Thursday, November 6, 2014

Roseburg Resources Company to clearcut west of Dunsmuir and I-5.


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THP 2-14-090 SIS (Chess THP) Roseburg Resources Company, 456 acres; 93% clearcut, 6% selection, 1% roadside logging.  Little Castle Creek, Upper Soda Springs, Lower Soda Creek (MD: T39N R4W Sec.21, 26, 27, 28, 34, 35).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 11 road drainage work sites, adjacent to railroad park campground, herbicides, oversized units, fisher sightings nearby, historic goshawk nest in section 35, osprey nest in section 25, pacific tailed frog sighting within .5 mi, foothill yellow legged frog sightings, cascade grass of Parnassus, northern clarkia, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/30/14. VIEW

This THP is just west of Dunsmuir, CA near Railroad Park Campground and Castle Craigs State Park at an elevation of 2,400 to 4,800 feet.  Roseburg Resources Company is planning a clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in Douglas fir, ponderosa pine, white fir, incense cedar and sugar pine forests.  The THP area has 16 landslide terrain sites mostly related to watercourses including earth flows, bank slumping, fill failures, hummocky ground and steep headwalls/scarps.  End-lining is proposed at 3 locations that are over 50% grade that do not flatten before a watercourse, and 4 landings are proposed for use inside class III (intermittent) watercourses, including a skid trail inside a class III watercourse.  11 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction and culvert repair and replacement.  There is an historic goshawk nest within the NW quarter of section 35, and an osprey nest is located within the SW quarter of section 25, approximately 2,300 feet NE of unit 3501.  Foothill yellow legged frogs were reported to be in Little Castle Creek nearby, and a pacific tailed frog was reported to be within .5 mi of THP units 2802 and 2101 in Little Castle Creek. Cascade grass of Parnassus was found near a water hole and along a spring in unit 3502, and northern clarkia was found along a haul road. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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