Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log near Feather Falls east of Lake Oroville.


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THP 2-16-090 BUT (Sucker THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 626 acres; 69% clearcut, 14% commercial thin, 11% fuelbreak, 5% selection, 1% roadside logging.  Ponderosa Reservoir, Lower Sucker Run (MD: T20N R6E Sec.13, 24; T20N R7E Sec.4, 7, 8, 9, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 29, 30).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, unstable area, 55 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, 6 sensitive plant species, CA spotted owl, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/23/17. VIEW

This THP is just south and east of the town of Feather Falls, CA and about 5 miles east of Lake Oroville at an elevation of 2,680 to 3,960 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in ponderosa pine, sugar pine, white fir, Douglas fir and incense cedar forests.  There is an unstable area in section 19 on either side of a class III (intermittent) watercourse in unit 4.  SPI is planning to use and construction roads/landings during the winter period, and construct 1.5 miles of fuel break along the E Line Road.  55 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  Humboldt lily was found in sections 24 and 29, Sanborn's onion was found in section 29, Sierra foothills brodiaea was found in sections 20 and 29, Mosquin's clarkia was found in section 29, sulphur flower buckwheat was found in sections 29 and 32, and Butte county fritillary was found in section 32.  There are 5 CA spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area, including spotted owl nesting territories in sections 6, 15, 17, and 19.

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