|PANORAMIC Photo by kevin matthews|
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).