Friday, May 29, 2020

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log trees up to 40” dbh NE of Trinidad, CA by Big Lagoon.


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THP 1-20-075 HUM (Diamond Pitcher 21 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 129 acres; 70% clearcut, 30% selection logging. Pitcher Creek (HUM: T09N R01E Sec 17, 20, 21, 28, 29).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 55%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, osprey, bald eagle, great blue heron, foothill yellow legged frog, northern red legged frog, trees up to 40” dbh. Estimated public comment deadline: 06/14/20. SUBMIT COMMENTS, VIEW THP, THP PLAN

This THP is about 5 miles NE of Trinidad, CA and about 1.5 miles SE of Highway 101 and Big Lagoon at an elevation of 40 to 680 feet.  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 and Sitka spruce forests. There are 7 shallow rapid landslide terrain sites inside unit C including 4 unstable areas within watercourse areas, and 3 road related cut bank failures.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to use temporary roads and landings during the winter period.  A bald eagle nest is located 1 mile NW of unit A, and 4 osprey nest sites exist in the THP area including; 1 osprey nest within .25 miles of the the LP Mill Road, 2 osprey nests within .25 miles of the Bl2000 Road, and 1 osprey nest within the boundary of unit A and the BL1000 Road.  Potential marbled murrelet habitat is located on Humboldt Redwoods State Park lands within .25 miles of the LP Mill Road.  In 2016, a great blue heron rockery was discovered .22 miles east of the BL2000 Road.  Northern red legged frogs were observed immediately adjacent to units A and C, and foothill yellow legged frogs are known to occur immediately adjacent to unit B.  There are spotted owl nesting territories within .25 miles of unit C.

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log in close proximity to Eureka, CA.


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THP 1-20-074 HUM (Mc Kay R5 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 193.60 acres; 77% clearcut, 18% selection, 4% no-harvest, 1% roadside logging. Ryan Slough (HUM: T04N R01E Sec 6; T04N R01W Sec 1, 12; T05N R01W Sec 36).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, steep roads, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, osprey, peregrine falcon, trees up to 30” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 06/14/20. SUBMIT COMMENTS, VIEW THP, THP PLAN

This THP is about a mile SE of Eureka, CA (just south of the Redwood Acres Fairground) at an elevation of 20 to 350 feet. Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir, Sitka spruce and grand fir forests.  The THP area is part of the Freshwater Creek Basin which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment.  There are 3 unstable areas in the THP area including.; 1 deep seated landslide terrain site in unit A, 1 deep seated landslide terrain site in unit B, and 1 shallow rapid landslide terrain site in unit E.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to construct a segment of temporary road along the western side of unit A that enters a flood plane and watercourse area, and use a 100 foot segment of steep road along the SE corner of unit C exceeding 20% grade.  1,990 feet of seasonal road, and 6,760 feet of temporary road is planned for construction and re-construction.  There are 2 osprey nests within .25 miles of the THP area including; an osprey nest within .25 miles of the R line road, and an osprey nest within .25 miles of unit A, unit C and the R line road. An historic (2009) peregrine falcon nest is located within .25 miles of units D, F and the R line road. There are spotted owl nesting territories within .25 miles of unit D, and within .5 miles of units C, E and F.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Humboldt Redwood Company to log trees up to 44” dbh SE of Fortuna, CA.


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THP 1-20-071 HUM (Cooperman THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 322.10 acres; 80% group selection, 18% no-harvest, 2% selection logging. Copper Mill Creek (HUM: T2N R1E Sec 3, 4, 9, 10). Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, landslide terrain, 8 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, trees up to 44” dbh. Estimated public comment deadline: 06/07/20. SUBMIT COMMENTS, VIEW THP, THP PLAN

This THP is about 3 miles SE of Fortuna, CA and Highway 101, and about a mile south of the BLM Headwaters Forest Reserve at an elevation of 210 to 1,670 feet.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning a individual tree selection and group selection tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, grand fir and Douglas fir forests. The THP area flows into the Van Duzen River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sedimentation and temperature. There are 51 landslide terrain sites including multiple debris slides, earth flows, debris flows, steep inner gorges, cut bank and fill failures.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning to construct roads and landings during the winter period, and use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging. Eight road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  The THP area is within .25 miles of the "Cooper Mill Creek" and "Allen Creek Road Three" marbled murrelet conservation areas (MMCA).  Unit 2 is adjacent to the "Allen Creek Road Three" marbled murrelet stand, and unit 4 is adjacent to the "Cooper Mill Creek" marbled murrelet stands.  There are 8 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Monday, May 11, 2020

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log trees up to 72” dbh NW of the Highway 299 coast range summit.


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THP 1-20-067 HUM (Basin East THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 211 acres; 73% clearcut, 22% selection logging, 5% no-harvest logging.  Canyon Creek, Lower South Fork (HUM: T7N R2E, Sec 9, 10, 15, 16, 21).  Wet weather operations, low erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, landslide terrain, oversized units, impaired 303.d watershed, 7 road drainage work sites, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, southern torrent salamander, western pond turtle, trees up to 72” dbh. Estimated public comment deadline: 06/02/20. SUBMIT COMMENTS, VIEW THP, THP PLAN

This THP is about 8 miles NE of Arcata, CA and about 3 miles NW of the Highway 299 coast range summit at an elevation of 800 to 1,880 feet. Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in redwood, Douglas fir, western hemlock, grand fir and Monterrey pine forests.  The THP area flows into the Mad River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, temperature and turbidity. There are 3 unstable areas in the THP area including 2 deep seated landslide terrain sites in unit D, and 1 deep seated landslide terrain site in the SE corner of unit D. Seven road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement. An historic (1993) sighting of a western pond turtle was recorded near unit F, and southern torrent salamanders are known to occur immediately adjacent to unit C. There is a spotted owl nesting territory within .25 miles of unit F.

Sunday, May 3, 2020

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log by Downieville, CA and Highway 49.


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THP 2-20-060 SIE (Shawn THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 444 acres; 59% clearcut, 28% commercial thin, 5% selection, 5% no-harvest, 2% sanitation salvage, 1% roadside logging.  Jim Crow Creek, Ladies Canyon, Pauley Creek (MD: T20N R10E Sec 25; T20N R11E Sec 19, 21, 29, 31).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, steep roads, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 26 road drainage work sites, oversized units, impaired 303.d watershed, east yuba roadless area, herbicides, CA spotted owl, northern goshawk, scattered large trees. Estimated public comment deadline: 05/20/20. SUBMIT COMMENTS, VIEW THP, THP PLAN

This THP is about a mile east of Downieville, CA, just north of Highway 49 and south of the East Yuba Roadless Area (sections 19 and 21 are adjacent) at an elevation of  3,780 to 5,680 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in ponderosa pine, sugar pine, incense cedar, white fir and Douglas fir forests. There are 6 landslide terrain sites in the THP area including; a fill failure off a road from a clearcut unit in section 29, an unstable area above a road in section 29, a skid trail failure in section 29, an old slide off a forest service road in section 29, a road that is slumping and cracking in section 31, and a road with a fill failure in section 31. Sierra Pacific Industries is planning to use ground based equipment on slopes between 50% and 65% with a moderate erosion hazard, and use ground based equipment on steep slopes over 65% in multiple tractor and tether units. They also are planning to re-construct a road inside a class III (intermittent) watercourse area in unit 29-0610, and construct a 200 foot segment of steep road on slopes over 65% in section 25, and construct a 300 foot segment of steep road on slopes over 65% in section 29.  26 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  There is a northern goshawk territory within .4 miles of the THP area in section 30, and 2 CA spotted owl territories within .74 miles of the nearest THP unit in sections 29 and 32.

Saturday, May 2, 2020

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log south of Klamath, CA and the Klamath River.


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THP 1-20-061 HUM (Drury Forks THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 144.5 acres; 70% clearcut, 15% no-harvest, 13% selection, 2% roadside logging. Ah Pah Creek, McGarvey Creek, Tarup Creek (HUM: T12N R1E Sec 1, 2; T13N R1E Sec 25, 35, 36).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 80%, landslide terrain, oversized units, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, foothill yellow legged frog, great blue heron, scattered large trees. Estimated public comment deadline: 05/16/20. SUBMIT COMMENTS, VIEW THP,  THP PLAN

This THP is about 3.5 miles SE of Klamath, CA and the Klamath River and about 1.5 miles east of Highway 101 at an elevation of 40 to 1,100 feet. Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes (2 shallow rapid landslide terrain sites in unit B) in Douglas fir, redwood 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.  The THP area is located within a Marten Special Management Area (MSMA), although no marten were spotted within the THP area. There is a great blue heron rockery 1.3 miles NE of unit A, and foothill yellow legged frogs are known to occur immediately adjacent to unit A in McGarvey Creek.  Potential marbled murrelet habitat exists on Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park property within .25 miles of the S Line Road.  Spotted owl nesting territories exist within .25 miles of unit D, and within .5 miles of unit E.

Humboldt Redwood Company to log inside large tree marbled murrelet stands 254C and 258C near Humboldt Redwoods State Park.


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THP 1-20-057 HUM (Moonshine THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 412 acres; 26% variable retention, 24% selection, 23% no-harvest, 22% group selection, 4% special, 1% roadside logging. Happy Valley (HUM: T1S R1E Sec 9, 10, 15, 16, 21, 22).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 17 road drainage work sites, humboldt redwoods state park, logging inside large tree marbled murrelet stands 254C and 258C, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, Cooper’s hawk, scattered large trees.  Estimated Public Comment Deadline: 05/16/20. SUBMIT COMMENTS, VIEW THP, THP PLAN

This THP is about 6 miles south of Scotia, CA and about 6 miles west of Redcrest, CA near Humboldt Redwoods State Park (unit 2 is adjacent) at an elevation of 1,280 to 2,520 feet.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning a variable retention, group selection and individual tree selection tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood and Douglas fir forests. There are 12 road related fill slope and cut bank failures, and 108 landslide terrain sites including; multiple debris slides, debris slide slopes  steep inner gorges, earth flows, disrupted ground, and gullies.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning to construct and use roads and landings during the winter period, use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging, and use ground based equipment on slopes between 50% and 65% with a moderate erosion hazard. 17 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement. A historic Cooper’s hawk nest was reported inside unit 1, and logging is proposed inside 5.2 acres of large tree marbled murrelet stands 254C and 258C.  There are 8 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log SE of Arcata, CA.


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THP 1-20-055 HUM (Ventura THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 273 acres; 75% clearcut, 17% selection, 8% no-harvest, misc roadside logging. Dry Creek, Maple Creek, Upper Cannon Creek (HUM: T5N R3E Sec 8, 9, 16, 17, 18, 21).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, landslide terrain, 24 road drainage work sites, oversized units, 303.d impaired watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, bald eagle, osprey, 4 sensitive plant species, scattered large trees. Estimated Public Comment Deadline: 05/16/20. SUBMIT COMMENTS, VIEW THP, THP PLAN

This THP is about 10 miles SE of Arcata, CA and about 5 miles SE of Korbel, CA at an elevation of 1,400 to 3,000 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Douglas fir and redwood forests. The THP area flows into the Mad River watershed which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment/siltation, turbidity and temperature.  Multiple landslide terrain sites are located within the THP area including; unstable areas in units 21K and 17I, and unstable areas adjacent to units 8A and 9E. 24 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings. Bald eagles and osprey are known to occur at the Mad River 1.5 miles from the nearest THP unit. Mahogany fawn lily was found in unit 88, piperia was found was found in unit 24, Kellogg’s lily was found in units 3, 23, and 32, and heartleaf twayblade was found in unit 19. There are 7 spotted owl territories within .7 miles of the THP area.