Thursday, September 6, 2018

SPI to clearcut log scattered residual old large trees east of Fortuna, CA.


Google Earth Photo By Humboldt Bay Jay
THP 1-18-083 HUM (Power THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 248 acres; 88% clearcut, 11% selection, 1% roadside logging.  Deer Creek, Showers Creek (HUM: T3N R4E Sec.21, 22, 27, 28).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, unstable areas, 20 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, osprey, bald eagle, trees over 40” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 09/21/18. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 22 miles east of Fortuna, CA and about 25 miles SE of Eureka, CA at an elevation of 2,760 to 4,040 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Douglas fir forests (some scattered residual old large trees will be harvested). The THP area flows into the Mad River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment/siltation, temperature and turbidity, and there are unstable areas in and around units 27J and 28L.  SPI is planning to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging for yarding logs and for fire line construction.  20 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement. Foraging habitat exists for osprey and bald eagle 3000 feet from the THP area along the Mad River.  There are 6 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

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