Monday, July 20, 2020

Humboldt Redwood Company to log near Carlotta, CA amongst old growth trees in units 1 and 2.


PANORAMIC Photo By Redwood Transect
THP 1-20-100 HUM (24 More THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 771.3 acres; 93% group selection, 5% selection, 2% no-harvest logging. Blanton Creek, Cooper Mill Creek (HUM: T2N R1E, Sec 13; T2N R2E, Sec 8, 15, 16, 17, 18, 20, 21).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 55%, landslide terrain, 9 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, trees up to 26” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 08/01/20. SUBMIT COMMENTS, VIEW THP, THP PLAN

This THP is about 3 miles NE of Carlotta, CA and Highway 36 at an elevation of 500 to 2,600 feet.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning a group selection and individual tree selection tractor based logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir and grand fir forests (scattered residual old growth exist within units 1 and 2).  The THP area flows into the Van Duzen River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment/sedimentation and temperature. There are 21 landslide terrain sites in the THP area including; 12 unstable areas outside of THP units, 2 unstable areas in unit 2, 4 unstable areas in unit 3, and 3 unstable areas in unit 4.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment on existing skid trails across unstable areas inside units 2M03 and 2M04, and construct landings during the winter period.  Nine road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  The Allen Creek marbled murrelet stand is located within .5 miles of the THP area, and there are 8 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

Sunday, July 19, 2020

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log trees up to 65” dbh adjacent to the southern tip of Redwood National Park.


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THP 1-20-099 HUM (Panther North THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 172 acres; 85% clearcut, 9% selection, 3% no-harvest, 2% roadside logging. Coyote Creek (HUM T8N R2E, Sec 2, 3, 10, 11).  Winter operations, low erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, landslide terrain, 8 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, redwood national park, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, foothill yellow legged frog, trees up to 65” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 07/27/20. SUBMIT COMMENTS, VIEW THP, THP PLAN

This THP is about 10 miles NE of Trinidad, CA and about 10 miles north of the Highway 299 coast range summit by the southern edge of Redwood National Park (units A and B are adjacent).  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 Redwood Creek which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature.  There are 3 landslide terrain sites in the THP area including; 1 debris slide along a watercourse in the southern portion of unit D, and 2 shallow rapid landslide terrain sites in unit E. Eight road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement. 4,046 feet of seasonal road, and 900 feet of temporary road is planned for construction.  Potential marbled murrelet habitat exists on Redwood National Forest lands within 300 feet of unit A, and foothill yellow legged frogs are known to occur along Redwood Creek. There are 2 spotted owl nesting territories within .5 miles of units A, B and C.

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Mendocino Redwood Company to log SW of Leggett, CA by Highway 1.


PANORAMIC Photo By Hank Hansen
THP 1-20-092 MEN (Section 32 THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 185 acres; 67% variable retention, 20% selection, 13% group selection logging. Cottaneva Creek, Lower Hollow Tree Creek (MD: T23N R17W Sec 30, 31; T23N R18W Sec 25, 36).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 36 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, osprey, northern red legged frog, 2 sensitive plant species, trees up to 42” dbh. Estimated public comment deadline: 07/24/20. SUBMIT COMMENTS, VIEW THP, THP PLAN

This THP is about 5 miles SW of Legggett, CA and about 4 miles NE of Rockport, CA by Highway 1 at an elevation of 1,060 to 1,900 feet.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir, western hemlock and grand fir forests.  There are 2 unstable areas in unit 1, and 7 road related fill failures and cut bank failures.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment on slopes exceeding 50% with a high erosion hazard, and use an existing landing inside a watercourse area, and use 3 segments of roads inside class III (intermittent) watercourse areas.  36 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  There is an osprey nest tree in an old growth redwood tree to South Fork Creek within 500 feet of the THP area, and northern red legged frogs were reported at Cottaneva Creek and Hollow Tree Creek.  Two occurrences of Heart-leaf twayblade were reported within South Fork Creek in section 30, and 2 occurrences of Pygmy cypress are located inside section 31.  There are 3 spotted owl nesting territories within .7 miles of the THP area.

Monday, July 6, 2020

Mendocino Redwood Company to log SW of Willits, CA near Comptche, CA.


Google Earth Photo By Diana Carter
THP 1-20-091 MEN (Another Soda Creek THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 246 acres; 90% variable retention, 10% selection logging. South Daugherty Creek (MD: T16N R14W Sec 19, 20, 29).  Winter operations  moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, landslide terrain, 36 road drainage work sites, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, scattered large trees. Estimated public comment deadline: 07/23/20. SUBMIT COMMENTS, VIEW THP, THP PLAN

This THP is about 12 miles SW of Willits, CA and about 6 miles SE of Comptche, CA at an election of 640 to 1,400 feet.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation in redwood, Douglas fir and Monterrey pine forests.  The THP area flows into Big River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature. Mendocino Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment on slopes exceeding 65%, and use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging.  They also are planning to use ground based equipment on slopes between 50% and 65% with a moderate erosion hazard, and re-construct 70 feet of road inside a class II (mid sized) watercourse area, and use a landing inside a watercourse area.  2,638 feet of seasonal road is proposed for construction, and 350 feet of seasonal road is proposed for re-construction.  36 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.

Humboldt Redwood Company to log amongst old growth trees inside units 2 and 3 near Weott, CA.


Google Earth Photo By Mike Schmidt
THP 1-20-089 HUM (Newman THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 381.80 acres; 70% group selection, 18% selection, 11% no-harvest logging. Poison Oak Creek (HUM: T1S R2E Sec 24, 25, 26; T1S R3E Sec 17, 19, 20, 30).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 19 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, scattered old growth trees inside units 2 and 3, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, osprey, willow flycatcher, trees up to 42” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 07/22/20. SUBMIT COMMENTS, VIEW THP, THP PLAN

This THP is about 3 miles SE of Redcrest, CA and about 2 miles NE of Weott, CA and Highway 101 at an elevation of 110 to 2,800 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.  Scattered residual old growth trees exist inside units 2 and 3 totaling less than 12 acres. The THP area flows into the Eel River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment/siltation and temperature. There are 135 landslide terrain sites in the THP area including multiple; debris slides, earth flows, debris slide slopes, steep inner gorges, and rockslides, and 9 road related cut bank and fill slope failure sites. Humboldt Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging, and construct roads and landings during the winter period.  They also are planning to reduce the no cut zone from 50 feet to 30 feet from the watercourse area boundary adjacent to the Eel River in unit 1. Nineteen road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  Marbled murrelet habitat exists within .25 miles of haul roads on Humboldt Redwoods State Park lands. There is an osprey nest within .25 miles of unit 8, and potential willow flycatcher habitat exists at Larabee Bridge.  There are 7 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.