Friday, February 8, 2013

Soper Wheeler Company planning THP high on the Sierra Crest


PANORAMIO Photo By Sixtringr
THP 2-13-006 PLU (High Country THP) Soper Wheeler Company, 2778 acres; 70% group selection, 16% sanitation salvage, 12% shelterwood, 2% rehab, 1% clearcut logging.  Little Grass Valley Reservoir, Onion Valley Creek, Claremont Creek, Bagget Gulch, Rabbit Creek, Cleghorn Bar (MD: T21N R9E Sec.2, 3, 4; T22N R9E Sec.15, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 34, 35; T23N R9E Sec.25, 26, 35, 36; T23N R10E Sec.30, 31).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, 38 road drainage work sites, wet area, impaired 303.d watershed, 12 CA spotted owls within 1.3mi, bald eagle within 1.5 mi, foothill yellow legged frog within 1 mi, adjacent to middle fork feather river roadless areas, pacific crest trail within .5mi, scattered large trees. Estimated public comment deadline: 03/14/13. 

This THP is about 10 miles SW of Quincy, CA, high up on the crest of the Sierra Nevada Range at an elevation of 5,100 - 6,700 feet.  Soper Wheeler Company is planning a mostly group selection tractor logging THP with some sanitation salvage and modified shelterwood logging.  They also will be logging in some nice high elevation red fir and lodgepole pine stands adjacent to the Middle Fork of the Feather River Roadless areas.  Section 15 is within a half mile of the Pacific Crest Trail, and a portion of the THP is close to Little Grass Valley Reservoir boat ramp and campground; a popular recreation area.  More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website. 


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