Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log SW of Lassen Volcanic National Park.


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THP 2-17-051 TEH (Jackelope THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 1,667 acres; 75% clearcut, 22% commercial thin, 2% selection, 1% roadside logging.  Judd Creek, Deadhorse Creek (MD: T28N R2E Sec.1, 2, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 22, 23, 24; T28N R3E Sec.6, 7, 17, 18, 19).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, landslide terrain, steep slopes over 65%, 74 road drainage work sites, oversized units, herbicides, ishi roadless area, chinook watershed, CA spotted owl, northern goshawk, 4 sensitive plant species, trees up to 48” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/12/17. VIEW

This THP is about 9 miles SW of Lassen Volcanic National Park, and about 4 miles SW of Mineral, CA and Highway 36 at an elevation of 3,200 to 5,400 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in white fir, sugar pine, incense cedar and ponderosa pine forests.  There is an existing landslide scarp 250 feet east of unit 144 outside of the THP area, and section 18 is adjacent to the Ishi Roadless Area.  SPI is planning to construct and use roads, landings and crossings during the winter period, and use ground based equipment within areas designated for cable logging to construct seasonal roads at the top of several cable units.  74 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, and culvert repair/replacement.  There is a northern goshawk territory (sections 14 and 15) within the THP area in the vicinity of Shelton Ridge.  Western campion was found in section 6, Sanborn’s onion was found outside of unit 1016 in section 10, Callahan’s mariposa lily was found outside of unit 91 in section 9, and blushing wild buckwheat was found in unit 123, and in sections 06, 08, 17 and 33.  There is a CA spotted owl territory (section 13) within the THP area in the vicinity of the N Line Crossing at Jackass Gulch.

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