Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Timber Products Company to commercially thin and clearcut south of the Klamath River.


Google Earth Photo By Denise Moffatt
THP 2-20-040 SIS (Little Barkhouse THP) Timber Products Company, 463 acres; 73% commercial thin, 21% clearcut, 3% no-harvest, 2% shelterwood, 1% roadside logging.  Barkhouse Creek, McKinney Creek (MD: T45N R9W Sec 3, 5, 11; T46N R9W Sec 27, 35).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, landslide terrain, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, northern goshawk, pacific fisher, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 04/27/20. SUBMIT COMMENTS, VIEW THP,  THP PLAN

This THP is about 11 miles NW of Yreka, CA and about 3 miles south of the Klamath River and Highway 96 at an elevation of 2,200 to 4,200 feet. Timber Products Company is planning a commercial thinning and clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in white fir, Douglas fir, incense cedar, ponderosa pine and sugar pine forests.  The THP area flows into the Klamath River which is listed as an impaired watershed for temperature, dissolved oxygen and nutrients. There are 2 landslide terrain sites in the THP area including; a small unstable area associated with an inner gorge in unit 7, and a small cut bank failure associated with a road in unit 2. Timber Products Company is planning to use ground based equipment on existing skid trails on slopes up to 65% in areas designated for cable logging. In 2002 and 2004, northern goshawks were reported between .5 to .75 miles SW of the THP area, and in 2005, a pacific fisher was reported within .5 miles of the THP area in Little Barkhouse Creek and Gumboat Creek.  There are 4 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

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