Thursday, December 18, 2014

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log east of Quincy, CA.

PANORAMIO Photo By ExButte Sheriff
THP 2-14-103 PLU (Long Valley THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 393 acres; 64% clearcut, 22% commercial thin, 6% selection, 6% sanitation-salvage, 2% roadside logging.  Happy Valley (MD: T23N R12E Sec.3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9; T24N R12E Sec.33).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 60%, 14 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, 3 CA spotted owls within 1.3 mi, scalloped moonwort, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/09/15. VIEW

This THP is about 12 miles SE of Quincy, CA and 3 miles NE of Cromberg, CA and Highway 70. Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor logging operation in ponderosa pine, Jeffrey pine, white fir and incense cedar forests at an elevation of 5,100 to 6,700 feet.  The THP area flows into the Middle Fork of the Feather River which is listed as an impaired watershed.  14 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair/replacement and bridge and water hole construction.  Scalloped moonwort was found at multiple locations (springs, streams, meadows) throughout the THP area. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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