Sunday, August 23, 2015

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log near Stirling City NE of Chico, CA.

PANORAMIC Photo By ExButte Sheriff
THP 2-15-051 BUT (Preacher THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 459 acres; 81% clearcut, 19% selection, 1% roadside logging.  Chippy Spur, Fall Creek, Dogwood Creek, Big Kimshaw Creek (MD: T23N R4E Sec.1, 2, 11, 13, 14; T24N R4E Sec.11, 12, 14, 15, 22, 23, 27).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, steep roads, 7 unstable areas, 63 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, 6 CA spotted owls within 1.3 mi, 2 goshawk territories within 1.3 mi, 6 sensitive plant species, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 09/17/15. VIEW

This THP is about 17 miles NE of Chico, CA and about 1.5 miles NE of Stirling City, CA at an elevation of 3,400 to 5,640 feet.  The THP area is close to Kimshaw Falls, and Butte Meadows which are popular destinations for local hikers, fisherman and campers. Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in ponderosa pine, sugar pine, Douglas fir, white fir and incense cedar forests.  There are 7 unstable areas including 3 slides caused by a non functional class IV watercourse, a slide caused by poor fill placement off the P line road, and fill failures off the outside edge of the 210U7.1 and 160U roads.  SPI wants to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging, and use an existing steep road segment that exceeds 15% grade for over 500 feet.  63 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  There are 2 goshawk territories in section 11, and 6 CA spotted owl territories within 1.3 mi.  Butte county morning glory was found in sections 13, 21, 27, 29, Mildred’s clarkia was found in sections 13, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, Mosquin’s clarkia was found in section 22, Giant checkerbloom was found in section 14, Brownish beaked rush was found in section 12, and Closed throated beardtongue was found in sections 1, 11, and 18. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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