Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Soper Wheeler Company planning THP near mountain bike trail by Feather River

PANORAMIO Photo By theutiman
THP 2-13-017 PLU (Poplar III THP) Soper Wheeler Company, 2688 acres; 55% group selection, 17% sanitation-salvage, 12% commercial thin, 5% shelterwood, 5% rehab, 4% selection, 2% clearcut logging.  Poplar Creek, Jackson Creek, Smith Creek, Eureka Creek (MD: T22N R11E Sec.2, 3; T22N R12E Sec.17, 19, 20; T23N R11E Sec.21, 22, 23, 25, 26, 27, 28, 33, 34, 35, 36).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, 141 road drainage work sites, herbicides, 4 CA spotted owls within 1.3mi, goshawk within 1.3mi, trees up to 140 years old.  Estimated public comment deadline: 06/03/13.  

This THP is about 12 miles SE of Quincy, CA and about 3 miles SE of the community of  Cromberg, CA. Soper Wheeler Company is planning a ground based logging operation in mixed conifer stands at an elevation of 4,600 to 5,200 feet.  The plan includes the proposed use of 18 skid trails near class I streams, 4 landings near class I streams, 11 skid trails near class II streams, 6 landings near class II streams, and the use of skid trails, roads and landings adjacent to class III streams during the winter period.  Rehab logging is also planned to remove oaks and brush species and to re-plant with conifers.  The Smith Creek Pack Trail traverses the THP area between Smith Lake and the town of Mohawk, and is commonly used by mountain bikers.  There is 1 goshawk territory nearby on adjacent Forest Service lands. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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