Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log SW of Alturas, CA.

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THP 2-17-048 LAS (Coyote Butte THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 536 acres; 98% clearcut, 2% roadside logging.  Upper Willow Creek, Lane Reservoir (MD: T37N R10E Sec.1, 2, 3, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 20, 21).  Winter operations, low erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, 5 road drainage work sites, oversized units, stock ponds, herbicides, impaired 303.d watershed, northern goshawk, greater sandhill crane, 3 sensitive plant species, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/12/17. VIEW

This THP is about 30 miles SW of Alturas, CA, 8 miles south of Adin, CA and just east of Highway 139 at an elevation of 5,200 to 6,300 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor based logging operation in ponderosa pine, Jeffrey pine and white fir forests.  Five road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, and culvert repair/replacement.  A greater sandhill crane was reported 1.1 miles from the THP area in section 31, and there are 2 historic (2002) northern goshawk nest sites in the THP area including a goshawk nest site in section 3 within .25 miles of unit 3B, and a goshawk nest site in section 13 within .75 miles of unit 12B.  Susanville milk vetch was found in units 11B, 16B and 16C; Ash Creek mouse tail was found within unit 12A, adjacent to unit 11A, and along numerous haul roads and in section 12; and Ash Valley milk vetch was found within unit 12A, adjacent to Hunsinger Flat Road in section 1, and adjacent to an existing seasonal haul road in section 12.

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