Thursday, November 17, 2016

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log NW of Burney, CA.

PANORAMIC Photo By pit5johnny
THP 2-16-063 SHA (Goose THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 270 acres; 100% clearcut logging.  Canyon Creek, Roaring Creek, Goose Creek (MD: T35N R1E Sec.1, 2, 11, 12; T35N R2E Sec.5, 6).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, wet areas, herbicides, CA spotted owl, fisher, goshawk, bald eagle, osprey, English peak greenbriar, hot rock daisy, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/31/16. VIEW

This THP is about 7 miles NW of Burney, CA and 3 miles north of Highway 299 near the Hatchet Mountain Windmill Farm.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a clearcut tractor based logging operation in ponderosa pine, Douglas fir, white fir, sugar pine and incense cedar forests at an elevation of 3,800 to 5,400 feet elevation.  There are 4 springs and wet areas within the THP area in units 1B, 1E and 2A.  Pacific fisher have been reported in sections 1 and 10, historic (1993 - 1995) goshawk nest locations have been reported in section 4, and willow flycatcher habitat is located in sections 6, 9 and 10.  Osprey have been reported at nearby Lake Margaret, and bald eagles have been reported at Lake Margaret with nesting activity in sections 5 and 8, including a 2006 nest in section 5 within .25 miles of unit 5C.  There are historic (1989) reports of CA spotted owl nesting territories in sections 7 and 33 which were altered by the 1992 Fountain Fire.  English peak greenbriar was found adjacent to a wet area on the south side of unit 6A, and Hot rock daisy was found in the NE corner of unit 11B.

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