Sunday, June 28, 2020

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log adjacent to Douglas City south of Weaverville, CA.

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THP 2-20-090 TRI (Elk Flat THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 286 acres; 95% clearcut, 5% special logging. Dutton Creek, Lower Indian Creek, Lower Reading Creek (MD: T32N R10W Sec 11, 13; T32N R9W Sec 8, 17, 19, 21). Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, oversized units, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, scattered large trees. Estimated public comment deadline: 07/18/20. SUBMIT COMMENTS, VIEW THP, THP PLAN

This THP is about 5 miles south of Weaverville, CA adjacent to the southern boundary of Douglas City, CA and Highway 3 at an elevation of 1,800 to 3,000 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes (landslide terrain sites in sections 11, 17, 21, and 24) in Douglas fir, ponderosa pine, sugar pine, white fir and incense cedar forests. The THP area flows into the Trinity River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and sedimentation.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning to use ground based equipment on slopes between 50% and 65% with a moderate erosion hazard, and use and construct roads, landings and crossings during the winter period.  They also are planning to use temporary crossings within class III (intermittent) watercourse areas during the winter period, and use 100 to 150 feet of an existing skid trail inside a class I (year round) watercourse area. 19 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement. There are 2 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

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