Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log NW of Susanville, CA.

PANORAMIC Photo By John Quzounidis
THP 2-17-046 LAS (Greenie THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 412 acres; 95% clearcut, 3% rehab, 2% roadside logging.  Round Valley, Murrers Upper Meadow, Upper Piute Creek (MD: T30N R11E Sec.1, 2, 3, 4; T31N R11E Sec.28, 33, 34, 35).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 60%, 46 road drainage work sites, herbicides, oversized units, wet areas, Paiute meadows, greater sandhill crane, CA red fox, scalloped moonwort, Susanville beardtongue, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/09/17. VIEW

This THP is about 5 miles NW of Susanville, CA and Highway 36 at an elevation of 5,600 to 7,000 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a clearcut tractor based logging operation in ponderosa pine, Jeffrey pine, white fir, incense cedar and sugar pine forests.  Temporary spur roads under 500 feet are proposed for construction without pre designation to accommodate log loading operations.  46 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, and culvert repair/replacement.  There is greater sandhill crane habitat at Paiute meadows adjacent to unit 23 and at Coleman lake, and an historic (1991) sighting was reported of a CA red fox .75 miles north of the THP area in section 26.  Scalloped moonwort was found in section 2, and Susanville beardtongue was found in sections 01, 03, 34 and 35.

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