Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log trees up to 50” dbh by the Trinity Alps Wilderness.

PANORAMIC Photo By trinityalpsphoto
THP 2-17-063 TRI (Archimedes THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 314 acres; 70% clearcut, 16% conifer removal around black oaks, 14% selection, misc roadside logging.  Big Bear Lake, Eagle Creek (MD: T38N R7W Sec.7, 9, 17).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, unstable area, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, Trinity alps wilderness, Horse Flat and Eagle Creek campgrounds, herbicides, 8 sensitive plant species, trees up to 50” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/06/17. VIEW

This THP is next to the Trinity Alps Wilderness Area boundary (units 1603, 1604 and 1720 are adjacent) 5.5 miles north of Coffee Creek, CA and Trinity Lake and about 30 miles NE of Weaverville, CA.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in Douglas fir, ponderosa pine, sugar pine, incense cedar and white fir forests at an elevation of 3,000 to 5,000 feet.  The THP area is close to Horse Flat Campground and Eagle Creek Campground, and also close to the Eagle Creek Benches trailhead in section 7.  There is an unstable area near unit 1730.  SPI is planning to use ground based equipment on existing skid trails on slopes over 50% with a high erosion hazard in unit 1603, and on slopes between 50% and 65% for fire line construction.  They also are planning to use ground based equipment on existing skid trails in areas designated for cable logging in units 1716, 1720 and 1730, and use 6 existing landings inside or adjacent to class II (mid sized) watercourse areas.  There are 8 sensitive plant species that were found in the THP area including; English Peak Greenbriar in unit 1771, Congdon’s buckwheat in unit 1605, Mountain lady’s slipper in unit 1716, Shasta arnica in units 1605, 1730 and 1763, Scott Mountain fawn lily in units 1716 and 1771, Klamath manzanita in units 1603, 1604 and 1720, rattlesnake fern along the NW edge of unit 1716, and thread leaf beard tongue in unit 1605.  There are 3 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

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