Thursday, July 14, 2016

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log east of Red Bluff, CA.

PANORAMIC Photo By ExButte Sheriff
THP 2-16-026 TEH (Two Barrel THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 766 acres; 78% clearcut, 22% fuelbreak, 1% selection, misc roadside logging.  Panther Spring (MD: T27N R2E Sec.3, 4, 5; T28N R2E Sec.29, 31, 32, 33, 34).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, 168 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, chinook watershed, CA spotted owl, goshawk, Sanborn's onion, trees up to 48" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 08/05/16. VIEW

This THP is about 22 miles NE of Red Bluff, CA and about 8 miles SE of Paynes Creek and Highway 36 at an elevation of 2,800 to 4,000 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor based logging operation in white fir, sugar pine, incense cedar and ponderosa pine forests.  A new road is proposed inside a class III (seasonal) watercourse to access the Tail Holt Spring, and temporary roads are proposed for use during the winter period.  SPI also wants to construct so called "jump roads" under 500 feet in length as needed without flagging to access units.  168 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  There are 3 cave sites near unit 54 that were inspected for Townsend's big eared bats with negative results. A California spotted owl territory and northern goshawk territory were reported in section 2, and Sanborn's onion was found in section 31.

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