Thursday, November 6, 2014

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut north of Bieber, CA


PANORAMIO Photo By Tim Wilson/BleuzCattStudio
THP 2-14-091 MOD (Armentrout THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 2,604 acres; 74% clearcut, 26% fuel break logging.  Upper Roberts Reservoir, Webb Flat Reservoir, Armentrout Flat, Ben Eberli Waterhole (MD: T40N R6E Sec.1; T40N R7E Sec.5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 17; T41N R6E Sec.13, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 34, 35, 36; T41N R7E Sec.7, 8, 17, 18, 19, 20, 29, 30, 31, 32).  Winter operations, low erosion hazard, slopes up to 15%, oversized units, herbicides, goshawk sightings within unit 119C, bald eagle and great blue heron sightings within 1.3 mi, osprey and greater sandhill crane sightings within 1.7 mi, 10 sensitive plant species, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/30/14.  VIEW

This THP is about 16 miles north of Bieber, CA and Highway 299 at an elevation of 4,240 to 4,560 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor based logging operation in ponderosa pine, white fir and incense cedar forests. 18 goshawk sightings were reported from within unit 119C to 1.9 miles from the THP area.  There is an osprey within 1.7 mi in section 14, a bald eagle within 1.3 mi in section 14, and a great blue heron was reported to within 1.3 mi in section 3.  Five greater sandhill cranes were reported between 1,253 feet to 1.7 mi from the THP area.  10 sensitive plant species were found in the THP area including; longbeard mariposa lily, disappearing monkey flower, Greene's tuctoria, slender Orcutt grass, Castlegar hawthorne, Mountain Lady's Slipper, Susanville milk vetch, Sierra beardtongue, profuse flowered pogogyne and California golden banner.

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