Friday, April 19, 2013

Crane Mills to log in steep unstable slopes near Yolla Bolly Middle Eel Wilderness


PANORAMIO Photo By LuisEspLuis
THP 2-13-018 TEH (Berry THP) Crane Mills, 865 acres; 50% sanitation salvage, 50% shelterwood logging.  Cold Spring Creek, Henderson Canyon, Lower Fish Creek (MD: T24N R8W Sec.6, 7, 17, 18; T24N R9W Sec.1, 11, 12).  Winter operations, extreme erosion hazard, landslide terrain, road failure sites, steep slopes over 70%, herbicides, Chinook watershed, 7 spotted owls within 1.3mi, Sonoma manzanita, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 05/29/13.  

NOTE: This THP was originally submitted as THP 2-13-013 TEH, then WITHDRAWN and re-submitted as THP 2-13-018 TEH.

This THP is about 15 miles NW of Paskenta, CA near the Thomes Creek drainage and the Yolla Bolly Middle Eel Wilderness Area at an elevation of 3800 - 5680 feet in mixed conifer stands.  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.  This THP is similar in design to the recently released Crane Mills Croney Creek 2 THP just to the NE.  There are 3 areas where tractors will be used in unstable areas, including one unstable area with slopes exceeding 65%.  Many of the unstable areas are related to steep slopes above the Berry Creek drainage.  Crane Mills is planning to use roads and landings in unstable areas, and use some tractor roads and landings in streamside areas.  They are also considering log hauling during the winter time.  More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.


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