Thursday, July 3, 2014

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log east of Hayfork, CA.

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THP 2-14-040 TRI (Tinman THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 536 acres; 99% clearcut, 1% roadside logging.  North Fork Hayfork Creek, Johnson Gulch, Duncan Creek (MD: T31N R10W Sec.3, 4, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 20, 21, 22, 23, 29).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, unstable areas, impaired 303.d watershed, 7 oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, 6 spotted owls within 1.3mi, trees over 28" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 08/09/14. VIEW

This THP is 7 miles east of Hayfork, CA and about 4 miles south of Highway 3 at an elevation of 4,240 to 5,400 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a tractor and cable logging operation in Douglas fir, ponderosa pine, sugar pine, white fir and incense cedar forests.  The THP area ultimately drains into the South Fork of the Trinity River which contains salmon and steelhead and is listed as impaired for sediment/siltation and temperature.  SPI wants to use a skid trail inside a class II watercourse, and a landing inside a class I and class II watercourse.  7 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction around a fill failure site, and culvert repair and replacement.  Unit 2434 is within .25 mi of spotted owl site TRI 2014 new #1, and spotted owl site TRI 0027 is within .25 mi of haul roads. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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