Saturday, April 8, 2017

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log trees up to 60” dbh east of Arcata, CA.


PANORAMIC Photo By Redwood Transect
THP 1-17-030 HUM (Can THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 32 acres; 63% clearcut, 25% no-harvest, 13% selection, misc roadside logging.  Upper Cannon Creek, Lower Cannon Creek (HUM: T5N R3E Sec.6).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 9 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, osprey, bald eagle, heart leaved twayblade, maple leaved checkerbloom, scattered trees over 60" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 05/10/17. VIEW

This THP is about 9 miles east of Arcata, CA and about 4 miles SE of Korbel, CA and Highway 299 at an elevation of 840 to 1,360 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Douglas fir and redwood forests (including scattered redwood trees up to 60" dbh, and scattered Douglas fir trees up to 48" dbh).  The THP area flows into the Mad River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment/siltation, temperature and turbidity.  There are multiple cut bank and fill failure road failure sites throughout the THP area, and 9 unstable landforms in the THP area; including 3 unstable areas in unit B, 4 unstable areas in unit C, and 2 unstable areas between units B and C.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging to construct fire trails and for yarding purposes.  Bald eagles and osprey have been reported at the Mad River which is 2.5 miles from the THP area.  Heart leaved twayblade was found outside of THP units, and maple leaved checker bloom was found along the edge of the most western unit.  There are 5 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area, including 2 spotted owl nesting territories within .25 miles, and 1 spotted owl nesting territory within .5 of THP units.

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