Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Timber Products Company to log on steep and unstable slopes near Etna.


PANORAMIO Photo By High Alpine
THP 2-13-075 SIS (Etna French Creek THP) Timber Products Company, 753 acres; 44% shelterwood, 39% clearcut, 9% selection, 4% commercial thin, 3% no-harvest, 1% roadside logging.  Paynes Lake Creek, Upper French Creek, Clark Creek, Mill Creek, Meeks Meadow Creek (MD: T41N R9W Sec.9, 19, 21, 31, 33; T41N R10W Sec.1, 11, 15, 25).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, unstable area in unit 312, road failure site, 38 road drainage work sites, oversized unit 211, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, Russian roadless area, 5 spotted owls within 1.3mi, fisher sightings, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/28/13.

This THP is 2.3 miles SW of Etna, CA in the Scott Valley near the popular Russian wilderness and roadless areas.  Timber Products Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation in Douglas fir, white fir, ponderosa pine, incense cedar, sugar pine, red fir, mountain hemlock and brewer's spruce forests.  The THP area drains into the Scott River which is listed as impaired for sedimentation/siltation and temperature, and is an important steelhead, coho and chinook salmon fishery.  There is a cut bank failure near a road in a class II watercourse, and an unstable area in unit 312.  Tractors are proposed for use in cable units for tail holds, to end line logs, and also for site preparation.  Steep slopes are proposed for use over 50% in unit 331 that do not flatten before reaching a watercourse, and Class III watercourse crossings are proposed for use during the winter period.  38 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair and replacement.  This THP will remove 95 acres of nesting and roosting habitat within .7 mi for spotted owl nest site SK443, and 60 acres of foraging habitat within 1.3 mi for spotted owl nest site SK443. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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