Sunday, December 3, 2017

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log west of Heart Lake and Mount Lassen.

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THP 2-17-070 SHA (Artemis THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 948 acres; 99% clearcut, 1% roadside logging. Upper Digger Creek (MD: T30N R2E Sec.13, 24, 25; T30N R3E Sec.15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29, 33, 34, 35).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, 77 road drainage work sites, oversized units, herbicides, chinook watershed, 3 sensitive plant species, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/13/17. VIEW

This THP is about 12 miles SE of Shingletown, CA and Highway 44, and about 8 miles west of Mt. Lassen near Heart Lake at an elevation of 4,000 to 5,800 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in ponderosa pine, sugar pine, white fir, Douglas fir, and incense cedar forests.  Landings, roads and crossings are proposed for construction and use during the winter period, and temporary roads up to 500 feet in length are proposed for construction without pre-designation.  The construction and use of a temporary tractor road is proposed within a class I (year round) and class II (mid sized) watercourse in unit 66.  77 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  Giant checker bloom was found within harvest units 26, 52, 66 and 76, Mingan’s moonwort was found within a wet area in unit 52, and Butte County fritillary was found within harvest units 4, 18 and 20.  There are 3 CA spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

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