Saturday, December 14, 2019

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log SW of Dinsmore, CA and Highway 36.

Google Earth Photo By Ken Malcomson
THP 1-19-193 HUM (Ness THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 221 acres; 67% clearcut, 14% selection, 13% special, 6% rehab, misc roadside logging.  Horse Creek (HUM: T01N R05E Sec 31; T01S R05E Sec 6).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, landslide terrain, oversized units, 15 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, western pond turtle, peregrine falcon, 3 sensitive plant species, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/29/19 SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 13 miles NE of Weott, CA and about 6.5 miles SW of Dinsmore, CA and Highway 36 at an elevation of 2,480 to 4,860 feet.  The THP area flows into the Van Duzen River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Douglas fir, white fir and ponderosa pine forests.  There are 8 unstable areas in section 31, and 1 unstable area in section 6. Sierra Pacific Industries is planning to use roads and landings during the winter period.  15 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement. There is an historic (1995) peregrine falcon nest site in close proximity to the THP area, and a western pond turtle was found in a wet area in close proximity to the THP area.  Redwood lily was found in units 31A and 6F, white flowered rein orchid was found near unit 6F, and Howell’s montia was found within and adjacent to unit 31A.  One spotted owl nesting territory is located within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

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