Friday, December 27, 2019

Logging proposed amongst 500+ year old giant sequoia trees in Mountain Home State Forest NE of Porterville, CA.


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THP 4-19-205 TUL (Tub Flat THP) Mountain Home State Forest, 630 acres; 76% selection, 21% no-harvest, 4% group selection logging. Silver Creek, Upper North Bear Creek (MD: T19S R30E Sec 24, 25, 36; T19S R31E Sec 30, 31).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 60%, 5 road drainage work sites, logging near old growth giant sequoias, shake camp campground, loop and loop cutoff trails, Moses roadless area, CA spotted owl, northern goshawk, pacific fisher, sharp shinned hawk, Cooper’s hawk, trees up to 140 years old.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/12/20. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 8 miles NE of Springville, CA and about 18 miles NE of Porterville, CA by Shake Camp Campground and the Loop Trail and Loop Cutoff Trails within Mountain Home State Forest at an elevation of 6,200 to 7,000 feet. Mountain Home State Forest is planning a mostly individual tree selection tractor based logging operation in ponderosa pine, sugar pine, incense cedar, white fir, Douglas fir and giant sequoia forests. Sections 24, 30 & 31 are adjacent to the Moses Roadless Area, and logging is proposed amongst scattered old growth giant sequoias 500+ years old. Five road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  In 1992, a pacific fisher was spotted within .5 miles of the THP area, and there is a northern goshawk territory within .75 miles of the THP area in the Upper North Bear Creek Watershed.  Cooper’s hawks and sharp shinned hawks were reported within 1 mile of the THP area, and there are 2 CA spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log by the Mt Shasta Forest Subdivision NE of McCloud, CA.


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THP 2-19-207 SIS (Widow 31 THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 652 acres; 99% clearcut, 1% roadside logging. Pilgrim Creek, Upper Mud Creek, Widow Spring (MD: T40N R1W Sec 6; T40N R2W Sec 1, 2, 5, 10, 26, 27, 33, 34, 35).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 60%, 4 road drainage work sites, herbicides, spotted owl, northern goshawk, pacific fisher, 1 sensitive plant species, trees up to 100 years old.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/19/20. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 12 miles east of the city of Mt Shasta, and about 4 miles NE of McCloud, CA by the cabin community known as the Mt Shasta Forest Subdivision at an elevation of 3,970 to 5,520 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a clearcut tractor based logging operation in white fir, red fir, ponderosa pine, Jeffrey pine, sugar pine and incense cedar forests.  They are planning to use and construct of roads, landings and crossings during the winter period, and use 140 feet of a seasonal road along the outer edge of a class II (mid sized) watercourse area between units 6C and 6G.  Four road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement. A pacific fisher was reported within .75 miles from the nearest THP Unit in section 11, and also within 1.7 miles of the nearest THP unit, and a northern goshawk territory is located within 1 mile of the THP area in section 7.  Hot rock daisy was found just south of unit 5A in section 5. There is a spotted owl nesting territory within 1.2 miles of the THP area, and spotted owls were reported in sections 16, 29 and 30.

Mendocino Redwood Company to log NW of Ukiah, CA.


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THP 1-19-204 MEN (Mountain Dew THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 288 acres; 62% variable retention, 38% transition logging. Little North Fork Navarro River (MD: T16N R14W Sec 30, 31; T16N R15W Sec 23, 24, 25, 26, 36).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, landslide terrain, 31 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, redwood lily, trees up to 36” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/12/20. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 13 miles NW of Ukiah, CA, and about 5 miles SE of Comptche, CA at an elevation of 520 to 1,520 feet.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning a variable retention and transition tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir and Monterrey pine forests.  The THP area flows into the Navarro River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature. There are landslide terrain sites in the THP area including; 1 unstable area in unit 2, 2 unstable areas in unit 4, and 1 unstable area in unit 6. Mendocino Redwood Company is planning to use an existing tractor landing within a class I (year round) watercourse area, and use ground based equipment on existing skid trails in areas designated for cable logging.  31 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement. Redwood lily was found along a haul road between units in the THP area, and there are 2 spotted owl nesting territories within .7 miles of the THP area.

Thursday, December 26, 2019

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log south of Mineral, CA and Lassen Volcanic National Park.


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THP 2-19-200 TEH (Cement THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 253 acres; 97% clearcut, 7% selection logging. Cement Creek, Round Valley (MD: T27N R3E Sec 12, 13, 14, 23, 24; T27N R4E Sec 5, 6, 7, 8).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, 37 road drainage work sites, oversized units, chinook watershed, mill creek roadless area, herbicides, northern goshawk, foothill yellow legged frog, Mildred’s clarkia, scattered large trees. Estimated public comment deadline: 01/07/20. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 10 miles south of Mineral, CA and Highway 36, and about 13 miles south of Lassen Volcanic National Park near Highway 32 at an elevation of 5,000 to 5,400 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in white fir, Douglas fir, sugar pine, ponderosa pine and incense cedar forests.  Sections 6 and 12 are adjacent to the Mill Creek Roadless Area.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning to construct roads, landings and crossings during the winter period, and use ground based equipment on slopes between 50% and 65% with a moderate erosion hazard.  37 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  A northern goshawk was reported within .25 miles of the nearest THP unit in section 24, and foothill yellow legged frogs were reported within 1 mile (4,800 feet) of the nearest THP unit in section 26. Mildred’s clarkia was reported inside unit 6.  There are 3 CA spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area in sections 7, 8, 13, 17, 18, 24, 26, and 27.

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


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THP 1-19-199 DEL (Rowdy 1210 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 137 acres; 66% clearcut, 27% selection, 6% no-harvest, 1% roadside logging.  Lower Rowdy Creek (HUM: T18N R1E Sec 17, 18, 19, 20).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 80%, landslide terrain sites, 8 road drainage work sites, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, Del Norte salamander, foothill yellow legged frog, coastal tailed frog, trees over 30” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/05/20. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is a few miles NE of the town of Smith River, CA and Highway 101, and about 3 miles south of the CA/OR border at an elevation of 200 to 1,600 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 shallow rapid landslide terrain sites in units B (2) and E, 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 construct 3 temporary roads segments inside a class II (mid sized) watercourse area within unit B.  Eight road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  Foothill yellow legged frogs are known to occur at Rowdy Creek within .25 miles of unit E, and within .5 miles of unit F.  In 2008, a Del Norte salamander was reported within .6 miles of units E and F, and coastal tailed frogs are known to occur immediately adjacent to unit E.  There are spotted owl nesting territories within .25 miles of unit F.

Humboldt Redwood Company to log inside large tree marbled murrelet stand 376D and spotted owl nesting site 242.


Photo of nearby Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park by Californiabeaches.com
THP 1-19-198 HUM (Bitter Root THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 441 acres; 88% group selection, 9% no-harvest, 2% selection logging.  Root Creek (HUM: T1N R2E Sec 14, 15, 16, 17, 20, 21, 22).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 60%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 18 road drainage work sites, logging inside large tree marbled murrelet stand 376D, grizzly creek redwoods state park, herbicides, impaired 303.d watershed, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, osprey, peregrine falcon, willow flycatcher, trees up to 36” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/05/20. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 10 miles SE of Fortuna, CA and about 4 miles east of Stafford, CA and Highway 101 near Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park (unit 1 is adjacent) at an elevation of 400 to 1,600 feet.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning a mostly group selection tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir and grand fir forests.  Large tree marbled murrelet stand 376D and northern spotted owl nesting site 242 are located inside Unit 1. The THP area flows into the Van Duzen River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature.  24 landslide terrain sites exist in the THP area including multiple debris slides, earth flows, disrupted ground and 6 road related fill failures and cut bank failures.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning to construct and use roads, landings and crossings during the winter period, and use ground based equipment on slopes between 50% and 65% with a moderate erosion hazard.  18 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement. There is a peregrine falcon nesting site along Holmes Bluff near the THP area, and several osprey nests are situated along the Van Duzen River within the THP area. Potential willow flycatcher habitat exists along the banks of the Van Duzen River in sections 15 and 16.  10 spotted owl nesting territories are located within 1.3 miles of the THP area, including a spotted owl nesting territory inside unit 1 (NSO Site 242).

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log SE of Quincy, CA near Cromberg, CA.


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THP 2-19-195 PLU (Ridge THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 423 acres; 62% clearcut, 17% fuel break, 14% roadside, 8% selection logging.  Happy Valley, Little Long Valley (MD: T23N R12E Sec 5, 6, 8, 9; T24N R11E Sec 25, 36; T24N R12E Sec 29, 30, 31, 32). Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, steep roads, landslide terrain, oversized units, 27 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, CA spotted owl, northern goshawk, Quincy lupine, scattered large trees. Estimated public comment deadline: 12/31/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 12 miles SE of Quincy, CA and about 1.5 miles NE of Cromberg, CA and Highway 89 at an elevation of 5,280 to 6,960 feet. Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Jeffrey pine, ponderosa pine, sugar pine, white fir, incense cedar and Douglas fir forests. There is an unstable area near the LV Line Haul Road in section 17. Sierra Pacific Industries is planning to construct roads and landings during the winter period, and use ground based equipment on slopes between 50% and 65% with a moderate erosion hazard. 27 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  Quincy lupine was found was found in units 6 and 12, and adjacent to unit 11 (section 31).  There is a goshawk territory within 1.3 miles of the THP area (section 33), and 6 CA spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Gualala Redwood Timber Company to log trees up to 48” dbh NE of Gualala, CA.


North Fork of the Gualala River By Peter Cafferata 
THP 1-19-197 MEN (Hoodoo THP) Gualala Redwood Timber Company, 231 acres; 54% selection, 39% fuel break, 6% transition, 1% roadside logging.  Robinson Creek (MD: T11N R14W Sec 7, 18, 19; T11N R15W Sec 12, 13, 24).  Wet weather operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 23 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, trees up to 48” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/31/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 3 miles NE of Gualala, CA and Highway 1 at an elevation of 80 to 1,380 feet.  Gualala Redwood Timber Company is planning an individual tree selection and fuel break tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir, sugar pine and grand fir forests. The THP area flows into the Gualala River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature. There are 12 landslide terrain and road failure sites including multiple debris slides, debris torrents, bank failures, skid trail and tractor road failure sites, steep gullies, fill slope and cut bank failures.  Gualala Redwood Timber Company is planning to use roads, landings and crossings during the winter period, and use ground based equipment on existing tractor roads with steep slopes between 50% and 65% with a moderate erosion hazard.  23 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement. Potential marbled murrelet habitat is located at Green Bridge along a haul road, and there is 1 spotted owl nesting territory within .5 miles of the THP area.

Saturday, December 14, 2019

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log SW of Dinsmore, CA and Highway 36.


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THP 1-19-193 HUM (Ness THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 221 acres; 67% clearcut, 14% selection, 13% special, 6% rehab, misc roadside logging.  Horse Creek (HUM: T01N R05E Sec 31; T01S R05E Sec 6).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, landslide terrain, oversized units, 15 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, western pond turtle, peregrine falcon, 3 sensitive plant species, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/29/19 SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 13 miles NE of Weott, CA and about 6.5 miles SW of Dinsmore, CA and Highway 36 at an elevation of 2,480 to 4,860 feet.  The THP area flows into the Van Duzen River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Douglas fir, white fir and ponderosa pine forests.  There are 8 unstable areas in section 31, and 1 unstable area in section 6. Sierra Pacific Industries is planning to use roads and landings during the winter period.  15 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement. There is an historic (1995) peregrine falcon nest site in close proximity to the THP area, and a western pond turtle was found in a wet area in close proximity to the THP area.  Redwood lily was found in units 31A and 6F, white flowered rein orchid was found near unit 6F, and Howell’s montia was found within and adjacent to unit 31A.  One spotted owl nesting territory is located within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Mendocino Redwood Company to log on steep and unstable slopes NE of Gualala, CA.


North Fork of the Gualala River By Peter Cafferata 
THP 1-19-191 MEN (Combo Main THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 408 acres; 43% selection, 32% transition, 17% variable retention, 8% rehab logging.  Doty Creek, South Fork Garcia River (MD: T11N R15W Sec 3, 4, 5: T12N R15W Sec 31, 32, 33).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 74 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, 3 sensitive plant species, trees up to 36” dbh.  public comment deadline: 12/25/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is 4.5 miles NE of Gualala, CA, and about 3 miles east of Highway 1 at an elevation of 200 to 800 feet.  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 Gualala River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature.  There are 38 landslide terrain sites in the THP area (units 1, 2, 3 and 4, and 10) including multiple debris slides, 23 of which have road related fill slope and cut bank failures.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment on slopes between 50% and 65% with a moderate erosion hazard, use ground based equipment on 2 existing skid trails with slopes over 65% inside units 5 and 6, and use ground based equipment on unstable areas within units 1, 2, 3 and 4. 74 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings. Humboldt milk vetch was found in section 33, Bolander’s reed grass was found in sections 4 and 32, and Swamp harebell was found adjacent to unit 2 in section 4.  There are 5 spotted owl nesting territories within .7 miles of the THP area.

Saturday, December 7, 2019

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


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THP 2-19-186 LAS (Buffy THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 1,155 acres; 51% clearcut, 42% fuel break, 3% roadside, 2% shelterwood, 1% selection, 1% special logging. Coppervale Station, Lower Goodrich Creek, Mountain Meadows Creek (MD: T28N R10E Sec 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 17, 18; T28N R9E Sec 1, 2, 11, 12, 13; T29N R10E Sec 29, 32; T29N R9E Sec 35, 36).  Winter operations, low erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, landslide terrain, 88 road drainage work sites, oversized units, herbicides, Lassen wolf pack, northern goshawk, greater sandhill crane, willow flycatcher, great gray owl, long toed salamander, 3 sensitive plant species, scattered large trees. Estimated public comment deadline: 12/18/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 4 miles east of Westwood, CA between Coppervale Ski Area and Mountain Meadows Reservoir at an elevation of 5,120 to 6,640 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a clearcut and fuel break tractor based logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in ponderosa pine, sugar pine, Douglas fir, incense cedar and white fir forests.  There is a shallow rapid landslide terrain site that has discharged sediment into Duffy Creek in section 5.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning to use and construct roads and landings during the winter period, and use 2 existing skid trails inside a watercourse area within the aspen release area.  88 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  In 2019, the Lassen wolf pack was documented traveling in close proximity to the THP area.  There is potential willow flycatcher and great gray owl foraging habitat in the THP area, and Sandhill cranes are known to forage nearby at Mountain Meadows Reservoir adjacent to the THP area.  In 2004, northern goshawks were reported 1 mile east and 1.5 miles south of the THP area in sections 10 and 28.  In 2017 and 2019, a long toed salamander was found at waterhole #4. Clustered lady’s slipper was found in fuel break unit #F2, blushing wild buckwheat was found in fuel break units #F8 and #F9, and Susanville beardtongue was found in fuel break units #F8 and #F9.  There are 3 CA spotted owl territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area in sections 10 and 22.

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log NW of Eagle Lake and Susanville, CA.


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THP 2-19-185 LAS (Pat THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 814 acres; 93% clearcut, 7% roadside logging. Black Hole, Bullard Lake (MD: T34N R10E Sec 7, 8, 17, 18, 19; T34N R9E Sec 2, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 23, 24, 25, 26; T35N R9E Sec 35).  Winter operations, low erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, 72 road drainage work sites, herbicides, goshawk, 2 sensitive plant species, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/18/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 20 miles SE of Bieber, CA, 25 miles NW of Susanville, CA, and about 8 miles NW of Eagle Lake at an elevation of 6,000 to 6,600 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor based logging operation in ponderosa pine, Jeffrey pine, white fir and incense cedar forests.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning to use and construct roads, landings and crossings during the winter period.  72 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, and culvert repair/replacement.  In 1999, a northern goshawk was reported .75 miles from the nearest THP unit in section 06.  Hillside Arnica was found adjacent to unit 204, and Liddon’s sedge was found adjacent to units 204, 205, 221, 239 and 271.  There is 1 CA spotted owl nesting territory within 1.3 miles of the THP area.