Monday, August 26, 2013

W.M. Beaty & Associates to log high on the Sierra crest in the Lassen area.

PANORAMIO Photo By CrazyCooter
2-13-044-SHA (Huckleberry THP) W.M. Beaty & Associates, 1893 acres; 97% group selection, 3% no-harvest logging.  Dry Burney Creek, Huckleberry (MD: T33N R2E Sec.14, 15, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 35, 36). Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, 2 CA spotted owls within 1.3mi, fisher sighting, 3 goshawks within 1.3 mi, cascade frog sightings within 1.5 mi, coopers hawk nest, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 09/28/13.

This THP is about 12 miles SW of Burney, CA, at a fairly high elevation of 4,730 to 5,870 feet near the Sierra crest.  W.M. Beaty & Associates is planning a tractor based logging operation in mixed conifer stands consisting of ponderosa pine, sugar pine, lodgepole pine, incense cedar, Douglas fir and white fir.  There are 14 road drainage work sites including rocking, dip construction and culvert maintenance, and a landing is proposed for use adjacent to a wet area.  There were several wildlife sightings in the THP area including; a Cooper's hawk nest found in section 25 in 2013, a pacific fisher sighting in section 27, three goshawk nest sites in section 26, and a CA spotted owl nesting pair that fledged young in 2010 and 2013 in section 25. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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