Sunday, July 02, 2006

SPI Old Growth Logging Plan Near Bridgeville

Logging Plan #1-06-039 "Shower Head"

Filed by Sierra Pacific Industries, one of the biggest land holders in California and notorious for irresponsible and destructive logging.

Showers Creek, Mad River. 10 miles northeast of Bridgeville. Near Showers Pass road, Next to Stapp Road.

133 acres total. There are 7 individual units.

Logging Methods:
123 acres of Clearcutting. Tractor Yarding.
(Tractor Yarding means dragging the logs around with bulldozers. This is probably the most destructive yarding method utilized in logging today.)

The plan says that logging operations will occur during the winter. This includes "Mechanical Site Prep" which follows logging. Mechanical Site Prep entails driving buldozers to and fro across the hillsides and scrapeing the organic matter into piles for later burning. This has been nicknamed "Tractor Derby" and utterly destroys the topsoil. For this to be happening during the rainy winter season is even more alarming considering the potential for soil to be washed into watercourses.

Forest Conditions:
Mixed age stands with Old Growth over 130 years old. "Merchantable Timber" Mostly Douglas Fir with some White Fir and Incense Cedar. "Non-Merchantable" (to be trashed) Big Leaf Maple, Several Oak Species, Madrone.
Some of the area appears to have been partially thinned in the past while others appear to be un-entered.

Major Concerns:
Proposes cutting closer than usual to streams.
Removal of Old-Growth. Clearcutting on unstable slopes.
Tractor Yarding.
Mechanical Site Prep "Tractor Derby".
Tractor Yarding and Mechanical Site Prep during the winter season.

According to the CDF website the public comment period for this plan has not yet closed. (although it says they expected it to close on April 24th.)

you can send comment letters on individual logging plans to California Department of Forestry at;


California Department of Forestry
attn. forest practice
135 Ridgeway Ave.
Santa Rosa, Ca. 9540


At 7/02/2006 09:17:00 PM, Blogger Heraldo said...

Thanks for the concise info.

At 7/02/2006 09:58:00 PM, Blogger saf said...

No prob. Thanks for the feedback.

At 7/06/2006 06:23:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This THP went to 2nd review at CDF today. It was "recommended for approval" by Fortuna CDF but after an 11th hour call from Santa Rosa CDF regarding unresolved herbicide issues, the decision was reversed. Further review of the plan will be necessary and the public comment period will remain open.

At 7/17/2006 06:10:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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