Sunday, October 2, 2016

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log east of Lake Oroville.

PANORAMIC Photo of Ponderosa Reservoir By wkuykendall
THP 2-16-043 BUT (Grasses THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 19 acres; 100% clearcut logging.  Ponderosa Reservoir, Daken Flat (MD: T19N R6E Sec.10).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 40%, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, goshawk, trees up to 140 years old.  Estimated public comment deadline: 10/28/16. VIEW

This THP is about 14 miles east of Oroville, CA and about 1.25 miles west of Forbestown, CA at an elevation of 3,200 to 3,321 feet.  The THP area is 2 miles from Lake Oroville, and 1.7 miles upstream from Ponderosa Lake, a popular fishing destination.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a clearcut tractor based logging operation in ponderosa pine, sugar pine, incense cedar, Douglas fir and white fir forests.  There is a radio transmission tower adjacent to the THP area, and a goshawk sighting was reported nearby.  Three CA spotted owl territories are located within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

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