Thursday, December 4, 2014

Timber Products Company to clearcut log on steep and unstable slopes near the crest of the Siskiyou Mountains.

PANORAMIC Photo By lee james
THP 2-14-099 SIS (Sterling THP) Timber Products Company, 97 acres; 69% clearcut, 21% shelterwood, 10% selection logging.  Deer Creek, Soda Creek (MD: T48N R8W Sec.19).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, 3 unstable areas, steep slopes up to 75%, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, 2 spotted owls within 1.3 mi, trees up to 104 years old.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/04/15. VIEW

This THP is about 39.5 miles NW of Yreka, CA and about 6 miles SE of Mt Ashland and close to the crest of the Siskiyou Mountains at an elevation of 4,900 to 6,100 feet.  The THP area flows from Deer Creek into Beaver Creek and on to the Klamath River which contains coho salmon, steelhead and chinook salmon and is listed as an impaired watershed.  Timber Products Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Douglas fir, white fir, ponderosa pine, sugar pine, incense cedar and high elevation red fir, western hemlock and western white pine forests. The THP area contains 2 unstable areas in unit 8 formed by an old skid trail along Deer Creek undercutting the hill slope, and 1 unstable area in unit 13 formed by an old skid trail constructed on steep slopes with excess side cast material. Within the THP area, numerous poorly placed skid trails have undercut the slopes, so as a so called mitigation 1,200 feet of road will be abandoned that already has unstable side cast, some of which has failed.  Timber Products wants to use tracked feller bunchers in areas designated for cable logging to fall trees, and to assist cable logging operations, and for fire line construction and the piling of slash.  Spotted owl nesting territory SIS0579 is .79 mi from unit 2, and spotted owl nesting territory SIS0102 is .59 mi from unit 9. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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