Thursday, May 24, 2018

Gray Wolf tracks found (2017) within Red River Forests Partnerships new THP near Bieber, CA.

Shasta Pack Gray Wolves CA Dept Fish & Game
THP 2-18-020 MOD (Scarface THP) Red River Forests Partnerships, 5,104 acres; 100% group selection logging. Upper Roberts Reservoir, Armentrout Flat, Ben Eberli Waterhole, Armentrout Flat, Harvel Canyon (MD: T40N R6E Sec.2, 3, 11, 12, 13, 14, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 36; T40N R7E Sec.7, 9, 16, 17, 18, 30, 31).  Winter operations, low erosion hazard, slopes up to 15%, 26 road drainage work sites, gray wolf, bald eagle, osprey, northern goshawk, great blue heron, greater sandhill crane, sharp shinned hawk, red tailed hawk, long haired star tulip, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 06/17/18. VIEW

This THP is about 25 miles NE of Burney, CA and about 8 miles north of Bieber, CA at an elevation of 4,000 to 5,000 feet.  Red River Forests Partnerships is planning a tractor based logging operation in Douglas fir, white fir, ponderosa pine, sugar pine and incense cedar forests.  26 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, and ditch cleaning.  On 12/13/2017 and 12/27/2017, a set of gray wolf tracks were seen in sections 22 and 27.  There is a goshawk territory with 4 nest sites; 2 within the THP area, and 2 adjacent to the THP area on US Forest Service lands, and an osprey territory 700 feet east of the THP area in section 24.  A bald eagle territory is located 600 feet from the THP area on US Forest Service lands, and a red tailed hawk nest was reported within .7 miles of the THP area.  In 2017, a great blue heron was seen foraging in section 22, and a sharp shinned hawk was spotted within the THP area. There are 4 historic greater sandhill crane nest sites, and 1 recent greater sandhill crane nest site adjacent to the THP area.  Long haired star tulip is known to occur along the timbered edges of the meadow margins within the THP area.

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