Tuesday, July 7, 2020

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


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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.


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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.


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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.

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.


Strawberry Rock Photograph By Jack Gescheidt, TreeSpiritProject.com
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.

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.


Google Earth Photo By David Alexander
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.


Google Earth Photo By Arenas Sileika
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.


Humboldt Redwood State Park Photo By Wikipedia
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.


PANORAMIC Photo By Redwood Transect
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.

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.

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.