Monday, August 15, 2016

Roseburg Resources Company to clearcut log SW of Burney, CA.

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THP 2-16-031 SHA (Bluemill THP) Roseburg Resources Company, 534 acres; 95% clearcut, 2% roadside, 3% selection logging.  Mill Creek, Upper Oak Run Creek, Silver Lake (MD: T33N R1E Sec.2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 17).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, steep roads, 4 unstable areas, 25 road drainage work sites, chinook watershed, herbicides, cascade frog, rattlesnake fern, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 08/25/16. VIEW

This THP is about 25 miles NE of Redding, CA and about 10 miles SW of Burney, CA at an elevation of 3,420 to 4,960 feet.  Roseburg Resources Company is planning a clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in Douglas fir, white fir, incense cedar, sugar pine and ponderosa pine forests.  There are 4 unstable areas related to instability of slopes above a creek (class II mid sized) watercourse in units 304 and 400.  Roseburg Resources Company is planning to use tractors inside areas designated for cable logging to construct fire breaks and for site preparation activities.  25 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  Pacific fisher sightings were reported in sections 9 and 16 according to THP maps, and a cascade frog was reported to be 1.5 miles SW of the THP area at Silver Lake. There are western pond turtles 2 miles west of the THP area, and foothill yellow legged frogs were reported to be 2 miles south of the THP area.  Three populations of rattlesnake fern were reported; two in unit 404W, and one in unit 800W.

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