Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log against the Trinity Alps Wilderness Area NE of Weaverville, CA.

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THP 2-19-011 TRI (Birdie THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 576 acres; 72% clearcut, 18% fuel break, 10% selection, 1% roadside, misc no-harvest logging.  Hatchet Creek, North Fork Swift Creek (MD: T36N R7W Sec 6; T36N R8W Sec 1, 2, 3, 11, 12, T37N R8W Sec 35, 36).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, impaired 303.d watershed, trinity wilderness area, oversized units, herbicides, spotted owl, 13 sensitive plant species, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 03/01/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is a few miles NW of Trinity Center, CA and Trinity Lake, and about 18 miles NE of Weaverville, CA at an elevation of 2,760 to 5,480 feet. Section 3 (unit 301 is up against the wilderness boundary) and section 35 are adjacent to the Trinity Alps Wilderness Area.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes (there are 10 unstable areas in section 35 outside of THP units) in Douglas fir, ponderosa pine, sugar pine, white fir and incense cedar forests.  The use and construction of roads, landings and crossings is planned during the winter period.  13 sensitive plant species were found including: Klamath Mountain catchfly in units 106, 202 and 3503, citrus fawn lily in the northern portion of unit 106 and within units 202 and 3503, clustered lady’s slipper in units 103 and 106, English peak greenbriar in unit 104, glaucous umbrellawort in unit 104, Shasta County arnica in unit 1202, slender goldbanner in unit 1202, Klamath manzanita south of unit 902, California pitcher plant in units 901 and 902, Congdon’s buckwheat in unit 901, redwood lily in units 201, 202, 3504 and 3505, Shasta lily in unit 103 and showy raillardella in units 103, 201, 202, 3504, 901, and 902.  There are two spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

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