Saturday, June 28, 2014

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log near Blacks Mountain Game Refuge.

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THP 2-14-038 LAS (Bear Valley THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 616 acres; 99% clearcut, 1% roadside logging.  Corders Reservoir (MD: T34N R7E Sec.14, 23, 25, 26, 35, 36; T34N R8E Sec.19, 29, 30, 31, 32).  Winter operations, low erosion hazard, slopes up to 35%, adjacent to Blacks Mountain State Game Refuge, oversized unit, herbicides, 2 goshawk territories within 2 mi, 3 sandhill cranes within .5 mi, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline:  07/17/14. VIEW

This THP is approx 14 miles NE of Old Station, CA near the Blacks Mountain Game Refuge and Bear Valley Reservoir in eastern Lassen County.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a clearcut tractor based logging operation in ponderosa pine and Jeffrey pine forests at an elevation of 5,840 to 6,680 feet.  They want to use temporary so called "jump roads" to access landings and clearcut units for log processing.  There is 1 goshawk nest site within 550 feet of unit 3, and 1 goshawk nest site approx 2 mi NE of the THP area.  Three sandhill crane sightings were reported within .5 mi of the THP area; including sightings at Bear Valley Reservoir, Schroder Lake and Busters Reservoir. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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