Friday, August 26, 2016

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log trees up to 50” dbh adjacent to the Chanchelulla Wilderness Area.


PANORAMIC Photo By Chris English
THP 2-16-038 TRI (Outhere THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 123 acres; 93% clearcut, 6% selection, 1% special logging. Johnson Gulch (MD: T31N R10W Sec.36).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, unstable area, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, wet meadow, chanchelulla wilderness area, coho watershed, spotted owl, ternate buckwheat, trees up to 50" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 09/24/16. VIEW

This THP is about 16 miles south of Weaverville, CA and about 12 miles SE of Hayfork, CA at an elevation of 3,600 to 5,200 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a clearcut tractor based logging operation in Douglas fir, ponderosa pine, incense cedar, sugar pine and white fir forests next to the Chanchelulla Wilderness Area (units 2394 and 2405 are adjacent). The THP area flows into the Trinity River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and siltation. There is an unstable area in the northern portion of section 36 outside of THP units.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning to use ground based equipment on slopes over 50% grade with a high erosion hazard within units 2394, 2400 and 2403, and on slopes between 50% and 65% grade to construct fire lines and water bars within units 2404 and 2405.  SPI also wants to use an existing skid trail within the outer edge of a class II (mid sized) watercourse in unit 2404, and an existing skid trail and landing inside a class II (mid sized) watercourse in unit 2404.  Ternate buckwheat was found along the NW boundary of unit 2394.  A spotted owl nesting territory is located within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

6 comments:

  1. Greed! So sad. Hope it can be stopped.

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  2. Are there any environmental groups paying attention to this project?

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    1. EPIC, Sierra Club, Ebbetts Pass Forest Watch, Klamath Forest Alliance

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