Thursday, November 14, 2019

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log by the CA/OR Border.


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THP  1-19-158 DEL (Winchuck 1900 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 257 acres; 57% clearcut, 20% selection, 13% commercial thin, 9% no-harvest, 1% roadside logging.  Gilbert Creek, South Fork Winchuck River (HUM: T18N R1E Sec 6, 7; T18N R1W Sec 1,3, 4; T19N R1W Sec 34).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 80%, steep roads, landslide terrain, 15 road drainage work sites, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, foothill yellow legged frog, southern torrent salamander, coastal tailed frog, red tree vole, trees over 30” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/31/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 3 miles north of the town of Smith River, CA, and about 1 mile east of Highway 101 by the CA/OR border at an elevation of 100 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, western hemlock and Douglas fir forests.  There are 16 shallow rapid landslide terrain sites within and adjacent to units A, B, C, E and G. Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to use temporary roads and landings during the winter period, and use a short segment of steep road exceeding 20% grade for 75 feet in Unit A. 15 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  Potential marbled murrelet habitat exists on SIskiyou National Forest lands 323 feet north of unit A and within .25 miles of the W-1000 Road.  In 1995, red tree voles were observed inside unit B, and foothill yellow legged frogs are known to occur near unit B along the South Fork of the Winchuck River. Coastal tailed frogs are known to occur immediately adjacent to units E, F and G, and southern torrent salamanders are known to occur immediately adjacent to units B and G.  There are spotted owl nesting territories within .25 miles of unit B, and within .5 miles of units A, C, E, F and G.

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


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THP 1-19-156 HUM (Forks of Ah Pah THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 315.50 acres; 68% clearcut, 25% selection, 7% no-harvest logging.  Ah Pah Creek, Bear Creek (HUM: T12N R1E Sec 13; T12N R2E Sec 7, 9 16, 21, 22, 28).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, landslide terrain, oversized units, impaired 303.d watershed, redwood national park, herbicides, coho watershed. spotted owl, marbled murrelet, bald eagle, osprey, great blue heron, Del Norte salamander, foothill yellow legged frog, southern torrent salamander, tailed frog, trees up to 30” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/31/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS, VIEW THP

This THP is about 6 miles SE of Klamath, CA between Redwood National Park (unit D is adjacent) and the Klamath River (unit G is adjacent) at an elevation of 150 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, western hemlock and Douglas fir forests. The THP area flows into the Lower Klamath River watershed which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, temperature, dissolved oxygen and nutrients.  There are 12 unstable areas including; 3 landslide terrain sites in unit A, 1 landslide terrain site in unit B, 5 landslide terrain sites in unit D, and 3 landslide terrain sites in unit H.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to use temporary roads and landings during the winter period.  Three osprey nests are located within the THP area including; a nest within .25 miles of seasonal roads used to access unit F, a nest within .25 miles of unit G, and a nest within .25 miles of seasonal roads used to access unit A.  Three bald eagle nests are located within .5 miles of the THP area including; a nest within 270 feet of the CL1800 Road, a nest within .5 miles of unit F, and a nest 450 feet east of the CL1800 Road by the Klamath River.  Foothill yellow legged frogs are known to occur immediately adjacent to units G and H in the Klamath River and at Ah Pah Creek, and southern torrent salamanders and tailed frogs are known to occur immediately adjacent to unit H.  In 1994, a Del Norte salamander was observed inside unit F, and in 1991, a Del Norte salamander was observed inside unit B. There is an historic (2007) great blue heron rockery within .25 miles of seasonal roads used to access unit H. Marbled murrelet habitat exists on Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park lands within .25 miles of the S Line Road.  Spotted owl nesting territories are located within .25 miles of units A, B, F and G, and within .5 miles of unit E.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log trees up to 46” dbh by Calaveras Big Trees State Park and Dorrington, CA.


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THP 4-19-179 TUO (Geazzer THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 388 acres; 70% clearcut, 14% fuel break, 11% selection, 3% commercial thin, 2% special, 1% roadside logging.  Lower Beaver Creek, Middle Beaver Creek (T05N R16E Sec 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, steep roads, landslide terrain, impaired 303.d watershed, 55 road drainage work sites, CA big trees state park, herbicides, CA spotted owl, northern goshawk, 4 sensitive plant species, trees up to 46” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/16/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 2.7 miles SE of Dorrington, CA and Highway 4 by Calaveras Big Trees State Park at an elevation of 4,550 to 5,570 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in ponderosa pine, sugar pine, white fir, Douglas fir and incense cedar forests.  There are 3 landslide terrain sites in the THP area including; an unstable area adjacent to unit 1194, an unstable area within unit 2471, and an unstable area adjacent to a haul road.  Six acres of Special Treatment Area (STA) have been designated adjacent to California Big Trees State Park to hide the visual impacts of clearcutting (combination selection and fuel break prescription).  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning to use and construct roads, landings and crossings during the winter period, use ground based equipment on slopes between 50% and 65% with a moderate erosion hazard, use 2 existing skid trails inside a class III (intermittent) watercourse areas, and use a portion of an existing landing inside a class I (year round) watercourse area.  They also are planning to construct segments of steep temporary road exceeding 15% to 20% grade in unit 2967, construct segments of steep temporary road exceeding 15% to 20% grade in unit 1600 and 1607, and construct segments of steep temporary road exceeding 15% to 20% grade in unit 1637.  55 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  In 1999, a northern goshawk nest was reported within .66 miles of the nearest unit (2521) in section 15. Threebract onion was found along a road adjacent to unit 2471, cut leaved monkey flower was found in unit 1515, Coleman’s rein orchid was found in units 2619, 2630, 3018, 2967, 1637, 1463 and 2521, and Rocky Mountain chickweed was found in or adjacent to units 1634, 1637, 1463 and 2521.  There are 10 CA spotted owl territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Sierra Pacific Industries to group select and fuel break log between Truckee, CA and the North Shore of Lake Tahoe.


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THP 2-19-155 PLA (Lobos THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 1,473 acres; 58% group selection, 25% fuel break, 10% sanitation salvage, 5% clearcut, 2% seed tree logging.  West Martis Creek (MD: T16N R17E Sec 2, 3, 4; T17N R17E Sec 28, 33, 34, 35).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, 3 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, goshawk, willow flycatcher, trees up to 32” dbh. Estimated public comment deadline: 11/31/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 3 miles SE of Truckee, CA, about 3 miles north of the north shore of North Lake Tahoe, and a few miles east of Northstar Ski Area at an elevation of 6,500 to 7,700 feet. Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a group selection and fuel break tractor based logging operation in nice high elevation stands of red fir, white fir, Jeffrey pine, western white pine, lodgepole pine and sugar pine forests.  The THP area flows into the Truckee Watershed which is listed as an impaired watershed for sedimentation/siltation and is a popular year round recreation area for locals and tourists. Construction and use of landings and crossings is proposed during the winter period.  Three road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  In 2018, a northern goshawk was reported within .7 miles of the nearest THP unit in section 34, and in 2004, a pair of willow flycatchers were reported near the THP area.

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log SE of Mt Shasta near Bieber and Lookout, CA.


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THP 2-19-149 MOD (Whitecap THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 1,724 acres; 93% clearcut, 7% fuel break, misc roadside logging.  Armentrout Flat, Frog Waterhole, Mosquito Lake (MD: T40N R4E Sec 1, 12; T40N R5E Sec 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18; T40N R6E Sec 7, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, osprey, greater sandhill crane, northern goshawk, elk, 3 sensitive plant species, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/24/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 13 miles NW of Bieber, CA, 8 miles NW of Lookout, CA and about 38 miles SE of Mt. Shasta at an elevation of 4,000 to 4,600 feet. Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor based logging operation in ponderosa pine, sugar pine, incense cedar and white fir forests.  Construction of roads and landings is proposed during the winter period. Greater sandhill cranes and elk are known to frequent nearby Whitehorse Flat and Mosquito Lake.  There are 5 historic (over 5 years) northern goshawk sightings within the THP area, and in 2018, an osprey nest was reported inside unit 8A.  Silvery false lupine and Shasta beardtongue were found in a grassland area, and long haired star tulip was found near units 19D and 20D.

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log east of Strawberry Rock near Trinidad, CA.


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THP 1-19-150 HUM (CR2400/1640 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 284.60 acres; 56% clearcut, 20% commercial thin, 19% selection, 5% no-harvest, misc roadside logging.  Maple Creek, McDonald Creek (HUM: T8N R1E Sec 7, 8, 15, 16, 17, 18, 22).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, landslide terrain, steep slopes up to 70%, steep roads, 6 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, strawberry rock, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, osprey, southern torrent salamander, sharp shinned hawk, trees up to 40” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/20/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is a few miles NE of Trinidad, CA and about a mile east of Strawberry Rock, a popular hiking destination with great views of the Pacific Ocean.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a clearcut and commercial thinning tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes (there is a steep headwall swale in unit E) in redwood, Douglas fir, Sitka spruce, shore pine, Bishop pine and Port Orford cedar forests at an elevation of 700 to 1,400 feet.  Construction of a steep segment of temporary road is proposed exceeding 20% grade for 100 feet to access unit A, and construction of 2 segments of temporary road is proposed exceeding 20% grade for 100 feet to access unit H.  Six road drainage sites are proposed for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  There are 3 osprey nests within the THP area including; an osprey nest within unit F, and 2 osprey nests within .25 miles of haul roads.  In 2000, a sharp shinned hawk was reported .8 miles north of unit A, and southern torrent salamanders are known to occur immediately adjacent to unit C.  There are 8 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Timber Products Company to clearcut log west of Fort Jones, CA near the Marble Mountain Wilderness Area.


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THP 2-19-145 SIS (Snow Creek THP) Timber Products Company, 341 acres; 88% clearcut, 6% sanitation salvage, 6% shelterwood logging. Boulder Creek, Isinglass Creek, Member Creek, Snitklaw Creek (MD: T44N R10W Sec 29, 31, 32, 33; T44N R11W Sec 36).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, marble mountain wilderness area, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, northern goshawk, cascade frog, Scott Bar salamander, Oregon polemonium, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/16/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 9 miles of Fort Jones, CA and about a mile south of the Scott River at an elevation of 3,600 to 6,500 feet (section 36 is adjacent to the Marble Mountain Wilderness Area near Isinglass Lake). Timber Products Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor based logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Douglas fir, white fir, red fir, incense cedar, sugar pine and ponderosa pine forests.  There are unstable areas in sections 31, 32 and 36 and the THP area drains towards the Scott River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature. Timber Products Company is planning to use and construct roads and landings during the winter period, and re-construct an existing road across an unstable area in section 36.  Northern goshawks have been reported within .25 miles of the THP area, and there is Scott Bar Salamander habitat within the THP area.  A cascade frog was reported .5 miles south of the THP area at the headwaters of Isinglass Lake.  Oregon polemonium was found in section 32.  There are 7 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Sierra Pacific Industries planning a large 619 acre fuel break THP west of Union Valley Reservoir.


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THP 4-19-146 ELD (Trivien THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 805 acres; 77% fuel break, 11% clearcut, 11% no-harvest, 1% selection, 1% roadside logging.  Little Silver Creek, Lower South Fork Rubicon River, Onion Creek, Sugar Pine Creek, Upper Pilot Creek (MD: T12N R13E Sec 1, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 23, 24, 25; T12N R14E Sec 6, 7; T13N R13E Sec 36; T13N R14E Sec 29, 30, 31, 32).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes, steep roads, 7 road drainage work sites, herbicides, CA spotted owl, northern goshawk, osprey, fisher, fringed and yuma myotis bats, 4 sensitive plant species, scattered large trees. Estimated public comment deadline: 11/15/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 8 miles NE of Pollock Pines, CA and Highway 50 near Union Valley Reservoir at an elevation of 5,040 to 6,160 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a fuel break and clearcut tractor based logging operation in ponderosa pine, white fir, sugar pine, incense cedar and Douglas fir forests.  The THP area is adjacent to the 2014 King Fire burn perimeter, and within 2 miles of the South Fork Campground.  SPI is planning to use and construct roads, landings and crossings during the winter period, and use ground based equipment on slopes up to 50% that lead without flattening towards a watercourse area for tractor piling of slash.  Seven road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/restoration.  There are 4 northern goshawk territories within .84 miles to 1.8 miles of the THP area, and an osprey was reported .65 miles from the THP area in section 30.  In 1995, a fisher was spotted 2 miles from the nearest THP unit, and fringed myotis and Yuma myotis bats were reported .65 miles from the THP area.  Arching sedge was found in units FB18, FB21, FB22, FB23, Sierra bayberry was found in unit FB23, Coleman’s piperia was found in units FB1, FB6, FB15, FB19, FB21 and FB24, and Sierra starwort was found in unit FB27.  There are 12 CA spotted owl nesting territories within 2.1 miles of the THP area (.11 to 2.1 miles from THP units).