Thursday, November 17, 2016

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

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THP 2-16-071 MOD (Alderman THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 476 acres; 99% clearcut, 1% roadside logging.  Alderman Ridge (MD: T38N R6E Sec.1; T38N R7E Sec.6; T39N R6E Sec.13, 24, 25, 26, 36; T39N R7E Sec.31).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, herbicides, northern goshawk, bald eagle, greater sandhill crane, 5 sensitive plant species, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/07/16. VIEW

This THP is about 3 miles SW of Lookout, CA and about 4 miles NW of Bieber, CA and Highway 299 at an elevation of 4,200 to 5,000 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a clearcut tractor based logging operation in white fir, ponderosa pine, sugar pine and incense cedar forests.  There is a goshawk territory .75 miles north of the THP area in section 12, a a bald eagle territory .8 miles from the nearest harvest unit in section 30, and 2 sandhill cranes were observed foraging along Widow Valley Creek in section 24.  5 sensitive plant species were reported including; Silvery false lupine in units 13A, 24A, 24E and 26A, Sierra beardtongue in unit 24E, Egg lake monkey flower in unit 24E, Disappearing monkey flower in unit 24E (also between units 25A and 25C), and Long haired star tulip in section 25.

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