Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log on steep and unstable slopes east of Hayfork, CA.


Google Earth Photo by Elfino 57
THP 2-19-217 TRI (Brown Horse THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 413 acres; 89% clearcut, 10% selection, 1% roadside logging. East Fork Browns Creek, Middleton Gulch, Upper Reading Creek (MD: T31N R09W Sec 8, 9, 16, 17, 18, 21, 23, 27; T31N R10W Sec 13).  Winter operations, extreme erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, 4 sensitive plant species, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 02/02/2020. SUBMIT COMMENTS, VIEW THP

This THP is about 7 miles SE of Douglas City, CA and about 15 miles east of Hayfork, CA at an elevation of 2,200 to 5,000 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Douglas fir, ponderosa pine, white fir, sugar pine and incense cedar forests.  The THP area flows into the Trinity River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and siltation. There is an unstable area in section 27, highly erosion prone soils and several cut slope and fill slope road related failure sites in the THP area. Sierra Pacific Industries is planning to construct roads and landings during the winter period, and use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging within units 901, 1802 and 2701.  They also are planning to use ground based equipment on an existing skid trail along the edge of an unstable area in unit 1602, and use ground based equipment on existing skid trails with slopes over 50% with a high or extreme erosion hazard rating in units 1602, 2101 and 2301T.  In 2019, a foothill yellow legged frog was reported within 500 feet of the nearest harvest unit in section 13. Tracy’s Collomia was found in unit 1603, clustered lady’s slipper was found in units 1601 and 1603, mountain lady’s slipper was found in unit 2102, and Howell’s lewisia was found in units 1701, 1802, 2301 and 2302.  There are 11 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

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