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”2016” Timber Sale

The proposed 24,096-acre Planning Area for the “2016” Timber Sale has been reduced to 10,444-acres and consists of the Pine creek, Soctish creek and Supply creek compartments in the south western area of the Hoopa Reservation.  The Reservation Boundary serves as the western boundaries of the Planning Area.  The eastern boundary follows Supply creek to its confluence with the Trinity river north along the Trinity to Soctish creek then west again to the Reservation bounday.  The Planning Area is all or portions of Sections 9,10,18,17,16,14,15,19,20,23,21,22, 30,29,28,27,26,32,33,31,34 and 35 - T8N R4E, Sections 19,17,6,5,4,3,8 and 7 - T7N R4E, in the Humboldt Base and Meridian.

The Planning Area includes designated “No Harvest” streamside protection, high-risk geology areas, archaeological protection and cultural “No Harvest” and Special Management Areas, spotted owl “No Harvest” protection areas, non-tribal fee lands and non-regenerable lands.  However, large portions of the combined Sale Area are designated for intensive forest management.  This Planning Area shall be referred to as the “2016” Timber Sale Area.

Prairie Restoration Project

The Hoopa Valley Tribe has several prairies which have over time been encroached by various non-prairie vegetation types due to the exclusion of burning.  However, as this has reduced the available habitat from some species historically found on the Reservation, there is a desire to return the prairies to a pre-fire exclusion condition.  In several of the prairies, the restoration can be accomplished mostly through re-application of fire.  However, there are prairies which have been more fully encroached by conifer species.  (Click on video below map to see animation of 100 Acre Prairie) These will require more extensive work to restore the native grasslands.  It is for these prairies that a environmental assessment is being conducted.  

There are five Prairies which will be the target of this project.  They are the 100-ac Prairie along 100-Acre Prairie Road, the Upper Grasshopper Prairie and lower Grasshopper Prairies on the western side of the Trinity River, the Bloody Camp Prairie in the former Van Hooten parcel north of the Reservation boundary, and the Pumpkin Prairie along the Reservation’s Northern Boundary. Within these five prairies there are 283.54 acres of encroached former prairie and 33.52 of grasslands.  The entire restoration project will yield 317.06 acres of prairie grassland, as described below.

The 100-Acre Prairie has over recorded history gone from a prairie 75 to 100 acres in size to a few small patches of grass in a young conifer stand.  Upper and Lower Grasshopper prairies are almost entirely closed.  These prairies were historically about 33 and 57 acres in size, respectively.  The Bloody Camp Prairie is approximately 70 percent overgrown, leaving 17.6 acres of the grass in the former 59.3 acre prairie.  The Pumpkin Prairie is also almost entirely overgrown, with only 5.8 acres of grasslands remaining of the formerly 93.9-acre prairie.  This project is an effort to restore these once vibrant prairies back into their prehistorically managed state.  

2012 Biomass Project

The Hoopa Valley Tribe has numerous acres of untreated second growth stands that are 30 years of age or older.  Due to the age of these stands, and the size of the vegetation, it has become impractical to treat them by hand.  However the Tribe receives Forest Development funds to treat these stands.

Throughout the forest industry, there are studies being conducted on how to efficiently utilize younger stands.  It is impractical to conduct timber stand improvement activities on these older stands and leave the slash within the forest, which increases fuel loading and raises the fire hazard.

The Hoopa Tribe is evaluating opportunities for installing a renewable energy plant within the boundaries of the Reservation.  As yet the Tribe has no experience in the field costs associated with biomass production.

Based on these three issues, Hoopa Tribal Forestry has proposed an experimental Timber Stand Improvement operation to assess Biomass production costs and/or to determine the most price efficient utilization of generated slash.

Prairie Restoration MAP “2016” Timber Sale Map MAP Biomass Project MAP 100_Acre_sml.wmv