Friday, November 21, 2014

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut near the Headwaters Forest Reserve.


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THP 1-14-119 HUM (McCloud Creek #6 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 146 acres; 85% clearcut, 14% selection, 1% no-harvest logging.  Lower S. Fork Elk River (HUM: T3N R1E Sec.6, 7).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, landslide terrain, 8 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, headwaters forests reserve, herbicides, oversized units, coho watershed, 8 spotted owls within 1.3 mi, 4 osprey nests within .25 mi,  marbled murrelet stand within .25 mi, coastal cutthroat trout and steelhead adjacent to unit F, trees up to 90" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/12/14. VIEW

This THP is about 4 miles NE of Fortuna, CA and Highway 101 near the Elk River Trailhead and Headwaters Forest Reserve.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut feller buncher and cable logging operation in redwood and Douglas fir forests.  The THP area flows into the Elk River which is listed as impaired for sediment and temperature.  There are 10 landslide terrain sites in the THP area including rapid shallow landslide terrain in unit B, steep headwall swales in unit C, and deep seated landslide terrain in units E and F.  Over  6,500 feet of temporary road construction is planned, and 1,600 feet of road re-construction is planned.  8 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction and culvert repair and replacement.  Unit E and Road SA 2591 are within .25 mi of marbled murrelet habitat on BLM lands, and there are 4 osprey nest sites within .25 mi of the S-1000 haul road.  Spotted owl nesting territories are located within .25 mi of units A,B,F and within .5 mi of units C,D,E. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log near Calaveras Big Trees State Park.


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THP 4-14-023 CAL (Texas THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 349 acres; 54% clearcut, 19% no-harvest, 15% selection, 9% seed tree, 1% special, 1% roadside logging.  Upper San Antonio Creek (MD: T5N R15E Sec.10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 20, 21).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, 3 unstable areas, 7 road drainage work sites, Calaveras big trees state park, herbicides, 6 CA spotted owls within 1.3 mi, trees up to 56" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/21/14. VIEW

This THP lies between Arnold, CA and Dorrington, CA near Highway 4 and Calaveras Big Trees State Park (sections 14, 15, 16 and 21 are adjacent).  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 3,900 to 4,880 feet.  There are 3 unstable areas including steep swales in units 1203 and 1937, a fill slope failure on full bench excavation, and hummocky terrain in units 1253 and 2156.  SPI wants to use excavators on slopes up to 30% grade that do not flatten before reaching a watercourse, and on slopes less than 50% grade for site prep and fuels treatment.  7 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction and culvert repair and replacement. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Green Diamond Resource Company to log near Harry Merlo State Park.


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THP 1-14-116 HUM (Tom Creek Thin 15 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 241 acres; 63% commercial thin, 32% no-harvest, 12% marbled murrelet buffer logging.  McDonald Creek (HUM: T9N R1E Sec.7, 8, 17, 18).  Wet weather operations, low erosion hazard, slopes up to 30%, 15 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, Harry merlo state park, herbicides, coho watershed, 3 spotted owls within 1.3 mi, osprey nests within .25 mi, bald eagle nest within .17 mi, marbled murrelet stand within 300 feet of unit A, southern torrent salamander in unit A, trees up to 30" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/06/14. VIEW

This THP is about 8 miles north of Trinidad, CA near Big Lagoon and Highway 101 and adjacent to Harry Merlo State Recreation Area.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation in redwood, Douglas fir, grand fir and spruce forests at an elevation of 120 to 760 feet.  There are 12 acres of a no-cut area around a marbled murrelet stand.  The marbled murrelet stand is within 300 feet of unit A, and within .25 mi of the LP Mill Road, BL1110 and BL1135 haul roads.  15 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, washed out crossings and culvert repair/replacement.  Osprey nests are located within .25 mi of the LP Mill Road, 100 feet west of unit A, and .25 mi from the BL1110 and BL1135 haul roads.  There is a bald eagle nest 930 feet west of unit A, and .50 mi from the BL1100, BL1110, BL1135 and LP Mill Roads.  This THP is adjacent to Green Diamond Resource Company’s THP 1-14-002 HUM and THP 1-14-059 HUM. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Mendocino Redwood Company to log on steep and unstable slopes near the Navarro River.


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THP 1-14-115 MEN (Upper Barton THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 419 acres; 73% group selection, 20% transition, 8% variable retention logging.  Big Salmon Creek, Ray Gulch (MD: T15N R16W Sec.4, 5, 8; T16N R16W Sec.33).  Wet weather operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 85%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 19 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, 3 spotted owls within .7 mi, northern red legged frog sightings, marbled murrelet habitat adjacent to unit 2, trees up to 42" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/05/14. VIEW

This THP is about 6 miles NW of Navarro, CA and Highway 128 at an elevation of 40 to 1,000 feet.  The THP area flows into the Navarro River which is listed as impaired for sediment and temperature and contains coho salmon and steelhead.  Mendocino 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 5 road failure sites including multiple cutbank sloughs across roads, and perched material below an existing skid trail.  Mendocino Redwood Company wants to use a skid trail with unstable soils above, and a road built upon side cast between 2 skid trails. Landslide terrain exists throughout the THP area including debris slides, debris side slopes, rockslides, and disrupted ground.  MRC also wants to use ground based equipment on slopes over 50% grade that do not flatten before reaching a watercourse, and on existing skid trails with steep slopes over 65% grade, and on slopes over 50% grade with a high erosion hazard. 19 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction and culvert repair/replacement.  There is potential marbled murrelet habitat adjacent to unit 2.  For spotted owl site MD053; the THP will reduce nesting/roosting habitat by 73 acres within .7 mi, for spotted owl site MD486; the THP will reduce nesting/roosting habitat by 13 acres within .7 mi, and for spotted owl site MD442; the THP will reduce nesting/roosting habitat by 21 acres within .7 mi.  This THP is a few miles south of Mendocino Redwood Company’s Tom Bell Complex THP 1-14-114 MEN. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Mendocino Redwood Company to log on steep and unstable slopes near the Albion River


THP 1-14-114 MEN (Tom Bell Complex THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 710 acres; 37% group selection, 32% transition, 26% variable retention, 5% seed tree logging.  Middle Albion River, South Fork Albion River (MD: T16N R16W Sec.4, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 23, 26).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 56 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, 8 spotted owls within .7 mi, Oregon gold thread, trees up to 48" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/04/14. VIEW

This THP is a few miles west of Comptche, CA and inland on the Mendocino coast at an elevation of 100 to 900 feet.  The THP area flows into the Albion River which is listed as impaired for sediment and temperature.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood and Douglas fir forests.  There are 7 road failure sites including fill failures, bank sloughing and cut bank failures.  56 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, crossing restoration and culvert repair/replacement.  Oregon gold thread was found within a class I watercourse.  For spotted owl site MD236; the THP will reduce foraging habitat by 5 acres within .7 mi, for spotted owl site MD065; the THP will reduce foraging habitat by 14 acres within .7 mi, for spotted owl site MD562; the THP will reduce foraging habitat by 46 acres within .7 mi, for spotted owl site MD439; the THP will reduce nesting/roosting habitat by 2 acres within .7 mi, and foraging habitat by 55 acres within .7 mi.  This THP is a few miles north of Mendocino Redwood Company’s Upper Barton THP 1-14-115 MEN. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Green Diamond Resource Company to log near Redwood National Park.


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THP 1-14-113 HUM (BL 2600/2690 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 202 acres; 38% clearcut, 35% commercial thin, 19% no-harvest, 8% selection logging.  Maple Creek (HUM: T8N R1E Sec.1, 12; T8N R2E Sec.6, 7).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, 7 road drainage work sites, herbicides, oversized units, coho watershed, 2 spotted owls within 1.3 mi, marbled murrelet stands within .25 mi, trees up to 60" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/30/14. VIEW

This THP is about 5 miles NE of Trinidad, CA and .6 mi SW of Redwood National Park at an elevation of 600 to 1,800 feet.  The THP area drains into Maple Creek which flows into Big Lagoon at the Pacific Ocean and contains coho, chinook salmon, coastal cutthroat trout and steelhead.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation in Douglas fir and redwood forests.  7 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, crossing repair and culvert repair/replacement.  There is a marbled murrelet stand within .25 of unit A and the BL2000 and BL2661 roads, and spotted owl nesting territories within .25 mi of unit B. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Sierra Pacific Industries planning a pair of clearcut THPs east of Trinity Lake.


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THP 2-14-094 TRI (Van Go THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 431 acres; 86% clearcut, 5% roadside, 4% selection, 3% rehab, 2% no-harvest logging.  Clawton Gulch, Feeny Gulch (MD: T34N R7W Sec.5; T35N R7W Sec.17, 21, 23, 27, 29, 33).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, 23 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, oversized units, 5 spotted owls within 1.3 mi, bald eagle nest nearby, historic goshawk nest, trees up to 36" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/07/14. VIEW

This THP is about 3 miles east of Trinity Lake at an elevation of 2,400 to 4,400 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in Douglas fir, ponderosa pine, sugar pine, incense cedar and white fir forests.  Over 7 miles of new road construction is proposed to access units, and ground based equipment is planned for use in areas designated for cable logging inside units 33A and 21D.  Tractors are proposed for use on steep slopes over 65% grade to construct skid trails inside units 27D and 29Z, and on slopes over 50% grade that do not flatten before reaching a watercourse in units 5A, 21E and 21F.  23 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction and culvert repair/replacement.  There is a bald eagle nest nearby at Clawton Gulch at Trinity Lake.  For spotted owl site TRI301, this THP will remove 24 acres of foraging habitat within .5 mi. and 53 acres of foraging habitat within .7 mi; for spotted owl site SHA0074, this THP will remove 18 acres of foraging habitat within 1.3 mi;  for spotted owl site SHA0107; this THP will remove 35 acres of foraging habitat within 1.3 mi; for spotted owl site TRI0321; this THP will remove 13 acres of foraging habitat within 1.3 mi; for spotted owl site TRI0392; this THP will remove 42 acres of foraging habitat within .7 mi; and 79 acres of foraging habitat within 1.3 mi.  This THP is just north of SPI’s Whitney Gulch THP 2-14-095 SHA.

THP 2-14-095 SHA (Whitney Gulch THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 343 acres; 100% clearcut, misc roadside logging.  Dodge Creek, Whitney Gulch (MD: T34N R7W Sec 3, 9, 11, 15, 16, 23, 27).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, herbicides, oversized units, 2 spotted owls within .6 mi, goshawk within .3 mi, klamath mountain catchfly, trees up to 36" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/10/14. VIEW

This THP is about 4 miles east of Trinity Lake at an elevation of 2,000 to 3,600 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in Douglas fir, ponderosa pine, sugar pine and incense cedar forests.  Tractors are proposed for use on steep slopes over 50% grade that do not flatten before reaching a watercourse.  There is a goshawk territory within .3 mi of the THP area in section 34, and klamath mountain catchfly was found in unit 9C.  For spotted owl nesting territory SHA0074; this THP will remove 19 acres of foraging habitat within .7 mi, and 17 acres of nesting/roosting habitat within 1.3 mi; for spotted owl nesting territory SHA0121; this THP will remove 17 acres of nesting/roosting habitat within .7 mi, and 116 acres of foraging habitat within .7 mi.  This THP is just south of SPI’s Van Go THP 2-14-094 TRI. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log east of Red Bluff, CA


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THP 2-14-092 TEH (Round Two THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 504 acres; 100% clearcut logging.  Round Valley (MD: T27N R4E Sec.3, 4, 5, 8, 9; T28N R4E Sec.32, 33, 34, 35).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 40%, 65 road drainage work sites, mill creek roadless area, herbicides, chinook watershed, 2 CA spotted owls within 1.3 mi, 2 cascade frog sightings within 1,000 ft, trees up to 48" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/05/14. VIEW

This THP is about 14 miles SW of Chester, CA and Lake Almoner, and about 7 miles south of the town of Mineral.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a clearcut tractor based logging operation in white fir, sugar pine, incense cedar and ponderosa pine forests at an elevation of 4,740 to 5,600 feet.  The THP area flows into Deer Creek above Deer Creek Falls, and section 32 is adjacent to the Mill Creek Roadless Area.  SPI wants to use temporary roads during the winter period, and multiple landings inside class II watercourses within units 2, 6, 8 and 21.  65 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, crossing restoration and culvert repair/replacement.  Cascade frogs were seen within 200 feet and 1,000 feet of the THP area in sections 3 and 35. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut north of Bieber, CA


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THP 2-14-091 MOD (Armentrout THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 2,604 acres; 74% clearcut, 26% fuel break logging.  Upper Roberts Reservoir, Webb Flat Reservoir, Armentrout Flat, Ben Eberli Waterhole (MD: T40N R6E Sec.1; T40N R7E Sec.5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 17; T41N R6E Sec.13, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 34, 35, 36; T41N R7E Sec.7, 8, 17, 18, 19, 20, 29, 30, 31, 32).  Winter operations, low erosion hazard, slopes up to 15%, oversized units, herbicides, goshawk sightings within unit 119C, bald eagle and great blue heron sightings within 1.3 mi, osprey and greater sandhill crane sightings within 1.7 mi, 10 sensitive plant species, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/30/14.  VIEW

This THP is about 16 miles north of Bieber, CA and Highway 299 at an elevation of 4,240 to 4,560 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor based logging operation in ponderosa pine, white fir and incense cedar forests. 18 goshawk sightings were reported from within unit 119C to 1.9 miles from the THP area.  There is an osprey within 1.7 mi in section 14, a bald eagle within 1.3 mi in section 14, and a great blue heron was reported to within 1.3 mi in section 3.  Five greater sandhill cranes were reported between 1,253 feet to 1.7 mi from the THP area.  10 sensitive plant species were found in the THP area including; longbeard mariposa lily, disappearing monkey flower, Greene's tuctoria, slender Orcutt grass, Castlegar hawthorne, Mountain Lady's Slipper, Susanville milk vetch, Sierra beardtongue, profuse flowered pogogyne and California golden banner.

Roseburg Resources Company to clearcut west of Dunsmuir and I-5.


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THP 2-14-090 SIS (Chess THP) Roseburg Resources Company, 456 acres; 93% clearcut, 6% selection, 1% roadside logging.  Little Castle Creek, Upper Soda Springs, Lower Soda Creek (MD: T39N R4W Sec.21, 26, 27, 28, 34, 35).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 11 road drainage work sites, adjacent to railroad park campground, herbicides, oversized units, fisher sightings nearby, historic goshawk nest in section 35, osprey nest in section 25, pacific tailed frog sighting within .5 mi, foothill yellow legged frog sightings, cascade grass of Parnassus, northern clarkia, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/30/14. VIEW

This THP is just west of Dunsmuir, CA near Railroad Park Campground and Castle Craigs State Park at an elevation of 2,400 to 4,800 feet.  Roseburg Resources Company is planning a clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in Douglas fir, ponderosa pine, white fir, incense cedar and sugar pine forests.  The THP area has 16 landslide terrain sites mostly related to watercourses including earth flows, bank slumping, fill failures, hummocky ground and steep headwalls/scarps.  End-lining is proposed at 3 locations that are over 50% grade that do not flatten before a watercourse, and 4 landings are proposed for use inside class III (intermittent) watercourses, including a skid trail inside a class III watercourse.  11 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction and culvert repair and replacement.  There is an historic goshawk nest within the NW quarter of section 35, and an osprey nest is located within the SW quarter of section 25, approximately 2,300 feet NE of unit 3501.  Foothill yellow legged frogs were reported to be in Little Castle Creek nearby, and a pacific tailed frog was reported to be within .5 mi of THP units 2802 and 2101 in Little Castle Creek. Cascade grass of Parnassus was found near a water hole and along a spring in unit 3502, and northern clarkia was found along a haul road. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Humboldt Redwood Company to log in large tree fisher, spotted owl and marbled murrelet stands.


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THP 1-14-110 HUM (Crazy Horse THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 265 acres; 67% group selection, 21% no-harvest, 11% variable retention, 1% selection logging.  Chadd Creek, Bear Creek (HUM: T1N R2E Sec.32; T1S R2E Sec.5, 6, 8, 17).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, landslide terrain, 25 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, logging inside large tree stands in units 1 and 5, adjacent to humboldt redwoods state park, herbicides, coho watershed, 6 spotted owls within 1.3 mi, fisher spotted inside unit 3, 3 osprey territories within .5 mi, trees up to 48” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/29/14. VIEW

This THP is about 7 miles SE of Scotia, CA and 1.5 mi NW of Redcrest, CA and Highway 101 near Humboldt Redwoods State Park (units 1, 3 and 4 are adjacent).  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir, and grand fir forests at an elevation of 62 to 2,955 feet.  The THP area flows into the Eel River which is listed as impaired for sediment and temperature, and there are 21 active and dormant landslide terrain features including debris slides, earth flows and disrupted ground.  Large tree logging is planned inside marbled murrelet stands within units 1 and 5, and Humboldt Redwood Company wants to use tractors in areas designated for cable logging. Twenty-five road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair and replacement.  During project layout, a fisher was seen running across the road inside unit 3.  For spotted owl nesting territory HUM0099; this THP will reduce nesting/roosting habitat by 12 acres within 1.3 mi; for spotted owl nesting territory HUM0097; this THP will reduce nesting/roosting habitat by 43 acres within 1.3 mi; for spotted owl nesting territory HUM0147; this THP will reduce nesting/roosting habitat by 9 acres within .7 mi, and by 131 acres within 1.3 mi.  There are 2 historic spotted owl nest trees in unit 1. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Timber Products to log out spotted owl habitat near the Siskiyou Crest


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THP 2-14-089 SIS (Pipeline THP) Timber Products Company, 300 acres; 46% clearcut, 35% commercial thin, 19% shelterwood logging.  Jaynes Canyon, Doggett Creek, Lower Beaver Creek (MD: T47N R9W Sec.7, 17, 21).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, wet area, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, 2 spotted owls within 1.3 mi, fisher within 2 mi, great gray owl within 3.5 mi, trees up to 150 years old.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/29/14. VIEW

This THP is about 14 miles NW of Yreka, CA and about 5 miles north of the Klamath River near the crest of the Siskiyou Mountains (Condrey Mountain) at an elevation of 4,480 to 6,080 feet. Timber Products is proposing a clearcut and mostly overstory removal tractor based logging operation in ponderosa pine, incense cedar, sugar pine, Douglas fir, white fir, red fir and mountain hemlock forests.  They are claiming that some of the older trees which are up to 150 years old are suffering from insect attack, slow growth and mistletoe (which is a natural process at higher elevations often used by timber companies to justify logging).  The THP area is upslope of the 2014 Beaver Fire which is currently being salvage logged, and flows into the Klamath River which contains coho, chinook salmon and steelhead and is listed as an impaired watershed.  This THP will result in the logging and loss of foraging habitat within spotted owl territory SK475 which was heavily burned by the 2014 Beaver Fire. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Roseburg Resources Company planning a pair of clearcut THPs near Pondosa, CA.


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THP 2-14-084 SIS (Atkins THP) Roseburg Resources Company, 875 acres; 98% clearcut, 1% selection, 1% roadside logging.  North Fork Bear Creek, Middle Bear Creek, Dead Horse Canyon (MD: T39N R2E Sec.3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10; T40N R2E Sec.20, 29, 32, 33).  Winter operations, low erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, 17 road drainage work sites, wet areas, herbicides, 2 spotted owls within 1.3 mi, 1 goshawk nest nearby, fisher and sandhill crane sightings nearby, 3 sensitive plant species, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/20/14. VIEW

This THP is about 19 miles east of Mc Cloud, CA and about 2.5 miles NW of Pondosa at an elevation of 4,200 to 4,800 feet.  Roseburg Resources Company is planning a clearcut tractor based logging operation in Douglas fir, white fir, incense cedar, sugar pine, ponderosa pine and lodgepole pine forests.  Two tractor crossings are proposed for use within a class III watercourse (intermittent), and multiple roads and landings are proposed for abandonment inside watercourses. 17 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction and culvert repair and replacement.  Greater sandhill cranes were spotted at Tom Young Flat and along the R Line road. Long haired star tulip was found at 3 locations including the NW and NE quarters of section 32, and near the center of section 5.  Klamath fawn lily was found at 3 locations, all in the SE quarter of section 5.  English peak greenbrier was found at 2 locations including the SE quarter of section 32, and the SE quarter of section 9.  This THP is just west of Roseburg Resources Company’s Whitlowcenter THP 2-14-087 SIS.  

THP 2-14-087 SIS (Whitlowcenter THP) Roseburg Resources Company, 566 acres;  99% clearcut, 1% roadside logging.  Middle Bear Creek (MD: T39N R2E Sec.1, 12, 13; T39N R3E Sec.6, 7, 8, 17, 18, 19; T40N R3E Sec.31).  Winter operations, low erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, herbicides, 1 goshawk nest nearby, sandhill crane sightings, long haired star tulip, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/24/14. VIEW

This THP is about 22 miles east of Mc Cloud, CA and about .5 miles NE of Pondosa at an elevation of 3,800 to 4,200 feet.  Roseburg Resources Company is planning a clearcut tractor based logging operation in Douglas fir, white fir, incense cedar, sugar pine, ponderosa pine and lodgepole pine forests.  There was a 2012 OR7 wolf sighting in the THP area, and Greater sandhill cranes were spotted at Tom Young Flat and along the R Line road.  Long haired star tulip was found at 3 locations including the SW quarter of section 31, the SE quarter of section 6 and the NW quarter of section 18.  This THP is just east of Roseburg Resources Company’s Atkins THP 2-14-084 SIS.  More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Collins Pine Company planning a pair of THPs west of Lake Almanor.


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THP 2-14-085 PLU (Prather THP) Collins Pine Company, 3,100 acres; 96% group selection, 4% no-harvest, misc aspen/meadow restoration logging.  Humbug Valley, Soldier Creek, Lower Coyote Flat, Shanghai Creek (MD: T27N R6E Sec.14, 15, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 35, 36; T27N R7E Sec.30).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 60%, 75 road drainage work sites, multiple CA spotted owl, goshawk, fisher, willow flycatcher, bald eagle, sandhill crane and cascade frog sightings, trees up to 50" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/22/14. VIEW

This THP is about 7 miles SW of Chester, CA and 4 miles SW of Lake Almanor at an elevation of 4,400 to 5,500 feet.  Collins Pine Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation in ponderosa pine, sugar pine, white fir, Douglas fir and incense cedar forests.  5 spur roads and 2 landings are proposed inside class II (mid sized) watercourses.  There is a 3 acre aspen and meadow enhancement project proposed to remove encroaching conifers.  75 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction and culvert repair and replacement.  Wildlife occurrences include 12 goshawk sightings, 1 fisher sighting, 4 willow flycatcher sightings at Butt Creek, Soldier Creeks, and Humbug Valley, cascade frog sightings at Butt Creek and Fanani Meadows, sandhill crane sightings at Humbug Valley and bald eagle sightings at Butt and Soldier Creeks.  There are 11 bald eagle nesting territories and 11 CA spotted owl territories within the THP area.  

THP 2-14-086 PLU (Marian Creek THP) Collins Pine Company, 2,035 acres; 98% group selection, 2% aspen/meadow restoration logging.  Upper Coyote Flat, Soldier Creek (MD: T28N R6E Sec.16, 17, 20, 21, 28, 29).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 55%, 30 road drainage work sites, pacific crest trail, 5 CA spotted owls within 1.3 mi, goshawk and fisher sightings, trees up to 40" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/24/14. VIEW

This THP is about 3.5 miles SW of Chester, CA and 4 miles west of Lake Almanor at an elevation of 4,800 to 6,000 feet.  Sections 17, 20 and 29 are adjacent to the Pacific Crest Trail. Collins Pine Company is planning a tractor logging operation in ponderosa pine, sugar pine, white fir, Douglas fir and incense cedar forests.  There is a 40 acre aspen and meadow enhancement project proposed to remove encroaching conifers.  30 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction and culvert repair and replacement.  Wildlife occurrences include 17 sightings of goshawk, and 4 sightings of fisher in the THP area. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Green Diamond Resource Company to log south of Redwood National Park.


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THP 1-14-107 HUM (CR 2022 Thin THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 256.5 acres; 89% commercial thin, 6% no-harvest, 4% clearcut, 1% selection logging.  Panther Creek, Roaring Gulch (HUM: T8N R2E Sec.26, 27, 34, 35).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, 2 landslide terrain sites, road failure sites, Impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, 5 spotted owls within 1.3 mi, trees up to 40" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/18/14.  VIEW

This THP is about 10 miles east of Trinidad, CA and about 3 miles south of Redwood National Park at an elevation of 290 to 3,380 feet.  The THP area drains into the Headwaters of the Little River and Redwood Creek which are listed as impaired for sediment.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation in Douglas fir, redwood, grand fir and western hemlock forests.  There are 2 landslide terrain sites within unit A; including a dormant young deep seated feature along the western boundary of unit A, and a road cut landslide upslope of road CR 2769 in unit A.  Re-construction of 650 feet of the CR 2769 road is proposed through an unstable feature in unit A.  12 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and road bed stabilization of washed out crossings.  There are spotted owl nesting territories within .25 mi of units A,B and C. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log east of Patrick’s Point State Park


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THP 1-14-106 HUM (CR 1921/BL 2260 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 193 acres; 66% clearcut, 26% selection, 8% no-harvest logging.  Maple Creek (HUM: T8N R1E Sec.3, 4, 6, 9, 10; T8N R1W Sec.1; T9N R1E Sec.31; T9N R1W Sec.36).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 80%, 2 landslide terrain sites, road failure sites, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, 8 spotted owls within 1.3 mi, coastal cutthroat trout and steelhead adjacent to units D and E, trees up to 48" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/18/14. VIEW

This THP is about 3 miles north of Trinidad, CA and a few miles east of Highway 101 and Patrick’s Point State Park at an elevation of 500 to 1,090 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation in redwood, Douglas fir, grand fir, sitka spruce, western hemlock and bishop pine forests.  The THP area drains into Maple Creek which contains coho, chinook salmon, steelhead and coastal cutthroat trout.  There are 2 landslide terrain sites within unit B, and multiple misc road failure sites including washed out crossings, cut bank and fill failures.  Spotted owl nesting territories are located within .5 mi of unit C, and .25 mi of units D and E. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Roseburg Resources Company to clearcut log east of Redding, CA.


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THP 2-14-082 SHA (Sugarpine THP) Roseburg Resources Company, 306 acres; 95% clearcut, 5% selection, 1% roadside logging.  Tucker (MD: T33N R1E Sec.21, 22, 23, 24).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, 11 road drainage work sites, herbicides, chinook watershed, fisher sighting in unit 2424, 4 sensitive plant species, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/16/14. VIEW

This THP is about 25 miles NE of Redding, CA and about 6 miles SE of Round Mountain and Highway 299 at an elevation of 3,480 to 4,680 feet.  Roseburg Resources Company is planning a clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in Douglas fir, white fir, incense cedar, sugar pine and ponderosa pine forests.  They are planning to use tractors inside areas designated for cable logging for site preparation, and to use existing seasonal road 210B12 inside a class I watercourse.  11 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction and culvert repair and replacement. Three populations of rattlesnake fern were found In units 2222W and 2224W, scalloped moonwort was found in section 24, butte county fritillary was found in section 21 and giant checker bloom was found in sections 23 and 24. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Sierra Pacific Industries to log around the town of Stirling City near Chico.


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THP 2-14-081 BUT (West End THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 2,025 acres; 46% commercial thin, 22% clearcut, 14% fuelbreak, 11% selection, 4% seed tree, 3% roadside logging.  Fall Creek, Little West Fork, Timbered Crater, Fish Creek, Mosquito Creek (MD: T23N R4E Sec.4, 5, 6, 9; T24N R3E Sec.24; T24N R4E Sec.8, 9, 16, 17, 19, 20, 21, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 60%, road failure sites, 119 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, 4 CA spotted owls within 1.3 mi, butte county morning glory, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/15/14. VIEW

This THP is about 13 miles NE of Chico, CA and adjacent to the town of Stirling City off Skyway Road.  The THP is just SW of SPI’s recent Spur THP 2-14-011 BUT that will clearcut on 484 acres (see THP Blog entry “Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log on steep and unstable slopes NE of Chico, CA”) near Stirling City and Butte Meadows.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a tractor and cable logging operation in sugar pine, white fir, Douglas fir, ponderosa pine and incense cedar forests at an elevation of 3,000 to 4,000 feet.  SPI wants to use a spur road off of the 130B3 Road within a class I watercourse, a landing within a class I watercourse, and several temporary roads within a watercourse to access culverts.  119 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction and culvert repair and replacement.  Butte county morning glory was found in sections 4, 5, 22, 30 and 33. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Sierra Pacific Industries to log near Downieville, CA.


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THP 2-14-080 SIE (Rams THP) Sierra Pacific Industries; 198 acres; 74% group selection, 24% clearcut, 3% no-harvest logging.  Goodyears Creek, Fiddle Creek (MD: T20N R9E Sec.25, 36).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 60%, unstable area, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, 6 CA spotted owl territories within .6 mi, 1 foothill yellow legged frog within 1.25 mi, goshawk sighting, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/15/14. VIEW

This THP is about 6 miles west of Downieville, CA and just north of Highway 49 near Ramshorn Creek Campground at an elevation of 4,620 to 5,360 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a tractor based logging operation in sugar pine, white fir, Douglas fir and incense cedar forests.  The THP area contains a small unstable mining area with over steepened slopes.  There is a goshawk territory within 2 mi, 6 CA spotted owl territories within .1 mi to .6 mi, and 1 foothill yellow legged frog was spotted within 1.25 mi. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Campbell Timberlands to log on steep and unstable slopes near Piercy, CA.


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THP 1-14-105 MEN (Piercy Crossing THP) Campbell Timberlands, 304 acres; 75% variable retention, 25% selection, misc roadside logging.  Lower Indian Creek, Piercy Creek, Standley Creek (HUM: T5S R3E Sec.27, 28, 33, 34; MD: T24N R18W Sec.1, 2, 11, 12).  Wet weather operations, high erosion hazard, landslide terrain, steep slopes over 65%, 34 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, 3 spotted owls within .7 mi, white flowered rein orchid, trees up to 38" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/11/14. VIEW

This THP is just west of the town of Piercy, CA and Highway 101 at an elevation of 500 to 1,830 feet.  Campbell Timberlands is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood and Douglas fir forests.  The THP area flows into the South Fork of the Eel River which is listed as impaired for temperature, sediment and aluminum. There are 14 landslide terrain sites mostly related to watercourses in the THP area including dormant landslides, debris slides, earthflows, and hummocky ground features.  Campbell Timberlands is planning to use ground based equipment on unstable soils, and to construct roads on unstable soils within unit B.  They also want to use ground based equipment on steep slopes over 65% grade within unit D, and a skid trail inside a watercourse to remove a culvert.  34 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction and culvert repair and replacement.  White flowered rein orchid was found in units D and E along a road.  For spotted owl site MEN0458; this THP will remove 62.9 acres of foraging habitat within .7 mi, and 10.5 acres of nesting/roosting habitat within .7 mi.  For spotted owl site MEN0501; this THP will remove 10.6 acres of foraging habitat within .7 mi, and 13.5 acres of nesting/roosting habitat within .7 mi. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log near Big Bend, CA.


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THP 2-14-076 SHA (Snow Cabin THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 594 Acres; 80% clearcut, 16% fuelbreak, 3% shelterwood, 1% roadside logging.  Indian Creek, Devils Canyon, Stump Creek (MD: T37N R1E Sec.4, 5, 8, 9, 17, 19, 20, 29).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 60%, herbicides, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, 2 spotted owls within 1.3 mi, goshawk territory within 1 mi, trees over 40" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/08/14. VIEW

This THP is about a dozen miles NW of Burney, CA, and about 1.5 miles NE of Big Bend, CA at an elevation of 2,600 to 4,600 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in sugar pine, ponderosa pine, white fir, incense cedar and Douglas fir forests.  Tractors are proposed for use in areas designated for cable logging within units 5B, 5C and 5E, and within unstable areas in units 5C, 5E, 8B, 9A, 9B and 9C.  SPI also wants to re-construct an existing road inside a class II (medium sized) watercourse, and use tractors on slopes over 50% grade that do not flatten before reaching a watercourse in units 9A, 9B and 9C.  There is 1 goshawk territory within 1 mi of the THP area in section 9. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Sierra Pacific Industries planning a new THP north of Eagle Lake and Susanville


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THP 2-14-075 LAS (Blackhole THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 3,037 acres; 87% shelterwood, 12% clearcut, 1% rehab, 1% roadside logging.  Black Hole (MD: T34N R9E Sec.2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26).  Winter operations, low erosion hazard, slopes up to 40%, oversized units, herbicides, big jack lake, 1 CA spotted owl within 2.7 mi, 2 bald eagle nests, goshawk territory within 1.3 mi, greater sandhill crane sightings, 3 sensitive plant species, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/07/14. VIEW

This THP is about 30 miles NW of Susanville, CA and north of Eagle Lake at an elevation of 4,920 to 6,600 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly shelterwood overstory removal tractor based logging operation in mixed conifer stands.  So called temporary "jump roads" are planned to connect roads with landings throughout the THP area.  There is a goshawk territory a few miles east of the THP area in section 12, two Bald eagle nests near Big Jack Lake, and greater sandhill cranes were reported nearby at Dixie Valley and Big Jack Lake.  In 2008, a Sierra Nevada red fox was spotted 2.8 miles away from the THP area east of Dixie Valley, and in 2011, OR7, California's only gray wolf was spotted nearby.  Egg Lake monkeyflower was located near an existing landing in section 15, wooly stenotus was found in sections 15, 16 and 23, and hillside arnica was recorded in sections 14 and 19. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log in high elevation large tree and rare plant habitat.


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THP 2-14-073 TRI (Whiskey Bill THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 500 Acres; 87% clearcut, 9% no-harvest, 5% selection, misc roadside logging.  Crow Creek, Baker Creek (MD: T37N R6W Sec.1; T38N R5W Sec.31; T38N R6W Sec.25, 35).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, unstable area, impaired 303.d watershed, wet areas, 8 oversized units, large tree logging, herbicides, 4 cascade frog sightings, 10 sensitive plant species, trees up to 40" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/06/14. VIEW

This THP is about 9 miles SW of Castella, CA and Castle Craigs State Park near Tamarack Lake and the East Fork of the Trinity River at an elevation of 4,000 to 6,200 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor based logging operation in Douglas fir, white fir, incense cedar, sugar pine, ponderosa pine, Jeffrey pine and western white pine forests.  According to the THP, there are large trees up to 200 years old and up to 40" dbh.  There is a small unstable area along the northern boundary of unit 31A in section 31.  SPI wants to use 6 short existing road segments within class I and class II watercourses, 2 landings inside a class II watercourse, and 1 landing inside a class III watercourse.  They also want to use tractors on slopes over 50% grade with a high erosion hazard in unit 31A.  There were 4 cascade frog sightings within unit 1A; 1,200 feet west of unit 1E, 1,250 feet south of unit 31D, and 1,100 feet SE of unit 31C.  A fisher was reported in section 12 in 1997.  This THP contains an abundance (10 species) of rare and sensitive plant species including; Klamath manzanita was found in units 1C, 35C, 35E, California lady’s slipper was found in units 35A, California pitcher plant was found in units 1A, 1B, 1E, 31D, 35B, Oregon fireweed was found in unit 31C, Congdon’s buckwheat was found in units 1A, 1B, 1C, 1D, 1E, 25A, 31A, 31B, 31C, 35D, ternate buckwheat was found near unit 1E, redwood lily was found in units 25H, 35B, San Bernardino grass of Parnassus was found in units 1A, 1B, 31D, thread leaf beardtounge was found in units 1A, 1B, 1C, 1E, 25A, 25H, Scott Mountain phacelia was found in units 1C, 1E and 31E and yellow brodiaea was found in unit 1E. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut near Lake Shasta


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THP 2-14-072 SHA (Gilman THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 244 acres; 79% clearcut, 12% shelterwood, 8% rehab, 2% roadside logging.  Upper Salt Creek, Hirz Creek (MD: T35N R4W Sec.11, 13, 14, 15).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, landslide terrain, 8 road drainage work sites, herbicides, oversized units, bald eagle and western pond turtle sighting within 1 mi, northern clarkia, slender false lupine, trees over 32" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/06/14. VIEW

This THP is about 20 miles north of Redding, CA and 4 miles east of Lakehead and I-5 near Lake Shasta.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in Douglas fir, ponderosa pine, incense cedar and sugar pine forests at an elevation of 1,300 to 2,600 feet.  There are 6 unstable areas (small landslide areas) in units 14A, 14C, 14B,1, and 11A.1.  Operations are proposed on steep slopes over 50% grade that do not flatten before reaching a class III watercourse In unit 14A, and small portions of 2 landings are proposed for use inside a class II watercourse in unit 14A.  8 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction and culvert repair and replacement.  A bald eagle nest is located at Hirz Bay on Lake Shasta 1 mi from the THP area, and there was a 2003 sighting of a western pond turtle reported 1 mile south of unit 13A.  Northern clarkia was found along road cuts in units 11C, 11E and 15A, and slender false lupine was found in units 11A and 15A. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Sierra Pacific Industries planning a new THP in the King Fire area.


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THP 4-14-018 ELD (Big X FB THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 511 acres; 100% fuel break logging.  Brush Creek, Gaddis Creek, Lower Pilot Creek (MD: T12N R12E Sec.15, 22, 25, 26, 27, 33, 34).  Winter operations, low erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, 6 CA spotted owls within 1.3 mi, goshawk within .25 mi, trees up to 74" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 10/24/14. VIEW

This THP is about 8 miles north of Pollock Pines and Highway 50, and within a few miles of Stumpy Meadows Reservoir which supplies drinking water to the town of Georgetown.  It is within the area that the recent King Fire burned through, so it is likely there will be additional salvage logging in the area.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a tractor based logging operation in sugar pine, white pine, Douglas fir and ponderosa pine forests at an elevation of 3,000 to 5,000 feet.  Temporary roads are proposed for use and construction during the winter period, and there are 6 CA spotted owl territories within 1.3 mi. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log near the Sacramento River Canyon


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THP 2-14-069 SHA (Mosquito THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 279 Acres; 99% clearcut, 1% roadside logging.  Upper Dog Creek, Mosquito Creek, Lower Dog Creek (MD: T35N R6W Sec.11; T36N R5W Sec.19, 20, 29; T36N R6W Sec.25).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, dog creek roadless area, herbicides, 2 spotted owls within 1.3 mi, 1 osprey territory within 1.5 mi, 3 foothill yellow legged frog sightings, tailed frog sightings, blushing wild buckwheat, redwood lily, trees up to 36" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 10/29/14. VIEW

This THP is about 5 miles NW of Lakehead, CA and north and west of Lake Shasta and I-5 at an elevation of 1,800 to 4,200 feet.  Section 11 is adjacent to Dog Creek Roadless Area. Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in Douglas fir, ponderosa pine, sugar pine and white fir forests.  Tractors are proposed for use inside an area designated for cable logging within unit 29A.  Three 1994 sightings of foothill yellow legged frogs were reported within .1 mi, .2 mi and 1 mi of the THP area.  There is an osprey territory within 1.5 mi of the THP area in section 27, and tailed frogs were spotted at Sweetbriar Creek nearby.  Blushing wild buckwheat was found in unit 25B along a road, and redwood lily was found along a haul road. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log north of the Ishi Wilderness Area


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THP 2-14-065 TEH (Wible Spring THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 195 acres; 99% clearcut, 1% roadside logging.  Panther Spring (MD: T28N R2E Sec.22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 35 ).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, 23 road drainage work sites, herbicides, chinook watershed, 2 goshawk territories within 1.5 mi, trees up to 44" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 10/22/14. VIEW

This THP is north of the Ishi Wilderness Area about 8 miles SW of the town of Mineral, CA and about 25 miles east of Red Bluff.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a clearcut tractor logging operation in ponderosa pine, sugar pine, white fir, Douglas fir and incense cedar forests at an elevation of 3,750 to 4,320 feet.  23 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction and culvert repair and replacement.  So called temporary "jump roads" will be created to connect clearcut units with haul roads.  There are 2 goshawk territories within 1.5 mi in sections 2 and 15, and a 1924 sighting of a silver haired bat was recorded within .5 mi of the THP area in section 35. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Soper Wheeler Company planning a new THP near Bullards Bar Reservoir.


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THP 2-14-064 YUB (Slapback THP) Soper Wheeler Company, 2,488 acres; 30% sanitation salvage, 22% group selection, 20% commercial thin, 18% clearcut, 9% shelterwood, 3% seed tree logging.  Costa Creek, Frenchtown, Brandy Creek, Indian Creek, Oroleve Creek, Lewis Flat, Little Oregon Creek, New Bullards Bar Reservoir, Keystone Creek (MD: T18N R7E Sec.5, 6, 8; T19N R6E Sec.36; T19N R7E Sec.3, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 20, 28, 31; T19N R8E Sec.23, 24; T20N R7E Sec.34, 35).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, 1 unstable area, 63 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, 7 CA spotted owls within 1.3 mi, goshawk within 1 mi, foothill yellow legged frog within 1 mi, CA red legged frog within 1.5 mi, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 10/11/14. VIEW

This THP is north and west of Bullards Bar Reservoir and Highway 49 in Yuba County.  The Soper Wheeler Company is planning a tractor based logging operation in ponderosa pine, sugar pine, Douglas fir, white fir and incense cedar forests at an elevation of 2,400 to 3,900 feet.  A small unstable area 150 feet long by 50 feet wide is located in section 15.  63 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction and culvert repair/replacement.  There is a CA red legged frog 1.5 mi east of the project area at Little Oregon Creek, a foothill yellow frog 1 mi west of the THP area at Oroleve Creek, and a goshawk territory is located 1 mi north of the THP area at Moorville Ridge. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.