Monday, October 20, 2014

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log near Big Bend, CA.

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THP 2-14-076 SHA (Snow Cabin THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 594 Acres; 80% clearcut, 16% fuelbreak, 3% shelterwood, 1% roadside logging.  Indian Creek, Devils Canyon, Stump Creek (MD: T37N R1E Sec.4, 5, 8, 9, 17, 19, 20, 29).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 60%, herbicides, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, 2 spotted owls within 1.3 mi, goshawk territory within 1 mi, trees over 40" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/08/14. VIEW

This THP is about a dozen miles NW of Burney, CA, and about 1.5 miles NE of Big Bend, CA at an elevation of 2,600 to 4,600 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in sugar pine, ponderosa pine, white fir, incense cedar and Douglas fir forests.  Tractors are proposed for use in areas designated for cable logging within units 5B, 5C and 5E, and within unstable areas in units 5C, 5E, 8B, 9A, 9B and 9C.  SPI also wants to re-construct an existing road inside a class II (medium sized) watercourse, and use tractors on slopes over 50% grade that do not flatten before reaching a watercourse in units 9A, 9B and 9C.  There is 1 goshawk territory within 1 mi of the THP area in section 9. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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