Thursday, August 31, 2017

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log NW of Lassen Volcanic National Park.


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THP 2-17-023 SHA (Texter THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 675 acres; 89% clearcut, 10% commercial thin, 1% roadside logging.  Bridges Creek (MD: T31N R2E Sec.1, 11, 12; T31N R3E Sec.4, 5, 6, 7, 8; T32N R2E Sec.36; MD: T32N R3E Sec.31, 32, 33).  Winter operations, low erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, 33 road drainage work sites, herbicides, meadow, oversized units, chinook watershed, CA spotted owl, northern goshawk, bald eagle, western pond turtle, butte county fritillary, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 09/21/17. VIEW

This THP is north of Highway 44 about 8 miles NW of Mt. Lassen, and about 12 miles NE of Shingletown, CA at an elevation of 4,100 to 5,600 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor based logging operation in ponderosa pine, sugar pine, incense cedar, Douglas fir and white fir forests.  33 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  There is a northern goshawk nest in section 34, approximately 1.25 miles east of the nearest harvest unit, and a western pond turtle was reported (2017) at Bridge Creek in section 11, approximately 1,250 feet from the nearest harvest unit.  A historic (1974) bald eagle was reported at Lake McCumber, 1.5 miles SW of the project area and osprey have been spotted foraging at Lake McCumber.  Butte County fritillary was found in section 6 adjacent to seasonal road 365.2, and near the terminus of a proposed road.  There are 2 CA spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area, including a CA spotted owl nest in section 30, 1.25 miles north of the nearest harvest unit, and also in section 36.

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