Sunday, July 20, 2014

Crane Mills Corporation to log west of Corning, CA.


PANORAMIO Photo By LuisEspLuis
THP 2-14-046 TEH (South Ridge THP) Crane Mills Corporation, 896 acres; 45% shelterwood, 45% sanitation-salvage, 11% clearcut logging.  Lower Willow Creek, Auger Creek (MD: T24N R8W Sec.30; T24N R9W Sec.25, 36).  Winter operations, low erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, unstable area, 14 road drainage work sites, herbicides, chinook watershed, 4 spotted owls within 1.3mi, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 08/28/14. VIEW

This THP is about 15 miles NW of Paskenta, CA near Thomes Creek which flows into the Sacramento River.  Crane Mills Corporation is planning a tractor based logging operation in ponderosa pine, white fir and incense cedar forests at an elevation of 4,000 to 5,600 feet.  Shelterwood removal is proposed with an option to sanitation salvage log due to the presence of dwarf mistletoe infection, which is often cited as justification to log larger trees at mid to high elevations.  Heavy equipment is proposed on the D6 road inside a class III watercourse, and there are 14 road drainage sites planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair and replacement.  Sonoma cansecent manzanita and konocti manzanita were reported to be in the THP area. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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