Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log near Eagle Lake and Susanville.

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THP 2-15-038 LAS (Big Merrill THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 276 acres; 99% clearcut, 1% roadside logging.  Hog Flat Reservoir, Big Merrill Flat (MD: T30N R10E Sec.5, 6; T31N R10E Sec.32, 33).  Winter operations, low erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, 2 CA spotted owl territories within 1.3 mi, 7 goshawk territories within 1.3 mi, historic osprey nest within .5 mi, trees up to 125 years old.  Estimated public comment deadline: 08/06/15. VIEW

This THP is about 8 miles NE of Susanville, CA and about 3 miles south of Eagle Lake at an elevation of 5,760 to 6,360 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a clearcut tractor based logging operation in white fir, ponderosa pine sugar pine, incense cedar and Douglas fir forests.  The THP area is along the north side of Highway 44, near McCoy and Hogs Flat Reservoirs.  SPI wants to be able to construct short spur roads up to 500 feet to access units without pre-designation.  An historic (1971) osprey nest was reported to be within .5 mi of the THP area within section 33, and there are 7 goshawk territories; 3 of which are located near the THP area, and 4 territories south of highway 44. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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