Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log SW of Castle Craigs State Park

PANORAMIC Photo By Paul Reichow
THP 2-17-067 TRI (Whalan THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 70 acres; 100% clearcut logging.  Baker Creek (MD: T38N R5W Sec.19).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, oversized units, 17 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, Pacific tailed frog, Cascade frog, California pitcher plant, California lady’s slipper, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/07/17. VIEW

This THP is about 10 miles SW of Dunsmuir, CA and I-5, and about 5 miles SW of Castle Craigs State Park at an elevation of 4,400 to 5,700 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a clearcut tractor based logging operation in Douglas fir, ponderosa pine, sugar pine, incense cedar and western white pine forests.  17 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and repair/replacement of culverts.  There is an 1984 report of a Cascade Frog less than 1.2 miles from unit 19A in section 17, and a 1989 report of Pacific tailed frogs .3 miles from unit 19A in section 18.  California pitcher plant was found inside a class I (year round) watercourse in unit 19C, and California lady’s slipper was found along the East Fork Trinity River near the bottom of unit 19B.  There is 1 spotted owl nesting territory within 1.5 miles of the THP area.

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