Monday, July 28, 2014

Campbell Timberlands to clearcut log near Bartle, CA and the Pacific Crest Trail.


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THP 2-14-047 SIS (Shady Raccoon THP) Campbell Timberlands, 491 acres; 82% clearcut, 12% commercial thinning, 5% selection, 1% roadside logging.  Raccoon Creek, Tate Creek (MD: T39N R1E Sec.7, 18, 19, 29, 31).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, 11 road drainage work sites, oversized units, herbicides, pacific crest trail, 2 spotted owls within 1.3 mi, fisher and goshawk sightings nearby, snowshoe hare within 1 mi, trees over 24” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 08/31/14. VIEW

This THP is about a dozen miles SE of McCloud, CA and about 3.5 miles SW of the town of Bartle, CA and Highway 89.  Campbell Timberlands is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in Douglas fir, ponderosa pine, sugar pine, incense cedar, white fir and red fir forests at an elevation of 3,880 to 6,120 feet. The Pacific Crest Trail is located within .25 mi of units 3106 and 3111 within section 31.  Campbell timberlands is proposing 317 acres of so-called "variable retention clearcutting" units which retains conifers under 5" dbh, unmerchantable snags, large woody debris, etc in addition to the 86 acres of regular clearcutting. They want to use tractors in areas designated as cable logging units to provide tail holds, pull trees away from streams, and to construct fire lines.  They also want to use tractors on steep slopes between 50% and 65% grade that do not flatten before reaching a watercourse within unit 3112. Eleven road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction and culvert repair/replacement. According to Campbell Timberlands, The THP area contains 2 invalidated spotted owl sites within 1.3 mi - in 2013, a spotted owl was detected but determined to be foraging from outside of the THP area. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Mendocino Redwood Company re-submits "South of Bailey THP" near Navarro, CA.


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THP 1-14-077 MEN (South of Bailey THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 979 acres; 36% seed tree, 28% transition, 19% variable retention, 10% selection, 7% group selection 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, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 69 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, 5 spotted owls within .7 mi, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 08/29/14. VIEW

This THP is about 6 miles NW of Philo, CA and about 1.6 miles east of the town of Navarro, CA and highway 128.  It is a re-submit of THP 1-14-024 MEN (South of Bailey THP) which was recently withdrawn (see THP Blog entry “Mendocino Redwood Company to log on steep and unstable slopes east of Navarro”).  The THP area flows into the Middle and South Branches of the Navarro River system which is impaired for sediment/siltation and temperature.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation in redwood and Douglas fir forests at an elevation of 320 to 1,400 feet. There are 15 road failure sites including multiple fill failures, cut bank failures and inner gorge instability issues.  MRC plans to use a landing within a watercourse, and skid trails within a watercourse.  69 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Campbell Timberlands to log on steep and unstable slopes near the Lost Coast and Sinkyone Wilderness.


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THP 1-14-076 MEN (Soldier THP) Campbell Timberlands, 417 acres; 74% selection, 26% transition logging.  Upper Usal Creek (MD: T23N R18W Sec.10, 11, 14, 15).  Wet weather operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 47 road drainage work sites, herbicides, coho watershed, 3 spotted owls within .7 mi, osprey nest within .25 mi, red tree vole nest within .25 mi, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 08/24/14. VIEW

This THP is about 8 miles north of Rockport, CA and close to the Lost Coast and Sinkyone Wilderness State Park near Highway 1.  Campbell Timberlands is planning a tractor and cable logging operation in redwood and Douglas fir forests at an elevation of 70 to 1,320 feet.  The THP area is located inside Campbell Timberland’s Usal Redwood Forest, which flows from Usal Creek into the Pacific Ocean.  There are 6 large landslide terrain sites including disrupted ground, debris slides, hummocky ground and cracked ground; and multiple misc road failure sites including fill failures, cut bank failures, and destabilized crossings.  Heavy equipment is proposed for use on step slopes over 65%, on tractor roads within a class II watercourse at 7 locations, and for skidding operations inside a watercourse area. 47 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, and culvert repair and replacement.  For spotted owl site MEN0166; this THP will remove 86.9 acres of nesting/roosting habitat within .7 mi. For spotted owl site MEN0535; this THP will remove 176.3 acres of nesting/roosting habitat within .7 mi. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Crane Mills Corporation to log west of Corning, CA.


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THP 2-14-046 TEH (South Ridge THP) Crane Mills Corporation, 896 acres; 45% shelterwood, 45% sanitation-salvage, 11% clearcut logging.  Lower Willow Creek, Auger Creek (MD: T24N R8W Sec.30; T24N R9W Sec.25, 36).  Winter operations, low erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, unstable area, 14 road drainage work sites, herbicides, chinook watershed, 4 spotted owls within 1.3mi, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 08/28/14. VIEW

This THP is about 15 miles NW of Paskenta, CA near Thomes Creek which flows into the Sacramento River.  Crane Mills Corporation is planning a tractor based logging operation in ponderosa pine, white fir and incense cedar forests at an elevation of 4,000 to 5,600 feet.  Shelterwood removal is proposed with an option to sanitation salvage log due to the presence of dwarf mistletoe infection, which is often cited as justification to log larger trees at mid to high elevations.  Heavy equipment is proposed on the D6 road inside a class III watercourse, and there are 14 road drainage sites planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair and replacement.  Sonoma cansecent manzanita and konocti manzanita were reported to be in the THP area. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Sierra Pacific Industries to log near Sierraville, CA


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THP 2-14-045-SIE (Franklin THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 831 acres; 34% sanitation-salvage, 33% commercial thin, 22% clearcut, 11% selection, misc roadside logging.  Franklin Cabin (MD: T20N R14E Sec.21, 27).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%,  road drainage work sites, 2 CA spotted owls within 1.3mi, scattered large trees. Estimated public comment deadline: 08/25/14. VIEW

This THP is about 2 miles SW of Sierraville, CA and Highway 89 in eastern Sierra County.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a tractor based logging operation in white fir, red fir, sugar pine and ponderosa pine forests at an elevation of 5,500 to 7,200 feet.  27 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair and replacement.  More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Coastal Ridges LLC planning new THP near Willits, CA.


PANORAMIO Photo By Kurt Minard
THP 1-14-074 MEN (Gate 2014 THP) Coastal Ridges LLC, 277 acres; 51% seed tree, 44% transition, 5% group selection logging.  Upper North Fork Big River (MD: T18N R14W Sec.29, 30, 31, 32).  Wet weather operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 47 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, 4 spotted owls within 1.3mi, peregrine falcon within .5 mi, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 08/28/14. VIEW

This THP is about 5 miles SW of Willits, CA and close to Highway 20 at an elevation of 800 to 2,560 feet.  Coastal Ridges LLC is planning a tractor and cable logging operation in redwood and Douglas fir forests. The THP area flows into the North Fork of the Big River which is listed as impaired for sediment and temperature.  There are multiple misc road failure sites including washed out crossings, fill failures, cut bank failures and bank slumping.  Coastal Ridges LLC wants to use ground based equipment on steep slopes over 65% grade.  47 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair and replacement.  For spotted owl site MEN0225; this THP will remove 27 acres of nesting/roosting habitat within .7 mi, and 53 acres of foraging habitat within .7 mi. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log near the Yurok Indian Reservation.


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THP 1-14-073 HUM (Bald Hill 14 #1 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 266 acres; 72% clearcut, 23% selection, 4% no-harvest, 1% roadside logging.  Middle Roach Creek, Upper Roach Creek, Lower Tully Creek, Upper Tully Creek (HUM: T9N R2E Sec.13, 14; T9N R3E Sec.5, 7, 8, 17, 18, 19).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, 8 spotted owls within 1.3mi, golden eagle sightings within .5 mi, trees up to 60" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 08/25/14. VIEW

This THP is about 12 miles NE of Trinidad, CA along the eastern edge of Redwood National Park near the Yurok Indian Reservation. The THP area flows into the Klamath River which is listed as impaired for nutrients, temperature and dissolved oxygen.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in redwood and Douglas fir forests. There are steep streamside slopes with bank failures and unstable areas within units B, C and E, and misc crossing failures and fill failures, including a 750 foot section of road that has slumped down a few feet.  To hide the effects from clearcutting, there will be a special treatment area near Units F and G which are adjacent to Redwood National Park.  38 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair and replacement and road bed stabilization.  Spotted owl sites are located within .25 mi of units A, B, C and D. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

W.M Beaty & Associates to log near Eagle Lake.


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THP 2-14-041 LAS (Antelope THP) W.M Beaty & Associates, 1,656 acres; 100% group selection logging.  Martin Creek, Wildcat Point, Fox Mtn. (MD: T31N R10E Sec.5, 6, 7, 8, 18; MD: T32N R10E Sec.32).  Winter operations, low erosion hazard, slopes up to 30%, 1 CA spotted owl territory within 1.3 mi, bald eagle sighting, goshawk sighting, red tailed hawk nest, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 08/16/14. VIEW

This THP is about a dozen miles NW of Susanville, CA and about 2 miles west of Eagle Lake in Eastern Lassen County.  W.M Beaty & Associates is planning a tractor based logging operation in white fir and ponderosa pine forests.  Over 985 feet of seasonal road construction is planned to disconnect the road system from a class III watercourse.  A goshawk was reported in section 12, a bald eagle was reported in section 8, a red tailed hawk nest was reported in section 5, and there is a CA spotted owl territory in section 12. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Campbell Timberlands to log on steep and unstable slopes near the Clark Fork of the 10 Mile River.


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THP 1-14-071 MEN (Four Point West THP) Campbell Timberlands, 304 acres; 60% selection, 21% transition, 18% variable retention, 1% roadside logging.  Bear Haven Creek (MD: T20N R16W Sec.19, 20, 29, 30).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 85%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 28 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, 8 spotted owls within 1.3mi, trees up to 38" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 08/14/14.  VIEW

This THP is about 9 miles NE of Fort Bragg, CA at an elevation of 160 to 1,400 feet.  The THP area flows into the Middle or "Clark" Fork of the 10 Mile River which is listed as impaired for sediment and temperature.  Campbell Timberlands is planning a tractor and cable logging operation in redwood, Douglas fir, western hemlock and grand fir forests.  There are misc road failure sites including fill failures, washed out crossings, over-steepened headwall swales, and steep debris slide slopes within units B, C, D, E and F.  28 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction and culvert repair and replacement.  An osprey nest is located near a haul road, and marbled murrelet stands are located near a haul road and a water drafting site. Units A and C are within .25 mi of spotted owl sites MEN0133 and MEN0594.  For spotted owl site MEN0133; this THP will remove 123 acres of nesting/roosting habitat within .7 mi; for spotted owl site MEN0460; this THP will remove 59 acres of nesting/roosting habitat within .7 mi; and for spotted owl site MEN0594; this THP will remove 139.2 acres of nesting/roosting habitat within .7 mi. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Sierra Pacific Industries to log near Nevada City and Scotts Flat Reservoir.


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THP 2-14-042 NEV (Ebaugh THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 212 acres; 50% group selection, 24% commercial thinning, 18% clearcut, 8% sanitation-salvage logging.  Burlington Ridge (MD: T17N R10E Sec.27, 32).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, unstable area, oversized units, herbicides, 6 CA spotted owls within 1 mi., trees up to 140 years old.  Estimated public comment deadline: 08/18/14. VIEW

This THP is about 7 miles NE of Nevada City, CA near Highway 20 and Scotts Flat Reservoir at an elevation of 3,400 to 4,000 feet elevation.  The THP area is in an historic hydraulic mining area that drains towards the Yuba River.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a tractor and cable logging operation in ponderosa pine, Douglas fir, incense cedar, sugar pine and white fir forests.   They are claiming the need to sanitation salvage log trees up to 140 years old due to various rust diseases and mistletoe presence, some of which are normal at mid to high elevations.  Road construction is proposed across an unstable cutbank area within section 32.  Although somewhat vague with information; the THP reports a fisher sighting nearby, 5 goshawk sightings nearby, 2 historic red fox sightings nearby, 1 osprey sighting nearby, 1 marten sighting nearby, a great blue heron sighting, and 10 foothill yellow legged frog sightings nearby.  Six California Spotted Owl territories were reported within .2mi to 1 mi from THP units. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

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


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THP 1-14-070 DEL (Moore Tract 14 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 231.5 acres; 73% clearcut, 14% selection, 12% no-harvest, 1% roadside logging.  Elk Creek, West Fork Illinois River (HUM: T18N R4E Sec.2, 3, 4, 11, 12; T19N R4E Sec.34).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes over 70%, steep roads, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 14 road drainage work sites, herbicides, 2 oversized units, coho watershed, 5 spotted owls within 1.3mi, coastal cutthroat trout and southern torrent salamander in unit G, 4 sensitive plant species, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 08/11/14. VIEW

This THP is 7.5 miles south of the town of O’Brien, OR near the Highway 199 Randolph Collier Tunnel at the CA/OR border.  The THP area drains into Oregon down the West Fork of the Illinois River.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation in Douglas fir, sugar pine and Port Orford cedar forests. There are multiple landslide and road failure sites including fill failures, debris slides, and cut bank failures mostly related to poorly placed 1950’s skid trails. 4,150 feet of new seasonal roads are planned, 1,945 feet of new temporary roads are planned, and there are 4 roads proposed with short steep segments between 15% to 22% grade, and 2 roads proposed on steep slopes over 65% grade.  14 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and road bed stabilization.  The THP contains 4 sensitive plant species including; Oregon goldthread, Marbled wild-ginger, Bald Mountain milk-vetch and Howell’s fawn lily which are located within flagged plant protection zones. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log east of Hayfork, CA.


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THP 2-14-040 TRI (Tinman THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 536 acres; 99% clearcut, 1% roadside logging.  North Fork Hayfork Creek, Johnson Gulch, Duncan Creek (MD: T31N R10W Sec.3, 4, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 20, 21, 22, 23, 29).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, unstable areas, impaired 303.d watershed, 7 oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, 6 spotted owls within 1.3mi, trees over 28" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 08/09/14. VIEW

This THP is 7 miles east of Hayfork, CA and about 4 miles south of Highway 3 at an elevation of 4,240 to 5,400 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a tractor and cable logging operation in Douglas fir, ponderosa pine, sugar pine, white fir and incense cedar forests.  The THP area ultimately drains into the South Fork of the Trinity River which contains salmon and steelhead and is listed as impaired for sediment/siltation and temperature.  SPI wants to use a skid trail inside a class II watercourse, and a landing inside a class I and class II watercourse.  7 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction around a fill failure site, and culvert repair and replacement.  Unit 2434 is within .25 mi of spotted owl site TRI 2014 new #1, and spotted owl site TRI 0027 is within .25 mi of haul roads. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Sierra Pacific Industries to log out large trees near the Board Camp Roadless Area.


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THP 1-14-068 HUM (Burton THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 292 acres; 47% clearcut, 38% shelterwood, 12% selection, 3% roadside logging.  Boulder Creek, Twin Lakes Creek (HUM: T4N R4E Sec.20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, 2 unstable areas, road failure sites, 13 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, 2 oversized units, board camp roadless area, coho watershed, 2 spotted owls within 1.3mi, 3 sensitive plant species, trees over 130 years old.  Estimated public comment deadline: 08/10/14. VIEW

This THP is about 22 miles east of Eureka and about 15 miles SW of Willow Creek and adjacent to SPI’s recently proposed White Oak THP 1-14-066 HUM (See Sierra Pacific Industries to log in spotted owl habitat near the South Fork of the Trinity River).  The THP area flows into Redwood Creek which is listed for sediment/siltation/temperature and the Mad River which is listed for sediment/siltation/temperature/turbidity.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a tractor and cable logging operation in Douglas fir, white fir and incense cedar forests at an elevation of 4,200 to 4,720 feet.  This THP will shelterwood log and remove large trees over 130 years old, including trees that are close to the Board Camp Roadless Area located within sections 27, 28 & 29.  There are 2 unstable areas, including a road with cutback and fill failures. 13 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction and culvert repair and replacement.  Humboldt mule ears were located in sections 20,21 and 29; nodding semahore grass was reported to be in sections 21,22 and 27; and Mad River fleabane daisy was reported to be in sections 20,21,29 and adjacent to unit 20J. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log near Blacks Mountain Game Refuge.


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THP 2-14-038 LAS (Bear Valley THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 616 acres; 99% clearcut, 1% roadside logging.  Corders Reservoir (MD: T34N R7E Sec.14, 23, 25, 26, 35, 36; T34N R8E Sec.19, 29, 30, 31, 32).  Winter operations, low erosion hazard, slopes up to 35%, adjacent to Blacks Mountain State Game Refuge, oversized unit, herbicides, 2 goshawk territories within 2 mi, 3 sandhill cranes within .5 mi, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline:  07/17/14. VIEW

This THP is approx 14 miles NE of Old Station, CA near the Blacks Mountain Game Refuge and Bear Valley Reservoir in eastern Lassen County.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a clearcut tractor based logging operation in ponderosa pine and Jeffrey pine forests at an elevation of 5,840 to 6,680 feet.  They want to use temporary so called "jump roads" to access landings and clearcut units for log processing.  There is 1 goshawk nest site within 550 feet of unit 3, and 1 goshawk nest site approx 2 mi NE of the THP area.  Three sandhill crane sightings were reported within .5 mi of the THP area; including sightings at Bear Valley Reservoir, Schroder Lake and Busters Reservoir. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

San Francisco calls for state ban of clearcut logging and other factory tree-farming methods



On Tuesday June 24, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a resolution to call on the state legislature and governor to enhance protections for California’s forest watersheds by banning factory tree farming methods based on clearcut logging and toxic herbicide application.

“In keeping with San Francisco’s leadership in the environmental justice movement, I felt compelled to collaborate with the Sierra Club and environmental leaders to introduce this resolution urging the state to stop these destructive clear cutting practices,” said resolution sponsor Supervisor David Campos. “It is incumbent upon us public officials to take a stand and fight to protect our natural resources. San Francisco’s pristine Sierra water supply and greenhouse gas-free hydro power, the integrity of the planet’s climate, and the security of wildlife and human health are intimately dependent on the health of our forests. I am proud that we received unanimous support from the Board of Supervisors for this measure.” Read More >>

Sierra Pacific Industries to log in spotted owl habitat near the South Fork of the Trinity River.


PANORAMIO Photo By Larry Butcher
THP 1-14-066 HUM (White Oak THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 305 acres; 58% clearcut, 34% shelterwood, 6% selection, 2% roadside logging.  Twin Lakes Creek, Cow Creek (HUM: T4N R4E Sec.4, 15, 21, 22, 23).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, unstable area in unit 22, 10 road crossing sites, impaired 303.d watershed, wet areas, oversized unit, herbicides, coho watershed, 2 spotted owls within 1.3mi, 3 sensitive plant species, trees over 130 years old.  Estimated public comment deadline: 07/18/14. VIEW

This THP is about 22 miles east of Eureka and about 15 miles SW of Willow Creek at an elevation of 3,440 to 4,560 feet.  The THP area drains into the South Fork of the Trinity River which is listed as impaired for sediment/siltation and temperature.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a clearcut and shelterwood removal tractor and cable logging operation in Douglas fir and white fir forests.  There are multiple wet areas, and an unstable area in the cable logging portion of unit 22.  Nodding semaphoregrass was found in unit 21A, Humboldt mule ears was found in unit 22C, and heartleaf twayblade was found in various locations throughout the THP area.  The THP contains trees over 130 years old, and will involve logging within spotted owl habitat.  For spotted owl site HUM0095; this THP will remove 6 acres of foraging habitat within .7 mi, and 26 acres of nesting/roosting habitat within .7 mi; for spotted owl site HUM0192; this THP will remove 13 acres of foraging habitat within 1.3 mi, and 15 acres of nesting/roosting habitat within 1.3 mi. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log near Klamath, CA.


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THP 1-14-065 DEL (T10 Upper Four 14 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 237 acres; 78% clearcut, 19% selection, 2% no-harvest, 1% roadside logging.  Lower West Fork Hunter Creek, Lower Turwar Creek (HUM: T14N R1E Sec.23, 24, 25; T14N R2E Sec.19, 30).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 80%, landslide terrain, herbicides, oversized unit, impaired 303.d watershed, coho watershed, 7 spotted owls within 1.3mi, southern torrent salamander in units D and G, purple martin colony within .25 mi of unit A, trees up to 38" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 07/23/14. VIEW

This THP is about 3.5 miles NE of the town of Klamath, CA and Highway 101 at an elevation of 600 to 1,840 feet.  The THP area drains into the Klamath River which is listed as impaired for nutrients, temperature and dissolved oxygen.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut feller buncher, shovel and cable logging operation in redwood, Douglas fir, western hemlock and grand fir forests.  There are 6 landslide terrain sites; including 2 shallow rapid landslide features in unit B, and 4 shallow rapid landslide features in unit C.  5,790 feet of road is planned for construction; including 3,290 feet of temporary road construction, and 2,500 feet of seasonal road construction.  There is marbled murrelet habitat within .25 mi of units C,D and E, and spotted owl sites within .25 miles of units C,D and E, and .5 mi of units A and B. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Mendocino Redwood Company to log on steep slopes near Philo.


PANORAMIO Photo By Damon Tighe
THP 1-14-063 MEN (Mid South Greenwood THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 230 acres; 37% variable retention, 30% transition, 23% selection, 5% group selection, 5% seed tree logging.  Upper Greenwood Creek (MD: T14N R15W Sec.18, 19; T14N R16W Sec.13).  Wet weather operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, steep roads, landslide terrain, 15 road drainage work sites, herbicides, coho watershed, 3 spotted owls within 1.3mi, long beard lichen, trees up to 48" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 07/20/14. VIEW

This THP is about 6 miles west of Philo, CA and Highway 128 within the interior of the Mendocino coastline.  The THP area drains westward down Greenwood Creek into the Pacific Ocean.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation in redwood and Douglas fir forests at an elevation of 500 to 2,200 feet.  They want to use ground based equipment on existing skid trails with slopes over 65% grade, and construct a steep road that exceeds 15% grade for 500 feet or more.  15 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.

Green Diamond Resource Company to log on steep and unstable slopes north of Highway 299.


PANORAMIO Photo By Greg Nyquist
THP 1-14-062 HUM (NF 1685 14 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 98 acres; 47% clearcut, 37% selection, 15% no-harvest, 2% roadside logging.  Squaw Creek, Powers Creek (HUM: T6N R2E Sec.5, 6).  Wet weather operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, steep roads, landslide terrain, 7 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, 5 spotted owls within 1.3mi, trees up to 60" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 07/20/14. VIEW

This THP is about 6 miles NE of Arcata, CA  and a few miles north of Highway 299 at an elevation of 1,090 to 1,720 feet.  The THP area flows into the Mad River which is listed as impaired for sediment, temperature and turbidity.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut feller buncher, tractor and cable logging operation in redwood, Douglas fir, grand fir, and western red cedar forests.  There are 10 landslide terrain sites within units A, B and C including dormant landslides, active landslides and rockslide areas. 3,300 feet of temporary road is proposed for construction through unstable areas in unit C, and ground based equipment is proposed for use on unstable soils within units B and C.  6,750 feet of temporary road construction is proposed, including several steep temporary roads between 15% and 20% grade within unit C.  There are 7 road drainage sites planned for work including rocking, dip construction and culvert repair and replacement. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Campbell Timberlands to log on steep and unstable slopes east of Fort Bragg, CA.


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THP 1-14-061 MEN (Lake Gulch Blue THP) Campbell Timberlands, 235 acres; 43% variable retention, 23% commercial thin, 22% group selection, 13% selection logging.  Churchman Creek (MD: T19N R16W Sec.26, 27, 34, 35).  Wet weather operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, 14 landslide terrain sites, road failure sites, 16 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, coho watershed, 6 spotted owls within 1.3 mi, trees up to 80" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 07/13/14. VIEW

This THP is about 8 miles east of the town of Fort Bragg, CA  and Highway 1 at an elevation of 440 to 1,640 feet.  The THP area drains into the South Fork of the Ten Mile River and the Ten Mile River which is listed as impaired for sediment, temperature and siltation.  Campbell Timberlands is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir, western hemlock and grand fir forests.  There are 14 landslide terrain sites including multiple debris slides related to poorly placed historic skid roads, debris flows related to watercourses, disrupted ground, and steep headwall swales.  Campbell Timberlands is planning to use tractors on dormant deep seated landslide terrain in units F and G, use ground based equipment on steep slopes over 65% grade within unit G, and to use ground based equipment on a tractor road inside a watercourse area within unit F.  They also want to use ground based equipment on slopes over 50% grade with a moderate or high erosion hazard rating in units B and G, and to use ground based equipment in units designated for cable logging within units B and C.  There are 16 road drainage sites planned for work including rocking, dip construction, and culvert repair and replacement. For spotted owl site MEN0119; this THP will remove 1.9 acres of foraging habitat within .7 mi,  and 16 acres of nesting/roosting habitat within .7 mi. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Fruit Growers Supply Company to log in spotted owl habitat near Fort Jones, CA.


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THP 2-14-035 SIS (PatsNor THP) Fruit Growers Supply Company, 878 acres; 70% shelterwood, 19% clearcut, 11% no-harvest logging.  Meamber Creek, Patterson Creek (MD: T44N R9W Sec.7; T44N R10W Sec.12, 13, 14, 23, 24).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, 25 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, coho watershed, 3 spotted owls within 1.3mi, trees average 105 years old.  Estimated public comment deadline: 07/27/14.  VIEW

This THP is about 6 miles NW of the town of Fort Jones, CA and Highway 3 at an elevation of 2,950 to 4,500 feet.  The THP area flows into the Scott River which contains Chinook salmon, coho salmon, and steelhead trout and is listed as impaired for temperature, sediment and siltation.  Fruit Growers Supply Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep slopes in Douglas fir, ponderosa pine, white fir, incense cedar and sugar pine forests.  Tractors are proposed in units designated for cable logging where deflection is poor, to yard logs, construct firebreaks and to construct tail holds.  They also want to use ground based equipment on pre existing skid trails with steep slopes over 65% grade, and on steep slopes up to 50% grade that do not flatten before reaching a watercourse.  An exception is proposed to be able to construct and re-construct roads, and to decommission roads between October 15 and November 15, and from April 15 to May 15.  There are 25 road drainage sites planned for work including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair/replacement and ditch cleaning.  Heavy equipment use is also proposed in class III watercourses to construct landings, and to use existing watercourse crossings.  For spotted owl site SK368; this THP will remove 5 acres of foraging habitat within 1.3 mi; for spotted owl site SK369; this THP will remove 57 acres of foraging habitat within .5 mi, and 17 acres of foraging habitat within 1.3 mi.  For spotted owl site SK370; this THP will remove 15 acres of foraging habitat within .5 mi, and 66 acres of foraging habitat within 1.3 mi. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log near Viola, CA.


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THP 2-14-034 SHA (Two Step THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 1006 acres; 81% clearcut, 19% fuel break, misc roadside logging.  Bridges Creek, Bear Creek, Lower Manzanita Creek, Upper Battle Creek (MD: T31N R2E Sec.1, 12, 13, 14, 23, 24; T31N R3E Sec.4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 16, 17, 18, 19).  Winter operations, low erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, 20 road drainage work sites, herbicides, chinook watershed, 2 CA spotted owls within 1.3mi, 3 bald eagle nests within 1 mi, osprey nest within 1 mi, goshawk sighting, trees up to 125 years old. Estimated public comment deadline: 07/17/14. VIEW

This THP is just north and adjacent to the town of Viola and Highway 44 at an elevation of 4,120 to 5,160 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor logging operation in white fir, Douglas fir, sugar pine, ponderosa pine and incense cedar forests.  There are 20 road drainage sites planned for work including rocking, dip construction and culvert repair and replacement.  One osprey nest was reported to be 1 mi west of the THP area, and 3 bald eagle nests were reported to be about a mile away from the THP area at Lake McCumber.  There were several goshawk sightings reported to be in the general area, and a historic 1952 Sierra Nevada Red Fox sighting inside unit F1. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log on steep and unstable slopes near Fernwood.


PANORAMIO Photo By Greg Nyquist
THP 1-14-060 HUM (Fulton North 2015 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 102 acres; 71% clearcut, 22% selection, 4% no-harvest, 3% roadside logging.  Upper Cannon Creek (HUM: T6N R3E Sec.28, 32, 33).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 7 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized unit, herbicides, coho watershed, 10 spotted owls within 1.3mi, red tree vole in unit B, southern torrent salamander in unit A, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 07/18/14. VIEW

This THP is about a dozen miles east of Arcata, CA and about 10 miles SW of Willow Creek, CA near the townsite of Fernwood.  The THP area flows into the Mad River which is listed as impaired for sediment, temperature and turbidity.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut feller buncher, cable and shovel logging operation in Douglas fir and white fir forests at an elevation of 1,800 to 3,000 feet.  There is a deep seated dormant young earthflow along the southern slope of unit B, and a deep seated dormant young earthflow along the western portion of unit C.  Green Diamond Resource Company wants to construct 5,500 feet of new temporary roads, including a short spur road on a 5 acre unstable area for shovel yarder access.   Seven road drainage sites are planned for work including crossings that will be restored for operations and then abandoned, fill failure stabilization, sinkhole repair, rocking, dip construction and culvert repair and replacement. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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


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THP 1-14-059 HUM (BL1100/1400 Thin) Green Diamond Resource Company, 314 acres; 89% commercial thin, 11% no-harvest, misc roadside logging.  McDonald Creek, Pitcher Creek (HUM: T9N R1E Sec.5, 8, 17, 18).  Wet weather operations, low erosion hazard, slopes up to 60%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 24 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, Unit B adjacent to Harry Merlo State Park, 3 spotted owls within 1.3mi, bald eagle within 690 feet, osprey nest within .25 mi, marbled murrelet habitat nearby, coastal cutthroat trout adjacent to unit B, trees up to 24" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 07/17/14. VIEW

This THP is about 8 miles north of Trinidad, CA near Big Lagoon and Harry Merlo State Park (Unit B is adjacent to Harry Merlo State Park) at an elevation of 120 to 760 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a tractor, feller buncher and shovel logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir and Sitka spruce forests.  There are shallow and deep seated landslide terrain sites adjacent to units A and B, and multiple misc road failure sites including crossing failures, fill failures, cut bank failures, sink holes and road bed channeling.  Green Diamond Resource Company wants to re-construct several roads around a slide area, around a diverted class III watercourse, and around a scarp.  24 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair/replacement and road bed re-alignment.  There is potential marbled murrelet habitat nearby in large trees along highway 101, Big Lagoon and Harry Merlo State Park.  An osprey nest is located within .25 mi of unit B, and bald eagle nests are located within 690 feet of unit B, and within .5 mi of appurtenant roads BL1110 and BL1100. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Jackson State Forest to log on steep and unstable slopes near Mendocino Woodlands State Park.


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THP 1-14-058 MEN (Thompson Gulch THP) Jackson State Forest, 320 acres; 97% selection, 3% roadside logging. Berry Gulch (MD: T17N R17W Sec.1, 12).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, steep roads, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 29 road drainage work sites, Mendocino Woodlands State Park within .5mi, coho watershed, 3 spotted owls within 1.3mi, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 07/16/14. VIEW

This THP is about 5 miles NE of the town of Mendocino, CA and within .5 mi of Mendocino Woodlands State Park at an elevation of 200 to 1,000 feet.  Jackson State Forest is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir, grand fir, coastal hemlock and sitka spruce forests.  The THP area flows into the Little North Fork of the Big River and the Big River which is listed as impaired for sediment.  There are 6 active erosion sites including several over steepened scarps, a diverted watercourse, road related debris slide and wet area.  Jackson State Forest is planning 16,900 feet of new seasonal road construction, including the construction of 5 segments of steep roads between 15% to 20% grade.  29 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair/replacement and road bed stabilization. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log near Blue Lake, CA.


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THP 1-14-057 HUM (Hungry Hollow 15 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 182 acres; 63% clearcut, 26% no-harvest, 11% selection, misc roadside logging.  Upper Cannon Creek, Lower Cannon Creek (HUM: T5N R2E Sec.1; T6N R2E Sec.36; T6N R3E Sec.29, 30, 31).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 19 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized unit, herbicides, coho watershed, 8 spotted owls within 1.3 mi, golden eagle sighting within .5 mi, southern torrent salamander in unit B, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 07/09/14. VIEW

This THP is about 10 miles east of Arcata, CA and about 4 miles SE of Highway 299 and the town of Blue Lake at an elevation of 1,450 to 2,850 feet.  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.  The THP area flows into the Mad River which is listed as impaired for sediment, temperature and turbidity.  There are 7 shallow rapid landslide features located near class II watercourse areas in unit A, 4 shallow rapid landslide features located near class II watercourse areas in unit B, and multiple shallow rapid landslide features located near class II watercourse areas in units units E and F.  There are also multiple road failure sites including fill failures, sinkholes, washed out crossings and diverted drainage channels within the THP area.  19 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair/replacement and road bed stabilization.  Green Diamond Resource Company wants to use a skid trail inside a class II watercourse in unit A.   There are spotted owl sites within .25 mi of units C,D and E, and within .5 mi of units B and F. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Humboldt Redwood Company to log in marbled murrelet stands east of Fortuna, CA.


PANORAMIO Photo By Greg Nyquist
THP 1-14-055 HUM (Side 8 to Corner THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 1009 acres; 74% group selection, 15% no-harvest, 11% selection logging.  Corner Creek (HUM: T2N R2E Sec.5, 6; T3N R2E Sec.29, 30, 31, 32, 33).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, misc road failure sites, 76 road drainage work sites, logging inside 60.1 acres of large tree marbled murrelet stands, helicopter logging, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, 8 spotted owls within .7mi, trees up to 60" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 07/07/14. VIEW

This THP is about 8 miles east of Fortuna, CA at an elevation of 450 to 1,780 feet.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning a tractor, cable and helicopter logging operation in redwood, Douglas fir and grand fir forests.  The THP area flows into the Van Duzen River which is listed as impaired for sediment, siltation and temperature.  Over 30 active to dormant historic landslide terrain sites exist in the THP area including debris slides, inner gorges, headwall swales, disrupted ground and debris slide slopes.  There are also misc road failure sites including fill failures and road bed channeling.  Twelve large stands totaling 60.1 acres are proposed for logging inside marbled murrelet habitat.  Humboldt Redwood Company wants to use skid trails in class I and class II watercourses in unit 1, and 76 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair/replacement and road bed stabilization. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log east of Arcata, CA.


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THP 1-14-054 HUM (Fickle Hill 5200 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 66.4 acres; 59% clearcut, 24% selection, 16% no-harvest logging.  Powers Creek, Lower Jacoby Creek (HUM: T5N R1E Sec.12, 13; T5N R2E Sec.7).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, wet area in unit B, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, 12+ spotted owls within 1.3mi, 2 osprey nests within .25 mi of units A and B, tree vole sighting in unit B, running pine, trees up to 100" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 0711/14. VIEW

This THP is about 4 miles SE of Arcata, CA and Highway 101 at an elevation of 1,200 to 1,760 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut feller buncher, shovel and cable logging operation in redwood, Douglas fir, western hemlock, western cedar, Sitka spruce and grand fir forests.  The THP area flows into the Jacoby Creek Watershed and Mad River which is listed as impaired for sediment, temperature and turbidity.  Green Diamond Resource Company will create visual buffer strips to hide clear cuts along Fickle Hill Road.  Two osprey nests were reported to be within .25 mi of units A and B, and a tree vole was sighted in unit B.  There is a population of running pine within the SE corner of unit B. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log near Dorrington and Highway 4


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THP 4-14-011 CAL (Alamo THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 618 acres; 64% clearcut, 17% no-harvest, 7% selection, 5% seed tree, 5% fuel break, 2% roadside logging. Upper San Antonio Creek (MD: T5N R15E Sec.1, 2, 3, 9, 10, 11, 15, 16, 17, 20, 21; T6N R15E Sec.36; T6N R16E Sec.31).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 60%, 12 road drainage work sites, near Calaveras Big Trees State Park, herbicides, 9 CA spotted owls within 1.3mi, historic Sierra Nevada yellow legged frog sighting, trees up to 60" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 07/06/14. VIEW

This THP is just north of Dorrington, CA and Highway 4 running west towards Arnold and east towards Cottage Springs.  Although not disclosed within THP documents, it is also close to the northern boundary of Calaveras Big Trees State Park. Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor based logging operation in ponderosa pine, sugar pine, white fir, Douglas fir and incense cedar forests at an elevation of 3,900 to 6,000 feet.  5,950 feet of seasonal road construction and road re-construction is planned, and 103 acres of so called "operational buffers" will be placed around units for fire line construction, skid trails, landings and tail holds. Sierra Pacific Industries also wants to use excavators for fire line construction on slopes less than 50%, and on slopes less than 30% that lead without flattening into a class II watercourse.  There are 12 road drainage sites planned for work including rocking, dip construction and culvert repair and replacement.  A historic 1952/1953 Sierra Nevada Yellow Legged Frog sighting lies within 150 feet of the THP area. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Campbell Timberlands to log on steep and unstable slopes NW of Leggett, CA.


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THP 1-14-053 MEN (Upper Wildcat Creek THP) Campbell Timberlands, 197 acres; 86% variable retention, 14% selection logging.  Lower Usal Creek, Mill Creek, Wildcat Creek (MD: T23N R18W Sec.1, T23N R17W Sec 6,7, T24N R17W Sec. 31).  Wet weather operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, landslide terrain, 27 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, coho watershed, 5 spotted owls within 1.3mi, trees up to 38" dbh. Estimated public comment deadline: 06/31/14. VIEW

This THP is about 4 miles NW of the town of Leggett, CA and Highway 101 at an elevation of 960 to 1,960 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 is inland and drains into the South Fork of the Eel River which is listed as impaired for sediment and temperature.  There are 3 landslide terrain areas including 2 historic road failure sites and a moderate hillslope failure.  Campbell Timberlands is planning ground based operations at 2 locations inside unit C on steep slopes over 50% grade with a high erosion hazard rating, and on steep slopes over 65% grade in unit C for yarding and site prep.  They also are planning to use tractors on unstable slopes  within units C and D.  27 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair and replacement. Spotted owl nesting and roosting habitat is deficient within .7 mi for spotted owl site MEN0527.  This THP will remove 21 acres of foraging habitat within .7 mi. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.