Sunday, June 28, 2020

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log NE of Trinidad, CA near Redwood National Park and Big Lagoon.


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THP 1-20-088 HUM (Tom McDonald THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 57 acres; 79% clearcut, 18% selection, 4% no-harvest logging. McDonald Creek (HUM: T9N R1E Sec 8, 9).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, landslide terrain, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, redwood national park, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, osprey, bald eagle, foothill yellow legged frog, scattered large trees. Estimated public comment deadline: 07/20/20. SUBMIT COMMENTS, VIEW THP, THP PLAN

This THP is about 8 miles NE of Trinidad, CA between Big Lagoon and the western boundary of Redwood National Park (unit B is adjacent) at an elevation of 1,000 to 1,800 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 grand fir forests. A shallow rapid landslide terrain site exists along the NE portion of unit B. Potential marbled murrelet habitat exists within .25 miles of the LP Mill Road on Humboldt Redwoods State Park lands.  There are 2 osprey nest sites in the THP area including; an osprey nest within .25 miles of the LP Mill Road, and an osprey nest within .25 miles of the BL2000 Road.  A bald eagle nest site is located 1.3 miles SW of the THP area, and foothill yellow legged frogs were reported 2 miles SW of unit A.  Spotted owl nesting territories exist within .25 miles of unit A, and within .25 miles of unit B.

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log adjacent to Douglas City south of Weaverville, CA.


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THP 2-20-090 TRI (Elk Flat THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 286 acres; 95% clearcut, 5% special logging. Dutton Creek, Lower Indian Creek, Lower Reading Creek (MD: T32N R10W Sec 11, 13; T32N R9W Sec 8, 17, 19, 21). Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, oversized units, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, scattered large trees. Estimated public comment deadline: 07/18/20. SUBMIT COMMENTS, VIEW THP, THP PLAN

This THP is about 5 miles south of Weaverville, CA adjacent to the southern boundary of Douglas City, CA and Highway 3 at an elevation of 1,800 to 3,000 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes (landslide terrain sites in sections 11, 17, 21, and 24) in Douglas fir, ponderosa pine, sugar pine, white fir and incense cedar forests. The THP area flows into the Trinity River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and sedimentation.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning to use ground based equipment on slopes between 50% and 65% with a moderate erosion hazard, and use and construct roads, landings and crossings during the winter period.  They also are planning to use temporary crossings within class III (intermittent) watercourse areas during the winter period, and use 100 to 150 feet of an existing skid trail inside a class I (year round) watercourse area. 19 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement. There are 2 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Humboldt Redwood Company to log amongst old growth trees and a spotted owl nest tree inside unit 2 near Stafford, CA.


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THP 1-20-087 HUM (Green Bear THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 216.2 acres; 37% selection, 32% group selection, 21% no-harvest, special 9%, 1% roadside logging. Bear Creek (HUM: T1N R1E Sec 25; T1N R2E Sec 30).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, landslide terrain, impaired 303.d watershed, 41 road drainage work sites, scattered old growth trees inside units 2 and 3, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, osprey, trees up to 44” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 07/11/20. SUBMIT COMMENTS, VIEW THP, THP PLAN

This THP is about 5 miles SE of Scotia, CA, and about 1.5 miles SE of Stafford, CA by Humboldt Redwoods State Park and Highway 101 at an elevation of 120 to 750 feet.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning an individual tree selection and group selection tractor and cable logging operation in redwood, Douglas fir and grand fir forests.  The THP area flows into the Eel River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature. There are 13 landslide terrain sites in the THP area including; 1 unstable area in unit 1, 6 unstable areas in unit 2, 1 unstable area in unit 3, and 5 unstable areas in unit 4. Scattered residual old growth trees exist inside units 2 and 3. Humboldt Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging, use 2 existing skid trails inside class II (mid sized) watercourse areas and use ground based equipment on steep slopes exceeding 65% in unit 4. 41 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement, waterhole construction and restoration of washed out crossings. There is a marbled murrelet stand (Cooper Mill) within .25 miles of the THP area on the opposite side of Highway 101, and osprey were reported within 500 feet of the THP area. Seven spotted owl nesting territories are located within 1.3 miles of the THP area, including a spotted owl nest tree inside unit 2.

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Green Diamond Resource Company to log NW of Weitchpec, CA near the Klamath River.


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THP 1-20-085 HUM (Tully Thin THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 312.5 acres; 91% commercial thin, 9% no-harvest, misc roadside logging. Lower Tully Creek, Middle Roach Creek, Miners Creek  (HUM: T10N R3E Sec 26, 27, 28, 33, 34).  Winter operations, low erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, landslide terrain, 7 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, coho watershed, spotted owl, marten, 2 sensitive plant species, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 07/01/20. SUBMIT COMMENTS, VIEW THP, THP PLAN

This THP is about 5 miles NW of Weitchpec, CA, 2 miles east of the Lower Klamath River and about 12 miles SE of  Orick, CA at an elevation of 1,700 to 2,700 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly commercial thinning tractor based logging operation on steep and unstable slopes (road related shallow rapid landslide terrain site in unit F) in Douglas fir forests. The THP area flows into the Lower Klamath River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, temperature, dissolved oxygen and nutrients. Seven road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings. 6,000 feet of season roads are proposed for construction, and 500 feet of seasonal roads are proposed for re-construction. The THP area is located inside a Marten Special Management Area (MSMA) where marten have been detected in the past, but not during recent survey efforts. Bald mountain milk vetch and pacific gilia were reported in close proximity to the THP area. There are spotted owl nesting territories within .5 miles of unit B.

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log trees up to 150 years old adjacent to Calaveras Big Trees State Park east of Arnold, CA.


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THP 4-20-086 TUO (Thunder Buck THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 423 acres; 78% clearcut, 17% fuel break, 4% selection, 1% roadside logging. Lower Griswold Creek, Upper Griswold Creek (MD: T5N R16E Sec 14, 22, 23, 27, 28, 33).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, steep roads, landslide terrain, 5 road drainage work sites, oversized units, herbicides, CA spotted owl, northern goshawk, Sierra Nevada yellow legged frog, foothill yellow legged frog, 5 sensitive plant species, trees up to 150 years old. Estimated public comment deadline: 07/11/20. SUBMIT COMMENTS, VIEW THP, THP PLAN

This THP is about 7 miles east of Arnold, CA, 4 miles SE of Dorrington, CA along the SE boundary of Calaveras Big Trees State Park (5 units are adjacent) at an elevation of 4,500 to 5,600 feet. Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in ponderosa pine, sugar pine, white fir, Douglas fir and incense cedar forests. The THP area flows into the North Fork of the Stanislaus River. Multiple landslide terrain sites exist in the THP area including; unstable areas inside units FB2 and 1641, and unstable areas adjacent to units 1456, 1632 and 2309. Sierra Pacific Industries is planning to use ground based equipment on slopes between 50% and 65% with a moderate erosion hazard, and construct a 160 foot segment of steep road exceeding 18% grade to access units 2475 and FB2.  Five road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and road bed construction.  2,811 feet of seasonal roads are proposed for construction, and 3,780 feet of seasonal roads are proposed for re-construction. Three northern goshawk nest sites exist within .35 to 1 mile from the THP area in sections 4, 15 and 35. Foothill yellow legged frogs were reported 2 miles SW of the THP area.  In 2019, a Sierra Nevada yellow legged frog was reported .7 miles SW of the nearest THP unit in section 24, and also 1.3 miles west of the nearest THP unit in section 13. There are 12 CA spotted owl territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area in sections 5, 14, 15, 22, 23, 26, 29, 33, 34, and 35. Three bract onion was found adjacent to unit FB1, Stebbins lomatium was found within and adjacent to unit 2309, Sierra valley lewisia was found adjacent to unit 2309, Sierra clarkia was found adjacent to unit 1456, and Coleman’s piperia was found in units 2309, 2336 and 2368.

Saturday, June 6, 2020

Green Diamond Resource Company continues to clearcut adjacent to Strawberry Rock near Trinidad, CA.


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THP 1-20-082 HUM (Mc Maple THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 330.5 acres; 40% clearcut, 27% commercial thin, 23% no-harvest, 10% selection, misc roadside logging. Maple Creek, McDonald Creek (HUM: T8N R1E Sec 5, 6, 7, 8; T8N R1W Sec 1, 2, 11, 12, 13, 14; T9N R1E Sec 31; T9N R1W Sec 25, 26, 35).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, 15 road drainage work sites, oversized units, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, osprey, marten, marbled murrelet, foothill yellow legged frog, southern torrent salamander, coastal tailed frog, northern red legged frog, trees over 30” dbh. Estimated public comment deadline: 07/02/20. SUBMIT COMMENTS, VIEW THP, THP PLAN

This THP ranges from a quarter mile NW of Strawberry Rock near Trinidad, CA to just north of Patrick's Point State Park and east of Highway 101 at an elevation of 20 to 1,000 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a clearcut and commercial thinning tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Sitka spruce, Douglas fir and bishop pine forests. There are 6 landslide terrain sites in the THP area including; 1 shallow rapid landslide terrain site in unit G, 1 shallow rapid landslide terrain site in unit H, 3 shallow rapid landslide terrain sites in unit I, and 1 deep seated landslide terrain site in unit I. 15 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  3,425 feet of seasonal roads and 7,550 feet of temporary roads are also planned for construction and re-construction.  There are 7 osprey nests in the THP area including; 1 osprey nest within .25 miles of the LP Mill road, 1 osprey nest within .25 miles of unit H and the CR1600 road, 4 osprey nests within .25 miles of unit B, and 1 osprey nest inside unit B.  Potential marbled murrelet habitat exists on Humboldt Lagoons State Park lands within .25 miles of the LP Mill Road. In 2019, a marten was detected .3 miles south of unit H (units I and H are inside a Marten Special Management Area (MSMA)). Northern red legged frogs are known to occur immediately adjacent to units G and I, and coastal tailed frogs are known to occur immediately adjacent to unit I. Southern torrent salamanders are known to occur immediately adjacent to unit E, and a foothill yellow legged frog was sighted 1.5 miles north of unit A.  There are spotted owl nesting territories within .25 miles of H and I.

Friday, June 5, 2020

Mendocino Redwood Company to log trees up to 42” dbh by the Navarro River west of Navarro, CA.


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THP 1-20-081 MEN (Ross Ranch THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 320 acres; 47% variable retention, 32% group selection, 16% transition, 6% fuel break logging. Middle Navarro River (MD: T15N R16W Sec 21, 22, 23, 26, 27, 34, 35).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 80%, steep roads, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 27 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, trees up to 42” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 06/30/20. SUBMIT COMMENTS, VIEW THP, THP PLAN

This THP is about 3 miles west of Navarro, CA and about a mile south of Highway 128 by the Navarro River at an elevation of 80 to 1,160 feet. Mendocino Redwood Company is planning a mostly variable retention and group selection 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 2 landslide terrain sites in unit 2, and 1 landslide terrain site in unit 4, and 8 road failure sites including multiple bank seeps, cut bank failures and fill failures in the THP area. Mendocino Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment on steep slopes over 65%, and use ground based equipment on slopes between 50% and 65% with a moderate erosion hazard.  They also are planning to use ground based equipment on slopes over 50% with a high erosion hazard, and re-construct 160 feet of steep road on slopes over 65% inside a class III (intermittent) watercourse area, and re-construct a landing inside a class II (mid sized) watercourse area. 27 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  There are 2 spotted owl nesting territories within .7 miles of the THP area.

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


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THP 1-20-080 DEL (17-1901 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 182 acres; 50% clearcut, 22% commercial thin, 14% selection, 10% no-harvest, 3% shelterwood, 1% roadside logging.  High Prairie Creek, Requa (HUM: T14N R1E Sec 16, 17, 20).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, 11 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, osprey, marbled murrelet, marten, Indian pipe, scattered large trees. Estimated public comment deadline: 06/29/20. SUBMIT COMMENTS, VIEW THP, THP PLAN

This THP is about 4 miles NW of Klamath, CA and the Klamath River at an elevation of 400 to 1,000 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a clearcut and commercial thinning tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes (shallow rapid landslide terrain site in unit A) in redwood, Douglas fir, western hemlock and Sitka spruce forests.  The THP area flows into the Klamath River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, temperature, dissolved oxygen and nutrients.  11 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement. The THP area is located inside Marten Special Management Area (MSMA) Tract 71 where marten have been detected in the past, but not during current THP surveys.  There are 4 osprey nests in the THP area including; 1 osprey nest within .25 miles of the W10 road, 2 osprey nests within .25 miles of the W100 road, and 1 osprey nest within .25 miles of units A and B.  Potential marbled murrelet habitat exists on USFS and BLM land .34 miles east of unit F, and there are spotted owl nesting territories within units A an D, within .25 miles of units C and F and within .5 miles of units A and B. Indian pipe was found inside unit A.

Monday, June 1, 2020

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


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THP 1-20-077 HUM (Black Jac THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 227.10 acres; 53% variable retention, 38% no-harvest, 7% group selection, 1% commercial thinning logging. Blue Slide Creek, Upper Freshwater Creek, Upper Jacoby Creek (HUM: T4N R2E Sec 4, 5, 8, 9).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, landslide terrain, steep slopes up to 85%, impaired 303.d watershed, 23 road drainage work sites, herbicides, coho watershed, trees up to 48” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 06/23/20. SUBMIT COMMENTS, VIEW THP,  THP PLAN

This THP is about 8 miles SE of Eureka, CA and about 1 mile SE of Kneeland, CA at an elevation of 1,350 to 2,380 feet.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning a mostly variable retention tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood and Douglas fir forests. There are 17 landslide terrain sites in the THP area including multiple debris slides, debris slide slopes, earth flows, steep inner gorges, and disrupted ground. The THP area flows into the Mad River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment/siltation and temperature. Humboldt 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% and a moderate erosion hazard rating. 23 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, road bed construction and culvert repair/replacement.  There are 7 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.