Monday, August 20, 2018

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log SW of Whiskeytown, CA.

Google Earth Photo By Christian Wulfestieg
THP 2-18-040 TRI (Bullychop THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 233 acres; 88% clearcut, 12% selection logging. Upper Indian Creek (MD: T31N R8W Sec.2, 3; T32N R8W Sec.33).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, 3 sensitive plant species, trees up to 30” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 09/14/18. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 8 miles SW of Whiskeytown, CA, 10 miles SE of Douglas City, CA and about 4 miles south of Highway 299 at an elevation of 3,000 to 5,500 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in Douglas fir, ponderosa pine, incense cedar, white fir and sugar pine forests.  The THP area flows into the Trinity River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment.  SPI is planning to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging, and construct and use crossings, landings and roads during the winter period.  Blushing wild buckwheat was found along an open rocky ridge in unit 32D, California lady’s slipper was found along a seep and road near unit 32D, and Heckner’s Lewisia was found along open rocky outcroppings and rocky soil in and around unit 32D.  There are 2 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

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