Sunday, August 24, 2014

La Tour State Forest planning THP NE of Shingletown, CA.

PANORAMIO Photo By CrazyCooter
THP 2-14-054 SHA (Mountain Cow THP) La Tour State Forest, 710 acres; 82% group selection, 9% variable retention, 5% shelterwood, 3% no-harvest, 1% roadside logging.  Beal, Huckleberry (MD: T32N R2E Sec.1; T32N R3E Sec.6; T33N R3E Sec.31).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, 21 road drainage work sites, herbicides, old cow creek campground, chinook watershed, 2 CA spotted owls within 1.3mi, fisher sighting in section 22, goshawk nest within 2 mi, pine marten sighting in section 7, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 09/18/14.  VIEW

This THP is about 13 miles NE of Shingletown, CA and Highway 44 at an elevation of 5,520 to 6,240 feet.  La Tour State Forest is planning a tractor and cable logging operation in ponderosa pine, sugar pine, jeffery pine, incense cedar, white fir, red fir, lodgepole pine, western white pine, and Douglas fir forests.  The THP area is near the crest of the Sierra and adjacent to Old Cow Creek Campground.  There are 4 unstable areas inside class I (year round) watercourses, and La Tour State Forest is planning to use 3 landings and associated roads inside a class III (intermittent) watercourse.  21 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction and culvert repair and replacement.  An historic goshawk nest was reported to be in section 2, and an active goshawk nest was reported to be 2 miles away from the THP area. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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