Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Timber Products Company to clearcut log west of Fort Jones, CA near the Marble Mountain Wilderness Area.


Google Earth Photo of Isinglass Lake by Thomas Fahey
THP 2-19-145 SIS (Snow Creek THP) Timber Products Company, 341 acres; 88% clearcut, 6% sanitation salvage, 6% shelterwood logging. Boulder Creek, Isinglass Creek, Member Creek, Snitklaw Creek (MD: T44N R10W Sec 29, 31, 32, 33; T44N R11W Sec 36).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, marble mountain wilderness area, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, northern goshawk, cascade frog, Scott Bar salamander, Oregon polemonium, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/16/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 9 miles of Fort Jones, CA and about a mile south of the Scott River at an elevation of 3,600 to 6,500 feet (section 36 is adjacent to the Marble Mountain Wilderness Area near Isinglass Lake). Timber Products Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor based logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Douglas fir, white fir, red fir, incense cedar, sugar pine and ponderosa pine forests.  There are unstable areas in sections 31, 32 and 36 and the THP area drains towards the Scott River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature. Timber Products Company is planning to use and construct roads and landings during the winter period, and re-construct an existing road across an unstable area in section 36.  Northern goshawks have been reported within .25 miles of the THP area, and there is Scott Bar Salamander habitat within the THP area.  A cascade frog was reported .5 miles south of the THP area at the headwaters of Isinglass Lake.  Oregon polemonium was found in section 32.  There are 7 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

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