Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log right next to California Pines Community SW of Alturas, CA.

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THP 2-18-004 MOD (Frank Canyon THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 665 acres; 99% clearcut, 1% selection logging. Upper Canyon Creek, Ballard Reservoir, Higgins Canyon (MD: T40N R10E Sec.3, 4, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 22, 23; T41N R10E Sec.33, 34). Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes over 50% grade, impaired 303.d watershed, California Pines community, herbicides, oversized units, CA spotted owl, goshawk, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 02/29/18. VIEW

This THP is about 14 miles SW of Alturas, CA and about 7.25 miles SE of Canby, CA and Highway 299 at an elevation of 5,100 to 6,400 feet.  The THP area is just west of the California Pines community which has over 200 homes and a 28 room guest lodge and recreation center.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a clearcut tractor based logging operation in ponderosa pine, Jeffrey pine, white fir and incense cedar forests.  Roads, landings and crossings are planned for use during the winter period. There is a goshawk territory 1.1 miles SW of the THP area in section 35, a goshawk territory 500 feet SE of the THP area in section 15, and a CA spotted owl territory within .5 miles of the THP area in section 26.

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