|PANORAMIC Photo By David RP|
This THP is about a dozen miles NE of Chico, CA near Paradise Lake and Stirling City at an elevation of 2,560 to 3,600 feet. Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut and fuel break tractor and cable logging operation in ponderosa pine, sugar pine, white fir, Douglas fir and incense cedar forests. There are 4 unstable areas including 2 areas of hydraulic mining wash, an unstable area on PID property, and a possible soapstone mining area. SPI wants to construct 100 feet of skid trail through a watercourse area adjacent to Paradise Lake in section 18, and re-construct a seasonal spur road and drafting pad near a class I (year round) watercourse, and a seasonal spur road and drafting pad near a class II (mid sized) watercourse. 21 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings. There is 1 osprey nest adjacent to Paradise Lake Dam, and an unoccupied historic osprey nesting snag in unit 500. Two pacific fisher denning sites are located approximately 1 mile away in sections 7 and 32, and one sharp shinned hawk nest is located within unit 500-T in section 12. Six CA spotted owl nesting territories are located within 1.3 miles of the THP area. There were 5 sensitive plant species reported including: butte county morning glory found in sections 26, 35, true’s manzanita found in sections 6, 35, Sanborn’s onion found in section 12, butte county fritillary found in sections 12, 7 and cascara buckthorn found in section 12.