Thursday, September 26, 2019

Mendocino Redwood Company to log between Rockport, CA and Westport, CA along the Mendocino coastline.


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THP 1-19-130 MEN (Spanish Howard THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 251 acres; 68% variable retention, 22% group selection, 9% transition, 1% selection logging.  Juan Creek (MD: T21N R17W Sec 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9).  Wet weather operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes over 70%, landslide terrain, 39 road drainage work sites, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, osprey, Cooper’s hawk, northern red legged frog, 4 sensitive plant species, trees up to 48” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 10/11/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about halfway between Rockport, CA and Westport, CA along the Mendocino coastline at an elevation of 160 to 1,560 feet.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning a variable retention and group selection tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir, grand fir and western hemlock forests.  There are 4 landslide terrain sites within 100 feet of THP units including; 2 unstable areas in section 4, and 2 unstable areas in section 6.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment on steep slopes over 65%, and use ground based equipment on slopes over 50% grade with a high erosion hazard.  39 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, and culvert repair/replacement.  In 2019, a Cooper’s hawk nest was reported in unit 9, and an osprey nest is located 490 feet NW of the northern most portion of unit 4. Northern red legged frogs were reported at nearby Juan Creek. Redwood lily was found in sections 8 and 9, Maple leaved checkerbloom was found along a road in section 6, and Humboldt milk vetch was found along a road in section 7, and along a road in section 8 at multiple locations.  There are 3 spotted owl nesting territories within .7 miles of the THP area.

Monday, September 23, 2019

Timber Products Company to clearcut log near pacific fisher habitat by Weed, CA.


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THP 2-19-126 SIS (Butte THP) Timber Products Company, 300 acres; 91% clearcut, 7% selection, 2% meadow regeneration logging. Beaughton Creek, Black Butte, Spring Hill (MD: T41N R4W Sec 7, 8, 18, 19, 20, 21, 28, 29; T41N R5W S24). Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 55%, oversized units, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, pacific fisher, Pallid bird’s beak, trees up to 100 years old.  Estimated public comment deadline: 10/28/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 2 miles SE of Weed, CA and Highway 5, and about a mile east of Black Butte  at an elevation of 4,000 to 4,600 feet.  Timber Products Company (Michigan California Timber Company) is planning a mostly clearcut tractor based logging operation in ponderosa pine, Douglas fir, white fir, sugar pine and incense cedar forests.  The THP area drains towards the Shasta River which is listed as an impaired watershed for temperature, organic enrichment and dissolved oxygen.  The THP area is within .25 miles of Black Butte Springs, and seven acres of meadow regeneration is proposed at another wet meadow within the THP area.  In 2014/2015, there were reported sightings of pacific fisher within the MCTC Black Butte tract.  Pallid bird’s beak was found along several roads within the THP area.

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log east of Quincy, CA.


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THP 2-19-124 PLU (Bluff City THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 446 acres; 74% clearcut, 15% fuel break, 6% selection, 5% roadside logging. Pine Creek, Squirrel Creek (MD: T24N R11E Sec 7, 8, 17, 18, 19, 20).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, steep roads, landslide terrain, 43 road drainage work sites, herbicides, Sierra Nevada yellow legged frog, Quincy lupine, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 10/04/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 4.5 miles east of Quincy, CA and about a mile NE of Highway 70 at an elevation of 4,360 to 6,280 feet. Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a tractor based logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Jeffrey pine, ponderosa pine, sugar pine, white fir, incense cedar and Douglas fir forests.  There are 3 landslide terrain sites adjacent to the THP area including; an unstable area below a road near unit 2, and 2 unstable areas just north of unit 6.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning to use roads and landings during the winter period, and construction is proposed with grades exceeding 15% for several road segments.  43 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  In 2004, a Sierra Nevada yellow legged frog was reported .98 miles from the nearest THP unit in section 08. Quincy lupine was reported within and adjacent to the THP area.

Mendocino Redwood Company to log near Highway 1 between Leggett and Rockport.


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THP 1-19-123 MEN (Stuck in the Middle THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 451 acres; 86% group selection, 14% selection logging.  Middle Hollow Creek (MD: T23N R17W Sec 29, 30, 31, 32, 33).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, landslide terrain, impaired 303.d watershed, 76 road drainage work sites, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, foothill yellow legged frog, southern torrent salamander, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 09/31/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 4 miles SW of Leggett, CA and about 5 miles NE of Rockport, CA near Highway 1 at an elevation of 1,200 to 1,800 feet. Mendocino Redwood Company is planning a group selection, and individual tree selection tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes (there are 5 landslide terrain sites in the THP area within sections 29, 32 and 33) in redwood and Douglas fir forests.  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 2 existing skid trails on slopes over 50% grade with a high erosion hazard, and use ground based equipment within watercourse areas at 2 locations to skid logs to nearby landings.  76 road drainage sites are planned for work including; rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, and culvert repair/replacement.  In 2004, foothill yellow legged frogs and southern torrent salamanders were reported nearby at Hollow Creek, and there are 2 spotted owl nesting territories within .7 miles of the THP area.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Humboldt Redwood Company to log inside 2 large tree marbled murrelet stands near Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park SE of Carlotta, CA.


Photo of Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park by californiabeaches.com
THP 1-19-122 HUM (Upper Grizzly Creek THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 160.1 acres; 54% group selection, 30% variable retention, 10% selection, 5% no-harvest logging. Grizzly Creek (HUM: T1N R3E Sec 6, T2N R2E Sec 36, T2N R3E Sec 31).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 45 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, logging inside large tree marbled murrelet stands 343C and 447D, herbicides, coho watershed, marbled murrelet, trees up to 48” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 09/31/19.  SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 8 miles SE of Carlotta, CA near Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park and Highway 36 at an elevation of 680 to 1,760 feet.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning a tractor and cable group selection and variable retention logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir and grand fir forests.  Logging is proposed inside large tree marbled murrelet stand 343C within unit 1, and inside large tree marbled murrelet stand 447D within unit 2. The THP area flows into the Van Duzen River and Eel River which are listed as impaired watersheds for sediment, siltation and temperature.  There are 28 landslide terrain sites in the THP area including; multiple debris slides, debris flows, earth flows and disrupted ground, and 7 road related cut bank and fill failure sites. Humboldt Redwood Company is planning to use and construct roads, landings and crossings during the winter period, and use ground based equipment on existing skid trails in areas designated for cable logging.  45 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings. Hauling is proposed through marbled murrelet habitat in Grizzly Creek State Park, and there are 8 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles the THP area.

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log SE of Del Norte Redwoods State Park.


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THP 1-19-120 DEL (Wilson End THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 80.5 acres; 65% clearcut, 32% selection, 2% no-harvest, 1% roadside logging. North of Ted’s Ridge (HUM: T15N R1E Sec 27, 28, 33).  Wet weather operations, low erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, landslide terrain, oversized units, 17 road drainage work sites, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, osprey, marbled murrelet, southern torrent salamander, trees over 29” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 09/28/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 9 miles north of Klamath, CA and a few miles east of Del Norte Redwoods State Park and Highway 101 at an elevation of 1,000 to 1,400 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir and western hemlock forests.  There are 4 unstable areas in the THP area including; 1 shallow rapid landslide terrain site in unit A, and 3 shallow rapid landslide terrain sites in unit B.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to use temporary roads and landings during the winter period. 17 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement. There is a marbled murrelet stand and 2 osprey nests within .25 miles of the W10 Road, and southern torrent salamanders are known to occur in unit A.  Spotted owl nesting territories are located within .5 miles of unit B.

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log trees over 48” dbh SE of Redcrest, CA.


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THP 1-19-119 HUM (Jets THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 214 acres; 75% clearcut, 22% selection, 2% rehab, 1% roadside logging.  Mill Creek (HUM: T1S R4E Sec 16, 19, 20, 21).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, landslide terrain, oversized units, 16 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, yellow legged frog, 3 sensitive plant species, trees over 48” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 09/20/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 10 miles SE of Redcrest, CA and Highway 101, and about 4 miles north of the Eel River at an elevation of 960 to 2,460 feet. Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Douglas fir forests.  The THP area flows into the Eel River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment/siltation and temperature, and unstable areas are adjacent to units 20A, 20E, 20F, and 21B.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning to use and construct roads, landings and crossings during the winter period.  16 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  Oregon fawn lily was reported in unit 20C, redwood lily was reported in units 20A and 20C, and heart leaf twayblade was reported in units 20C, 20D and 21A. There are 4 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area, and yellow legged frogs were observed along Larabee Creek.