Friday, October 3, 2014

Soper Wheeler Company planning a new THP near Bullards Bar Reservoir.

PANORAMIO Photo By Mr. Goose Skin
THP 2-14-064 YUB (Slapback THP) Soper Wheeler Company, 2,488 acres; 30% sanitation salvage, 22% group selection, 20% commercial thin, 18% clearcut, 9% shelterwood, 3% seed tree logging.  Costa Creek, Frenchtown, Brandy Creek, Indian Creek, Oroleve Creek, Lewis Flat, Little Oregon Creek, New Bullards Bar Reservoir, Keystone Creek (MD: T18N R7E Sec.5, 6, 8; T19N R6E Sec.36; T19N R7E Sec.3, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 20, 28, 31; T19N R8E Sec.23, 24; T20N R7E Sec.34, 35).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, 1 unstable area, 63 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, 7 CA spotted owls within 1.3 mi, goshawk within 1 mi, foothill yellow legged frog within 1 mi, CA red legged frog within 1.5 mi, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 10/11/14. VIEW

This THP is north and west of Bullards Bar Reservoir and Highway 49 in Yuba County.  The Soper Wheeler Company is planning a tractor based logging operation in ponderosa pine, sugar pine, Douglas fir, white fir and incense cedar forests at an elevation of 2,400 to 3,900 feet.  A small unstable area 150 feet long by 50 feet wide is located in section 15.  63 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction and culvert repair/replacement.  There is a CA red legged frog 1.5 mi east of the project area at Little Oregon Creek, a foothill yellow frog 1 mi west of the THP area at Oroleve Creek, and a goshawk territory is located 1 mi north of the THP area at Moorville Ridge. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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