Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Sierra Pacific Industries planning a 28 mile long fuel break east of Red Bluff, CA.

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THP 2-14-102 TEH (The Line THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 1,193 acres; 99% fuel break, 1% roadside logging. McCarty Creek, Judd Creek, Panther Spring, Plum Creek, Chapman Gulch, Refuge, Deadhorse Creek (MD: T27N R2E Sec.1, 2, 3; T28N R1E Sec.1; T28N R2E Sec.6, 7, 8, 14, 15, 16, 17, 21, 23, 25, 26, 34, 35, 36; T28N R3E Sec.31; T29N R2E Sec.31, 32).  Winter operations, low erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, 39 road drainage work sites, herbicides, chinook watershed, wet area, 2 CA spotted owls within 2.7 mi, 4 goshawk territories within 1 mi, mingan moonwort, trees up to 125 years old.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/09/15. VIEW

This THP is about 25 miles NE of Red Bluff, CA and about 8 miles SE of Paynes Creek and Highway 36 at an elevation of 2,840 to 5,440 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a 28 mile long fuel break utilizing tractor and cable logging methods in white fir, sugar pine, Douglas fir, ponderosa pine and incense cedar forests.  The THP area flows towards Paynes Creek which contains steelhead and spring run chinook salmon. SPI is proposing an exception to the rules to be able to log inside watercourses for fuels reduction and reduce the core zone of a class I watercourse (year round) from 30 feet to 25 feet at certain locations within 8 named streams, 1 unnamed stream and 23 class III (intermittent) watercourses. Logging in watercourse areas drys out stream beds, removes wildlife cover (large trees, snags, etc), and reduces shading for fish species.  Sierra Pacific Industries wants to construct short temporary roads under 500 feet without pre-designation for log hauling and landing access, and they want to construct a seasonal road and water drafting pad inside a class II watercourse.  39 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, and culvert repair/replacement.  There are 4 goshawk territories including the Lyman Springs territory within the THP area, and 3 goshawk territories .25 mi, .5 mi and 2.4 miles from THP units.  Mingan moonwort was found below a road in section 36. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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