Thursday, October 10, 2013

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log east of Mt Shasta


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THP 2-13-067 SIS (Military Junction THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 888 acres; 85% clearcut, 14% shelterwood, 1% selection, misc roadside logging.  Brewer Creek, Pilgrim Creek, Gravel Creek, Upper Ash Creek (MD: T41N R2W Sec.5, 7, 9, 11, 15, 23, 25, 26; T42N R2W Sec.29, 33).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 40%, herbicides, oversized units, 2 spotted owls within 1.3mi, 2 goshawks within .8mi, trees up to 200 years old.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/14/13.

This THP is just east of Mt. Shasta, and about 9 miles NE of McCloud, CA at an elevation of 4,400 to 7,700 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut ground based logging operation in red fir, white fir and lodgepole at the higher elevations, and ponderosa pine, sugar pine, Douglas fir and incense cedar at the lower elevations.  Trees average 80 to 100 years at the lower elevations, and up to 200 years old at the higher elevations.  The THP area is also close to the Brewer Creek Trailhead, a popular recreation area.  There is a goshawk nest within 800 feet of unit 11A in section 11, and within .8 miles of the THP units in Section 22.  Two historical pacific fisher sightings (1980, 1978) were reported to be within the THP area.  SPI Claims spotted owl territory SIS0355 is abandoned, this THP will reduce spotted owl nesting/roosting habitat by 10 acres, and foraging habitat by 50 acres within 1.3 mi.  Three occurrences of Hall’s sedge were reported to be in sections 28, 29, 33 and 34, and SPI is planning to log within Hall’s sedge populations on 6 acres in Unit 33D, and within 19 acres in unit 33E.  One population of alpine bittercress and Shasta buckwheat were found on USFS land and near unit 7C, 1 population of Coleman’s piperia was found in unit 11A, and 3 populations of Wilkin’s harebell were found in sections 22 and 23, and near USFS and SPI lands. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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