Sunday, March 12, 2017

SPI to clearcut log along Highway 3 between Weaverville, CA and Hayfork, CA.

PANORAMIC Photo By Elifino 57
THP 2-17-007 TRI (Reeta THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 726 acres; 94% clearcut, 6% selection, misc roadside logging.  Middleton Gulch, Little Creek, Hazel Gulch (MD: T31N R10W Sec.2, 3, 4, 10, 11; T32N R10W Sec.15, 16, 21, 22, 23, 25, 27, 28, 34, 35, 36).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, unstable areas, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, 4 sensitive plant species, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 04/11/17. VIEW

This THP is about 8 miles SW of Weaverville, CA and about 9 miles NE of Hayfork, CA along Highway 3 at an elevation of 1,900 to 5,200 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 white fir forests.  The THP area flows into Browns Creek and the Trinity River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and siltation.  There are 3 unstable areas near units 3015, 3032 and 3285.  SPI is planning to use tractors on steep slopes over 60% grade to construct fire lines, and use and construct roads and landings during the winter period.  Ground based equipment is proposed for use on slopes over 50% grade with a high erosion hazard in units 2318 and 3032.  Siskiyou lewisia was found adjacent to a road in section 3, Shasta chaenactis was found in unit 2583, Dudley's rush was found in unit 2308, and Oregon fireweed was found in units 2682 and 2583.  There are 10 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

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