Friday, June 21, 2013

W.M. Beaty to log east of the Pacific Crest Trail on steep unstable slopes.

THP 2-13-024 SHA (Little Owl Lake THP) W.M. Beaty & Associates, 3403 acres; 98% selection logging, 2% no-harvest logging.  Clark Creek, Rock Creek (MD: T37N R2E Sec.11; T38N R2E Sec.14, 20, 23, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 35).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, steep roads, 15 unstable areas, road failure sites, 64 road drainage work sites, 2 spotted owls within 1.4 mi, fisher sighting, goshawk nest nearby, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 08/01/13.

This THP is about 16 miles NW of Burney, CA and about 5 miles west of Highway 89 at an elevation of 3,520 - 5,480 feet.  W.M. Beaty & Associates is planning a ground based selection logging operation in second growth mixed conifer forests.  The THP contains a large number of poorly placed roads, skid trails and landings that are eroding, many of which will be abandoned after use.  There are 15 unstable areas including debris flows, over steepened banks, and fill failures.  Multiple existing skid trails and roads cross unstable areas, and the THP area contains multiple failed crossings.  Tractors are proposed for use on skid trails on steep slopes over 65%, and on skid trails with a high erosion hazard, and on steep slopes that do not flatten before reaching a watercourse.  64 road drainage work sites are proposed including dip construction, rocking, culvert repair and replacement, ditch cleaning, and road bed stabilization.  Several roads and skid trails are proposed for use in streamside areas, including a landing which is partially located within a streamside area.  A goshawk nest tree was reported to be in Section 24, and a fisher was sighted within the THP area in 2013.  The Pacific Crest Trail lies within a quarter mile west of the THP in Sections 20 and 30. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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