Friday, June 7, 2013

Collins Pine to log south of Lassen National Park


PANORAMIO Photo By nick cote
THP 2-13-021 TEH (Mesa THP) Collins Pine, 1582 acres; 100% group selection logging.  Carter Creek, State Creek, Gurnsey Creek (MD: T28N R4E Sec.13, 23, 24; T28N R5E Sec.16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 60%, 70 road drainage work sites, herbicides, Chinook watershed, 12 CA spotted owls within 1.3mi, 2 osprey nest sites, goshawk sightings within .5mi, scattered trees over 40" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 07/17/13.

This THP is about 6 miles SE of the town of Mineral, CA on the Sierra crest at an elevation of 4,500 to 5,700 feet near Lassen National Park.  Collins Pine Company is planning a 100% group selection tractor and cable logging operation in mixed conifer stands.  70 road drainage work sites are proposed including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair and replacement, and 3 spur roads are proposed within streamside areas.  The THP area has a rich history of wildlife sightings including; 2 osprey nest sites within the THP, 4 more osprey nests nearby, 7 goshawk territories nearby, 1 goshawk sighting within .5mi, a black backed woodpecker sighting within .5 mi of the THP, 10 Sierra Nevada red fox sightings and 3 willow flycatcher sightings nearby, multiple fisher and great blue heron sightings nearby, a great gray owl sighting in Childs Meadow and Greater Sandhill crane sightings nearby in Deer Creek Meadows, and finally the lone wolf OR-7 was sighted in the general area. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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