roadless Area, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, Del Norte salamander, southern torrent salamander, foothill yellow legged frog, trees over 30” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 08/08/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 1.5 miles NE of the town of Smith River, CA and Highway 101 at an elevation of 100 to 1,800 feet (sections 4 and 9 are adjacent to the Packsaddle Roadless Area).  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a commercial thin and 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 Smith River, and has 11 unstable areas in units A, B, C and E including; 1 shallow rapid landslide terrain site in unit A, 1 shallow rapid landslide terrain site in unit B, 7 shallow rapid landslide terrain sites in unit C, and 2 shallow rapid landslide terrain sites in unit E.  16 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  There is potential marbled murrelet habitat on USFS land .85 miles east of unit C.  Southern torrent salamanders are known to occur immediately adjacent to units A, D and F, foothill yellow legged frogs are known to occur in Rowdy Creek immediately adjacent to unit E, and In 2008, a Del Norte salamander was observed in close proximity (unspecified) to unit E.  There are spotted owl nesting territories within .25 miles of unit D.

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Gualala Redwood Timber planning a second THP which could involve logging large trees within the alluvial flats of the North Fork of the Gualala River.


North Fork of the Gualala River By Peter Cafferata 
THP 1-19-098 MEN (Elk THP) Gualala Redwood Timber, 157 acres; 75% selection, 15% clearcut, 10% no-harvest logging.  Doty Creek, Robinson Creek (MD: T11N R15W Sec 13, 14, 23, 24).  Wet weather operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, landslide terrain, 16 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, possible logging of large trees inside the alluvial flats, coho watershed, spotted owl, CA red legged frog, Cooper’s hawk, fringed corn lily, trees up to 100 years old.  Estimated public comment deadline: 08/11/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 2 2 miles NE of Gualala, CA and Highway 1 at an elevation of 20 to 480 feet, and just south of Gualala Redwood Timber Company’s Little THP 1-18-095 MEN. Gualala Redwood Timber Company is planning a tractor based individual tree selection logging operation with some clearcutting on steep and unstable slopes in redwood and Douglas fir forests.  During the last few years, Gualala Redwood Timber Company has been focusing on logging inside the alluvial flats of the Gualala River and its tributaries which contain remnant old growth Douglas fir and redwood trees.  There are 5 landslide terrain sites in the THP area, and the THP area flows into the Gualala River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature.  Gualala Redwood Timber Company is planning to use ground based equipment on existing skid trails within watercourse areas (alluvial flats), and use ground based equipment on slopes over 50% grade within a high erosion hazard. 16 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  In 2018, a red legged frog was reported 500 feet west of the THP area, and in 2015, a red legged frog was reported in Salal Creek one mile SW of the THP area.  A Cooper’s hawk was spotted nearby along the eastern edge of the Gualala River, and a spotted owl nesting territory is located within the THP area.  Fringed corn lily was found in various locations throughout the THP area.

Monday, July 15, 2019

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut and fuel break log along the northern portion of Union Valley Reservoir NE of Placerville, CA.


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THP 4-19-092 ELD (Futned THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 957 acres; 57% fuelbreak, 31% clearcut, 5% commercial thin, 4% selection, 3% no-harvest, misc roadside logging.  Big Silver Creek, Little Silver Creek, Maud Lake, Tells Creek, Union Valley Reservoir (MD: T12N R14E Sec 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 22, 23, 24, 26; T12N R15E Sec 7). Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, 42 road drainage work sites, oversized units, Pyramid Roadless Area, herbicides, CA spotted owl, bald eagle, golden eagle, osprey, northern goshawk, Cooper’s hawk, sharp shinned hawk, Coleman’s piperia, 3 sensitive plant species, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 08/09/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 21 miles NE of Placerville, CA and about 8 miles north of Highway 50 along the northern shore of Union Creek Reservoir, a popular fishing, picnicking, camping, hiking, boating, swimming, hunting and OHV recreation area. There are 9 public lands campgrounds and 1 SMUD campground near/adjacent to Union Valley Reservoir, including; a SMUD campground adjacent to unit FB28, the Wrench Creek Campground adjacent to unit 141, and the Union Valley Bike Trail adjacent to units 141, 220, FB14, FB15, FB17, FB18 and FB22.  A 250 foot selection logging buffer will be established between the Wrench Creek Campground and unit 141 to hide the visual impacts from clearcutting.  Sierra Pacific Industries is panning a fuel break and clearcut tractor based logging operation in Douglas fir, ponderosa pine, sugar pine, Jeffrey pine and white fir forests at an elevation of 4,880 to 6,280 feet.  Section 7 is adjacent to the Pyramid Roadless Area.  SPI is planning to use and construction roads, crossings and landings during the winter period, and use an existing landing inside a class I (year round) watercourse area inside unit CT2.  42 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement. There are 5 bald eagle nest sites between 175 feet to .79 miles from THP units, and 4 northern goshawk territories between .4 and 1.5 miles of THP units.  In 2007, an osprey was reported nesting inside unit 261, a Cooper’s hawk was reported within .21 miles of the THP area, and a golden eagle was spotted .85 miles from the nearest harvest unit.  Sharp shinned hawks were also reported within .49 to 1.82 miles of the THP area. Red hills soap plant was found inside unit FB11, wolly violet was found in units 261, FB26 and FB27, and Coleman’s piperia was reported inside units 141, 230, 902, FB18 and FB24.  There are 7 CA spotted owl nesting territories within 290 feet to 1.75 miles from the THP area. 

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log by 4 occupied marbled murrelet stands near Klamath, CA.


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THP 1-19-097 DEL (Mynot Creek THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 248.5 acres; 58% clearcut, 15% no-harvest, 14% selection, 13% commercial thin logging. High Prairie Creek, Hoppaw Creek, Lower West Fork Hunter Creek (HUM: T13N R1E Sec 2, 3; T14N R1E Sec 23, 24, 25, 26, 34, 35).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, oversized units, 2 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, osprey, sharp shinned hawk, Del Norte salamander, foothill yellow legged frog, scattered large marbled murrelet trees. Estimated public comment deadline: 08/11/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is a few miles north of the town of Klamath, CA and a few miles east of Highway 101 at an elevation of 200 to 1,800 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. 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 10 landslide terrain sites in the THP area including; 1 shallow rapid landslide terrain site in unit A, 1 shallow rapid landslide terrain site and 5 deep seated landslide terrain sites in unit C, 1 shallow rapid landslide terrain site in unit D, 1 shallow rapid landslide terrain site in unit E, and 1 shallow rapid landslide terrain site in unit G.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to construct 150 feet of steep seasonal road with a grade exceeding 20%. Two road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement. There are 5 marbled murrelet stands within the THP area including; a stand within .25 miles of the T10 Road, a stand within 300 feet of unit F, a stand within 300 feet of units C and B and the T10 Road, a stand within .25 miles of seasonal roads, and a stand within .25 miles of the H10 Road. Unit A is within .20 miles of potential marbled murrelet habitat, units B and C are within .05 miles of occupied marbled murrelet stands, unit F is immediately adjacent to 2 contiguous occupied marbled murrelet stands, and unit G is .35 miles from an occupied marbled murrelet stand.  6 osprey nests are located within the THP area including; 3 nests within .25 miles of the T10 Road, 1 nest within the boundary of unit G, and 2 nests within .25 miles of unit F and the Mynot Creek Road. In 2011, a sharp shinned hawk nest was reported 1 mile north of unit A, in 1990, a Del Norte salamander was observed in unit E, and foothill yellow legged frogs were reported 1 mile south of unit F in the Klamath River.  There are spotted owl nesting territories within .25 miles of units G and H, and within .5 miles of units B, C, D and F.

Monday, July 8, 2019

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log between Redwood National Park and the Klamath River.


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THP 1-19-094 HUM (Surpur Surprise THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 242.50 acres; 61% clearcut, 21% selection, 18% no-harvest logging. Surpur Creek (HUM: T11N R2E Sec 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10; T12N R2E Sec 34).  Wet weather operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 15 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, osprey, bald eagle, red tree vole, southern torrent salamander, foothill yellow legged frog, trees over 30” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 08/06/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP lies between the eastern boundary of Redwood National Park and the Klamath River, and is about 7 miles NE of Orick, CA and about 10 miles SE of Klamath, CA at an elevation of 300 to 1,700 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Douglas fir, redwood, western hemlock, and Monterey pine 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 are 19 landslide terrain sites in the THP area including: 2 shallow rapid landslide terrain sites in unit B, 7 shallow rapid landslide terrain sites in unit C, 1 deep seated and 2 shallow rapid landslide terrain sites in unit D, 1 shallow rapid landslide terrain site in unit E, 5 shallow rapid landslide terrain sites and 1 deep seated landslide terrain site in unit F, and multiple road related failures along the A-400 Road.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to use ground based equipment across a deep seated landslide terrain site in unit F, and along the A-400 and A-480 Roads.  15 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  Potential marbled murrelet habitat exists on Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park lands within .25 miles of the CL North Road, and on Redwood National Park lands within .25 miles of the CL South Road. There is a bald eagle nest .43 miles NE of the A600 Road near the Klamath River, and an osprey nest within .25 miles of the CL 1040 Road and Unit A. In 1994, a red tree vole was reported inside unit F, and in 2000, both Del Norte salamanders and southern torrent salamanders were reported inside unit B.  Foothill yellow legged frogs are known to occur immediately adjacent to units B, D and F, and along Surpur Creek.  There are spotted owl nesting territories within .5 miles of units A, D and E, and within .25 miles of unit F.

Mendocino Redwood Company to log west of Willits, CA by the Skunk Train route.


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THP 1-19-088 MEN (Area 10 THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 770 acres; 79% transition, 21% group selection logging. Chamberlain Creek, North Fork Noyo River, Olds Creek (MD: T18N R15W Sec 16, 17, 19, 20, 21).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, 66 road drainage work sites, impaired 403.d watershed, skunk train, herbicides, coho watershed, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 08/05/29. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 10.5 miles west of Willits, CA, 12 miles east of Fort Bragg, CA and about 4 miles north of Highway 20 at an elevation of 320 to 1,600 feet.  The Skunk Train route runs adjacent to the northern portion of the THP area.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood and Douglas fir forests. The THP area flows into the Noyo River watershed which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature. Mendocino Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging, and use ground based equipment on short segments of steep slopes exceeding 65% grade with a moderate erosion hazard, and on short segments of steep slopes exceeding 50% grade with a high erosion hazard.  They also are planning to use ground based equipment within an unstable area, construct a road within a wet area, and use 3 existing landings inside watercourse areas.  66 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.