Monday, February 23, 2015

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log near Maple Grove and Highway 36.


PANORAMIC Photo By Winst1966
THP 1-15-008 HUM (Swish THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 359 acres; 86% clearcut, 14% selection logging.  Root Creek, Lower Larabee Creek, Swans Flat (HUM: T1N R3E Sec.17, 19, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, 3 unstable areas, 10 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, wet area, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, 3 spotted owls within 1.3 mi, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 03/20/15. VIEW

This THP is in the interior coast range a few miles south of Maple Grove off Highway 36 near Swains Flat.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood and Douglas fir forests at an elevation of 680 to 2,480 feet. The THP area flows into the Van Duzen River which is listed as impaired for temperature, sediment and siltation.  There are 3 unstable areas in units 21I, 21H and 27N.  SPI wants to use ground based equipment on slopes up to 65% grade in areas designated for cable logging, and use tractors inside cable units on slopes up to 65% grade to construct fire lines. 10 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction and culvert repair and replacement. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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