Thursday, September 26, 2013

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut east of Trinity Lake.

PANORAMIO Photo By backmans
THP 2-13-058 TRI (Bear Pond THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 455 acres; 100% clearcut logging. Blue Ridge, Grouse Lake (MD: T37N R6W Sec.3, 5, 9, 11; T38N R6W Sec.29, 33).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 60%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 64 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, 3 cascade frog sightings within .8 mi, 6 sensitive plant species, trees up to 48" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 10/23/13.

This THP is about 8 miles NE of Trinity Center, and Trinity Lake at an elevation of 3,300 to 6,100 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a clearcut tractor logging operation in Douglas fir, true fir and ponderosa pine forest on steep and unstable soils.  The THP area drains into the East Fork of the Trinity River, and sections 3,5,9,11 and 33 are adjacent to the Bonanza King Roadless Area.  There is landslide terrain between a haul road and a watercourse (including unit 33B), and a fill slope failure and a cut bank failure related to a haul road.  Sixty-four road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction and culvert maintenance.  There were cascade frog sightings reported to be within .1mi, .6mi and .8mi of THP units.  A large population of Klamath manzanita was reported in units 11A and 11B, California pitcher plant was seen in units 11A and 33D, Congdon’s buckwheat was found in units 3B,5B,9E,11A and 29A, redwood lily was found in units 3B,3C,5B and 9A, Scott Mountain phacelia was found in unit 11B, and slender false lupine was found in units 5C,5D,9B,9D,29A and 29C.  More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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