Thursday, August 31, 2017

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log NW of Eagle Lake and Susanville.

PANORAMIC Photo By jwkeene
THP 2-17-027 LAS (Harvey Camp THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 953 acres; 93% clearcut, 7% roadside logging.  Davis Creek (MD: T34N R8E Sec.17, 18, 20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36; T34N R9E Sec.29, 31).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, 30 road drainage work sites, herbicides, 6 seasonal lakes, northern goshawk, greater sandhill crane, 4 sensitive plant species, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 09/28/17. VIEW

This THP is about 14 miles NW of Eagle Lake and about 26 miles NW of Susanville, CA at an elevation of 5,280 to 6,400 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a clearcut tractor based logging operation in ponderosa pine, Jeffrey pine, white fir, license cedar and sugar pine forests.    There are 5 seasonal wet meadows/lakes including Straylor Lake, Long Lake, Shroder Lake, Bear Lake, Bear Valley Reservoir and Schoonamaker Lake in the area.  Five segments of roads are proposed for use inside class III (intermittent) watercourse areas, and the construction of temporary “jump” spur roads are proposed under 500 feet long without pre designation.  30 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  There are goshawk nest sites at the corner of sections 1 and 12, and sections 6 and 7 within 1 mile of proposed harvest units.  Greater sandhill cranes have been reported at Bear Valley Reservoir (.5 miles SW of the THP area, at Long Lake (1 mile NE of the THP area), and at Schroder Lake (.5 miles SW of the THP area).  Prairie woundwort was found near Harvey Camp Pond, Disappearing monkey flower was found on the southern edge of unit 32, Foothill arnica was found along the eastern edge of unit 2, and the SW edge of unit 17, and Egg Lake monkey flower was found 400 feet south of unit 17.  There is 1 CA spotted owl nesting territory within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

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