Wednesday, January 22, 2020

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


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THP 2-19-223 LAS (Cutter THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 689 acres; 94% clearcut, 4% rehab, 2% roadside logging. Cheney Creek, Papoose Creek, Upper Piute Creek (MD: T30N R10E Sec 12, 13, 24; T30N R11E Sec 5, 6, 7, 8, 17, 18, 19, 20). Winter operations, low erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, 33 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, CA spotted owl, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 02/05/20. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 6 miles NW of Susanville, CA, 5 miles south of Eagle Lake and about 12 miles NE of Westwood, CA at an elevation of 4,640 to 7,640 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor based logging operation in white fir, ponderosa pine, Douglas fir, sugar pine and incense cedar forests.  Roads and landings are proposed for construction and use during the winter period.  33 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  Susanville beardtongue was found in sections 17, 18 and 20.  There is 1 CA spotted owl territory within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Timber Products Company to clearcut log between Etna, CA and the Russian Wilderness Area.


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THP 2-19-219 SIS (Smith Lake THP) Timber Products Company, 595 acres; 64% clearcut, 15% selection, 12% commercial thin, 6% seed tree, 3% shelterwood, misc roadside logging.  Clark Creek, Meeks Meadow Creek, Paynes Lake Creek, Upper French Creek (MD: T41N R10W Sec 25, T41N R9W Sec 9, 17, 19, 21, 31).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes over 70%, 11 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, Russian roadless area, spotted owl, foothill yellow legged frog, cascade frog, squaw carpet, scattered large trees. Estimated public comment deadline: 02/04/20. SUBMIT COMMENTS, VIEW THP

This THP is 23 miles SW of Yreka, CA, and about 2.5 miles SW of Etna, CA by the community of French Creek and the Russian Wilderness Area (sections 19 and 25 are adjacent to the Russian Roadless Area) at an elevation of 3,300 to 6,600 feet.  The THP area is close (within .5 miles to 1 mile) of the popular trail system that links Smith, Meeks Meadow and Ruffey Lakes and contains regionally uncommon brewers spruce trees. Timber Products Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and erosive soils in Douglas fir, white fir, ponderosa pine, incense cedar, sugar pine, red fir, mountain hemlock and brewers spruce forests.  The THP area flows into the Scott River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment/siltation and temperature. Timber Products Company is planning to use roads, landings, and crossings during the winter period, and use ground based equipment on existing skid trails on slopes up to 65% in areas designated for cable logging.  11 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, and culvert repair/replacement.  Foothill yellow legged frogs were reported at Hogan Lake 2 miles SW of the THP area, and cascade frogs were reported from .5 miles to 2 miles from the nearest THP units at Smith, Upper Ruffey, Albert and Payne Lakes. Squaw carpet was found in units 20T and 21T.  There are 3 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log NE of Nevada City near the Middle Fork of the Yuba River.


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THP 2-19-218 NEV (Dracula THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 612 acres; 40% clearcut, 30% fuel break, 23% commercial thin, 7% no-harvest, 1% selection, misc roadside logging. Squirrel Creek (MD: T18N R10E Sec 17, 18, 19, 20, 21).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, steep roads, oversized units, 14 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, CA spotted owl, foothill yellow legged frog, CA spotted owl, northern goshawk, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 02/03/20. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 3 miles NE of Malakoff Diggings State Park (near the Middle Yuba River) and about 10 miles NE of Nevada City, CA at an elevation of 3,440 to 4,500 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a clearcut and fuel break tractor based logging operation in Ponderosa pine, sugar pine, white fir, incense cedar and Douglas fir forests.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning to use and construct roads, landings and crossings during the winter period, and use ground based equipment on slopes over 50% with a high erosion hazard in unit 17-705.  They also are planning to construct a segment of steep road with 65% slopes in unit 17-802, and use ground based equipment on steep slopes over 65% in units 17-705 and 17-802.  14 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  In 2019, a northern goshawk was reported within .8 miles of the nearest THP unit in section 15.  Six foothill yellow legged frog sightings were reported within .02 miles to 1.6 miles from the nearest THP unit in sections 8, 9, 15, 16 and 20.  Five CA spotted owl sightings were reported within .02 to .9 miles from the nearest THP unit in sections 18, 20, 21 and 27.

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log on steep and unstable slopes east of Hayfork, CA.


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THP 2-19-217 TRI (Brown Horse THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 413 acres; 89% clearcut, 10% selection, 1% roadside logging. East Fork Browns Creek, Middleton Gulch, Upper Reading Creek (MD: T31N R09W Sec 8, 9, 16, 17, 18, 21, 23, 27; T31N R10W Sec 13).  Winter operations, extreme erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, 4 sensitive plant species, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 02/02/2020. SUBMIT COMMENTS, VIEW THP

This THP is about 7 miles SE of Douglas City, CA and about 15 miles east of Hayfork, CA at an elevation of 2,200 to 5,000 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Douglas fir, ponderosa pine, white fir, sugar pine and incense cedar forests.  The THP area flows into the Trinity River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and siltation. There is an unstable area in section 27, highly erosion prone soils and several cut slope and fill slope road related failure sites in the THP area. Sierra Pacific Industries is planning to construct roads and landings during the winter period, and use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging within units 901, 1802 and 2701.  They also are planning to use ground based equipment on an existing skid trail along the edge of an unstable area in unit 1602, and use ground based equipment on existing skid trails with slopes over 50% with a high or extreme erosion hazard rating in units 1602, 2101 and 2301T.  In 2019, a foothill yellow legged frog was reported within 500 feet of the nearest harvest unit in section 13. Tracy’s Collomia was found in unit 1603, clustered lady’s slipper was found in units 1601 and 1603, mountain lady’s slipper was found in unit 2102, and Howell’s lewisia was found in units 1701, 1802, 2301 and 2302.  There are 11 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log near Klamath, CA and Klamath Glen, CA.


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THP 1-19-221 DEL (Hoppaw THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 70.5 acres; 87% clearcut, 7% selection, 6% no-harvest logging. Hoppaw Creek, Lower Turwar Creek (HUM: T13N R1E Sec 12; T13N R2E Sec 7; T14N R2E Sec 31).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, 4 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, osprey, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/28/20. SUBMIT COMMENTS, VIEW THP

This THP is about a mile NE of Klamath, CA and just north of the town of Klamath Glen at an elevation of 480 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. The THP area flows into the Lower Klamath River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, temperature, dissolved oxygen and nutrients.  There is a shallow rapid landslide terrain site in unit B. Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to use roads and landings during the winter period.  Four road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement. Eight osprey nest sites are located within the THP area including; 7 osprey nest sites within .25 miles of the T10 and KM10 Roads, an osprey nest within .25 miles of unit D, and 2 marbled murrelet stands are located within .25 miles of the T10 haul road.  There are spotted owl nesting territories within .5 miles of units A and C.

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log north of Klamath, CA.


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THP 1-19-220 DEL (Wilson 300 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 160.5 acres; 67% clearcut, 22% selection, 11% no-harvest logging. High Prairie Creek, North of Teds Ridge (HUM: T14N R01E Sec 3, 4, 9, 10, 16, 17).  Wet weather operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, steep roads, landslide terrain, 13 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, osprey, sharp shinned hawk, foothill yellow legged frog, Indian pipe, trees over 30” dbh. Estimated public comment deadline: 01/28/20. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 6 miles north of Klamath, CA and about a mile east of Highway 101 and Redwood National Park at an elevation of 240 to 1,440 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 Lower Klamath River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, temperature, dissolved oxygen and nutrients. There are shallow rapid landslide terrain sites in units A, C and D.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to use temporary roads and landings during the winter period, use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging inside unit C, and use a steep section of road in unit A exceeding 20% grade.  13 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 osprey nests within the THP area including; an osprey nest within 235 feet of the W10 Road, an osprey nest within 400 feet of the W100 Road, and an osprey nest within .25 miles of the W100 Road and unit E. Marbled murrelet stands are located within 300 feet of unit A, .25 miles of unit B, and within .25 miles of the W10 and W100 Roads.  In 2011, a sharp shinned hawk nest was observed 2 miles south of unit D, and Foothill yellow legged frogs are known to occur in McGarvey Creek immediately adjacent to units C and D. Indian pipe was found in unit D.  There are spotted owl nesting territories within .5 miles of units A and C.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log trees up to 55" dbh near Trinidad, CA and Strawberry Rock.


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THP 1-19-215 HUM (CR 1000 West #2 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 40.5 acres; 64% clearcut, 34% selection, 1% no-harvest logging. McDonald Creek (HUM: T08N R01W Sec 11).  Winter operations, low erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, landslide terrain, oversized units, 5 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, osprey, great blue heron, southern torrent salamander, trees up to 55” dbh.   Estimated public comment deadline: 01/28/20. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 2 miles north of Trinidad, CA and about a mile NW of Strawberry Rock, a popular hiking area with great views of the Pacific Ocean.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut feller buncher, shovel and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood and bishop pine forests at an elevation of 440 to 880 feet.  There is a shallow rapid landslide terrain site below the CR1800 Road in unit A.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to use temporary roads and landings during the winter period.  Five road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement. Potential marbled murrelet habitat exists on Humboldt Redwoods State Park lands within .25 miles of the LP Mill Road.  There are 3 osprey nests in the THP area including; an osprey nest within .25 miles of the LP Mill Road, an osprey nest 250 feet north of unit A, and an osprey nest 457 feet NW of unit A.    Southern torrent salamanders are known to occur immediately adjacent to unit A, and a great blue heron rockery is located .22 miles east of the BL2000 Road.

Humboldt Redwood Company to log trees up to 42” dbh east of Eureka, CA.


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THP 1-19-214 HUM (Fickle Jac THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 132.30 acres; 66% variable retention, 34% no-harvest logging. Blue Slide Creek, Dry Creek, Upper Jacoby Creek (HUM: T4N R2E Sec 3, 4; T5N R2E Sec 33). Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 11 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, coho watershed, trees up to 42” dbh. Estimated public comment deadline: 01/26/20. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 9 miles east of Eureka, CA and about 1.6 miles NE of Kneeland, CA at an elevation of 1,560 to 2,100 feet.  Humboldt 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 Mad River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, siltation, turbidity and temperature.  There are 7 landslide terrain sites in the THP area including; 2 debris slides in unit 1, 2 debris slides in unit 5 and 3 road related cut bank and fill slope failure sites.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging, and use ground based equipment on an existing skid trail with steep slopes exceeding 65% within unit 3.  They also are planning to use ground based equipment on slopes between 50% and 65% with a moderate erosion hazard.  11 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  There are 4 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

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


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THP 1-19-212 DEL (Morrison Thin THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 372.5 acres; 90% commercial thin, 10% no-harvest logging. Little Mill Creek (HUM: T17N R1E Sec 6, 7; T17N R1W Sec 1, 12; T18N R1E Sec 31; T18N R1W Sec 36).  Winter operations, low erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 60%, landslide terrain, 5 road drainage work sites, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, scattered large trees. Estimated public comment deadline: 01/21/20. SUBMIT COMMENTS, VIEW THP

This THP is about 2 miles SE of the town of Smith River, CA and about a mile east of Highway 101 at an elevation of 400 to 1,600 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly commercial thinning tractor based logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Douglas fir, redwood and western hemlock forests.  There are multiple shallow rapid landslide terrain sites in units A and B, and 1 deep seated landslide terrain site in unit A. Five road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  Potential marbled murrelet habitat is located within .91 miles of unit B, and there are 3 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Mendocino Redwood Company to log on steep and unstable slopes SW of Navarro, CA.


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THP 1-19-210 MEN (Crow’s Feet THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 368 acres; 58% selection, 19% variable retention, 15% transition, 7% no-harvest, 1% roadside logging. Lower Elk Creek, Lower Greenwood Creek (MD: T14N R16W Sec 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16).  Wet weather operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, steep roads, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 138 road drainage work sites, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, northern red legged frogs, 3 sensitive plant species, trees over 48” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/20/20. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 5 miles SW of Navarro, CA and about 3 miles SE of Elk, CA and Highway 101 along the Mendocino coastline.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood and Douglas fir forests at an elevation of 300 to 2,000 feet.  There are 50 landslide terrain sites including multiple debris slides, debris flows, steep head wall swales, rock slides, earth flows, and 7 road related failure sites including multiple fill failures, cut bank failures and road sloughing and cracking areas.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment on steep slopes exceeding 65% in units A, B, C, E, G, I and L, and construct steep segments of roads over 15% grade in unit I.  They also are planning to use ground based equipment over an unstable area in unit E, use ground based equipment along an existing skid trail that crosses an unstable area in unit G, and construct a 140 foot segment of road across an unstable area in unit I.  138 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  There are 10 mapped tree sites within and adjacent to the THP area which contain potential marbled murrelet habitat (trees 48” to 120” dbh) and potential marbled murrelet habitat 1 mile north of the THP area.  Northern red legged frogs have been reported in close proximity to the THP area.  Hoffman’s bristley jewelflower was found inside unit E, coast fawn lily was found along a seasonal road in unit M, and Methuselah’s beard lichen was found in sections 10 and 15.  There are 4 spotted owl nesting territories within .7 miles of the THP area.

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Green Diamond Resource Company planning a pair of clearcut THPs west of Redwood National Park.


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THP 1-19-208 HUM (BL1600/2720 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 158.5 acres; 65% clearcut, 31% selection, 4% roadside logging.  Pitcher Creek (HUM: T9N R1E Sec 15,16, 21, 22, 27, 28).  Winter operations, low erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 60%, steep roads, landslide terrain, oversized units, redwood national park, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, osprey, bald eagle, great blue heron, sharp shinned hawk, red tree vole, foothill yellow legged frog, trees up to 35” dbh. Estimated public comment deadline: 01/19/20. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 6 miles NE of Trinidad, CA near the western boundary of Redwood National Park (Unit B is adjacent) at an elevation of 600 to 1,800 feet elevation.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir, grand fir, western hemlock and Sitka spruce forests.  There are 5 landslide terrain sites in the THP area including; 3 deep seated and 1 shallow rapid landslide terrain site in unit A, and 1 deep seated landslide terrain site in unit B.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to use temporary roads and landings during the winter period, use ground based based equipment on existing skid trails across unstable areas in units A and B, and re-construct an existing steep section of road exceeding 15% grade in unit D. Potential marbled murrelet habitat exists on Humboldt Redwoods State Park property within .25 miles of the LP Mill Road, and within .25 miles of the BL2000 Road on GDRC property.  There are 4 osprey nests within the THP area including; an osprey nest within .25 miles of the LP Mill Road, an osprey nest within .25 miles of the BL1000 Road, and 2 osprey nests within .25 miles of the BL2000 Road.  A bald eagle nest is located 1.8 miles NW of the THP area, a great blue heron rockery is located .25 miles east of the BL2000 Road, and red tree voles have been observed .53 miles south of unit E.  In 2007, a sharp shinned hawk was reported 1.59 miles SW of unit D, and a foothill yellow legged frog was reported 1.5 miles west of unit D in Maple Creek. There are 7 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.  This THP is just NW of Green Diamond Resource Company’s recently submitted Relief Pitcher THP 1-19-209 HUM.

THP 1-19-209 HUM (Relief Pitcher THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 175.7 acres; 63% clearcut, 36% selection, 1% roadside logging. Pitcher Creek (HUM: T8N R1E Sec 2, 3, 10, 11, T9N R1E Sec 34, 35).  Wet weather operations, low erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, steep roads, oversized units, 17 road drainage work sites, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, osprey, great blue heron, trees up to 72” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/19/20. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 4 miles NE of Trinidad, CA near the western boundary of Redwood National Park at an elevation of 600 to 1,200 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in redwood and Douglas fir forests.  Temporary roads and landings are proposed for use during the winter period, and 300 feet of road is proposed for construction to access unit C with steep pitches exceeding 15% to 20% grade.  17 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  There is potential marbled murrelet habitat within .25 miles of the LP Mill Road, and within .25 miles of the BL2000 Road, and 3 osprey nests are located within the THP area including; an osprey nest within .25 miles of the LP Mill Road, and 2 osprey nests within .25 miles of the BL2000 Road.  In 2016, a blue heron rockery was reported .22 miles east of the BL2000 Road.  There are spotted owl nesting territories within unit A, within .25 miles of units B, C and F, and within .5 miles of units D and E.  This THP is just SE of Green Diamond Resource Company’s recently submitted BL1600/2720 THP 1-19-208 HUM.