Monday, November 4, 2013

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut near Whitmore, CA and Kilarc Reservoir.


PANORAMIO Photo By jima5
THP 2-13-078 SHA (Cow THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 574 acres; 85% clearcut, 10% selection, 5% roadside logging.  Buckhorn, Coal Gulch, Tucker, Fern (MD: T33N R1E Sec.25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 32, 33, 34, 35). Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes, steep roads, landslide terrain, wet area, 40 road drainage work sites, oversized units, herbicides, osprey nest near unit 27H, foothill yellow legged frog within 1,700 ft, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/01/13.

This THP is about a dozen miles north of Shingletown near the town of Whitmore, CA and Kilarc Reservoir at an elevation of 2,560 to 4,480 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor based logging operation in ponderosa pine, Douglas fir, sugar pine, white fir, and incense cedar forests.  There are 7 small unstable areas and 9 larger unstable areas; 5 of which are within THP units including hummocky ground, slumped ground, steep scarps and an overtopping of the Kilarc Ditch.  Three areas of skid trails and/or landings are proposed for use within a class II watercourse in unit 26B, and reconstruction of a portion of road is proposed below unit 27I that has a grade greater than 15% for 450 feet.  Units 25B, 27D, 28A, 33A are oversized, and there are 40 road drainage sites planned for work including rocking, dip construction, and culvert repair or replacement.  An osprey nest is located just north of unit 27H on Old Cow Creek, and foothill yellow legged frogs were reported to be 1,700 feet away from the THP area in Old Cow Creek below the Kilarc Powerhouse.  Butte County fritillary populations were located in units 29B, 29C, 32A, 32B and 33A. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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