Thursday, June 9, 2016

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log trees up to 40” dbh near Weavervile, CA.

PANORAMIO Photo By Elifino 57
THP 2-16-018 TRI (Dutch THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 281 acres; 96% clearcut, 3% selection,  1% roadside logging.  Dutch Creek, Soldier Creek (MD: T32N R11W Sec.1, 2, 11; T33N R10W Sec.30, 31; T33N R11W Sec.36).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, 12 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, osprey, trees up to 40" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 06/30/16. VIEW

This THP is about 6 miles SW of Weavervile, CA and Highway 299 at an elevation of 1,840 to 3,960 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in Douglas fir, ponderosa pine, sugar pine and incense cedar forests.  The THP area flows into the Trinity River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and siltation.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning to use ground based equipment on steep slopes up to 65% grade to construct fire lines.  12 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, and culvert repair/replacement.  There is an active osprey nest in section 30, within 170 feet of a haul road and within 300 feet of Soldier Creek Road.  3 Spotted owl nesting territories are located within 1.3 miles of the THP area, and within .5 mi of units 103 and 201.

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