Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Humboldt Redwood Company to log trees up to 58” dbh amongst residual old growth stands NE of Stafford, CA.


PANORAMIC Photo By Redwood Transect
THP 1-20-035 HUM (Stitz In Time THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 398 acres; 52% group selection, 37% selection, 11% no-harvest logging.  Jordon Creek (HUM: T1N R1E Sec 11, 12, 13, 14, 15).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 60 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, red legged frog, trees up to 58” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 04/13/20. SUBMIT COMMENTS, VIEW THP, THP PLAN

This THP is about a mile NE of Stafford, CA and Highway 101, and about 4.3 miles SE of Scotia, CA near the Eel River and the Avenue of the Giants at an elevation of 540 to 1,590 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. There are scattered residual old growth trees in units 1 and 2 totaling 12 acres. The THP area flows into the Eel River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment/sedimentation and temperature.  There are 25 landslide terrain sites in the THP area including 15 unstable areas in unit 1, and 10 unstable areas in unit 2, and 9 road related failure sites including multiple debris slides, fill failures and cut bank failures.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment on slopes between 50% to 65% with a moderate erosion hazard, and use ground based equipment on existing skid trails in areas designated for cable logging.  60 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  Red legged frogs were reported at Monument Creek, and there are 16 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Mendocino Redwood Company to log on steep and unstable slopes NW of Willits, CA.


PANORAMIC Photo By mlhess
THP 1-20-034 MEN (Burkhardt THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 536 acres; 58% transition, 27% variable retention, 13% selection, 2% no-harvest logging. Olds Creek (MD: T18N R15W Sec 2, 3, 10, 11, 14, 15).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 28 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, Humboldt milk vetch, trees up to 42” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 04/13/20. SUBMIT COMMENTS, VIEW THP,  THP PLAN

This THP is about 8 miles NW of Willits, CA and about 15 miles east of Fort Bragg, CA near the Skunk Train route by Irmulco, CA at an elevation of 400 to 1,200 feet.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning a transition and variable retention tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood and Douglas fir forests.  The THP area flows into the Noyo River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment.  There are 77 landslide terrain sites including multiple debris slides, debris slide slopes, debris flows, earth flows, disrupted ground, steep inner gorges and 34 road related failures including multiple debris slides, debris flows, disrupted ground, fill failures, steep inner roads gullies, and earth flows off the Irmulco Road; multiple debris slides, torrent tracks, and disrupted ground off Road 2, and multiple debris slides and disrupted ground off Road 2.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging, and use ground based equipment on existing tractor roads with slopes between 50% and 65%.  They also are planning to use an existing landing which boarders a class III (intermittent) watercourse area, and use ground based equipment across unstable areas.  28 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, and culvert repair/replacement.  Humboldt milk vetch was found in the THP area, and there are 4 spotted owl nesting territories within .7 miles of the THP area.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Mendocino Redwood Company to log NE of Rockport, CA and Highway 1.


PANORAMIO Photo By Winst1966
THP 1-20-030 MEN (Kimball 22 Short THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 304 acres; 69% selection, 21% variable retention, 10% transition logging. Cottaneva Creek, Middle Hollow Tree Creek (MD: T22N R17W Sec 8, 16, 17, 18, 20, 21).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, landslide terrain, 29 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, coho watershed, osprey, humboldt milk vetch, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 04/01/20. SUBMIT COMMENTS, VIEW THP, THP PLAN

This THP is a few miles NE of Rockport, CA and Highway 1 at an elevation of 400 to 1,840 feet.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes ( 2 landslide terrain sites within unit C ) in redwood, Douglas fir and western hemlock forests.  The THP area flows into the South Fork of the Eel River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature. Mendocino Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment on steep slopes exceeding 65%, use an existing skid trail along the edge of a class III (intermittent) watercourse area in unit H and use ground based equipment on slopes exceeding 50% with a high erosion hazard. 29 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  An osprey nest is located 150 feet north of unit D, and there are 4 spotted owl nesting territories within .7 miles of the THP area. Humboldt milk vetch was reported along roads within and adjacent to the THP area.

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log between the southern tip of Redwood National Park and the Highway 299 coast range summit.


Click on photo for FULL SIZE version
THP 1-20-026 HUM (Roar 800 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 176 acres; 77% clearcut, 16% selection, 6% no-harvest, 1% roadside logging. Panther Creek, Roaring Gulch (HUM: T07N R02E Sec 1, 2; T08N R02E Sec 36; T08N R03E Sec 30, 31).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 12 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, foothill yellow legged frog, trees up to 36” dbh. Estimated public comment deadline: 03/26/20. SUBMIT COMMENTS, VIEW THP, THP PLAN

This THP is about 10 miles NE of McKinleyville, CA between the southern tip of Redwood National Park and the Highway 299 coast range summit. 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 at an elevation of 520 to 1,520 feet.  The THP area flows into Redwood Creek which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature. There are 7 landslide terrain sites in the THP area including; 5 shallow rapid landslide terrain sites in unit B, 2 shallow rapid landslide terrain sites in unit D, and a road failure (fill failure) site off an unstable area. Multiple adjacent landowners have sent letters to GDRC expressing concerns about possible degradation of their water sources from clearcutting and herbicide spraying. 12 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement. Foothill yellow legged frogs are known to occur in Redwood Creek immediately adjacent to units B and C, and unit D.  There are spotted owl nesting territories within .25 miles of unit A, and within .5 miles of units B and D.

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log SW of Garberville, CA.


Google Earth Photo By Greg Nyquist
THP 1-20-024 HUM (Gibson Ridge THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 233 acres; 86% clearcut, 11% no-harvest, 2% selection, 1% roadside logging.  Miller Creek, Upper Sproul Creek (HUM: 04S R02E Sec 25, 35, 36; T05S R02E Sec 2, 3, 11).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, 23 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, foothill yellow legged frog, trees up to 48” dbh. Estimated public comment deadline: 03/22/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS, VIEW THP, THP PLAN

This THP is about 8 miles NE of Shelter Cove, and about 6 miles SW of Garberville, CA at an elevation of 960 to 1,640 feet.  Green Diamond Resource 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 South Fork of the Eel River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature. There are 2 deep seated landslide terrain sites in units I and H, and a swale in unit B. Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to use temporary roads and landings during the winter period, and use a landing inside a class III (intermittent) watercourse area. 23 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement. Foothill yellow legged frogs have been reported 2 miles downstream of unit D, and there are 7 spotted owl nesting territories within .7 miles of the THP area (2/.25 miles).

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log NE of Orick, CA near the eastern boundary of Redwood National Park.


PANORAMIC Photo By Kethaneni
THP 1-20-021 HUM (Tectah Straddle THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 221 acres; 79% clearcut, 15% selection, 4% no-harvest, 2% special logging. Lower Tectah Creek, Upper Tectah Creek (HUM: T11N R02E Sec 28, 32, 33, 34).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, landslide terrain, road failure sites, steep slopes up to 70%, steep roads, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, osprey, marbled murrelet, marten, fisher, foothill yellow legged frog, coastal tailed frog, trees over 30” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 03/20/20. SUBMIT COMMENTS, VIEW THP, THP PLAN

This THP is about 6 miles NE of Orick, CA and Highway 101 along the eastern boundary of Redwood National Park (unit A is adjacent) at an elevation of 1,000 to 2,000 feet elevation.  Green Diamond Resource 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 Lower Klamath River watershed which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, temperature, dissolved oxygen and nutrients. There are 4 landslide terrain sites in the THP area including; 2 shallow rapid landslide terrain sites in unit A, 2 shallow rapid landslide terrain sites in unit C, and 2 road related failure site near the west side of unit D. Several sections of steep road are proposed for use that exceed 15% grade for over 500 feet in the THP area. 14 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 a Marten Special Management Area (MSMA) where marten could possibly occur, but have not been detected. Occupied marbled murrelet habitat on Redwood National Park lands is located within .25 miles of the TT-100 Road, CL South Road, and CL North Roads. In 2018, a fisher was spotted inside unit G, and an osprey nest is located within the assessment area, but not within .25 miles of the THP area. Costal tailed frogs are known to occur immediately adjacent to unit D, and foothill yellow legged frogs are known to occur in Tectah Creek. There are 2 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Fruit Growers Supply Company to log SW of Yreka, CA near Duzel Rock.


Photo By ranchagent.com
THP 2-20-025 SIS (Spring Branch THP) Fruit Growers Supply Company, 952 acres; 67% selection, 28% clearcut, 2% fuel break, 2% rehab logging.  Mill Gulch, Skookum Gulch (MD: T42N R7W Sec 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 18; T42N R8W Sec 1, 11, 12, 13; T43N R7W Sec 32).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, impaired 303.d watershed, 71 road drainage work sites, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, northern goshawk, prairie falcon, Siskiyou mariposa lily, trees up to 24” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 03/26/20. SUBMIT COMMENTS, VIEW THP,  THP PLAN

This THP is about 9 miles SE of Fort Jones, CA, and about 13 miles SW of Yreka, CA and Highway 5 at an elevation of 3,500 to 6,000 feet.  Fruit Growers Supply Company is planning a individual tree selection and clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in ponderosa pine, Douglas fir, sugar pine, white fir, incense cedar and knob cone pine forests (22 acres of knob cone pine removal is proposed). The THP area flows into the Scott River watershed which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment/siltation and temperature. There is an unstable area in Section 4, and multiple locations where a class II (mid sized) watercourse area is cutting into road 3530 fill slope inside section 1. Fruit Growers Supply Company is planning to use ground based equipment on steep slopes over 65% at 2 locations, and construct and use crossings, roads and landings during the winter period.  They also are planning to construct and re-construction 6 segments of roads inside class III (intermittent) watercourse areas, and construct a landing inside a class III (intermittent) watercourse area.  71 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  There is a northern goshawk territory at nearby Duzel Rock, and prairie falcons were reported at Duzel Rock and Gazalle Mountain.  There are 6 historic spotted owl territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area (SIS0392, SIS0571, SIS0543, SIS0397, SIS0396, SIS0569), although none were reported to be active. Siskiyou mariposa lily was found on a non timbered slope outside of THP units.