Monday, April 7, 2014

Fruit Growers Supply Company resurrects the Dutch Bear clearcut THP.


PANORAMIO Photo By Donald M Hall
THP 2-14-021 SIS (Dutch Bear THP) Fruit Growers Supply Company, 561 acres; 71% clearcut, 28% selection, 1% roadside logging.  Dutch Creek (MD: T47N R7W Sec.16, 17, 20, 21, 28).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, 41 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, 3 spotted owls within 1.3mi, trees over 105 years old.  Estimated public comment deadline: 05/21/14.VIEW

This THP is 12 miles north of Yreka, CA, and about 4 miles north of Highway 96 and the Klamath River at an elevation of 3,600 to 5,680 feet.  It is a re-submit of THP 2-13-087 SIS (Dutch Bear THP) which was withdrawn by Fruit Growers Supply Company on 11/13/13. FGS is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep slopes in Douglas fir, ponderosa pine, white fir, incense cedar and sugar pine forests.  The THP area flows down Dutch Creek into the Klamath River which is listed as impaired for temperature, dissolved oxygen, nutrients, organic matter and microcystin.  Dutch Creek supports steelhead, while the Klamath River supports chinook salmon, coho salmon and steelhead.  Fruit Growers Supply Company is planning to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable yarding for swing yarding, where deflection is poor, to construct firebreaks and to provide tail holds.  Excavators are also proposed for site preparation in units designated for cable yarding.  An exception to the HCP is being proposed to allow for road construction and/or re-construction in the period from October 15th to November 1st and from April 15th to May 15th under limited circumstances.  There are 41 road drainage sites planned for work including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair and replacement, and road bed reconstruction.  159 acres of “Alternative Prescription” similar to selection logging is being proposed to allow for logging inside spotted owl nesting habitat.  For spotted owl site SK362: this THP will create 253 acres of non-habitat within 1.3mi; reduce foraging habitat by 1 acre within 1.3mi; and reduce nesting habitat by 23 acres within 1.3mi (this owl area already has no nesting habitat within .5 mi).  For spotted owl site SK363: this THP will create 162 acres on non-habitat within .5 mi; reduce foraging habitat by 29 acres within .5 mi; and reduce nesting habitat by 33 acres within .5mi.  For spotted owl site SK467: this THP will create 129 acres of non-habitat within 1.3mi; reduce foraging habitat by 58 acres within 1.3mi; reduce nesting habitat by 14 acres within 1.3mi; and reduce high quality nesting habitat by 5 acres within 1.3mi (this owl area has only 1 acre of nesting habitat within .5 mi).  Potential habitat exists for Townsend's big eared bat in an abandoned mine shaft in Section 17. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Timber Products Company to log near Mt Shasta and the Mt Eddy Recreation Area.


PANORAMIO Photo By Larry Butcher
THP 2-14-016 SIS (Dale Creek THP) Timber Products Company, 297 acres; 52% shelterwood, 18% clearcut, 16% seed tree, 10% selection, 3% sanitation salvage, 1% no-harvest, misc roadside logging. Dale Creek (MD: T41N R5W Sec.29, 31, 32).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, unstable areas, wet areas, 4 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, mt eddy roadless area, 1 spotted owl within 1.3mi, 3 goshawk nests within 340 feet, American marten sighting in unit 9, cascade frog sightings within .5 mi, wolly balsamroot, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 05/07/14. VIEW

This THP is about 6 miles NW of the town of Mt. Shasta and about 4.5 miles SW of Weed, CA at an elevation of 4,600 to 6,000 feet.  It is at the base of Mt Eddy, a very popular hiking and backpacking area with great views of Mt Shasta and the Shasta Valley, and also within 1,000 feet of the Hammond Ranch housing subdivision.  Sections 31 & 32 are adjacent to the Mt Eddy Roadless Area.  Timber Products Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation with a significant amount of shelterwood over story removal in ponderosa pine, Jeffrey pine, Douglas fir, sugar pine, western white pine, incense cedar, white fir and red fir forests.  Although not discussed within the text of the THP, maps show unstable areas within units 10, 11, 12, and 15 with a few unstable areas located near roads.  Timber Products Company is planning to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging.  Four road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction and road widening.  Three goshawk nest sites were reported to be in section 31 within 340 feet of unit 2, and 300 feet of unit 5.  There were 2 cascade frogs reported within .5 mi of the THP area, and an American marten was recently spotted in unit 9.  Wolly balsam root was also reported to be growing in unit 10. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log on steep and unstable slopes NE of Lake Oroville.


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THP 2-14-012 BUT (Midrock THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 808 acres; 66% clearcut, 26% fuelbreak, 8% selection, misc roadside logging.  Upper Fall River, Rock Creek, Upper Sucker Run, Middle Fall River (MD: T20N R7E Sec.2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 15, 16, 21; T21N R7E Sec.9, 10, 13, 14, 15, 16, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 34, 35, 36; T21N R8E Sec.18, 19, 30, 31).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, road failures sites, 51 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, 11 CA spotted owls within 1 mi, 5 sensitive plant species, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 05/03/14. VIEW

This THP is about 15 miles NE of Lake Oroville and about 5 miles NE of the town of Feather Falls, CA at an elevation of 2,800 to 4,750 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in white fir, Douglas fir, sugar pine, ponderosa pine and incense cedar forests.  There are 8 road failure sites including fill slope and cut bank failures along roads and several skid trail related failures, and multiple landslide terrain features including hummocky ground, steep streamside slopes, steep scarps, and disrupted ground.  SPI is planning to use a tractor road inside a class II watercourse, a skid road between a class II and class III watercourse, and 2 tractor roads inside a class II and class III watercourse.  They also want to be able to build temporary roads less than 500 feet without prior designation on THP maps.  51 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair/replacement and road bed stabilization.  Upswept moonwort was found .22 mi SW of unit 25; Mildred’s clarkia was found in unit 27, within a plantation adjacent to unit 26, and in sections 14 and 23; Mosquin’s clarkia was found in units 26, 18 and 20, and in section 30; Coleman’s piper was found in units 27 and 29; and obtuse starwort was found in section 22, .15 mi SE of unit 25. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log on steep and unstable slopes NE of Chico, CA


PANORAMIO Photo By ExButte Sheriff
THP 2-14-011 BUT (Spur THP) Sierra Pacific Industries; 484 acres; 63% clearcut, 27% seed tree, 10% selection, misc roadside logging.  Chippy Spur, Fish Creek (MD: T24N R4E Sec.1, 2, 3, 9, 10, 11, 15, 16;  T25N R4E Sec.35;  T25N R5E Sec.19, 31).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, 5 landslide terrain sites, 88 road drainage work sites, oversized units, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, 4 CA spotted owls within 1.3mi, 3 goshawk territories within 1.3 mi, 1 osprey territory within 1.3 mi, 3 sensitive plant species, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 05/01/14. VIEW

This THP is about 15 miles NE of Chico, CA and about 3 miles NE of Stirling City at an elevation of 3,400 to 6,200 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in white fir, Douglas fir, sugar pine, ponderosa pine and incense cedar forests.  The THP area is near the headwaters of the West Branch Fork of the Feather River which is a popular recreation area with several small lakes and meadows. There are 5 landslide terrain sites including steep inner gorge areas and debris slides above Last Chance Creek and along the southern border of unit 1, a steep headwall along a class III watercourse, and over steepened unstable slopes that flank Last Chance Creek and a class III watercourse near unit 20.  Four oversized units are proposed, and SPI wants to use an existing landing near a seep in a watercourse area.  There are 88 road drainage sites planned for work including rocking, dip construction and culvert repair and replacement.  Mildred’s clarkia was found in section 11 and in forest openings in units 1 and 2, close throat beardtongue was found in sections 1 and 11, and obtuse starwort was found in section 1 and 2.  An osprey territory is located nearby at Philbrook Reservoir. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Groups Denounce Clearcutting in California's Cap and Trade as a False Climate Solution

Sierra Club and Friends of the Earth Press Release

King Clearcut You Tube Award Video
Groups give billionaire timber baron Red Emmerson mock “climate champion” award 

SACRAMENTO, CALIF. – Today, a coalition of environmental groups including Sierra Club California and Friends of the Earth delivered a letter to California Air Resources Board Chair Mary Nichols and Climate Action Reserve Chair Linda Adams urging them to fix a fundamental flaw in the cap and trade regulations implementing AB 32, the state’s Global Warming Solutions Act, that allows companies to sell offset credits for “even-age management” -- a practice that involves clearcutting forests and replanting monoculture stands of uniform age.

The letter charges that California’s current forest protocol “undermines the credibility of California’s cap and trade system by incentivizing the destruction of old-growth forests,” and calls on CARB and CAR to adopt an immediate moratorium on registration of carbon credits from forest projects that entail clearcutting.

At a carbon trading conference at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco’s financial district last week, a group of forest community members awarded a mock “Climate Champion” award to the multi-billionaire owner of Sierra Pacific Industries, Red Emmerson, dubbing the timber magnate “King Clearcut." Notorious for its rampant clear-cutting practices across California's forested watersheds, SPI is also a primary player in the forest offset market, a cornerstone of the state’s cap and trade program. READ MORE

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Logging OK’d in 2004 may have exceeded approved boundary

By Mike Baker and Justin Mayo
Seattle Times staff reporters

Clear-cutting near site of fatal mudslide: In 2004, the state allowed logging company Grandy Lake Forest to clear-cut next to a sensitive area above the landslide-prone Hazel slope.  But it appears it crossed into the restricted area.  Seattle Times
TIMES WATCHDOG: A WA forest clear-cut nine years ago appears to have strayed into a restricted area that could feed groundwater into the landslide zone that collapsed on Saturday and took at least 16 lives.

A forest clear-cut nine years ago appears to have strayed into a restricted area that could feed groundwater into the landslide zone that collapsed Saturday.

A Seattle Times analysis of government geographical data and maps suggests that logging company Grandy Lake Forest cut as much as 350 feet past a state boundary that was created because of landslide risks.

The WA State Department of Natural Resources is supposed to verify a timber company’s proposed cut on the ground and then reinspect the site after the harvest has been taken.

State Forester Aaron Everett reviewed records on the issue Wednesday afternoon and said it appears that a portion of the clear-cut’s footprint extended into the sensitive zone. He said his agency was trying to locate records to show whether it inspected the site after it was logged.

“I was surprised,” Everett said. He will investigate further before concluding whether Grandy Lake went beyond the borders.

Grandy Lake officials have not returned calls seeking comment.  READ MORE

Timber Products Company to log near Kangaroo Lake Recreation Area.


PANORAMIO Photo By Greg Nyquist
THP 2-14-010 SIS (Cooper's Cabin THP) Timber Products Company, 267 acres; 42% shelterwood, 40% clearcut, 18% variable retention logging.  Rail Creek, Kangaroo Creek (MD: T40N R7W Sec.1, 3, 11; T41N R7W Sec.33, 35).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, 18 road drainage work sites, wet area, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, 3 spotted owls within 1.3mi, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 04/25/14. VIEW

This THP is about 8 miles east of Callahan CA and about 16 miles NW of Mt Shasta at an elevation of 3,400 to 6,480 feet.  The THP area is adjacent to Kangaroo Lake which is a popular recreation area, and within a few miles of the Pacific Crest Trail.  Timber Products Company is planning a tractor based logging operation in ponderosa pine, sugar pine, incense cedar, Douglas fir and white fir forests.  The THP area flows into the Scott River which is listed as impaired for temperature and sediment.  18 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction and culvert repair/replacement.  There is a goshawk nest within .5 mi of the THP area in section 10. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Campbell Timberlands to log on steep and unstable slopes near the Noyo River.


PANORAMIO Photo By Jan Graeser
THP 1-14-027 MEN (Mud Springs White THP) Campbell Timberlands, 219 acres; 46% selection, 30% variable retention, 19% group selection, 5% clearcut logging.  Pudding Creek, Little N. Fork (MD: T18N R17W Sec.1, 2, 11; T19N R16W Sec.30, 31, 32, 33; T19N R17W Sec.36).  Wet weather operations, extreme erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 56 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, 11 spotted owls within 1.3mi, trees up to 53" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 05/03/14. VIEW

This THP is 4 miles east of Fort Bragg, CA and just north of the Noyo River at an elevation of 240 to 1,040 feet.  Campbell Timberlands is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir, grand fir and hemlock forests.  The THP area flows into the Noyo River which is listed as impaired for sediment/siltation and temperature.  There are 9 landslide terrain sites including disrupted ground, debris slides, steep streamside slopes, hummocky ground and rock slides.  Multiple road failure sites were reported including cut bank failures, fill failures, bank cracking and channeling of the road bed.  There is also a steep headwall swale with some slope failure on slopes over 65% grade near a landing in unit C, and some cracking on the lower portion of a landing in unit F.  Campbell Timberlands is planning to use and construct roads on deep seated landslide terrain in unit C, and use existing skid trails on deep seated landslide terrain in units D, E and J.  Portions of units A,C,D,E,J,F and K have tractor operations proposed on steep slopes over 65% grade.  They also want to use heavy equipment within a watercourse on 2 landings in unit J and between units D and E, on tractor roads within units D and J, and to construct and re-construct roads in unit C.  Ground based equipment is proposed for use in areas designated for cable logging for end-lining and for tractor assist in unit F.  There are 56 road drainage sites planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and road bed stabilization.  For spotted owl site MEN0500: this THP will reduce foraging habitat by -.2 ac within .7 mi, and nesting/roosting habitat by -12 ac within .7 mi.  For spotted owl site MEN0087; this THP will reduce nesting/roosting habitat by -5.2 ac within .7 mi. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

When Clearcuts Kill

By Jeffrey St Clair and Alexander Cockburn
Counterpunch Magazine


Snohomish County Landslide Photo by Marcus Yam, Seattle Times
Note: 03/26/14 In the wake of the killer landslides, on steep, heavily logged over terrain, along the Stillaguamish River in western Washington, we are reprinting a story on logging and landslides that Alex and I reported in the print edition of CounterPunch in 1996.  I vividly remember writing it on the phone with him as the waters of the Mattole crested over Conklin Creek Road, approaching Alex’s porch and he was desperately trying get all of the animals to high ground and move all of his books, including the Brittanica (1911 ed.) and OED from the bottom two shelves, before the floodwaters breached the house…..It was grim and a little scary, but also very funny. I think Alex was also trying to juggle three different deadlines that day. Just another thrilling day in a remarkable life…–JSC

When the first big winter rains hit Humboldt County in 1996, the Mattole River, which runs past Cockburn’s door, rose like a rocket. Within a couple of days, his house was cut off. To the West, the river was two feet over the road; 200 yards to the East, a landslide poured 30-feet of dirt over the road.

It’s the landslide that concerns us here. The steep slope above the road was logged in 1993. Many of us had protested that taking the trees would cause slides.

The California Department of Forestry said there was nothing it could do because the owner, a man from Oregon, had invoked emergency salvage regulations after the 1992 Petrolia earthquake. The only recourse would be to sue the owner after he had logged. The logging went ahead. The owner picked up his money, sold the property and returned to Oregon. The hillside has been sliding ever since. Last week, most of the hill-face came down. The bill for the county will probably add up to several hundred thousand dollars.  READ MORE

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut near the Klamath River.


PANORAMIO Photo By bullnfrog
THP 1-14-026 HUM (599 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 172 acres; 73% clearcut, 17% selection, 8% no-harvest, 2% roadside logging.  Ah Pah Creek (HUM: T12N R2E Sec.16, 17, 20, 21). Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 65%, landslide terrain in unit B, road failure sites, 9 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, 4 spotted owls within 1.3mi, red tree vole sighting in unit B, 4 bald eagle nests within 1.5 mi, trees over 30" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 05/01/14.  VIEW

This THP is about 8 miles south of the town of Klamath, CA between Redwood National Park and the Klamath River.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in redwood, Douglas fir, bishop pine and hemlock forests at an elevation of 400 to 1,500 feet.  The THP area flows eastward into the Klamath River which is listed as impaired for nutrients, temperature and dissolved oxygen.  There is shallow rapid landslide terrain in unit B, and several misc cut bank and road related fill failures near crossings.  8 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction and culvert repair and replacement.  Over 9,367 feet of new and seasonal road construction is planned.  Bald eagle nests were reported to be .27 mi east of unit E, .42 mi east of unit C, within 1 mi of unit E, and within 1.5 miles of unit E.  There are also spotted owls within .25 mi of unit B, and .5 mi of units E and F. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Mendocino Redwood Company to log on steep and unstable slopes east of Navarro.


PANORAMIO Photo By Arsen Ashchyan
THP 1-14-024 MEN (South of Bailey THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 979 acres; 73% seed tree, 16% variable retention, 11% selection, misc roadside logging.  Middle S. Branch Navarro River, Lower S. Branch Navarro River (MD: T15N R14W Sec.18, 19; T15N R15W Sec.13, 14, 15, 16, 22, 23, 24).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 80%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 70 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, 6 spotted owls within 1.3mi, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 05/02/14. VIEW

This THP is about 1.6 miles east of the town of Navarro, CA and Highway 128 at an elevation of 320 to 1,400 feet.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation in redwood, grand fir and Douglas fir forests.  The THP area flows into the Navarro River which is listed as impaired for sedimentation/siltation and temperature.  There are 15 road related failure sites including fill failures, cut bank failures, cracking and road bed channeling.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning to use an existing landing and skid roads within a watercourse, and also to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging for swing yarding, to construct fire breaks, tail holds and for end-lining. 70 road drainage sites are planned for work including dip construction, rocking, culvert repair/replacement and ditch cleaning. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Mendocino Redwood Company to log on steep and unstable slopes NW of Ukiah, CA.


PANORAMIO Photo By Cascadia Vision Committee
THP 1-14-023 MEN (JohnSon Ditto THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 1417 acres; 50% seed tree, 25% transition, 10% selection, 8% variable retention, 6% rehab logging.  South Daugherty Creek, Little N. Fork Navarro River (MD: T15N R14W Sec.3, 4, 5, 9; T16N R14W Sec.29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 85%, steep roads, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 83 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, 9 spotted owls within 1.3mi, redwood Lilly, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 04/21/14. VIEW

This THP is about a dozen miles NW of Ukiah, CA at an elevation of 600 to 1,400 feet.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Douglas fir and redwood forests.  The THP area flows into the Little North Fork of the Navarro River and the Big River which is listed as impaired for sediment and temperature.  This area is also close to the 2008 Mendocino Complex Fires which burned over 1,043 acres of MRC lands. Multiple landslide terrain sites exist including disrupted ground, debris slides and debris torrents.  Within these areas, there are road related fill failures, cut bank failures, bank slumping and road reconstruction projects planned on landslide terrain.  Mendocino Redwood Company wants to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging, and to use tractors on skid roads and a landing within a class II watershed, and re-construct a seasonal road inside a class I watercourse.  They also want to use ground based equipment to construct a road through 3 unstable areas, and to use ground based equipment to construct a road on steep slopes over 65% grade.  83 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction and culvert repair and replacement.   A population of Redwood Lily was found along the banks of Daugherty Creek.  There are spotted owl sites adjacent to units 2,3, 6 and 9. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut north of Highway 299.


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THP 1-14-022 HUM (NF 1000 Bridge THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 102 acres; 72% clearcut, 24% selection, 5% no-harvest logging.  Denman Creek (HUM: T7N R2E Sec.33, 34).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, landslide terrain, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, 6 spotted owls within 1.3mi, steelhead and cutthroat trout adjacent to units B and C, southern torrent salamander sightings in unit B, northern red legged frog sighting in unit A, trees up to 60" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 04/15/14. VIEW

This THP is about 6 miles NE of Arcata, CA and a few miles west of the Highway 299 Coast Range summit.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut feller buncher, shovel and cable logging operation in Douglas fir and redwood forests.  There are 3 shallow landslide areas located within a class I watercourse area in unit C.  The THP area flows into the North Fork of the Mad River and Mad River which is listed as impaired for sediment, siltation and temperature.  Steelhead and coastal cutthroat trout are known to occupy the class I streams adjacent to units B and C, although there are no coho salmon because of a barrier downstream of the THP area.  Southern torrent salamanders were reported in unit B, northern red legged frogs were spotted in unit A, and there is del Norte salamander habitat throughout the THP area. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log near Arnold, CA


PANORAMIO Photo By vistalinks
THP 4-14-006 CAL (Swiss Ranch THP) Sierra Pacific Industries; 361acres; 72% clearcut, 25% no-harvest, 1% shelterwood, 1% selection, 1% roadside logging.  Upper O'Neil Creek, Fine Gold Mine, Upper Jesus Maria Creek (MD: T5N R14E Sec.2, 3, 10, 11, 13, 14, 15, 24).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 60%, unstable areas in units 1770 & 1099, herbicides, 7 CA spotted owls within 1.3mi, goshawk territory within .25 mi, trees up to 42” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 04/25/14.VIEW

This THP is about 3 miles NW of Arnold, CA and Highway 4 near the South Fork of the Mokelumne River.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in ponderosa pine, sugar pine, white fir, Douglas fir and incense cedar forests at an elevation of 3,000 to 4,700 feet. Several prominent swales are located inside units 1770 and 1099.  SPI is planning to use excavators for fuels work on slopes greater than 30% that lead without flattening into a class II watercourse.  There are also 2 oversized units, and 89 acres of so-called operational buffers outside of units to be used for skid trails, landings and for fire line construction.  The Irish Creek goshawk territory is located within 1,600 feet of THP units. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut adjacent to Redwood National Park.


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THP 1-14-019 HUM (BL 1000 14 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 102.8 acres; 58% clearcut, 23% selection, 13% visual retention, 5% no-havest, 1% roadside logging.  Bridge Creek, Pitcher Creek (HUM: T9N R1E Sec.22, 23, 25, 27, 28, 36; T9N R2E Sec.31).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, herbicides, impaired 303.d watershed, coho watershed, unit C adjacent to redwood national park, 5 spotted owls within 1.3mi, southern torrent salamanders adjacent to unit A, trees up to 60” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 04/13/14. VIEW

This THP is about 8.25 miles NE of Trinidad, CA and Highway 101, and adjacent to Redwood National Park.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut shovel, feller buncher and cable logging operation in redwood, Douglas fir, Sitka spruce and Grand fir forests at an elevation of 600 to 2,100 feet.  Unit C is adjacent to Redwood National Park and there is a 200 foot special treatment area to help hide the effects of clearcutting along the park boundary.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to use ground based equipment in an area designated for cable logging within unit A. They also are planning to construct 2,500 feet of new temporary road, and to construct 3,000 feet of new seasonal road.  Southern torrent salamanders were reported adjacent to unit A, and coastal tailed frogs may be present in class II watersheds within units A & B. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Sierra Pacific Industries planning a pair of clearcut THPs along the North shore of Trinity Lake.


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Sierra Pacific Industries (SPI) is proposing a pair of clearcut THPs totaling 949 acres near the north shore of Trinity Lake between the Upper Trinity River and the East Fork of the Trinity River.  These 2 THPs combined will have a significant impact along the northern shore of Trinity Lake which is already suffering from excessive loads of sediment.  Trinity Lake is part of the Central Valley Water Project which provides drinking water to Northern California.  These THPs which are interspersed will also remove a large amount of habitat near 2 Northern Spotted Owl territories.  

THP 2-14-007 TRI (Boomer THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 640 acres; 93% clearcut, 4% selection, 3% shelterwood, misc rehab logging.  Squirrel Gulch, Cedar Creek, Watson Creek (MD: T36N R7W Sec.1, 3; T37N R6W Sec.19; T37N R7W Sec.15, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 35).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, 5 unstable areas, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, bonanza king roadless area, 3 spotted owls within 1.3mi, 7 sensitive plant species, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 04/17/14. VIEW

This THP is 2-6 miles NE of Trinity Center, CA near the north shore of Trinity Lake at an elevation of 2,400 to 5,000 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in Douglas fir, ponderosa pine, white fir, sugar pine and incense cedar forests.  The THP area drains into the north shore of Trinity Lake between the Upper Trinity River and East Fork of the Trinity River which is listed as impaired for sediment and siltation.  At least 5 unstable areas are indicated on THP maps (SPI THPs are notorious for not fully disclosing information about unstable areas within the text of THP documents).  SPI is planning to reduce the width of a class I watercourse protection zone below the standard width inside unit 2056.  They also want to use tractors on steep slopes up to 60% grade to construct fire lines within units designated for cable logging.  There are 6 oversized units, and over 3,350 feet of temporary seasonal roads are planned.  Section 19 is adjacent to the Bonanza King Roadless Area.  7 sensitive plant species were reported within the THP area including: Shasta County arnica in units 6037, 6104, 2068, 2036, 2037, 1949 and 1913; lemon colored fawn lily in units 6037 and 1913; slender false lupine in units 6037, 2068 and 1983; tauchia glauca in unit 6037; English Peak greenbriar in unit 1913; Sierra Valley lewisia in units 1980, 2026 and 2036; and Klamath Mountain catchfly was found in units 2026 and 1960.

THP 2-14-008 TRI (Scorpion King THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 309 acres; 83% clearcut, 16% seed tree, 2% selection logging.  Carrville, Copper Creek, Scorpion Creek (MD: T36N R7W Sec.3; T37N R7W Sec.3, 9, 15, 21, 22, 27, 33).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, 4 unstable areas, 22 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, wet areas, herbicides, 3 spotted owls within 1.3mi, 6 sensitive plant species, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 04/17/14. VIEW

This THP is 2-6 miles NE of Trinity Center, CA near the north shore of Trinity Lake at an elevation of 2,440 to 5,000 feet elevation.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in Douglas fir, ponderosa pine, white fir, sugar pine and incense cedar forests.  The THP area drains into the north shore of Trinity Lake between the Upper Trinity River and East Fork of the Trinity River which is listed as impaired for sediment and siltation.  At least 4 unstable areas are indicated on THP maps (SPI THPs are notorious for not fully disclosing information about unstable areas within the text of THP documents).  SPI is proposing to use tractors on steep slopes up to 60% grade to construct fire lines within units designated for cable logging, use tractors on steep slopes designated for cable logging within units 1740 and 2018, and to use a tractor inside unit 2018 to construct a skid trail on slopes over 50% grade with a high erosion hazard rating.  They also want to use a portion of a landing inside a class II watercourse, a skid trail close to a class II spring, and an existing road inside a class II watercourse.  22 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction and culvert repair and replacement.  There are 4 oversized units, and wet areas located in units 2014, 2018, 1486 and 1495.  Siskiyou onion was found in unit 1478; Shasta County arnica was found in units 6005 and 1478; lemon colored fawn lily was found in unit 6005; Sierra Valley lewisia was found in unit 1478; Klamath Mountain catchfly was found in units 1478 and 1461; and slender false lupine was found in unit 6026. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

FGF US Forest Holdings to log on steep and unstable slopes near Redwood Creek and Highway 299 summit.


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THP 1-14-017 HUM (FGF US Lord Ellis #2 THP) FGF US Forest Holdings, 300 acres; 61% transition, 39% rehab logging.  Toss-up Creek (HUM: T7N R3E Sec.19, 20, 21, 28, 29).  Wet weather operations, low erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, steep road, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 40 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, coho watershed, 6 spotted owls within 1.3mi, northern red legged frog sightings, long beard lichen, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 04/07/14. VIEW

This THP is a couple miles NE of the Highway 299 summit on the Coast Range between Arcata and Willow Creek, CA.  It is an extension of the previous FGF US Lord Ellis #1 THP 1-13-030 HUM.  The THP area flows into Redwood Creek which is listed as impaired for sediment and temperature.  FGF US Forest Holdings is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Douglas fir, western hemlock, grand fir and redwood forests.  Most of the landslide terrain within the THP area is related to the Dolly Varden Road which has a large amount of side cast construction.  There are multiple fill failures along roads; including several fill failures and unstable areas along Dolly Varden Road, multiple Humboldt crossing failures, bank seeps, bank slumps, ditch channeling, debris slides and sink holes.  One steep road that exceeds 15% grade for 700 feet is proposed, along with a portion of an existing road, 3 skid trails and a landing inside a class II watercourse.  40 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair/replacement, ditch cleaning and road failure related repairs.  For spotted owl site HUM0405; this THP will reduce nesting/roosting habitat by 131 acres within .7 mi; for spotted owl site HUM0406; this THP will reduce nesting/roosting habitat by 29  acres within .7 mi, and will reduce foraging habitat by 36 acres within .7 mi; and for spotted owl site HUM0791; this THP will reduce nesting/roosting habitat by 43 acres within .7 mi. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Barnum Timber Company to log on steep and unstable slopes NW of Willow Creek, CA.


PANORAMIO Photo By Larry Butcher
THP 1-14-014 HUM (Moon Creek THP) Barnum Timber Company, 307 acres; 48% clearcut, 31% selection, 12% shelterwood, 7% rehab, 1% roadside logging.  Toss-up Creek (HUM: T7N R3E Sec.16, 17, 21, 22, 28).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 57 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, 9 spotted owls within 1.3mi, white flowered rein orchid, fawn lily, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 03/18/14. VIEW

This THP is about 11 miles NW of Willow Creek, CA and about 3 miles NE of the Highway 299 coast range summit at an elevation of 800 to 2,000 feet.  The THP area flows into Redwood Creek which is listed as impaired for sediment and siltation. Barnum Timber Company is planning a  tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood and Douglas fir forests.  There are 16 landslide terrain sites including steep headwall scarps, earth flows, rockslides, disrupted ground and debris slides.  Multiple road failure sites are located within the THP area including fill failures and cut bank failures related to watercourse crossings.  Barnum Timber Company is planning to construct a road near a slide prone area below unit 10, and on landslide terrain in unit 9.  They also want to use ground based equipment on steep slopes over 65% grade, use ground based equipment on unstable terrain, and to use ground based equipment on skid trails within class II and class III watercourses inside units 3, 7 and 11. 57 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction and culvert repair and replacement.  Three groups of white flowered rein orchid were found adjacent to unit 7, and 5 groups of fawn lily were found adjacent to units 1,2 and 3.  For spotted owl site HUM0406; this THP will remove 73 acres of nesting/roosting habitat within .7 mi, and 3.1 acres of foraging habitat within .7 mi; for spotted owl site HUM0526, this THP will remove 17.3 acres of nesting/roosting habitat within .7 mi, and 24.8 acres of foraging habitat within .7 mi. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut near Big Lagoon and Trinidad.


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THP 1-14-013 HUM (BL2230 15 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 81 acres; 84% clearcut, 11% selection, 4% no-harvest, 1% roadside logging.  Pitcher Creek (HUM: T9N R1E Sec.28, 32, 33).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 80%, landslide terrain, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, 5 spotted owls within 1.3mi, trees up to 48" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 03/20/14. VIEW

This THP is about 5 miles NE of Trinidad, CA and about 2 miles SE of Big Lagoon and Highway 101. Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in redwood, Sitka spruce, hemlock, Douglas fir and grand fir forests at an elevation of 200 to 840 feet.  The THP area flows into Maple Creek which has been heavily clearcut by Green Diamond Resource Company in the past, and contains steelhead, coastal cutthroat trout, Coho and Chinook salmon.  There are steep streamside slopes in unit A, and deep seated landslide terrain in unit B.  Shovel equipment is proposed for use within a class II watercourse in unit B. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Emcot Forests to log in spotted owl habitat near Willits


PANORAMIO photo by peterdal
THP 1-14-012 MEN (Redwood Creek 13 THP) Emcot Forests, 227 acres; 55% transition, 24% variable retention, 13% group selection, 8% shelterwood logging.  Redwood Creek (MD: T19N R14W Sec.29, 30, 31; T19N R15W Sec.25, 36).  Wet weather operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 104 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, 4 spotted owls within 1.3mi, trees up to 36" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 03/19/14. VIEW

This THP is about 6.5 miles NW of Willits, CA at an elevation of 650 to 2,400 feet.  Emcot Forests is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood and Douglas fir forests.  There are 13 road failure and landslide terrain sites including earth flows, debris slides and fill and cut bank failures.  Emcot Forests wants to use tractors on existing skid trails on steep slopes over 65% grade, use a landing inside a class I watercourse, and use a skid trail inside a class II watercourse.  They also want to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging to pull trees away from streams, construct firebreaks, tail holds and where deflection is poor.  There are 104 road drainage work sites including rocking, dip construction, and culvert repair and replacement.  

Overall, This THP will remove 222 acres of spotted owl nesting/roosting habitat, create 117 acres of foraging habitat, and convert 117 acres into additional unsuitable habitat within 1.3 miles.  For spotted owl site MEN0329; this THP will remove 23 acres of nesting/roosting habitat within .7 mi, and create 4 acres of foraging habitat within .7 mi; for spotted owl site MEN0437; this THP will remove 15 acres of nesting/roosting habitat within .7 mi, and create 14 acres of foraging habitat within .7 mi; for spotted owl site MEN0634; this THP will remove 4 acres of nesting/roosting habitat within .7 mi, and create 3 acres of foraging habitat within .7 mi. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut near the CA/OR border.


PANORAMIO Photo By MaxFarrar
THP 1-14-011 DEL (598 Bear Creek THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 213 acres; 60% clearcut, 23% no-harvest, 16% selection, 1% roads logging.  Upper Bear Creek (HUM: T18N R1E Sec.4, 5; T19N R1E Sec.32, 33).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 26 road drainage work sites, herbicides, packsaddle roadless area, coho watershed, 2 spotted owls within 1.3mi, indian pipe, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 03/19/14. VIEW

This THP is about 5 miles NE of the town of Smith River, CA and adjacent to the CA/OR state line border and the packsaddle roadless area.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut feller buncher, shovel and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Douglas fir and redwood forests.  There are 4 shallow rapid landslides in unit A, 1 landslide in unit B related to a failed stream crossing, 8 shallow rapid landslides in unit C, and 3 shallow rapid landslides and 1 deep seated landslide in unit D.  There are also multiple misc fill failures and cut bank failures mostly related to stream crossings along roads.  Green Diamond Resource Company is proposing to re-construct 75 feet of road within a class II spring in unit B, use existing roads to yard logs within a class II watercourse in units B and D, and use ground based equipment on 200 feet of existing skid road within an area designated for cable logging in unit C.  26 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair/replacement, ditch cleaning and road bed stabilization.  Populations of indian pipe were reported in unit E, and there are spotted owls within .25 mi of unit D, and .5 mi of units A,B and C. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut SW of Redwood National Park


PANORAMIO Photo By nthawoodz
THP 1-14-010 HUM (BL2660 14 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 108 acres; 67% clearcut, 27% selection, 6% no-harvest logging.  Maple Creek (HUM: T8N R1E Sec.1, 2, 11, 12).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 80%, landslide terrain, 7 road drainage work sites, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, 3 spotted owls within 1.3mi, marbled murrelet stand within 330 ft of unit A, trees up to 48” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 03/13/14. VIEW

This THP is about 5 miles NE of Trinidad, CA and within a few miles of Redwood National Park at an elevation of 600 to 1,450 feet.  The THP area drains into the Maple Creek watershed which has been heavily clearcut by Green Diamond Resource Company in the past, and contains coastal cutthroat trout, steelhead, coho and chinook salmon.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in redwood, Douglas fir, hemlock and grand fir forests.  The THP area contains oversized units and steep streamside slopes in units B and D.  Seven road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction and culvert repair and maintenance.  There is a marbled murrelet stand within 300 feet of unit A, and .25 miles from a haul road. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Friday, February 7, 2014

W.M. Beaty & Associates to log near Lake Britton and Highway 89.


PANORAMIO Photo By arbornet
THP 2-14-003 SHA (Hyway THP) W.M. Beaty & Associates; 4446 acres; 100% selection, misc no-harvest logging.  Cayton Creek, Dry Creek, Clark Creek (MD: T37N R3E Sec.5, 8; T38N R2E Sec.13; T38N R3E Sec.8, 17, 18, 19, 20, 28, 29, 32, 33, 34).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, 1 unstable area, 38 road drainage work sites, 1 spotted owl within 1.3mi, sharp shinned hawk sighting within .5 mi, marten, fisher, goshawk sighting within 1 mi, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 03/12/14. VIEW

This THP is about 3 miles north of Lake Britton near the junction of Highway 89 and Shasta County Road A19.  W.M. Beaty & Associates is planning a tractor based logging operation in ponderosa pine, sugar pine, incense cedar, Douglas fir and white fir forests.  There is 1 unstable area near where 2 roads bisect which will be excluded from logging, and 750 feet of existing road will be used inside a class III watercourse, and 8 landings will be used inside or adjacent to class III watercourses.  38 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction and culvert repair and replacement.  Wildlife sightings include; a sharp shinned hawk sighting .5 mi east of the THP area, a Cooper's hawk and marten sighting 1 mi north of the THP area, and a fisher and goshawk sighting 1 mi south of the THP area. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Campbell Timberlands planning to clearcut 12 miles NE of Fort Bragg.


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THP 1-14-008 MEN (Reynolds Yellow THP) Campbell Timberlands, 39 acres; 90% clearcut, 10% selection logging.  Upper Middle Fork Ten Mile River (MD: T19N R15W Sec.6;  T19N R16W Sec.1).  Wet weather operations, steep slopes over 85%, landslide terrain, high erosion hazard, 20 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, 6 spotted owls within 1.3mi, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 03/06/14. VIEW

This THP is about 12 Miles NE of Fort Bragg, CA at an elevation of 800 to 1,600 feet.  Campbell Timberlands is planning a tractor and cable logging operation in redwood, Douglas fir, western hemlock and grand fir forests. The THP area drains from the Middle or "Clark" Fork of the Ten Mile River watershed into the Ten Mile River which is listed as impaired for sediment and temperature.  There are 20 road drainage sites planned for work including rocking and dip construction.  For spotted owl site MEN0233; this THP will remove .2 acre of foraging habitat within .7 mi, and for spotted owl site MEN0484; this THP will remove 7.6 acres of foraging habitat within .7 mi.  There is marbled murrelet habitat near a haul road. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Humboldt Redwood Company to log on steep and unstable slopes south of Scotia, CA.


PANORAMIO Photo By Winst1966
THP 1-14-006 HUM (Big Jay THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 325 acres; 72% group selection, 21% no-harvest, 4% variable retention, 4% selection logging.  Jordan Creek (HUM: T1N R1E Sec.27, 33, 34; HUM: T1S R1E Sec.3, 4).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 26 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, logging on 6 acres of old growth stands, herbicides, coho watershed, 6 spotted owls within 1.3 mi, 4 osprey nests within 1.3 mi, sharp shinned hawk nest in unit 1, trees up to 36" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 03/01/14. VIEW

This THP is about 3 miles south of Scotia, CA near Highway 101 at an elevation of 820 to 2,700 feet.  The THP area flows into the Eel River which is listed as impaired for sediment and temperature.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir and grand fir forests.  There are over 60 mapped landslide areas including debris slides, earth flows and disrupted ground within the THP area, and several misc road failure sites; including 1 major road failure site that failed in 2012 and was re-built.  Logging is also proposed on 6 acres of old growth within stands 330C and 589D.  Humboldt Redwood Company wants to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging.  26 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair/replacement and road bed stabilization.  There is a marbled murrelet stand near a haul road, and a sharp shinned hawk nest inside unit 1. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Coastal Ridges LLC to log on steep and unstable slopes SW of Willits, CA.


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THP 1-14-005 MEN (Lower Loop 2013 THP) Coastal Ridges LLC, 609 acres; 72% seed tree, 17% transition, 11% group selection logging.  Upper North Fork Big River (MD: T17N R14W Sec.5, 6; T18N R14W Sec.30, 31, 32; T18N R15W Sec.36).  Wet weather operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, steep roads, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 61 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, 6 spotted owls within 1.3mi, peregrine falcon within .5 mi, trees up to 24" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 03/03/14. VIEW

This THP is about 6 miles SW of Willits, CA and a few miles south of Highway 20 near the North Fork of the Big River which is listed as impaired for sediment and temperature. Coastal Ridges LLC is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood and Douglas fir forests at an elevation of 760 to 1,960 feet.  The THP area has numerous landslide terrain features including rockslides and debris slides; multiple misc road failure sites including road bed slumping, fill failures, overtopped culverts, shot gunned culverts, and landslide deposits on road beds.  Coastal Ridges LLC wants to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging, use skid roads and landings inside class I and class II watercourses, and use ground based equipment on steep slopes over 65%, and on slopes over 50% grade with a high erosion hazard.  There are 61 road drainage sites planned for work including rocking, dip construction, and culvert repair and replacement.  Overall, this THP will impact the Northern Spotted Owl by removing 7 acres of nesting/roosting habitat, and 211 acres of foraging habitat.  For spotted owl site MEN0225; nesting/roosting habitat will be reduced by 7 acres; and foraging habitat will be reduced by 28 acres.  For spotted owl site MEN0303; no nesting/roosting habitat will be removed within .7 mi because the area is deficient, and 137 acres of foraging habitat will be removed within .7 mi.  There are peregrine falcon sites within .5 mi of the THP area at "Two Rock”.  This THP is adjacent to Coastal Ridges LLC’s Seven Mile Redux THP 1-14-003 MEN (see THP Blog post Coastal Ridges LLC to log on steep and unstable slopes near Willits, CA.). More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

2013 California Private Lands Logging Statistics Report now available



The 2013 California Private Lands Logging Statistical Report is now available for download from the THP Tracking Center website Resources Page.  You can also download the reports for 2010, 2011 and 2012 which highlight trends with state and private lands logging.  These statistics are derived from all the individual THPs (Timber Harvest Plans) submitted to Cal Fire during the calendar year, which the THP Tracking Center reviews and comments on.  Within the report; you will find information on statewide logging trends, logging trends by Cal Fire district, logging information for each county, and for major timberland owners.

Although there are many trends contained within the report, some trends are worth highlighting between 2012 and 2013.  Clearcutting is up 2% statewide, group selection logging is up 3%, sanitation salvage logging is up 4%, and selection logging is down by 7%.  One of the most watched trends - clearcutting; increased 33% for Cal Fire Region 1 (coast), increased 11.33% for Cal Fire Region 2 (Sierra north/Trinity) and decreased 26.72% for Region 3 (Sierra south).  Calaveras, Del Norte, El Dorado, Humboldt, Modoc, Shasta and Siskiyou counties all saw increases in the rate of clearcutting.  For large timberland owners, Green Diamond Resource Company increased their rate of clearcutting by 37%, and Roseburg Resources Company increased their rate of clearcutting by 17%.   What trends can you find in the report?