Thursday, May 2, 2013

Crane Mills planning shelterwood removal next to Berry Creek THP and Thomes Creek drainage.

PANORAMIO Photo by LuisEspLuis
THP 2-13-015 TEH (MR2 THP) Crane Mills Corporation, 876 acres; 90% shelterwood, 10% selection logging.  Lower Fish Creek (MD: T24N R8W Sec.18, 19; T24N R9W Sec.11, 12, 13, 24).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 60%, 12 road drainage work sites, herbicides, chinook watershed, 5 spotted owls within 1.3mi, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 05/16/13.

This THP is about 15 miles NW of Paskenta, CA near the Thomes Creek drainage and adjacent to Crane Mill’s Berry Creek THP at an elevation of 5200 - 3760 feet. Crane Mills Corporation is planning a tractor and cable logging operation which is mostly a shelterwood overstory removal of mixed conifer stands.  Because of the lack of available habitat for the Northern spotted owl in the area, Crane Mills has proposed an 87 acre special treatment area to retain foraging habitat.  The majority of the watershed is owned by Crane Mills and the United States Forest Service. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website. 

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