Friday, November 1, 2013

Soper Wheeler Company planning THP near Cromberg and the Feather River.

PANORAMIO Photo By theutiman
THP 2-13-071 PLU (Polar II THP) Soper Wheeler Company, 3167 acres; 53% group selection, 14% sanitation salvage, 14% commercial thinning, 11% shelterwood, 4% selection, 3% clearcut, 2% rehab 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, 34, 35, 36).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, unstable areas, herbicides, impaired 303.d watershed, smith creek pack trail, 4 CA spotted owls within 1.3mi, bald eagle within 2.5 mi, trees up to 40" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/17/13.

This THP is about 12 miles SE of Quincy, CA and about 3 miles south of the community of Cromberg, CA and Highway 70.  Soper Wheeler Company is planning a tractor based logging operation in ponderosa pine, sugar pine, Douglas fir, white fir and incense cedar at an elevation of 4,600 to 5,200 feet.  Five landings are proposed for use in class I watercourses, 12 skid roads are planned for use in class I and class II watercourses, and 5 tractor crossings are proposed for use in class II watercourses.  131 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair and replacement, and ditch cleaning.  The Smith Creek Pack Trail traverses the THP area between Smith Lake and the town of Mohawk, and is commonly used by mountain bikers.  Willow flycatcher habitat exists along Poplar Creek and Poplar Valley Road, and there is 1 goshawk territory within section 33.  This THP is adjacent to Soper Wheeler Company’s Poplar III THP 2-13-017 PLU. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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