Sunday, October 23, 2016

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log near Weaverville, CA.


PANORAMIC Photo By Larry Doc Butcher
THP 2-16-054 TRI (9 Ball THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 217 acres; 83% clearcut, 6% selection, 4% seed tree, 4% rehab, 3% shelterwood, misc roadside logging.  West Weaver Creek, East Weaver Creek (MD: T34N R9W Sec.19; T34N R10W Sec.35).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, unstable area, 8 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, weaverville basin trail system, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/17/16. VIEW

This THP is about 2 miles north of Weaverville, CA and Highway 299 at an elevation of 2,720 to 4,080 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Douglas fir, ponderosa pine, sugar pine and white fir forests.  Portions of the Weaverville Basin Trail system are located within the THP area including the LaGrange Ditch Trail and Arbuckle Mine Trail (Section 19), the LaGrange Ditch Trail, Dolly Ditch Trail, Jackass Ridge Trail and Weaver Bally Road (Section 25).  There is an unstable area in unit 1904, and unstable areas in sections 19, 25 and 35.  The THP area flows into the Trinity River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and siltation.  SPI is planning to use ground based equipment on steep slopes over 60% grade in designated cable units to construct fire lines, and use ground based equipment within an unstable area in unit 1904.  Siskiyou Onion was found within unit 2502, and Glacus umbrellawort was found in unit 1904.  There are 3 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

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