Sunday, January 25, 2015

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log near Platina, CA.

PANORAMIC Photo By Clayton Stricklin
THP 2-15-003 SHA (Shatner THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 467 acres; 97% clearcut, 3% selection logging.  Chanchelulla Creek, Harrison Gulch, Knob Gulch (MD: T30N R10W Sec.22, 26, 27, 28, 34, 35, 36).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, steep road, unstable area, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, 2 spotted owls within 1.3mi, Siskiyou onion, redwood lily, trees up to 30" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 02/27/15. VIEW

This THP is about 28 miles SW of Redding, CA and about 4 miles NW of the town of Platina, CA at an elevation of 3,480 to 5,280 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor based logging operation in Douglas fir, ponderosa pine, incense cedar, white fir and sugar pine forests.  The THP area flows into Browns Creek and the Trinity River which is listed as impaired for sediment/siltation and contains salmon and steelhead.  There is an unstable area in section 26.  SPI wants to use tractors on steep slopes exceeding 65% grade in units 22A, 26L, 27I, 27D and 28T, and use an existing road segment with a steep grade exceeding 15% in section 27.  They also want to use a rocked county road inside a class I watercourse with reduced watercourse protection buffers. Siskiyou onion was found west of unit 35X, and redwood lily was located just outside of unit 28C. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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