Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut east of Trinity Lake


PANORAMIC Photo By backmans
THP 2-15-057 TRI (Wild Watson THP) Sierra Pacific Industries; 65 acres; 97% clearcut, 3% roadside logging. Grouse Lake, Halls Gulch, Watson Creek (MD: T37N R6W Sec.29).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, 2 unstable areas, wet area, 23 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, 2 sensitive plant species, scattered trees over 30" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 10/31/15. VIEW

This THP is 9 miles SE of Coffee Creek, CA, and about 6 miles NE of Trinity Center on the eastern side of Trinity Lake at an elevation of 3,000 to 4,000 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging in ponderosa pine, sugar pine, Douglas fir, white fir and incense cedar forests.  There are 2 unstable areas in sections 30 and 31.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging inside units 29A and 29B. Twenty three road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction and culvert repair/replacement.  Howell’s lewisia and slender false lupine were found in unit 29A. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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