Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Sierra Pacific Industries to log in nice high elevation stands used by California’s only wolverine.

PANORAMIC Photo by kevin matthews
THP 2-17-030 SIE (Great East THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 1,402 acres; 29% commercial thin, 27% sanitation salvage, 20% group selection, 16% no-harvest, 4% clearcut, 2% seed tree, 2% shelterwood, misc rehab logging.  Loves Falls, Thompson Meadows (MD: T20N R12E Sec.23, 25, 35; T20N R13E Sec.19, 21).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, steep roads, unstable area, 21 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, pacific crest trail, herbicides, CA spotted owl, wolverine, rocky mountain chickweed, trees up to 140 years old.  Estimated public comment deadline: 10/08/17. VIEW

This THP is about 2 miles NE of Sierra City, CA and Highway 49 at an elevation of 4,700 to 7,800 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in ponderosa pine, Jeffrey pine, Douglas fir, incense cedar, sugar pine, red fir, white fir and western white pine forests.  The THP area is in a high elevation forest near the Pacific Crest Trail (sections 23, 25 and 35) where a wolverine was spotted during the winter of 2008/2009.  There are unstable areas in sections 19, 23 and 25.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning to use class III (intermittent) crossings during the winter period, and re-construct 400 feet of steep road across 70% slopes.  They also are planning to construct a landing and a road within an unstable area in section 23, and use ground based equipment on existing benches within unstable areas in section 23.  21 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  Rocky mountain chickweed was reported in sections 19 and 25, and there are 5 CA spotted owl nesting territories in the THP area (adjacent to 1.4 miles from the THP area).

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