Saturday, June 23, 2018

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log by Hayward Flat Campground at Trinity Lake.


Google Earth Photo By Andrew Kowalik
THP 2-18-025 TRI (Thor THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 252 acres; 87% clearcut, 8% shelterwood, 3% selection, 2% roadside logging. Davis Creek, East Fork Stuart Fork, Strope Creek (MD: T35N R8W Sec.3, 4, 17, 21).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, steep roads, unstable areas, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, Hayward Flat Campground, spotted owl, Glaucous umbrellawort, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 07/15/18. VIEW

This THP is about 6 miles SW of Trinity Center, CA by Hayward Flat Campground near Trinity Lake and Highway 3 at an elevation of 2,500 to 4,000 feet. Hayward Flat Campground is adjacent to units 2130 and 2170, and unit 410 is adjacent to Highway 3. Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes (unit 330) in Douglas fir, ponderosa pine, sugar pine and Pacific yew forests.  There are 3 segments of roads proposed for use exceeding 20% grade in section 21, and 75 feet of an existing skid trail is proposed for use within a class II (mid sized) watercourse in unit 2210.  Glaucous umbrellawort was found within unit 400L, and there is a spotted owl nesting territory within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

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