Friday, December 19, 2014

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

PANORAMIO Photo By ExButte Sheriff
THP 2-14-106 PLU (North Valley 14 THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 405 acres; 87% clearcut, 12% selection, 1% roadside logging.  North Valley Creek, Swamp Creek, Lockerman Creek, Crane Valley (MD: T24N R5E Sec.9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 27, 28, 32, 33, 34).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, 2 unstable areas, road failure sites, 68 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, chips creek roadless area, wet areas, herbicides, oversized units, 2 CA spotted owls within 1.3 mi, 4 sensitive plant species, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/18/15. VIEW

This THP is about 22 miles west of Quincy, CA and about 5 miles east of Stirling City, CA near Highway 70.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor based logging operation in Douglas fir, sugar pine, ponderosa pine and incense cedar forests at an elevation of 4,000 to 5,120 feet.  The THP area flows into the North Fork of the Feather River above Lake Oroville.  Section 9 is adjacent to the Chips Creek Roadless Area.  There are 2 unstable areas including a steep unstable slope near a watercourse within unit 2, a fill failure on the edge of a road, and multiple misc road failure sites including washed out crossings, fill failures and cutbank failures. SPI is planning to use an existing skid trail that runs parallel to a class II (mid sized) watercourse in unit 22, an existing landing inside a class I (year round) watercourse in unit 22, and wants to re-construct an existing truck road within a class I watercourse in unit 14.  They also want to use heavy equipment on an existing landing and skid road within class I and class II watercourses, and use multiple existing road segments in class I, class II and class III (intermittent) watercourses for hauling.  Over 6,050 feet of temporary road construction is planned, including 1,713 feet of road re-construction.  68 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and re-construction of washed out crossings.  Coleman’s piperia was found near unit 11, giant checkerbloom was found inside or near units 20, 22, 13, and 18, moonwort was found in unit 2, and Clifton’s eremogone was found throughout the THP area. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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