Thursday, July 3, 2014

Sierra Pacific Industries to log out large trees near the Board Camp Roadless Area.

PANORAMIO Photo By Larry Butcher
THP 1-14-068 HUM (Burton THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 292 acres; 47% clearcut, 38% shelterwood, 12% selection, 3% roadside logging.  Boulder Creek, Twin Lakes Creek (HUM: T4N R4E Sec.20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, 2 unstable areas, road failure sites, 13 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, 2 oversized units, board camp roadless area, coho watershed, 2 spotted owls within 1.3mi, 3 sensitive plant species, trees over 130 years old.  Estimated public comment deadline: 08/10/14. VIEW

This THP is about 22 miles east of Eureka and about 15 miles SW of Willow Creek and adjacent to SPI’s recently proposed White Oak THP 1-14-066 HUM (See Sierra Pacific Industries to log in spotted owl habitat near the South Fork of the Trinity River).  The THP area flows into Redwood Creek which is listed for sediment/siltation/temperature and the Mad River which is listed for sediment/siltation/temperature/turbidity.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a tractor and cable logging operation in Douglas fir, white fir and incense cedar forests at an elevation of 4,200 to 4,720 feet.  This THP will shelterwood log and remove large trees over 130 years old, including trees that are close to the Board Camp Roadless Area located within sections 27, 28 & 29.  There are 2 unstable areas, including a road with cutback and fill failures. 13 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction and culvert repair and replacement.  Humboldt mule ears were located in sections 20,21 and 29; nodding semahore grass was reported to be in sections 21,22 and 27; and Mad River fleabane daisy was reported to be in sections 20,21,29 and adjacent to unit 20J. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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