Saturday, May 16, 2015

Sierra Pacific Industries planning to clearcut along the Upper Trinity River.


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THP 2-15-025 TRI (Ramblin THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 197 acres; 95% clearcut, 5% selection logging.  Rainshorn Creek, Sherer Creek (MD: T39N R6W Sec.19; T39N R7W Sec.24, 25).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, oversized units, herbicides, Impaired 303.d watershed, 1 spotted owl within 1.3 mi, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 06/08/15. VIEW

This THP is 8 miles north of Coffee Creek and Trinity Lake, and a few miles east of Highway 3 towards the Scott Mountain summit.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a clearcut tractor based logging operation in Douglas fir, ponderosa pine, white fir, sugar pine, incense cedar and knob cone pine forest at an elevation of 4,000 to 5,840 feet. The THP area flows into the Upper Trinity River which is listed as impaired for sediment  and temperature.  SPI is planning to use ground based equipment on existing skid trails with steep slopes over 65% grade in units 2401, 2407 and 2437; and use ground based equipment on slopes exceeding 50% grade with a high erosion hazard in units 2407 and 2437.  They also want to use ground based equipment on slopes exceeding 50% grade that do not flatten before reaching a watercourse in units 2401 and 2397, and use 400 feet of existing road inside a class II (mid sized) spring. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log north of Bieber and Lookout.


PANORAMIO Photo By Tim Wilson
THP 2-15-024 MOD (McKay THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 714 acres; 73% clearcut, 27% fuel break, 1% roadside logging.  Upper Mud Lake, Webb Flat Reservoir, Spaulding Reservoir, Washington Creek, Damons Butte (MD: T41N R7E Sec.4; T42N R7E Sec.2, 3, 10, 11, 15, 16, 21, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 33).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 40%, 26 road drainage work sites, oversized units, herbicides, osprey within 750 feet, goshawk nest within .9 mi, bald eagle territory within 1 mi, greater sandhill cranes within .6 mi, 4 sensitive plant species, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 06/04/15. VIEW

This THP is 15 miles north of Lookout, CA and 3 miles south of Highway 139 near the California/Oregon border in Modoc County.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor based logging operation in ponderosa pine, incense cedar, and white fir forests at an elevation of 4,600 to 5,360 feet.  7,500 feet of new seasonal road is proposed, and 26 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, and culvert repair/replacement.  There are several small springs within unit 25A in the NE corner of section 25.  A bald eagle nesting territory lies within 1 mi of the THP area between Spaulding and Beeler Reservoirs, and a goshawk territory and nest are located .9 mi north of the THP area in section 36.  Greater sandhill cranes were spotted on the east side of Spaulding Reservoir .6 mi from the THP area. Long haired stared tulip was found on the edge of unit 25B, Castlegar Hawthorne was found west and downstream of unit 26A, and Silvery False Lupine was found in unit FB1 and 10A. Slender Orcutt Grass was also found along the western boundary of unit 21A, near the 91 road and along the eastern boundary of unit 15A. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut adjacent to the town of Burney, CA.


PANORAMIO Photo By Shain Paiment
THP 2-15-023 SHA (Rabbit THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 516 acres; 97% clearcut, 3% fuel break logging. Jackrabbit Flat, Washburn Bue Park (MD: T34N, R3E, Sec 5,6,7; T35N, R3E, Sec 29,30,31,32).  Winter operations, low erosion hazard, slopes up to 30%, herbicides, goshawk nest within 100 ft, trees up to 120 years old.  Estimated public comment deadline: 06/01/15. VIEW

This THP is .5 mi south of Burney, CA and Highway 299 at an elevation of 3,200 to 4,400 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a tractor based logging operation in white fir, Douglas fir, incense cedar, sugar pine and ponderosa pine forests. The THP includes 14 acres of fuel break in conjunction with the Burney Community Fuelbreak Project. There is a goshawk nest (2014) within 100 ft of unit 7B in section 7, a bald eagle territory 3.5 miles away in section 6, and an historic (1992) osprey territory 4 miles away in section 3. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log near Trinity Lake.


PANORAMIO Photo By Mike Marler
THP 2-15-022 TRI (Bowerman THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 217 acres; 97% clearcut, 2% selection, 1% seed tree logging.  Strope Creek, Bear Gulch (MD: T35N, R8W, Sec 15,23,27).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, impaired 303.d watershed,  alpine view campground, herbicides, bald eagle and osprey sightings nearby, 1 spotted owl within 1.3 mi, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 06/01/15. VIEW

This THP is about 10 miles NE of Weaverville, CA along Trinity Lake and just east of Highway 3 at an elevation of 2,400 to 3,740 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a clearcut tractor based logging operation in Douglas fir, ponderosa pine, white fir, sugar pine and incense cedar forests.  Unit 439 is adjacent to Alpine View Campground within section 13.  Tractors are proposed for use on steep slopes over 65% grade on existing skid trails, and on slopes up to 60% grade within units designated for cable logging to construct fire lines.  SPI also wants to reduce the buffer area within a class II (mid-sized) spring to 50 feet at a specific location in unit 438.  There is a bald eagle nest .5 mi from the THP area in section 28, and a spotted owl nesting territory within 1.3 mi (TRI00300) which SPI is attempting to get invalidated so they can log out the habitat. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Sierra Pacific Industries planning a new clearcut THP east of Arnold, CA.


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THP 4-15-006 TUO (Red Soap THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 423 acres; 88% clearcut, 6% selection, 4% commercial thin, 1% meadow restoration logging.  Dry Meadow Creek, Soap Creek (MD: T4N R15E Sec.13; T4N R16E Sec.1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 15, 16, 17, 18; T4N R17E Sec.6, 7, 16, 17).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 60%, 3 unstable areas, 79 road drainage work sites, oversized units, herbicides, 17 CA spotted owls within 1.3 mi, 2 goshawk nest sites in units 1909 and 1324, trees up to 150 years old.  Estimated public comment deadline: 06/01/15. VIEW

This THP is about 9 miles SE of Arnold, CA and about 5 miles west of Beardsley Reservoir at an elevation of 3,500 to 5,500 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor based logging operation in ponderosa pine, sugar pine, incense cedar and white fir forests.  The THP includes 6 acres of conifer removal around Grohl Meadow, and drains towards the Middle Fork of the Stanislaus River.  There are 3 unstable areas including 2 concave areas formed from past skidding operations, and a cut bank slump off an existing road inside a class I watercourse.  SPI wants to use 2 existing skid trails inside a class II watercourse, 2 existing seasonal roads inside a class I watercourse, and a landing inside a class III watercourse.  They also want to be able to use ground based equipment across class III watercourse crossings during the winter period.  79 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings. Goshawk nest sites are located in sections 4,11 and 13. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.