Sunday, August 2, 2015

Sierra Pacific Industries to build a fuel break along Highway 32 NE of Chico, CA.


PANORAMIC Photo By randallstone
THP 2-15-046 BUT (Humboldt Fuelbreak) Sierra Pacific Industries, 980 acres; 94% fuelbreak, 6% selection logging.  Carpenter Ridge, Ninemile Creek, Campbell Creek, Upper Little Chico Creek, Bear Lake, Cascade Creek, Transfer, Bolt Creek, Bull Creek (MD: T24N R3E Sec.9, 16, 29; T25N R3E Sec.1, 2, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 22, 27, 28, 33; T26N R3E Sec.25, 36; T26N R4E Sec.6, 7, 15, 16, 19, 20, 21, 29, 30).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, 25 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, chinook watershed, 16 CA spotted owls within 1.3 mi, 3 goshawk territories within 1.3 mi, nightblooming false bindweed, Hall’s rupertia, trees up to 64” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 08/17/15. VIEW

SPI is planning a fuelbreak that parallels Highway 32 from Forest Ranch to Lomo, and then along Humboldt Road from Lomo to Butte Meadows, including 57 acres of selection logging around the Camp Lassen Boy Scout Camp.  The THP will be tractor based, and includes 2,700 feet of new road construction, and 1,600 feet of road re-construction in Douglas fir, ponderosa pine, sugar pine, incense cedar and white fir forests at elevations ranging from 3,040 to 5,320 feet.  25 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction and culvert repair/replacement.  There are 3 goshawk territories within 1.3 mi, including a goshawk territory within .25 mi of unit 2, and 16 CA spotted owl territories.  Nightblooming false bindweed and Hall’s rupertia were found in the THP area.  The southern portion of this THP overlaps SPI’s new Cedar Branch THP 2-15-047 BUT. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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