Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log near Mt. Shasta Ski Park and nordic center.

PANORAMIC Photo By kspeake
THP 2-15-068 SIS (Panther THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 572.4 acres; 85% clearcut, 14% shelterwood, 1% selection, misc roadside, misc no-harvest logging.  Big Canyon Creek, Lower Panther Creek, Mott, Upper Panther Creek (MD: T40N R3W Sec.2, 11, 15, 19, 21, 29, 30, 31).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, herbicides, oversized units, goshawk sightings in section 19, 3 pacific fisher sightings within 2 mi, red fox sighting in section 1, wilkin's harebell, trees up to 200 years old.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/30/15. VIEW

This THP is 4 miles east of the city of Mt. Shasta along the Mount Shasta Ski Park Highway and east of the ski area below Gray Butte at an elevation of 4,000 to 6,800 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor based logging operation in white fir, ponderosa pine, Douglas fir, sugar pine, incense cedar and knob cone pine forests at the lower elevations, and within nice high elevation stands of red fir and western hemlock at the higher elevations.  Goshawk sightings were reported in section 19, there were several pacific fisher sightings within 2 mi, and in 2006 a red fox was reported in section 1 near the west edge of McCloud, CA.  Wilkin's harebell was found at a water drafting site near Squaw Valley Creek in section 2.  More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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