Thursday, June 25, 2015

Sierra Pacific Industries to log east of Feather Falls and Lake Oroville


PANORAMIO Photo By Aaron Nuffer
THP 2-15-031 BUT (Patches THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 982.1 acres; 74% commercial thin, 12% clearcut, 10% seed tree, 4% rehab logging.  Frey Creek, Lower Sucker Run, Upper Sucker Run (MD: T20N R6E Sec.1, 12, 13; T20N R7E Sec.4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 18).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, 3 unstable areas, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, oversized units, mine shaft, 21 road drainage work sites, 5 CA spotted owls within 1.3 mi, Humboldt lily, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 07/08/15. VIEW

This THP is about 16 miles NE of Oroville, CA and a few miles NE of the town of Feather Falls at an elevation of 3,080 to 4,000 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a tractor based logging operation in ponderosa pine, sugar pine, Douglas fir, white fir and incense cedar forests. There are 3 unstable areas adjacent to THP units in sections 6 and 7, and a mine shaft in unit T-6.  SPI is requesting an exemption from the Butte County Air Resources Board to be able to log inside an area known to have naturally occurring asbestos.  They also want to use an existing landing inside a class II (mid-sized) watercourse, and an existing skid trail and landing near a class II wet area.  21 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and repair/replacement of culverts.  There is a spotted owl territory adjacent to unit T-2 in section 5, and Humboldt lily was reported to be adjacent to unit T-6. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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