Monday, October 16, 2017

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log trees up to 48” dbh south of Lassen National Park.


PANORAMIC Photo By Elifino 57
THP 2-17-035 TEH (Slate THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 322 acres; 75% clearcut, 17% selection, 7% commercial thin, 1% roadside logging.  Carter Creek, State Creek, Round Valley (MD: T28N R4E Sec.25, 26, 35, 36; T28N R5E Sec.30, 31, 32).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, 85 road drainage work sites, oversized units, herbicides, chinook watershed, CA spotted owl, osprey, dwarf resin birch, trees up to 48” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/01/17. VIEW

This THP is about a dozen miles south of Lassen Volcanic National Park and about 14 miles SW of Chester, CA and Lake Almanor.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor based logging operation in white fir, sugar pine, incense cedar and ponderosa pine forests at an elevation of 4,600 to 5,200 feet.  SPI is planning to use tractor crossings during the winter period, and construct roads and landings during the winter period.  85 road drainage sites  are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  An osprey nest is located within .25 miles of the 10L Road in section 32, and dwarf resin birch was found in section 29.  There are 3 CA spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area in sections 01, 32 and 36.

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