Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log south of Klamath, CA and the Klamath River.


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THP 1-19-142 DEL (Mc Garvey West THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 254.5 acres; 74% clearcut, 21% selection, 4% no-harvest, 1% roadside logging.  McGarvey Creek (HUM: T13N R1E Sec 23, 24, 25, 26, 27).  Wet weather operations, steep slopes up to 65%, steep roads, moderate erosion hazard, landslide terrain sites, 5 road drainage work sites, oversized units, impaired 303.d watershed, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, osprey, bald eagle, great blue heron, foothill yellow legged frog, trees over 30” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/05/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is a few miles SE of Klamath, CA, a mile south of the Klamath River and about a mile east of Highway 101 at an elevation of 40 to 1,000 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.  The THP area flows into the Klamath River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, temperature, dissolved oxygen and nutrients.  There are unstable areas (shallow rapid landslide terrain sites) in units B, C, D, G and H.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to use roads and landings during the winter period, and construct a steep segment of road inside unit A exceeding 20% grade.  Five road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement. There are 27 osprey nests in the THP area including; 15 osprey nests within .25 miles of the MG300 road, 11 osprey nests within .25 miles of the MG10 road, and 1 osprey nest within .25 miles of the MG100 road. Marbled murrelet habitat exists .5 miles NW of unit H and on Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park lands, and a bald eagle nest exists within .5 miles of the MG10 and MG400 roads. An historic great blue heron rockery is located 300 feet east of the MG10 road, and foothill yellow legged frogs are known to occur in McGarvey Creek immediately adjacent to units C and D.  Spotted owl nesting territories exist within .5 miles of units G and H.

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log trees up to 72" dbh east of Eureka, CA.


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THP 1-19-140 HUM (Boulder Road THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 206.5 acres; 62% clearcut, 19% selection, 19% no-harvest, misc roadside logging.  Barry Ridge, Boulder Creek (HUM: T4N R3E Sec 3, 4, 9, 10).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 60%, oversized units, landslide terrain, 16 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, red tree vole, foothill yellow legged frog, golden eagle, trees up to 72” dbh. Estimated public comment deadline: 11/03/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 15 miles east of Eureka, CA and Highway 101 at an elevation of 600 to 2,200 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Douglas fir and grand fir forests.  The THP area flows into the Mad River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, temperature and turbidity.  There are unstable areas in units A and C including; 4 deep seated landslide terrain sites in unit A, and 1 deep seated landslide terrain site in unit C.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to use temporary roads and landings during the winter period, and use ground based equipment on unstable areas in units A and C for shovel yarding operations. 16 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  In 1994, a red tree vole was spotted inside unit F, a golden eagle was reported over 1 mile south of the THP area, and foothill yellow legged frogs are known to occur inside Boulder Creek adjacent to units A and C.  There are spotted owl nesting territories within .25 miles of units A, C, D, E and F, and within .5 miles of units B and G.

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut and fuel break log SE of Placerville, CA.


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THP 4-19-141 AMA (Mill Dew THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 1,000 acres; 59% fuel break, 22% clearcut, 13% commercial thin, 4% special, 2% selection logging.  Mill Creek, Tiger Creek (MD: T7N R13E Sec 1, 2; T7N R14E Sec 5, 6, 7; T8N R13E Sec 25, 35, 36; T8N R14E Sec 21, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, CA spotted owls, foothill yellow legged frog, 2 sensitive plant species, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/08/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 17 miles SE of Placerville, CA, and about 5 miles NE of Pioneer, CA by Highway 88 (Carson Pass Highway) at an elevation of 3,600 to 4,960 feet. Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a fuel break and clearcut logging operation on steep slopes in ponderosa pine, sugar pine, incense cedar, white fir and Douglas fir forests.  The THP area flows into the Mokelumne River which is listed as an impaired watershed for zinc and copper from past mining activities. Sierra Pacific Industries is planning to use roads and landings during the winter period, use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging inside unit 4355, and use ground based equipment within watercourse areas inside units 4460 and 4480.  Coleman’s piperia was found inside unit 4355, and Sierra clarkia was found inside units 4247, 4250, 4260, 4493, 4650 and 4651. Foothill yellow legged frogs were reported at Tiger Creek within 1.27 miles of the THP area, and California spotted owl sightings were reported within sections 02, 04, 06, 18, 26, 32 and 33. This THP is just SE of SPI’s recently proposed Schell THP 4-19-010 ELD.

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log between Georgetown, CA and the South Fork of the American River.


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THP 4-19-139 ELD (Brass Creek THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 381 acres; 51% fuel break, 39% clearcut, 5% selection, 4% rehab, 1% roadside logging.  Brass Creek, Lower Pilot Creek (MD: T12N R11E Sec 1; T13N R11E Sec 35).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 60%, landslide terrain, 16 road drainage work sites, herbicides, osprey, northern goshawk, red hills soap root, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/02/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 18 miles NE of Auburn, CA and about 7.25 miles NE of Georgetown, CA at an elevation of 3,300 to 4,200 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a clearcut and fuel break tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Douglas fir, ponderosa pine, sugar pine, white fir and incense cedar forests.  The THP area flows into the South Fork of the American River, and contains 2 unstable areas including; an unstable area at the outflow of an historic ditch, and an unstable area along a seasonal road. Sierra Pacific Industries is planning to use ground based equipment on slopes designated for cable logging operations, use and construct roads, landings and crossings during the winter period, and use ground based equipment on slopes up to 50% grade that lead without flattening before reaching a watercourse area for site prep operations. 16 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings. Osprey and northern goshawk sightings were reported within 2.75 miles of the THP area. Red hills soap root was found in units FB01, 035B, 1705, FB02, FB09, FB07, 1712 and FB06.

Humboldt Redwood Company to log on steep and unstable slopes SE of Eureka, CA.


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THP 1-19-138 HUM (Little Salty THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 348.5 acres; 78% group selection, 13% no-harvest, 9% selection logging. Little Freshwater Creek (HUM: T4N R1E Sec 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23). Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, landslide terrain, impaired 303.d watershed,  45 road drainage work sites, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, osprey, trees up to 48” dbh. Estimated public comment deadline: 11/02/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS, VIEW THP

This THP is about 4 miles SE of Eureka, CA and Highway 101 at an elevation of 250 to 800 feet.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning a group selection and individual tree selection tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir and grand fir forests.  The THP area flows into Freshwater Creek which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and siltation.  45 landslide terrain sites exist within the THP area including multiple fill failures, debris flows, disrupted ground, debris slides, earth flows, debris slide slopes and steep inner gorges.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging.  There are several osprey nests in close proximity to haul roads, and 7 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.