Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log NE of Oroville, CA.


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THP 2-15-085 BUT (Buck THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 411 acres; 52% clearcut, 44% commercial thin, 4% selection, misc roadside logging. Coyote Gap, Mtn. House Creek, Bush Creek, Marble Creek, Kelly Reservoir (MD: T22N R6E Sec.3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 15, 16; T23N R6E Sec.33).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 60%, 14 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, 3 CA spotted owls within 1.3 mi, marten sighting within 1 mi, red tailed hawk nest within .25 mi, 4 sensitive plant species, trees up to 120 years old.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/25/15. VIEW

This THP is about 18 miles NE of Oroville, CA and about 18 miles SW of Quincy, CA at an elevation of 3,840 to 5,080 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a tractor based logging operation in white fir, sugar pine, ponderosa pine, Douglas fir and incense cedar forests.  The use of existing watercourse crossings is planned inside class I (year round) and class II (mid sized) watercourses.  14 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction and culvert repair/replacement.  There is a red tailed hawk nest within .25 mi of the THP area in section 11, and a pacific marten was reported within 1 mi of the THP area in section 28.  Giant checker bloom was found in sections 3, 4, 10, 13, 15, 33, 51 (within/near units 4, 5, 6, 17, 20), Clifton’s eremogone was found in sections 2 and 33, Mildred’s clarkia was found in sections 10 and 14 (within units 7, 9, 11), and Mosquin’s clarkia was found in sections 3, 4, 15, 33 (near/within units 1, 5, 7, 8, 17, 22). More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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