Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Sierra Pacific Industries planning a pair of clearcut THPs NE of McCloud, CA.


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THP 2-17-038 SIS (Big Horse THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 389 acres; 100% clearcut logging.  Horse Peak, Harris Spring, Big Sand Flat (MD: T41N R1E Sec.11, 14, 23, 25, 26, 27, 35).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, herbicides, spotted owl, northern goshawk, scattered trees over 30” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/05/17. VIEW

This THP is about 18 miles NE of McCloud, CA and about 7 miles north of Bartle, CA and Highway 89.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a clearcut tractor based logging operation in white fir, sugar pine, ponderosa pine, Douglas fir, lodge pole pine and incense cedar forests at an elevation of 5,000 to 6,480 feet.  There are 4 goshawk nest sites including; a nest 600 feet NE of unit 25A in section 25, a nest site in section 21, a nest site in section 11, and a nest site in section 9.  Four spotted owl nesting territories are located within 1.3 miles of the THP area in sections 12 and 23.  This THP is just north of SPI’s South Buck THP 2-17-041 SIS.

THP 2-17-041 SIS (South Buck THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 628.2 acres; 98% clearcut, 1% roadside, 1% selection logging.  Bull Creek, Raccoon Creek, Dead Horse Canyon (MD: T40N R1E Sec.1, 3, 5, 11, 15; T41N R1E Sec.34, 35, 36).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, 4 road drainage work sites, oversized units, herbicides, spotted owl, northern goshawk, hot rock daisy, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/07/17. VIEW

This THP is about 15 miles NE of McCloud, CA and about 4 miles north of Bartle, CA and Highway 89 at an elevation of 4,200 to 5,800 feet..  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a clearcut tractor based logging operation in white fir, ponderosa pine, sugar pine, incense cedar, and knob cone pine forests.  Construction and the use of roads, landings and crossings are planned during the winter period, and the construction of temporary spur roads under 500 feet without pre designation is planned to accommodate log loading operations.  An existing road within a class I watercourse (McKay Creek) is planned for use in sections 11 and 15.  Four road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, and culvert repair/replacement.  There are 2 northern goshawk territories in the THP area including a goshawk nest site .25 miles from THP units in section 16 on Forest Service lands (2 alternative nest sites exist within 300 feet and 400 feet of an haul road), and a goshawk nest site .8 miles from harvest units in section 12.  Hot rock daisy was found on the edge of the SE boundary of unit 11D and along an existing seasonal road 200 feet east of unit 11D.  There are 4 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area, in sections 4, 8, 12, 16 and 32.  This THP is just south of SPI’s Big Horse THP 2-17-038 SIS.

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