Sunday, August 2, 2015

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut along Highway 32 NE of Chico, CA.

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THP 2-15-047 BUT (Cedar Branch THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 608.5 acres; 91% clearcut, 8% selection, 1% roadside logging.  Carpenter Ridge, Timbered Crater, Bull Creek (MD: T24N R3E Sec.2, 3, 9, 10, 11, 15, 16; T25N R3E Sec.1, 11, 12, 14, 15, 22, 23, 26, 27, 34, 35).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, steep road, 35 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, mine shafts, herbicides, chinook watershed, 9 CA spotted owls within 1.3 mi, goshawk territory within .25 mi of units 11 and 12, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 08/17/15. VIEW

This THP is about a dozen miles NE of Chico, CA near Lomo and Highway 32.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in white fir, Douglas fir, sugar pine, ponderosa pine and incense cedar forests at an elevation of 2,320 to 4,360 feet.  SPI wants to use an existing landing inside a class I (year round) watercourse for the loading and cutting of logs inside unit 12, and construct 150 feet of seasonal road (Road 105 F) on steep slopes over 65% grade. There is a 30 year old mining feature in unit 21, and mine shafts near units 28 & 29.  35 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction and culvert repair/replacement.  There is a goshawk territory within .25 mi of units 11 and 12 inside section 22.  This THP overlaps the southern edge of SPI’s new Humboldt Fuelbreak THP 2-15-046 BUT. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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