Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Roseburg Resources Company to clearcut log near Dunsmuir, CA.

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THP 2-16-073 SIS (Soda Fountain THP) Roseburg Resources Company, 515 acres; 92% clearcut, 7% selection, 1% roadside logging.  Middle Soda Creek (MD: T39N R3W Sec.16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 29, 30).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, steep roads, oversized units, herbicides, spotted owl, osprey, pacific tailed frog, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/10/16. VIEW

This THP is a mile east of Dunsmuir, CA and about 6 miles SE of Mt. Shasta at an elevation of 2,880 to 4,480 feet.  Roseburg Resources Company is planning a clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in Douglas fir, ponderosa pine, sugar pine, white fir and incense cedar forests.  The THP area drains into the Sacramento River above Shasta Lake.  Roseburg Resources Company is planning to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging, and  re-construct 2 segments of road on slopes over 65% within 100 feet of a watercourse.  They also want to use segments of existing roads inside watercourse areas in units 1712, 1714, 2014 and 3003.  There is an osprey nest 3,000 feet NE of unit 3301 in section 24, and a Pacific Tailed Frog was reported in Soda Creek near unit 1713. Foothill yellow legged frogs were also spotted in Soda Creek 2.25 miles downstream from unit 3002 near the Sacramento River.

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