Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log east of Trinity Center and Trinity Lake.

PANORAMIC Photo By backmans
THP 2-16-088 TRI (Nelly THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 178 acres; 91% clearcut, 7% selection, 2% roadside logging.  Nelson Creek, Cedar Creek, Hay Gulch (MD: T35N R7W Sec.3; T36N R6W Sec.7, 19; T36N R7W Sec.1).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, unstable area, 22 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, oversized units, spotted owl, northern goshawk, bald eagle, trees up to 36" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/09/17. VIEW

This THP is about 4 miles east of Trinity Center, CA and Highway 3, and a few miles east of Trinity Lake at an elevation 2,400 to 4,000 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a tractor and cable clearcut logging operation in white fir, Douglas fir, ponderosa pine, sugar pine and incense cedar forests.  There are unstable areas outside of THP units in sections 19 and 31.  SPI is planning to use heavy equipment within unit 19G on slopes exceeding 50% grade that does not flatten before reaching a watercourse.  An historic bald eagle nest tree exists adjacent to Hay Gulch watershed near Trinity lake, and an historic goshawk nesting territory exists in section 26.  There are 5 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

1 comment:

  1. This is a travesty for our water resources, climate change and for jobs. Cutting trees can be done without the extreme environmental damage to our forests. Times have changed, and we can't afford to continue deforestation techniques that make millions for a few greedy people. People could be hired to selectively log trees rather than knocking them down with a couple of guys and a huge machine. Hire people, and do it safely. We don't want our air, water, and land--and planet destroyed. Climate change is happening rapidly, and we can no longer indulge the greedy.