Sunday, December 25, 2016

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log near the East Girard Roadless Area by Shasta Lake.


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THP 2-16-086 SHA (Southdown THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 243 acres; 100% clearcut logging, misc roadside logging.  Lower Chatterdown Creek, Nosoni Creek (MD: T35N R3W Sec.3; T36N R3W Sec.23, 25, 27, 35).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, unstable areas, east girard roadless area, oversized units, herbicides, spotted owl, pacific tailed frog, foothill yellow legged frog, shasta salamander, western pond turtle, trees up to 30" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/07/17. VIEW

This THP is about 25 miles NE of Redding, CA and about 10 miles NE of Lakehead, CA near the McCloud River Arm of Shasta Lake at an elevation of 1,400 to 3,600 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Douglas fir, ponderosa pine, sugar pine and incense cedar forests.  The East Girard Roadless Area is located nearby in sections 23 and 25, and Unit 27B has a small unstable area that originated from a road fill slope into the unit.  SPI is planning to construct roads and landings during the winter period, and use heavy equipment on steep slopes exceeding 65% grade in units 23D and 25D, and use heavy equipment on slopes over 50% grade that do not flatten before reaching a watercourse in units 23A and 25D.  Foothill yellow legged frogs were reported in 2007 within section 28 approximately 1.3 miles from unit 27A, and in 1995 within section 2 approximately .6 miles from unit 3A.  A western pond turtle was reported in 1993 within section 4 approximately 1.2 miles from unit 3A, and a Pacific tailed frog was reported in 1989 within section 2 approximately .8 miles from unit 3A.  Shasta salamanders were also reported in 2010 within section 21 approximately 1.9 miles from unit 27A, and in 2009 within section 31 approximately 1.2 miles from unit 25D.  There is one spotted owl nesting territory within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

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