Monday, May 2, 2016

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log redwood trees up to 60” dbh near the Avenue of the Giants.


PANORAMIC Photo By KingCorbs
THP 1-16-029 HUM (Zin THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 214 acres; 80% clearcut, 18% selection,  1% roadside, 1% no-harvest logging.  Cameron Creek, Thompson Creek (HUM: T2S R3E Sec.2, 11, 13, 24).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, unstable areas, 21 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, 3 sensitive plant species, trees up to 60" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 05/20/16. VIEW

This THP is a few miles east of Myers Flat and highway 101, and east of the famed Avenue of the Giants where majestic redwood trees tower to over 200 feet high.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in Douglas fir (trees up to 48"  dbh) and redwood (trees up to 60” dbh) forests at an elevation of 200 to 1,440 feet.  The THP area flows into the Eel River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment/siltation and temperature.  There are unstable areas adjacent to units 2X, 2Y, and 13N.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging, and to construct fire lines on slopes up to 65% grade within cable units.  21 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, ditch cleaning, dip construction and culvert repair/replacement.  Heart leaved twayblade was found in section 7, 8 and 11, Oregon fawn lily was found in sections 12 and 13, and Howell's montia was found in sections 7 and 18.  There are six spotted owl nesting territories within .7 mi of the THP area.

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