Monday, August 29, 2016

Sierra Pacific Industries to log east of Oroville, CA.


PANORAMIO By Mr Goose Skin
THP 2-16-040 YUB (Empire THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 316 acres; 76% group selection, 24% clearcut logging. Indian Creek, Mill Creek (MD: T19N R7E Sec.12, 13, 14).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, New Bullards Bar Reservoir, CA spotted owls, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 10/04/16. VIEW

This THP is about 6 miles NW of Camptonville, CA and about 20 miles east of Oroville, CA at an elevation of 2,700 to 3,400 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a tractor based logging operation in Douglas fir, ponderosa pine, sugar pine and white fir forests. The THP area flows into the New Bullards Bar Reservoir, a popular fishing, boating and swimming destination with 2 powerhouses and a campground.  SPI wants to construct an in-stream waterhole near a spring along Empire Creek, and re-construct an existing skid crossing through Empire Creek.  There are 3 CA spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area, including a CA spotted owl nesting territory within .1 mi of the THP area in section 12, and a CA spotted owl nesting territory within .73 mi of the THP area in section 23.

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