Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Roseburg Resources Company to clearcut log in the Sacramento Canyon.

PANORAMIC Photo By bluewing
THP 2-15-083 SHA (Locked Out THP) Roseburg Resources Company, 271 acres; 83% clearcut, 16% selection, 1% roadside logging.  North Salt Creek, North Fork Shotgun Creek, Boulder Creek (MD: T36N R4W Sec.7; T36N R5W Sec.12, 13; T37N R4W Sec.19, 30; T37N R5W Sec.25, 36).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes over 70%, 4 unstable areas, road failure sites, herbicides, 1 spotted owl within 1.3 mi, 2 fisher sightings within 1 mi, goshawk nest in unit 3000, Townsend’s big eared bat sighting in unit 3000, 2 osprey nests within 1.5 mi, bald eagle nest within 1.5 mi, foothill yellow legged frog sighting near unit 3601, 2 western pond turtle sightings within .5 mi, scattered large trees. Estimated public comment deadline: 12/25/15. VIEW

This THP is about a mile east of I-5 and 7 miles north of Lakehead and Shasta Lake in the Sacramento Canyon at an elevation of 1,600 to 3,000 feet.  Roseburg Resources Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Douglas fir, incense cedar, ponderosa pine and sugar pine forests. There are 4 unstable areas in the THP area including an active scarp, and 4 unstable areas along existing haul roads including multiple cut bank and fill failures.  Roseburg Resources Company wants to use heavy equipment to construct  2 short segments of roads on steep slopes over 65% grade in section 12, and use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging for site preparation and to construct fire breaks.  There are 4 roads proposed for use inside class II (mid sized) watercourses, including 2 roads in the vicinity of unit 2500, and 2 roads in the vicinity of unit 3000.  A bald eagle was reported 1.5 mi SW of the THP area along the Sacramento River, and a Townsend's big eared bat was spotted near the NW corner of unit 3000.  An osprey nest is located 1.5 mi west of unit 1202 along the Sacramento River, and an osprey nest is located 1/3 mile SW of unit 3601.  There were 2 western pond turtle sightings reported including a sighting immediately west of unit 1901 and within .5 mi of unit 1201 along North Salt Creek.  Foothill yellow legged frogs were seen inside in a class II watercourse along the northern boundary of unit 3601. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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