Sunday, August 24, 2014

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log on steep and unstable slopes SE of Castella, CA.


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THP 2-14-055 SHA (Hazard THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 466 acres; 99% clearcut, 1% roadside logging.  Lower South Fork Sacramento R. (MD: T37N R4W Sec.1, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 23, 24).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, road failure site, west girard roadless area, herbicides, 3 spotted owls within 1.3mi, slender false lupine, shasta limestone monkeyflower, trees up to 36" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 09/18/14.  VIEW

This THP is about 4 miles SE of Castella, CA and Interstate 5 at an elevation of 2,000 to 3,600 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a tractor and cable clearcut logging operation on steep slopes in mixed conifer forests.  The THP area is near the I-5 corridor and drains into the South Fork of the Sacramento River which flows into Lake Shasta.  Section 24 is adjacent to the West Girard Roadless Area.  There is a rotational slide 75 feet by 50 feet located at the head of a steep swale in cable unit 15B, and a cut bank failure at a road crossing in section 15. Slender false lupine was found in cable unit 14B, and Shasta limestone monkeyflower was found in cable unit 15C.  For spotted owl site SHA0060; this THP will remove 30 acres of low quality foraging habitat within 1.3 mi. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

La Tour State Forest planning THP NE of Shingletown, CA.


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THP 2-14-054 SHA (Mountain Cow THP) La Tour State Forest, 710 acres; 82% group selection, 9% variable retention, 5% shelterwood, 3% no-harvest, 1% roadside logging.  Beal, Huckleberry (MD: T32N R2E Sec.1; T32N R3E Sec.6; T33N R3E Sec.31).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, 21 road drainage work sites, herbicides, old cow creek campground, chinook watershed, 2 CA spotted owls within 1.3mi, fisher sighting in section 22, goshawk nest within 2 mi, pine marten sighting in section 7, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 09/18/14.  VIEW

This THP is about 13 miles NE of Shingletown, CA and Highway 44 at an elevation of 5,520 to 6,240 feet.  La Tour State Forest is planning a tractor and cable logging operation in ponderosa pine, sugar pine, jeffery pine, incense cedar, white fir, red fir, lodgepole pine, western white pine, and Douglas fir forests.  The THP area is near the crest of the Sierra and adjacent to Old Cow Creek Campground.  There are 4 unstable areas inside class I (year round) watercourses, and La Tour State Forest is planning to use 3 landings and associated roads inside a class III (intermittent) watercourse.  21 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction and culvert repair and replacement.  An historic goshawk nest was reported to be in section 2, and an active goshawk nest was reported to be 2 miles away from the THP area. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

W.M Beaty & Associates planning a pair of group selection THPs near Westwood, CA and Walker Lake.


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W.M Beaty & Associates is planning a pair of group selection THPs near the east shore of Walker Lake.  Together, these THPs will log 4,422 acres with group selection logging which removes individual trees, and/or small groups of trees of up to 2.5 acres.  Both these THPs will be logging in stands occupied by northern goshawks and California spotted owls, with other species such as sandhill cranes, willow flycatchers, Cooper's hawks, red tailed hawks and great horned owls reported to be in the general area.  
THP 2-14-049 LAS (Peak THP) W.M Beaty & Associates, 2,630 acres; 98% group selection, 2% clearcut logging.  Mountain Meadows Creek (MD: T28N R11E Sec.9, 15, 16, 19, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, landslide terrain, 38 road drainage work sites, oversized unit, 4 CA spotted owls within .5 mi, goshawk nest in section 16, sandhill crane sightings, susanville beards tongue, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 09/05/14. VIEW

This THP is about 5 miles SE of Westwood, CA and Highway 36 near the east shore of Walker Lake (a.k.a Mountain Meadows Reservoir).  W.M Beaty & Associates is planning a tractor based logging operation in white fir, ponderosa pine, incense cedar, Douglas fir and sugar pine forests.  There are unstable areas along a stream channel in sections 27, 28 and 29 and scattered debris slides within sections 15, 17, and 20.  W.M Beaty & Associates is proposing to use existing segments of roads within class I (year round stream), class II (mid sized stream) and class III watercourses (intermittent stream), and use 4 landings within class II and class III watercourses.  38 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair and replacement.  There is an inactive goshawk nest within the group selection units in section 16, willow flycatcher habitat in Section 19, and sandhill cranes have been spotted in some of the meadows outside of the THP area.  Susanville beards tongue was reported to be in sections 9, 15, 16, 19 and 22.

THP 2-14-050 LAS (Walker Lake THP) W.M Beaty & Associates, 1792 acres; 99% group selection, 1% no-harvest logging.  Mountain Meadows Creek, Moonlight Pass (MD: T28N R9E Sec.24, 25, 36; T28N R10E Sec.19, 20, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32).  Winter operations, low erosion hazard, slopes up to 40%, unstable area, 58 road drainage work sites, near mountain meadows reservoir, 1 CA spotted owl within 1.3 mi, 2 northern goshawk territories, sandhill crane sightings within .6 mi, Cooper's hawk within 1.5 mi, Susanville beardtongue, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 09/06/14. VIEW

This THP is about 5 miles SE of Westwood, CA and Highway 36 near the east shore of Walker Lake (a.k.a Mountain Meadows Reservoir).  W.M Beaty & Associates is planning a tractor based logging operation in white fir, ponderosa pine, incense cedar, Douglas fir and sugar pine forests.  There is a debris flow from a slide on USFS lands that was deposited in the flood zone of Mountain Meadows Creek within the THP area in Section 20.  W.M Beaty & Associates is proposing to use a segment of road 2800 within a class I watercourse, segments of the moonlight road and road 2710 within a class II watercourse, and segments of roads 2700 and 2802 within a class III watercourse.  58 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction and culvert repair/replacement.  There are 2 northern goshawk nesting territories within the THP area in sections 30 and 32, one California spotted owl nest in section 28, one Cooper's hawk nest in section 8, and a red tailed hawk and great horned owl nest in section 24.  One breeding pair of Sandhill cranes was reported to be .6 mi west of the THP area. Also, several communities of Susanville beardtongue were reported to be within the THP area mostly near rocky outcroppings. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut near Highway 299 east of Arcata, CA.


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THP 1-14-082 HUM (CB 1160 15 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 331 acres; 58% clearcut, 29% selection, 12% no-harvest, 1% roadside logging.  Long Prairie Creek, Pollock Creek (HUM: T6N R2E Sec.12, 13, 24; T6N R3E Sec.7, 18).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 80%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 22 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, steelhead, coastal cutthroat trout, southern torrent salamander and tailed frog sightings, 12+ spotted owls within 1.3mi, tree vole sightings in unit G, trees up to 72" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 09/03/14. VIEW

This THP is about 8 miles NE of Arcata, CA and a few miles east of Highway 299 at an elevation of 530 to 2,120 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in Douglas fir, grand fir, western hemlock, bishop pine, western red cedar and Monterey pine forests.  The THP area flows into the North Fork of the Mad River which is listed as impaired for sediment, turbidity and temperature and contains coho, chinook, steelhead and coastal cutthroat trout.  There are landslide terrain sites in units B, D, E, F and I including headwall swales, deep seated and rapid shallow landslides debris. There are also multiple misc road failure sites including washed out crossings, fill failures and cut bank failures.  30 acres of selection logging is planned adjacent to Highway 299 to hide the effects of clearcut logging.  Green Diamond Resource Company wants to re-construct 3 existing road segments on unstable soils, and use heavy equipment inside a class II watercourse within unit A on the old Highway 299 spur.  22 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, road bed stabilization and culvert repair/replacement.  Steelhead and coastal cutthroat trout were reported within units A, B and F, and southern torrent salamanders and tailed frogs were reported within all units except unit E.  Northern spotted owls were reported to be within .25 mi of units A, B, F, H, and within .5 mi of units C, E, G, I. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

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


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THP 1-14-081 MEN (Valentine 2014 THP) Coastal Ridges LLC, 194 acres; 92% transition, 8% selection logging.  Rice Creek (MD: T17N R14W Sec.28, 32, 33).  Wet weather operations, extreme erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 22 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, 1 spotted owl within .7 mi, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 09/08/14. VIEW

This THP is about 8.5 mi SW of Willits, CA  and Highway 101 at an elevation of 570 to 1,820 feet.  Coastal Ridges LLC is planning a tractor based logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood and Douglas fir forests.  The THP area flows into the Big River which is listed as impaired for sediment and temperature.  There are multiple road failure sites including fill failures, cut bank failures, washed out crossings and road bed channeling.  Coastal Ridges LLC wants to use heavy equipment on unstable slopes at 8 locations, including the construction of new road segments on unstable slopes.  They also want to use ground based equipment on steep slopes over 65% grade, and on slopes over 50% grade with a high or extreme erosion hazard.  Twenty two road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair and replacement.  For spotted owl site MEN0358; this THP will reduce foraging habitat by 58 acres within .7 mi. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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


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THP 1-14-080 MEN (Railroad Gulch THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 758 acres; 81% group selection, 11% variable retention, 4% seed tree, 4% transition logging.  Lower Albion River (MD: T16N R16W Sec.19, 30; T16N R17W Sec.23, 24, 25, 26).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, steep roads, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 41 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, 3 spotted owls within .7 mi, Cooper's hawk nest, 6 sensitive plant species, trees over 48" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 09/07/14. VIEW

This THP is about 6 miles SE of Mendocino, CA and a few miles east of Albion, CA and Highway 1 at an elevation of 40 to 640 feet.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation in redwood, Douglas fir, bishop pine, and pygmy cypress forests.  The THP area contains both deep seated and shallow seated landslide terrain features.  There are 3 deep seated landslide terrain features near class III watercourses (intermittent stream) and above a class I watercourse (year round stream) within the eastern portion of unit 12, within unit 13, and the SE portion of unit 1.  There are also 41 shallow seated landslide terrain features related to watercourses, roads and steep slopes; including bank sloughing, hummocky ground, bank cracking, rock slides, debris slides, over-steepened scarps, fill failures, cut bank failures, and wet areas.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning to use heavy equipment on unstable slopes primarily on the upper slopes of a deep seated landslide in unit 13, to re-construct a seasonal road within a class III watercourse, and to repair a slump on an existing landing.  They also want to use tractors on steep slopes over 50% grade with a high erosion hazard rating within units 7 and 8, and to use ground based equipment to long line and yard logs on truck roads within units designated for cable logging. 40 feet of seasonal road is proposed within a class II watercourse in unit 1, and 100 feet of seasonal road is proposed on steep slopes over 50% grade adjacent to a class II watercourse.  There are 41 road drainage work sites including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, road bed re-construction and culvert repair/replacement.  A Cooper's hawk nest was located in unit 13, and there are 6 sensitive plant species in the THP area including Pygmy cypress, Bolander's pine, small groundcone, Oregon goldthread, running pine and heart leaved twayblade. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log near Georgetown’s water supply


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THP 4-14-014 ELD (Oui Oui THP) Sierra Pacific Industries; 1,044 acres; 51% clearcut, 31% fuelbreak, 13% commercial thin, 4% selection, 1% roadside logging.  Little Grizzly Canyon, Upper Pilot Creek, Onion Creek (MD: T12N R12E Sec.2, 11, 12, 13, 14; T12N R13E Sec.2, 3, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 19).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, oversized units, herbicides, near stumpy meadows campgrounds, picnic area and boat lunch, rubicon roadless area, 10 CA spotted owls within 1.64 mi, 4 goshawk territories within 1.9 mi, 2 osprey nests within .25 mi, bald eagle sightings, 2 Cooper 's hawk sightings within .74 mi, 1995 fisher sighting, foothill yellow legged frog sighting within 1 mi, sierra bayberry, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 09/05/14. VIEW

This THP is about 9 miles NW of Pollock Pines at Stumpy Meadows Reservoir which supplies water to the city of Georgetown, CA.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut and fuel break tractor and cable logging operation in white fir, ponderosa pine, sugar pine, Douglas fir and incense cedar forests at an elevation of 4,280 to 5,100 feet.  The THP area is adjacent to and within .2 mi of Stumpy meadows campgrounds, picnic area and boat lunch.  12,950 feet of temporary roads, and 13,125 feet of seasonal roads are planned, including the use of an existing road inside a watercourse in unit 901.  SPI is requesting an exception to the rules to be able to construct and use temporary roads during the winter period.  They also want to use ground based equipment within cable logging unit 201, and tractors for pilling slash on slopes between 40% grade and 50% grade, including slopes over 30% grade that do not flatten before reaching a watercourse.  Sections 2, 7, and 12 are adjacent to the Rubicon Roadless Area.  10 California spotted owl territories are located in the THP area, from .10 mi to 1.64 mi away.  There are 4 goshawk territories within 1.2 mi to 1.9 mi of THP units, and 2 osprey nests within .01 mi and .25 mi of THP units.  Other sightings include 2 Cooper's hawks within .05 mi to .74 mi of THP units, and a 1995 pacific fisher sighting within .19 mi of harvest units.  Sierra bayberry was reported at 9 locations. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Swiss Ranch logging plan (THP 4-14-006 CAL) stirs controversy

By Dana Nichols, Calaveras Enterprise

Logging plan upsets neighbors
In a forested meadow the trust owns east of Sheep Ranch, volunteers with the Catholic Worker movement grow organic vegetables and hold retreats for people living with HIV.

So it was an unwelcomed surprise this spring for Earth Abides residents taking a walk along Armstrong Road when they saw a yellow notice posted on a tree announcing that Sierra Pacific Industries was seeking state permits to log nearby.

Chelsea Collonge looked into the 361-acre harvest plan, and learned that most of the harvest – including areas only about a mile from Earth Abides – would be logged using what foresters call an “alternative prescription.” Critics call it clear-cutting.

“I feel a responsibility for that area of forest,” Collonge said. “To raze it and replace it with factory trees, I just don’t think that’s fair to it.”

Collonge put that concern in a letter, and also told California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection officials that she’s worried the proposed logging will potentially send herbicides down Upper O’Neil Creek and expose Earth Abides guests and residents to noise and air pollution during the logging operation.

That letter made her just one of a number of individuals and agencies that have commented on the Swiss Ranch Timber Harvest Plan. Those comments ranged from a request by Calaveras County Water District to have Sierra Pacific Industries take precautions to prevent pollution of streams that flow into county residents’ drinking water supply via the Calaveras River watershed, to criticism from a representative of environmental watchdog group Ebbetts Pass Forest Watch that state regulators and SPI fail to consider alternatives to clear-cutting.

Those documents reveal both the continuation of a long-time divide between clear-cutting critics and supporters, and a maze of state regulations that touch everything from protect ing acorn-producing oaks needed for the Rail Road Flat deer herd to how much of an unlogged buffer zone has to be left to protect creeks.  READ MORE >>>

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.


PANORAMIO Photo By Don Daulby
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.


10 Mile River Photo By CA Water Board
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.


PANORAMIO Photo By marksmith227
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.


PANORAMIO Photo By Kiz
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.


PANORAMIO Photo By Larry Butcher
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.


PANORAMIO Photo By bob19
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.


PANORAMIO Photo By Jacob Pounds
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.