Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log SE of Eagle Lake, CA.

PANORAMIO Photo By LakeBound Now
THP 2-16-078 LAS (Rounders THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 383 acres; 95% clearcut, 4% selection, 1% roadside logging.  Round Valley, Murrers Upper Meadow (MD: T31N R11E Sec.23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 35, 36; T31N R12E Sec.19).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 60%, 35 road drainage work sites, herbicides, bald eagle, greater sandhill crane, Susanville beardtongue, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/20/16. VIEW

This THP is about 6 miles north of Susanville, CA and Highway 44, and about 3 miles SE of Eagle Lake at an elevation of 5,400 to 6,520 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in Douglas fir, white fir, ponderosa pine, sugar pine, Jeffrey pine and incense cedar forests.  SPI is planning to construct new temporary roads under 500 feet without pre designation or pre flagging.  35 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  There is a bald eagle nesting territory 900 feet east of unit 3 and 1,025 feet north of unit 2, and another bald eagle territory 2,280 feet SW of unit 1.  Greater sandhill cranes have been spotted in meadow areas around Coleman Lake along the SD Line haul road near the THP area, and at Round Valley Reservoir east of the THP area.  Susanville beardtongue was found in sections 22, 23, 24, 27 and 30.

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