Monday, December 16, 2013

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut near the town of Mad River and Highway 36.

PANORAMIO Photo By sheepl
THP 1-13-122 HUM (Kram THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 125 acres; 74% clearcut, 18% seed tree, 5% roadside, 4% selection logging.  Horse Creek (HUM: T1S R5E Sec.5, 6).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, 26 road drainage work sites, oversized units, herbicides, impaired 303.d watershed, coho watershed, 2 spotted owls within 1.3mi, Howell’s montia, trees over 40" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/20/14. VIEW

This THP is about 7 miles SW of the town of Mad River and Highway 36 at an elevation of 2,840 to 4,040 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in Douglas fir forests.  The THP area flows into the Van Duzen River .5 miles away which is listed as impaired for sediment and siltation.  26 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair/replacement and road bed stabilization.  Howell’s montia was located along several roads within the THP area, and clustered lady’s slipper and Humboldt mule ears were found nearby. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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