Monday, January 28, 2013

New Crane Mills THP near Yolla Bolly Middle Eel Wilderness Area

PANORAMIO Photo by LuisEspLuis
THP 2-13-005 TEH (Croney Creek 2 THP) Crane Mills, 2,168 acres; 50% sanitation salvage, 50% shelterwood logging.  Elk Lake, McClure Creek (MD: T24N R9W Sec 4,5,6; T24N R10W Sec 1; T25N R9W Sec 28,29,31,32,33; T25N R10W Sec 36).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 80%, unstable areas, 55 road drainage work sites, chinook watershed, 8 spotted owls within 1.3mi, goshawk within .25 mi, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 03/07/13.

This THP is about 21 air miles NW of the town of Paskenta and near the Yolla Bolly Middle Eel Wilderness Area.  It is a re-submit of the 2007 Croney Creek THP which was never operated on.  Crane Mills is planning a tractor and cable logging operation with a blend of sanitation salvage and shelterwood removal to remove trees with dwarf mistletoe and some larger over story trees.  The THP is close to 8 spotted owl territories which have some limited habitat due to an abundance of dryer more open south facing slopes.  The majority of the watershed drains into Thomes Creek eastward towards the Sacramento Valley and eventually into the Sacramento River. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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