Monday, October 16, 2017

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log SE of Eureka, CA

PANORAMIC Photo of Snowcamp Lake By back mans
THP 1-17-094 HUM (K3 THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 121 acres; 93% clearcut, 7% selection logging.  Maple Creek, Twin Lakes Creek (HUM: T4N R4E Sec.5, 6, 8).  Wet weather operations, low erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, 4 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, coast fawn lily, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/03/17. VIEW

This THP is about 20 miles SE of Eureka, CA and Highway 101 near Snowcamp Lake at an elevation of 3,720 to 4,680 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in Douglas fir, white fir, ponderosa pine, sugar pine and incense cedar forests.  The THP area flows into Redwood Creek which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment/siltation/temperature and into the Mad River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment/siltation/temperature/turbidity.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning to construct roads and landings during the winter period.  Four road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  In 2007, coast fawn lily was reported to be within a watercourse area in the southern portion of unit 6A.  There are 7 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

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