Thursday, February 20, 2020

Green Diamond Resource Company to log NE of Klamath, CA by marten, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, and osprey sightings.


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THP 1-20-013 DEL (Top of Turwar THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 334.5 acres; 48% commercial thin, 35% clearcut, 10% no-harvest, 4% selection, 3% rehab, misc roadside logging. Lower Turwar Creek, Turwar Creek (HUM: T14N R02E Sec 16, 17, 19, 20, 21, 28, 29, 30). Wet weather operations, low erosion hazard, landslide terrain, steep slopes up to 75%, steep roads, 33 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, osprey, marten, sharp shinned hawk, foothill yellow legged frog, southern torrent salamander, scattered large trees. Estimated public comment deadline: 03/07/20. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 4 miles NE of Klamath, CA and about 6 miles east of Highway 101 and Redwood National Park at an elevation of 380 to 2,200 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a commercial thinning and clearcut tractor and cable logging operation 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 8 landslide terrain sites in the THP area including; 2 shallow rapid landslide terrain sites in unit B, and 4 shallow rapid landslide terrain sites in unit G. Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to use temporary roads and landings during the winter period, construct 30 feet of new temporary road within a class III (intermittent) watercourse area, and use ground based equipment on 2 temporary road segments with steep slopes exceeding 20% grade in unit C. 33 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement. Marten have been spotted .75 miles east of unit B, and 3.37 miles SE of unit I (the THP area is located within a Marten Special Management Area (MSMA)). There are 6 marbled murrelet stands within the THP area including; 3 marbled murrelet stands within .25 miles of the T10 Road, and 3 marbled murrelet stands within .25 miles of units A, B, G and several haul roads.  Three osprey nests are located within .25 miles of the T10 Road. In 1997, a sharp shinned hawk nest was found .84 miles south of unit I, and southern torrent salamanders are known to occur immediately adjacent to unit A. Foothill yellow legged frogs are known to occur in Turwar Creek immediately adjacent to unit G.  There are spotted owl nesting territories within .25 miles of unit E, and within .5 miles of units F, G, H and I.

Green Diamond Resource Company to log SE of Arcata, CA.


Google Earth Photo By L kayak003
THP 1-20-012 HUM (High Prairie Combo THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 128 acres; 71% commercial thin, 18% clearcut, 11% no-harvest logging. Cloney Gulch, Noisy Creek (HUM: T5N R3E Sec 2, 3, 10). Winter operations, low erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, oversized units, 3 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, golden eagle, foothill yellow legged frog, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 03/07/20. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 12 miles SE of Arcata, CA and about 6 miles south of the Highway 299 coast range summit at an elevation of 2,600 to 3,200 feet. Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly commercial thinning tractor and cable logging operation in Douglas fir forests. The THP area flows into Redwood Creek which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature. Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to use temporary roads and landings during the winter period, and use an existing seasonal road within a class II (mid sized) watercourse area for the yarding, decking and loading of logs inside unit A.  Three road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  Foothill yellow legged frogs were reported at Redwood Creek 1.5 miles east of unit D, and golden eagles have been observed .5 miles north of unit A.  There are spotted owl nesting territories within .5 miles of unit C.

Monday, February 17, 2020

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


Google Earth Photo By Greg Papciak
THP 1-20-010 MEN (Castle Gardens THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 569 acres; 77% transition, 17% group selection, 6% seed tree logging. Little North Fork Navarro River, Middle South Branch Navarro River, South Daugherty Creek (MD: T15N R14W Sec 5, 6, 7, 8, 17, 18, 19, 20).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 27 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 03/04/20. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 5 miles east of Navarro, CA and about 10 miles west of Ukiah, CA at an elevation of 520 to 1,760 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 Navarro River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature.  There are 26 landslide terrain sites in the THP area including; multiple debris slides, debris flows, steep inner gorges, earth flows, and road related cut bank and fill slope failures.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning to use an existing landing that extends into a watercourse area, use an existing road inside a class I (year round) watercourse area (bridge creek), and use 100 feet of an existing road inside a class II (mid sized) watercourse area.  They also are planning to use ground based equipment on a tractor road adjacent to an unstable area, use ground based equipment across a cut bank failure that extends into a debris slide, and use ground based equipment on a tractor road that extends into a class III (intermittent) watercourse area.  27 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  There are 5 spotted owl nesting territories within .7 miles of the THP area.

Humboldt Redwood Company to log SE of Eureka, CA by the “Bell Law - Booths Run” marbled murrelet stand.


Google Earth Photo By Greg Nyquist
THP 1-20-009 HUM (Boxcars THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 249.20 acres; 91% group selection, 6% selection, 3% no-harvest logging. Bell Creek, Booths Run (HUM: T3N R2E Sec 5, 8; T4N R2E Sec 28, 29, 32, 33).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, landslide terrain, 20 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, trees over 30” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 03/04/20. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 8 miles SE of Eureka, CA and about 7 miles NE of Fortuna, CA and Highway 101 at an elevation of 1,000 to 2,080 feet. Humboldt Redwood Company is planning a group selection and individual tree selection tractor and cable logging operation in redwood, Douglas fir and grand fir forests.  The THP area flows into the Van Duzen River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment/sedimentation and temperature. There is a 285 foot landslide terrain site (debris slide) and road related fill failure in the THP area. Humboldt Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging, and use an existing skid trail inside a class III (intermittent) watercourse area.  Twenty road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, and culvert repair/replacement.  Unit 2 is located within .25 miles of the “Bell Law - Booths Run” marbled murrelet stand, and there are 6 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log NE of Klamath, CA by spotted owl, marbled murrelet, osprey and marten sightings.


Google Earth Photo By Nickolus Folkins
THP 1-20-008 DEL (Dandy Creek THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 154.5 acres; 51% clearcut, 37% selection, 11% no-harvest, 1% roadside logging. Lower Turwar Creek, Upper Turwar Creek (HUM: T13N R02E Sec 3, 10; T14N R02E Sec 32, 33).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, steep roads, landslide terrain, 23 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, osprey, marten, sharp shinned hawk, foothill yellow legged frog, southern torrent salamander, scattered large trees. Estimated public comment deadline: 03/02/20. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 3 miles NE of Klamath, CA and about 1.6 miles NE of Klamath Glen, CA at an elevation of 80 to 2,440 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation 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 3 landslide terrain sites in the THP area including; 1 deep seated landslide terrain site in the NW portion of unit B, and 2 shallow rapid landslide terrain sites in the northern portion of unit B. Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to use temporary roads and landings during the winter period, and construct 2 segments of new seasonal roads exceeding 15% to 20% grade in unit D.  23 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  In 2001, marten were reported .2 miles east of unit D, and also 2.85 miles north of unit A (the THP area is located inside Marten Special Management Area (MSMA) Tract #85).  There are spotted owl nesting territories within .25 miles of unit E, and within .50 miles of units B, C, D and A. The “Miracle Mile” marbled murrelet stand is located within .25 miles of unit A, the “Arrow Mills” marbled murrelet stand is located within .25 miles of the A Line haul road, and there is potential marbled murrelet habitat within .25 miles of unit E, and the U 10 Road.  There are 2 osprey nest sites within .25 miles of the BL 10 Road, and 1 osprey nest within 500 feet of unit E.  In 1997, a sharp shinned hawk was reported .38 miles north of unit A. Southern torrent salamanders are known to occur immediately adjacent to unit D, and foothill yellow legged frogs are known to occur in Turwar Creek, immediately adjacent to unit E.

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


PANORAMIO Photo By blacksilverfan12
THP 1-20-007 DEL (H 100 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 148.5 acres; 60% clearcut, 20% selection, 19% no-harvest, 2% roadside logging. Lower West Fork Hunter Creek, Upper West Fork Hunter Creek (HUM: T14N R01E Sec 11, 12, 14).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, steep roads, 32 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, marten, sharp shinned hawk, foothill yellow legged frog, Indian pipe, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 03/02/20. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 5 miles north of Klamath, CA and about 3 miles east of Redwood National Park and Highway 101 at an elevation of 100 to 900 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, and construct a 100 foot segment of steep seasonal road on slopes between 15% and 20% grade inside unit B.  They also are planning to construct a segment of temporary road on slopes over 50% within 100 feet of a watercourse area in unit D, and construct a segment of seasonal road on slopes over 50% within 100 feet of a watercourse area in unit B. 32 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings. The THP area is located inside Marten Special Management Area (MSMA) Tract #71, and there are spotted owl nesting territories within .25 miles of unit B, and within .50 miles of units A, C and D. Potential marbled murrelet habitat is located .84 miles SW of unit D on USFS/BLM property. In 2011, a sharp shinned hawk nest was reported .34 miles south of unit D and within 90 feet of the H10 Road, and foothill yellow legged frogs are known to occur in Hunter Creek. Indian pipe was found inside unit D.

Friday, February 7, 2020

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log between I-80 and Nevada City, CA.


Google Earth Photo By Mike Bit
THP 2-20-002 NEV (Cascade THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 600 acres; 57% clearcut, 25% fuel break, 11% commercial thin, 7% selection, misc no-harvest logging. Buckeye Ridge, Burlington Ridge, Scotts Flat Reservoir, Upper Steephollow Creek (MD: T16N R10E Sec 3, 5, 6, 9, 10, 11, 15, 21, 22).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, impaired 303.d watershed, 5 road drainage work sites, herbicides, CA spotted owl, osprey, northern goshawk, red fox, 2 sensitive plant species, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 02/21/20. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 9 miles east of Nevada City, CA, 4 miles south of Highway 49, and about 5 miles north of I-80 at an elevation of 3,300 to 4,500 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in ponderosa pine, white fir, Douglas fir, incense cedar and sugar pine forests. There are 5 landslide terrain sites in the THP area including; 4 unstable areas in section 5 outside of THP units, and 1 unstable area in section 21 outside of THP units.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning to use and construct roads, landings and crossings during the winter period, and use ground based equipment on steep slopes between 50% and 65% with a moderate erosion hazard. Five road drainage sites are planned for work including; rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and waterhole construction.  In 2012, an osprey was reported within .7 miles of the nearest THP unit, and a northern goshawk territory exists within .4 miles of the nearest THP unit in section 09. There is an historic (1989) sighting of a red fox within .6 miles of the nearest THP unit in section 32. Sierra blue grass was found in units 15-1002 and 22-304, and Butte County fritillary was found in unit 5-905. 11 CA spotted owl sightings were reported within .09 to .57 miles from the nearest THP unit.

Jackson State Forest to log SE of Fort Bragg, CA near Caspar, CA.


PANORAMIO Photo By Cascadia Vision Comm
THP 1-20-006 MEN (Caspar 500 THP) Jackson State Forest, 555 acres; 69% selection, 20% group selection, 6% no-harvest, 5% fuel break, 1% roadside logging. Caspar Creek (MD: T17N R17W Sec 3, 5, 8, 9, 10).  Wet weather operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, steep roads, landslide terrain, 29 road drainage work sites, coho watershed, spotted owl, red tree voles, white flowered rein orchid, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 02/26/20. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 5 miles SE of Fort Bragg, CA and about 2 miles east of Caspar, CA and Highway 1 at an elevation of 120 to 620 feet. Jackson State Forest is planning an individual tree selection and group selection tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir, western hemlock, grand fir and bishop pine forests. There are 52 landslide terrain sites within the THP area including; 26 deep seated landslide terrain site (rockslides, disrupted ground, failures off roads 500 and 600) and 26 shallow rapid landslide terrain sites (debris slides, failures off roads 500, 600 and 669).  Jackson State Forest is planning to use temporary roads and landings during the winter period, construct several steep segments of the R2 Road exceeding 15% grade, and construct a segment of road across an unstable area at the end of road 523.  29 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  White flowered rein orchid was found along a PG&E access road.  A possible red tree vole nest was reported within 300 feet of the THP area, and there are 2 spotted owl nesting territories within .7 miles of the THP area.

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log along the Highway 299 coast range summit NE of Arcata, CA.


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THP 1-20-005 HUM (Mule Creek THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 135.5 acres; 85% clearcut, 12% no-harvest, 2% roadside, 1% selection logging. Denman Creek, Long Prairie Creek (HUM: T6N R2E Sec 1, 2; T7N R2E Sec 35, 36).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, steep roads, 5 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 02/24/20. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 8 miles NE of Arcata, CA near the Highway 299 coast range summit at an elevation of 1,000 to 2,040 feet. Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in Douglas fir and redwood forests. The THP area flows into the Mad River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, turbidity and temperature. Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to use temporary roads and landings during the winter period, and construct a 400 foot segment of steep road on slopes exceeding 65% in unit C. Five road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  There are spotted owl nesting territories within .5 miles of unit A.

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log SE of Crescent City, CA.


PANORAMIC Photo By blacksilverfan12
THP 1-20-004 DEL (H 400 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 144 acres; 68% clearcut, 23% selection, 7% no-harvest, 1% roadside logging. Upper West Fork Hunter Creek (HUM: T15N R01E Sec 33, 34, 35).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, landslide terrain, 13 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marten, sharp shinned hawk, foothill yellow legged frog, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 02/18/20. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 6 miles SE of Crescent City, CA and about 8 miles north of Klamath, CA at an elevation of 100 to 900 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 B, C and D.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to use temporary roads and landings during the winter period, construct a segment of temporary road (75 feet) inside a class II (mid sized) watercourse area in unit B, and construct a segment of temporary road (75 feet) inside a class II (mid sized) watercourse area in unit B. 13 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings. The THP area is located within Marten Special Management Area (MSMA) Tract 71 where martens have been detected. In 2011, a sharp shinned hawk nest was observed 90 feet west of the H10 haul road, and foothill yellow legged frogs are known to occur in Hunter Creek. There are spotted owl nesting territories within .25 miles of units A, B, C and D.

Gualala Redwood Timber Company to clearcut log near Annapolis, CA


Photo of Gualala River by CA State Water Resources Control Board
THP 1-20-003 SON (Vista THP) Gualala Redwood Timber Company, 144 acres; 53% clearcut, 22% transition, 13% selection, 8% group selection, 4% no-harvest, 1% roadside logging. Lower Rock Pile Creek (MD: T11N R14W Sec 28, 29, 32, 33).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, 20 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, 2 watch list plant species, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 02/17/20. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 4 miles SE of Gualala, CA, and about a mile SW of Annapolis, CA at an elevation of 80 to 960 feet.  Gualala Redwood Timber Company is planning a mostly clearcut 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 15 landslide terrain sites in the THP area including; 7 unstable areas in unit 1, 5 unstable areas in unit 2, 1 unstable area in unit 3, and 2 unstable areas in unit 4. Gualala Redwood Timber Company is planning to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging.  20 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  Coast iris and fringed false hellebore were reported within the THP area.  There are 2 spotted owl nesting territories within .7 miles of the THP area.

Monday, February 3, 2020

Jackson State Forest to log by the Camp One Campground and the Camp One Loop Trail.


Jackson State Forest
THP 1-19-224 MEN (Red Tail THP) Jackson State Forest, 345 acres; 91% selection, 9% group selection logging. Hare Creek, Kass Creek, Parlin Creek (MD: T18N R16W Sec 30, 31; T18N R17W Sec 23, 24, 25).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 46 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, heart leaf twayblade, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 02/15/20. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 5 miles SE of Fort Bragg near Camp One Campground and the Camp One Loop Trail at Jackson State Forest.  Jackson State Forest is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir, grand fir and western hemlock forests at an elevation of 60 to 880 feet.  The THP area lies within the older forest management area (OFDA).  There are 9 landslide terrain sites including multiple shallow and dormant landslides (debris slides) and 4 road related failure sites including; 3 cut bank failures and a collapsed old railroad tunnel failure. The THP area flows into the South Fork of the Noyo River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature.  Jackson State Forest is planning to use and construct roads and landings during the winter period, use skid trails and 1 tractor crossing inside a class II (mid sized) watercourse area, and use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging to construct fire lines and for long line operations. 46 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement. There are 3 marbled murrelet stands (red tail, south bend and south fork 3) within .25 miles of the THP area, and 3 spotted owl nesting territories within .7 miles of the THP area.  Heart leaf twayblade was found along road 359.