Monday, October 20, 2014

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut near Lake Shasta


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

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

Sunday, October 12, 2014

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


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

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

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log near the Sacramento River Canyon


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

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

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


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

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

Friday, October 3, 2014

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


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

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

Sierra Pacific Industries to log near several high elevation lakes south of Westwood, CA.


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THP 2-14-063 LAS (Vargtimmen THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 426 acres; 74% shelterwood, 25% sanitation salvage, 1% roadside logging.  Moonlight Pass (MD: T28N R9E Sec.28, 29, 32, 33).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, 6 road drainage work sites, 2 CA spotted owls within 400 ft, 2 bald eagle nests within 1.2 mi, 2 osprey nests within 2.2 mi, 2 peregrine falcon sightings within .7 mi, 1 willow flycatcher sighting within .4 mi, trees up to 150 years old.  Estimated public comment deadline: 10/10/14. VIEW

This THP is about 3 miles south of Westwood, CA near Mountain Meadows Reservoir and close to Deerheart Lake, Hidden Lake, and Homer Lake which are popular hiking and fishing destinations.  By the way, the THP name "Vargtimmen" is of Swedish language origin and means "hour of the wolf", a fitting name for an SPI THP.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a tractor based logging operation in white fir, Douglas fir, red fir, sugar pine, incense cedar and ponderosa pine forests at an elevation of 5,160 to 6,440 feet.  6,000 feet of seasonal road is planned, and 6 road drainage sites are proposed for work including rocking, dip construction and culvert maintenance.  SPI wants to use a haul road inside a class I watercourse (year round), and a landing inside a class III (intermittent) watercourse.  There are 2 osprey nests within 2.0 mi and 2.2 mi of the THP area, 2 bald eagle nests within .8 mi and 1.2 mi of the THP area, a willow flycatcher was seen within .4 mi of the THP area, and 2 peregrine falcons were spotted within .7 mi of the THP area.  Several CA spotted owl nesting territories are located within 400 feet of logging units.  More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

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


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THP 1-14-093 HUM (BL 1300 15 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 157 acres; 74% clearcut, 21% selection, 4% no-harvest, 1% roadside logging.  McDonald Creek (HUM: T9N R1E Sec.4, 8, 9, 16; T10N R1E Sec.33).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 9 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, adjacent to redwood national park, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, 3 spotted owls within 1.3mi, osprey nest adjacent to haul road, bald eagle nest within .9 mi, southern torrent salamander adjacent to unit A, coastal tailed frog adjacent to unit E, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 10/04/14. VIEW

This THP is about 9 miles NE of Trinidad, CA near Big Lagoon and adjacent to Redwood National Park (units A and B).  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a clearcut feller buncher, shovel and cable logging operation in redwood, Douglas fir, grand fir, western hemlock and Sitka spruce forests at an elevation of 360 to 1,900 feet.  There is an unstable area in the northern portion of unit E, and 7 landslide terrain sites including shallow rapid landslides and debris slides in unit B. There are also misc road failure sites related to crossings including fill failures, cut bank failures, a diverted watercourse and a debris slide near a road in the THP area.  Over 2,400 feet of seasonal road, and 4,600 feet of temporary road is planned.  9 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair/replacement and road bed stabilization.  An osprey nest is located within .25 mi of the BL1300 haul road, and there are spotted owl nesting territories within .25 mi of units D and E, and within .5 mi of units A,B and C. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Hearst Corporation planning a pair of THPs SE of McCloud, CA.


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THP 2-14-059 SHA (Little Devil PTHP) Hearst Corporation, 563 acres; 55% selection, 44% sanitation salvage, 1% no-harvest logging.  Devils Canyon, Stump Creek (MD: T38N R1E Sec.29, 31, 32, 33).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, steep roads, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 7 road drainage work sites, large tree management area, 1 spotted owl within 1.3mi, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 10/02/14. VIEW

This THP is about 15 miles SE of a McCloud, CA and Highway 89 at an elevation of 3,600 to 4,400 feet.  Hearst Corporation is planning a tractor and cable logging operation in Douglas fir, white fir, ponderosa pine, sugar pine and incense cedar stands.  The THP area flows into the Pit River above Lake Shasta. There are 6 unstable areas including 2 sites containing a debris torrent near a road in section 32, a debris slide near a skid road, and 3 areas of instability along the K Line Road.  The area within 150 feet of Rough and Ready Creek is designated as a late seral management area where large trees will be protected.  Hearst Corporation wants to construct a road on steep slopes over 65% grade, use 2 segments of road near the Rough and Ready Creek and a class II (mid sized stream) watercourse, and use a landing inside a class III (intermittent) watercourse.  Seven road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction and culvert repair and replacement.  This THP is adjacent to Hearst Corporation’s THP 2-14-060 SHA (Down and Out PTHP).  

THP 2-14-060 SHA (Down and Out PTHP) Hearst Corporation, 886 acres; 98% selection, 2% no-harvest logging.  Curtis, Devils Canyon (MD: T38N R1E Sec.21, 22, 23, 26, 27, 28).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 60%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 36 road drainage work sites, wet areas, large tree management area, 2 spotted owls within 1.3mi, english peak greenbriar, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 10/02/14. VIEW

This THP is about 18 miles SE of McCloud, CA and Highway 89 at an elevation of 2,960 to 3,920 feet.  Hearst Corporation is planning a tractor and cable logging operation in Douglas fir, white fir, ponderosa pine, sugar pine and incense cedar stands.  The THP area flows into the Pit River above Lake Shasta.  There are numerous landslide terrain features mostly related to watercourse areas and steep inner gorges.  A road near Kosk Creek will be re-constructed that contains some old failed crossings near some unstable areas (debris flows, road bed slumping, washed out crossings, etc). The area within 200 feet of Kosk Creek, and within 150 feet of Boulder Creek and Red Mountain Creek is designated as a late seral management area where large trees will be protected.  36 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair/replacement and road bed stabilization.  There are 2 historic (1996/1998) spotted owl nesting territories in the area, and English peak greenbriar was found throughout the THP area.  This THP is adjacent to Hearst Corporation’s THP 2-14-059 SHA (Little Devil PTHP).  More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Roseburg Resources Company to log on steep and unstable slopes near Castle Craig's State Park


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THP 2-14-057 SHA (Ammirati THP) Roseburg Resources Company, 253 acres; 49% transition, 42% group selection, 5% special, 4% no-harvest, 1% roadside logging.  Sweetbrier Creek, Lower Soda Creek, Lower Castle Creek (MD: T38N R4W Sec.15, 21, 22).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 13 road drainage work sites, near Castle Craig's State Park, osprey nests within .25 mi, 8 fisher sightings within 1.3 mi, pacific tailed frog sighting within 1 mi, foothill yellow legged frog sighting, rattlesnake fern, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 09/27/14.  VIEW

This THP is adjacent to the town of Castella, CA and I-5 and just south of Castle Craig's State Park.  Roseburg Resources Company is planning a tractor based logging operation in Douglas fir, ponderosa pine, sugar pine, white fir and incense cedar forests at an elevation of 2,000 to 3,200 feet.  The THP area contains 46 landslide terrain sites including debris slides, debris flows, earth flows and inner gorge features. There are 4 unstable areas including a large slide complex west of the THP area, an unstable area below an existing truck road, an old fill slope failure below a road, and an unstable area at the head of a class III (intermittent) watercourse.  Roseburg Resources Company is planning to use an existing road in a class II (mid-sized stream) watercourse, and an existing landing inside a class III (intermittent) watercourse.  They also want to use heavy equipment on steep slopes over 65% in an area that has high voltage power lines.  13 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction and culvert repair and replacement.  75 individual rattlesnake fern plants were found inside the THP area out of a population of 140 plants.  This area and an area near Etna, CA are the only locations in California where these plants are found, and this THP may result in the destruction of 5 individual plants.  8 fisher sightings were reported within 1.3 mi; including 4 sightings .5 mi away at Castle Craig's State Park, and 1 sighting .5 mi away on USFS land.  An osprey nest is located .25 mi north and south of the THP area in section 22, and a foothill yellow legged frog was seen in section 21. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Mendocino Redwood Company to log on steep and unstable slopes NE of Navarro, CA.


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THP 1-14-089 MEN (Big Gulp THP) Mendocino Redwood Company, 835 acres; 53% transition, 29% seed tree, 12% variable retention, 5% selection logging.  Little N. Fork Navarro River (MD: T16N R15W Sec.25, 26, 34, 35, 36).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, steep roads, landslide terrain, 20 road failure sites, 40 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, 7 spotted owls within 1.3mi, trees up to  40" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 09/28/14. VIEW

This THP is 14 miles NW of Ukiah, CA and about 3 miles NE of Navarro, CA at an elevation of 400 to 1,280 feet.  The THP area drains into the North Fork of the Navarro River which is listed as impaired for sediment and temperature.  Mendocino Redwood Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation in redwood and Douglas fir forests.  18,835 feet of seasonal road is proposed including construction and re-construction at 20 locations over unstable soils, fill failures, cut bank failures, debris slides, wet areas and across areas of road bed slumping.  Several segments of roads are proposed on steep slopes over 65% grade, and 3 landings are proposed for use within a class I watercourse.  40 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and road bed stabilization. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Sierra Pacific Industries to log out large trees near where the wolverine was spotted in 2013.


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THP 2-14-058 NEV (Ahart THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 767 acres; 59% group selection, 31% clearcut, 10% shelterwood logging.  East Fork Creek, Jim Crow Creek (MD: T19N R12E Sec.11, 13, 25, 27).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, impaired 303.d watershed, middle yuba roadless area, herbicides, wet meadows, 5 CA spotted owls within 1.3mi, 3 goshawk sightings within 1 mi, 2013 wolverine sighting, willow flycatcher and bald eagle sightings at Milton Reservoir, scattered old growth trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 09/28/14. VIEW

This THP is about 4 miles SE of Sierra City, CA and about a dozen miles north of I-80 and Emigrant Gap.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a tractor based logging operation at high elevations (5,600 to 6,800 feet) in white fir, ponderosa pine, sugar pine, Jeffrey pine, incense cedar, lodgepole, western white pine and red fir forests.  According to SPI, "the plan area contains individual large trees, and some large old trees, some of which will be harvested”.  The THP is also located adjacent to Milton Reservoir near where CA’s only Wolverine was spotted in 2013 (See THP Blog SPI Wolverine THPs Map).  According to SPI, most of the red and white fir stands are suffering from fir engraver beetle, true fir canker, mistletoe, laminated root rot, and the pine stands are suffering from mistletoe and pine blister rust.  Often such conditions are used by timber companies to justify logging in higher elevation stands, even though such processes are natural and logging can further spread root diseases, etc.  There are dispersed camp sites at Milton Reservoir and Jackson Meadows Reservoir which are close to THP units.  Section 11 is adjacent to the Middle Yuba Roadless Area.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning to use tractors on slopes over 50% grade at 6 locations with a high erosion hazard, and on slopes over 50% grade that lead without flattening into a class I (year round) watercourse in section 11.  They also want to use 6 landings inside a class III (intermittent) watercourse and to remove conifers around 4 small seasonally wet meadows in section 11.  SPI is proposing to reduce the required buffer widths for a class I watercourse down to 50 feet so they can use feller bunchers with grapple hooks to remove trees from an inner gorge area in section 11, and also to remove hazard trees between a converging power line and class I watercourse.  Osprey sightings were reported at Jackson Meadows Reservoir, and goshawk sightings were reported in sections 11, 13 and 26.  There were multiple willow flycatcher and bald eagle sightings reported near Milton Reservoir 1,500 feet away from the THP area.  Two CA spotted owls were seen in section 11. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log west of Redwood National Park.


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THP 1-14-088 HUM (BL 1600/2820 16 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 110 acres; 81% clearcut, 19% selection logging.  Pitcher Creek (HUM: T9N R1E Sec.15, 16, 22, 23, 26, 36).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, landslide terrain, redwood national park within .5 mi, herbicides, coho watershed, 3 spotted owls within 1.3mi, northern red legged frog in unit D, marbled murrelet stand within .6 mi, osprey nests nearby, running pine in unit D, trees up to 24" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 09/21/14.  VIEW

This THP is about 7.5 miles NE of Trinidad, CA and within a half mile of Redwood National Park at an elevation of 1,200 to 1,700 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a clearcut feller buncher, cable and shovel logging operation in redwood, Douglas fir, hemlock and grand fir forests.  The THP area flows into Maple Creek and big lagoon which contains coho, chinook, steelhead and coastal cutthroat trout.  There are 5 landslide terrain sites in the THP area, mostly in the NW portion of unit A, and the eastern portion of unit A.  A landing is proposed for use adjacent to a class II watercourse in unit B. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log at Snow Camp Lake.


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THP 1-14-087 HUM (Snow Camp Lake 15 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 123.7 acres; 70% clearcut, 27% selection, 2% roadside, 1% no-harvest logging.  Twin Lakes Creek, Bradford Creek (HUM: T4N R4E Sec.5, 6, 8, 9).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, landslide terrain, road failure site, steep slopes up to 70%, steep roads, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, 12+ spotted owls within 1.3mi, Sonoma tree vole and southern torrent salamander in unit D, trees up to 40" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 09/26/14. VIEW

This THP is about 18 miles east of Eureka, CA at Snow Camp Lake.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut feller buncher, cable and shovel logging operation in Douglas fir, white fir, sugar pine and incense cedar forests.  The THP area drains into Redwood Creek which is listed as impaired for sediment and temperature.  There are 3 unstable areas in the THP area, including rockslides in units A, B and D, and a cut bank failure on the Roddiscraft Road in unit D.  Three steep temporary road segments are proposed for construction over 15% grade in units A, B and D.  A spotted owl nesting territory is within .5mi of Unit A. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Sierra Pacific Industries to log east of Red Bluff in Tehama County.


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THP 2-14-056 TEH (Rim Fire THP) Sierra Pacific Industries; 210 acres; 67% fuel break, 33% clearcut logging.  Mill Creek Rim (MD: T27N R2E Sec.10; T27N R3E Sec.5; T28N R3E Sec.26, 27, 32, 33, 34, 35).   Winter operations, low erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, 29 road drainage work sites, mill creek roadless area, herbicides, chinook watershed, 2 CA spotted owls within 2 mi, 2 goshawk nests within 2 mi, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 09/19/14. VIEW

This THP is east of Red Bluff, CA about 8 miles SW of the town of Mineral and Highway 36.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a tractor based logging operation in white fir, ponderosa pine, sugar pine, Douglas fir, incense cedar and red fir forests at an elevation of 4,600 to 5,600 feet.  Sections 5, 26, 33, 34, and 35 are adjacent to the Mill Creek Roadless Area, and areas where fires burned in 2008, 2012 and 2013.  SPI is proposing to be able to construct temporary roads under 500 feet within units without pre-designating the locations on THP maps.  29 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction and culvert repair and replacement.  There are 2 CA spotted owl territories within 2 mi; including a CA spotted owl within 1 mi in section 28, and a CA spotted owl within 2 mi in section 2.  Two goshawk nests were reported to be within 2 mi of the THP area in section 2 and section 28. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log north of Highway 299 near the Coast Range summit.


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THP 1-14-086 HUM  (King's Canyon 2015 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 247 acres; 77% clearcut, 18% selection, 2% roadside, 2% no-harvest logging.  Canyon Creek (HUM: T7N R2E Sec.14, 15, 22, 23, 26).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, unstable area in unit G, road failure sites, 35 road drainage work sites, oversized units, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, 3 spotted owls within 1.3mi, del Norte salamander in unit E, Sonoma tree vole in unit D, northern red legged frog sighting in unit A, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment: 09/16/14. VIEW

This THP is about 8 miles NE of Arcata, CA and a few miles north of Highway 299 near the coast range summit.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut feller buncher and cable logging operation in redwood and Douglas fir forests at an elevation of 1,560 to 2,620 feet.  The THP area drains westward into the Mad River which is listed as impaired for sediment/siltation and temperature.  There are multiple misc road failure sites mostly related to crossings including fill failures and road bed channeling, and deep seated landslide terrain in unit G.  35 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, and culvert repair/replacement.  A spotted owl nesting territory is located within .25 mi of unit G. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log near Redwood National Park.


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THP 1-14-085 HUM (BL 1000/2000 Junction 15 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 199.5 acres; 74% clearcut, 13% selection, 13% no-harvest logging.  Maple Creek (HUM: T8N R1E Sec.12, 13, 24; T8N R2E Sec.5, 6, 7, 8, 18, 19; T9N R2E Sec.31).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, steep streamside slopes in units B and C, herbicides, oversized units, redwood national park adjacent to units A and C, coho watershed, 4 spotted owls within 1.3mi, southern torrent salamander, steelhead & coastal cutthroat trout adjacent to unit F, running pine, trees up to 72" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 09/15/14. VIEW

This THP is about 7 miles NE of Trinidad, CA and Highway 101 near the southern boundary of Redwood National Park.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in redwood, Douglas fir, grand fir and western hemlock forests at an elevation of 600 to 2,300 feet.  The THP area flows into Maple Creek and Big Lagoon which contains coho, chinook, steelhead and coastal cutthroat trout.  16 acres of Special Treatment Area (STA) are planned in units A and C to minimize (hide) the effects of logging adjacent to Redwood National Park.  There is a marbled murrelet stand adjacent to a haul road. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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 >>>