Friday, April 24, 2020

Sierra Pacific Industries planning a large commercial thinning, clearcut and fuel break timber sale adjacent to the town of Burney, CA.


Google Earth Photo by John Putt
THP 2-20-052 SHA (Jackrabbit THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 2,717 acres; 50% no-harvest, 21% commercial thin, 15% clearcut, 14% fuel break, misc roadside logging.  Goose Creek, Jackrabbit Flat, Terry Lake, Washburn Bue Park (MD: T35N R2E Sec 13, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 35; T35N R3E Sec 18, 19, 20, 21, 28, 29, 30, 32, 33).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, CA spotted owl, bald eagle, osprey, willow flycatcher, 4 sensitive plant species, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 05/08/20. SUBMIT COMMENTS, VIEW THP, THP PLAN

This THP wraps around the southern and western portions of the town of Burney, CA at an elevation 3,160 to 3,840 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a commercial thinning, clearcut and fuel break tractor based logging operation in ponderosa pine, white fir, Douglas fir, sugar pine and incense cedar forests.  Roads, landings and crossings are proposed for use during the winter period, and ground based equipment is proposed for use in watercourse areas (when water is not present) to allow for fuel reduction treatments and to utilize crossings.  In 2019, 2 osprey nests were reported adjacent to the THP area along power lines in section 18. Osprey nests are also located beyond .5 miles of the THP area upstream along Burney Creek within sections 2, 11 and 35.  Bald eagles were reported at nearby Goose Valley Reservoir, and there is potential willow flycatcher habitat at Ivan Marks Meadow in sections 23 and 24.  Jepson’s doddler was reported to be in section 29, Castlegar Hawthorne was found in a seasonally wet meadow in the THP area, Lassen paintbrush was reported in close proximity to the THP area and Long haired star tulip was found in a seasonally wet meadow in section 26.  There are 2 CA spotted owl territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log trees up to 140 years old SW of Downieville, CA.


Google Earth Photo By David Alexander
THP 2-20-048 SIE (Mountain House THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 218 acres; 68% clearcut, 15% commercial thin, 10% fuel break, 7% sanitation salvage, misc roadside logging. Goodyears Creek, Kanaka Creek, Luck Dog Creek, Rock Creek, St Catherine Creek (MD: T19N R10E Sec 7, 9, 31).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, oversized units, 49 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, CA spotted owl, northern goshawk, Sierra marten, foothill yellow legged frog, 2 sensitive plant species, trees up to 140 years old. Estimated public comment deadline: 05/03/20. SUBMIT COMMENTS, VIEW THP, THP PLAN

This THP is about 16 miles NE of Nevada City, CA and about 3 miles SW of Downieville, CA at an elevation of 3,000 to 4,900 feet. Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Douglas fir, white fir, ponderosa pine, sugar pine and incense cedar forests.  There are 2 landslide terrain sites in the THP area including; a cut bank failure above a seasonal road in section 31, and an unstable area in clearcut unit 31-1006 in section 31.  Ground based equipment is proposed for use on slopes exceeding 50% with a high erosion hazard in unit 09-0405, and construction of a landing is proposed inside a class III (intermittent) watercourse area off a wide area of an existing seasonal road inside unit 09-405.  49 road drainage sites are planned for use including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  A Sierra marten was reported from a past sighting (unspecified), and there is a northern goshawk territory 1.77 miles from the nearest THP unit in section 7. Foothill yellow legged frogs were found at 2 locations within .13 and within .8 miles of the nearest THP unit in sections 7 and 8. Cantelow’s lewisia was found on a rock just outside of the northern boundary of unit 09-106 in section 9, and wooly violet was found along the edge of an open lava cap in unit 31-1005 in section 31.  There are 5 CA spotted owl territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log by Westhaven, CA.


Panormaio Photo By Gary Nyquist
THP 1-20-046 HUM (CR1008 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 43.70 acres; 60% selection, 40% clearcut logging. McDonald Creek (HUM: T8N, R1E, Sec 29).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, osprey, southern torrent salamander, scattered large trees. Estimated public comment deadline: 05/01/20. SUBMIT COMMENTS, VIEW THP, THP PLAN

This THP is a couple miles SE of Trinidad, CA by the town of Westhaven, CA at an elevation of 400 to 600 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a tractor and cable individual tree selection and clearcut logging operation in Sitka spruce, Douglas fir, redwood and bishop pine forests at an elevation of 600 to 1,000 feet. There is an osprey nest 2.5 miles NW of unit A, a spotted owl territory .55 miles east of unit A, and southern torrent salamanders are known to occur immediately adjacent to unit A.

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Humboldt Redwood Company to log amongst 12 acres of old growth forests east of Fortuna, CA by BLM Headwaters Forest Reserve.


Photo of BLM Headwaters Forest Reserve by BLM
THP 1-20-043 HUM (Fuerte THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 274.10 acres; 85% group selection, 8% selection, 5% no-harvest, 2% special logging. Strongs Creek (HUM: T2N R1E Sec 5, 6; T3N R1E Sec 28, 31, 32, 33).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 60%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 50 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, BLM Headwaters Forest, coho watershed, spotted owl, merchantable trees up to 40” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 04/28/20. SUBMIT COMMENTS, VIEW THP,  THP PLAN

This THP is a few miles east of Fortuna, CA near the western edge of the BLM Headwaters Forest Reserve (unit 3 is adjacent) at an elevation of 200 to 1,550 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, grand fir and Douglas fir forests. There is a Marbled Murrelet Conservation Area MMCA (adjacent to unit 3), and 12 acres of scattered residual old growth trees in units 2 and 3. The THP area flows into the Eel River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature.  20 road related failure sites exist in the THP area including multiple fill failures, cut bank failures and bank instability areas, and 39 landslide terrain sites (multiple debris slides, debris slide slopes, earth flows, disrupted ground) in the THP area including; 18 unstable areas in unit 1, 10 unstable areas in unit 2, and 11 unstable areas in unit 3.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging, and use ground based equipment on unstable areas in unit 1.  They also are planning to use ground based equipment on slopes between 50% and 65% with a moderate erosion hazard in units 1 and 3, and use 2 existing skid trails and 1 existing landing inside a class II (mid sized) watercourse area in unit 3.  Fifty road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  There are over a dozen spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Timber Products Company to commercially thin and clearcut south of the Klamath River.


Google Earth Photo By Denise Moffatt
THP 2-20-040 SIS (Little Barkhouse THP) Timber Products Company, 463 acres; 73% commercial thin, 21% clearcut, 3% no-harvest, 2% shelterwood, 1% roadside logging.  Barkhouse Creek, McKinney Creek (MD: T45N R9W Sec 3, 5, 11; T46N R9W Sec 27, 35).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, landslide terrain, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, northern goshawk, pacific fisher, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 04/27/20. SUBMIT COMMENTS, VIEW THP,  THP PLAN

This THP is about 11 miles NW of Yreka, CA and about 3 miles south of the Klamath River and Highway 96 at an elevation of 2,200 to 4,200 feet. Timber Products Company is planning a commercial thinning and clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in white fir, Douglas fir, incense cedar, ponderosa pine and sugar pine forests.  The THP area flows into the Klamath River which is listed as an impaired watershed for temperature, dissolved oxygen and nutrients. There are 2 landslide terrain sites in the THP area including; a small unstable area associated with an inner gorge in unit 7, and a small cut bank failure associated with a road in unit 2. Timber Products Company is planning to use ground based equipment on existing skid trails on slopes up to 65% in areas designated for cable logging. In 2002 and 2004, northern goshawks were reported between .5 to .75 miles SW of the THP area, and in 2005, a pacific fisher was reported within .5 miles of the THP area in Little Barkhouse Creek and Gumboat Creek.  There are 4 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Jackson State Forest to log in close proximity to 2 spotted owl territories and 3 large tree marbled murrelet stands.


Jackson State Forest Photo By Save The Redwoods League
THP 1-20-041 MEN (Soda Gulch THP) Jackson State Forest, 445 acres; 74% selection, 26% no harvest logging.  Chamberlain Creek, James Creek, Lower North Big River (MD: T17N R15W Sec 2, 3, 4, 9, 10).  Wet weather operations, steep slopes up to 75%, steep roads, extreme erosion hazard, steep slopes, 516 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, coho watershed, scattered old growth trees. Estimated public comment deadline: 04/27/20. SUBMIT COMMENTS, VIEW THP,  THP PLAN

This THP is about 12 miles SE of Fort Bragg, 9 miles SW of Willits, CA and just north of highway 20 in Jackson State Park at an elevation of 440 to 1,560 feet.  Jackson State Forest is planning an individual tree selection tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir, grand fir and western hemlock forests. The THP area flows into the Big River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature. A large amount of active and dormant landslide terrain sites exist in the THP area including 62 mapped unstable areas with additional geological points and road failure sites. Jackson State Forest is planning to use ground based equipment on slopes over 50% with a high or extreme erosion hazard rating, and use ground based equipment on slopes between 50% and 65% with a moderate erosion hazard rating. They also are planning to use ground based equipment on slopes exceeding 65%, use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging, and use ground based equipment on unstable areas. Construction is proposed on steep roads exceeding 15% grade, a temporary road is proposed for construction inside a class II (mid sized) watercourse area, and re-construction of segments of Road 111 is proposed inside a class I (year round) watercourse area.  16,308 feet of temporary road and 904 feet of seasonal road are planned for construction.  516 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip/crossing construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  There are 2 spotted owl nesting territories within .7 miles of the THP area, and 3 large tree marble murrelet stands (James Creek Middle Area, James Creek Corner, Soda Gulch Flat) exist in close proximity to the THP area.

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Humboldt Redwood Company to log on steep and unstable slopes SE of Eureka, CA.


Google Earth Photo By Greg Nyquist
THP 1-20-036 HUM (Bruce Almighty THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 648.90 acres; 78% group selection, 20% no-harvest, 2% selection logging. Little Freshwater Creek, Upper Freshwater Creek (HUM: T4N R1E Sec 13, 14, 23, 24). Winter operations, high erosion hazard, landslide terrain, steep slopes up to 75%, impaired 303.d watershed, coho watershed, spotted owl, osprey, trees up to 36” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 04/14/20. SUBMIT COMMENTS, VIEW THP, THP PLAN

This THP is about 6 miles SE of Eureka, CA and Highway 101, and about 2.4 miles SE of Freshwater, CA at an elevation of 220 to 1,520 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 Freshwater Creek which is listed as an impaired watershed for sedimentation & siltation. There are 57 landslide terrain sites in the THP area including; multiple debris slides, earth flows, debris slide slopes, steep head wall swales, cut bank failures and fill slope failures. Humboldt Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment on slopes up to 50% in areas designated for cable logging. Three road drainage work sites including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement. There are several active and historic osprey nests along haul roads leading towards the THP area.  Seven spotted owl nesting territories exist within 1.3 miles of the THP area.