Thursday, March 1, 2018

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log near Butte Meadows NE of Chico, CA.

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THP 2-18-008 TEH (Arcade THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 1,012 acres; 88% clearcut, 11% selection, 1% roadside logging. Ninemile Creek, Cascade Creek, Transfer (MD: T26N R4E Sec 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21; T26N R3E Sec 13, 24).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes over 60%, 55 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, chinook watershed, CA spotted owl, northern goshawk, osprey, cascade frog, 4 sensitive plant species, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 03/26/18.  VIEW

This THP is about 20 miles NE of Chico, CA and about a mile east of Highway 32 near Butte Meadows, CA.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in white fir, sugar pine, ponderosa pine, incense cedar and Douglas fir forests.  SPI is planning to re-construct 100 feet of existing road inside a class I (year round) watercourse to access a landing, use 750 feet of the 630B road within a class II (mid sized) watercourse in unit 37, and re-construct 2 landings inside class I (year round) and class II (mid sized) watercourse areas.  55 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  There is a northern goshawk nesting territory within .25 miles of THP units in section 18, a northern goshawk nesting territory within .50 miles of THP units in section 15, and a northern goshawk territory in section 9.  An osprey was reported in section 30, a cascade frog was reported in section 29, and there is an historic report of a Sierra Nevada red fox in section 30. California spotted owl territories exist in sections 5, 14, 15, and 23. Butte County morning glory was found in sections 4, 5, 8, Hot rock daisy was found in sections 4 and 9, Shield bracted monkey flower was found in sections 7, 8, 18, and Western catchfly was found in Unit 46.

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