Sunday, August 23, 2015

Sierra Pacific Industries to log on steep and unstable slopes in the Sacramento Canyon.

PANORAMIC Photo By Bruce Liu
THP 2-15-052 SHA (Tombstone THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 521 acres; 58% variable retention, 34% clearcut, 7% commercial thin logging.  Flume Creek, Sweetbrier Creek, North Fork Shotgun Creek (MD: T37N R4W Sec.2, 3, 4, 9, 16, 17; T38N R4W Sec.33, 34, 35).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, landslide terrain, oversized units, herbicides, 3 spotted owls within 1.3 mi, 5 sensitive plant species, trees up to 36" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 09/27/15. VIEW

This THP is 3 miles south of Castella, CA in the Sacramento Canyon near I-5 at an elevation of 1,700 to 4,000 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Douglas fir, ponderosa pine, sugar pine and incense cedar forests.  There are 7 unstable areas including an unstable area along the southern edge of section 4, and unstable areas in units 9A, 9D and 33C.  SPI is planning to use use ground based equipment on slopes up to 50% grade that do not flatten before reaching a class II watercourse in units 04A and 34A, and use ground based equipment on slopes designated for cable logging in units 09C and 33B.  Shasta County arnica was found in unit 09A, Northern clarkia was found in a road cut below unit 09, Shasta maidenhair fern was found in unit 09A & 17D, Slender false lupine was found in unit 17C, 17D, 03A, 03B, 03D, & 04A, and Siskiyou false hellebore was found in a road cut below unit 34B. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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