Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log east of Eureka, CA.

PANORAMIC Photo By yooperjb
THP 1-16-075 HUM (Algar THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 281 acres; 77% clearcut, 20% commercial thin, 3% selection, misc roadside logging.  Maple Creek, High Prarie Creek, Bradford Creek (HUM: T5N R3E Sec.24, 25, 26; T5N R4E Sec.19, 31).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, 3 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, oversized units, coho watershed, spotted owl, trees to over 130 years old.  Estimated public comment deadline: 08/25/16. VIEW

This THP is 20 miles east of Eureka, CA and 11 miles SW of Willow Creek, CA at an elevation of  2,480 to 4,400 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in Douglas fir forest.  The THP area flows into Redwood Creek which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment/siltation and temperature, and the Mad River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment/siltation, temperature and turbidity.  Three road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction and culvert repair/replacement.  There are 9 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

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