Sunday, February 18, 2007

New SPI Logging Plan In Yager/Owl Creek 426 acres.

SPI brings another logging plan into the mix with their new Timber Harvest Plan "North Redwood House THP". This plan is located off of Redwood House Road in the mountains east of Bridgeville. There are units next to Bootjack Prarie near Owl Creek grove, one of the Headwaters groves purchased by the State Parks System. There appears to be areas of un-entered forest in some of the units.

Plan Details-

Main Concerns

Use of clearcutting and "Rehab" ( a euphamism for clearcutting)

Herbicide use likely in Clearcut and "Rehab" areas.

Red tree voles nest signs present (resin ducts) in unit 9d at four way road construction and 16a clearcut unit.
Both trees to be removed.

'Tractor Yarding"- Bulldozers dragging fallen trees to the log decks.

Other Issues

The company makes no direct assessment of conifer species present.

The plan document states that there plan area contains "decadent and deformed trees of value to wildlife". This often means large old trees with gnarly branches and non-uniform trunks.

Tree species seen first hand during brief visit- Douglas Fir, Tanoak, Liveoak?, Madrone.

Ground based yarding, cable and tractor, skidder, feller buncher

131 acres of clearctting

70 acres of rehab (clearcutting and herbicide use to remove hardwoods)

160 acres seed tree removal

55 acres selection

total 425 acres

Units adjacent to Bootjack Prarie in the Owl Creek drainage. Upper headwaters of Yager Creek.

Public Comment
You can send comment letters on this logging plan (#1-07-021) to California Department of Forestry at;


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


At 2/19/2007 10:41:00 PM, Blogger Carson Park Ranger said...

What would herbicides used for in the lumber industry?

At 2/20/2007 01:01:00 PM, Blogger saf said...

Thanks for asking.

Lumber companies use herbicide to eliminate competition for the coniferous trees they plant. They usually kill grasses and hardwood species like Tanoak and Madrone that grow fast in disturbed areas. They often mix herbicides like Garlon with diesel fuel so that it will stick to foliage better.


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