Thursday, September 6, 2018

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log near Little Grass Valley Reservoir SW of Quincy, CA.

Google Earth Little Grass Valley Reservoir Photo By OG
THP 2-18-046 PLU (Tama THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 592 acres; 74% clearcut, 18% seed tree, 7% selection, 1% roadside logging. Willow Creek, Little Bear Creek, Upper Fall River, Post Creek (MD: T21N R8E Sec.2, 3, 4; T22N R8E Sec.16, 17, 22, 23, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 33, 34, 35). Wet weather operations, high erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, unstable area, 77 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, middle fork roadless area, herbicides, CA spotted owl, goshawk, 3 sensitive plant species, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 09/27/18. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 14 miles SW of Quincy, CA and about 25 miles NE of Oroville, CA at an elevation of 4,960 to 5,600 feet by Little Grass Valley Reservoir; a popular camping, boating, fishing, hiking, water-skiing, and picnicking area (Middle Fork Roadless Area is adjacent to sections 16 and 17).  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in ponderosa pine, sugar pine, white fir, Douglas fir and incense cedar forests.  There is an unstable area (hydraulic mining wash and mining ditch) within 25 feet to 75 feet of unit 003 in section 16.  Five existing landings are proposed for use in watercourse areas within units 3, 13, 14 and 30, and five segments of existing skid trails are proposed for use in watercourse areas within units 7, 9, 30, 31 and 34. Ground based equipment is proposed in areas designated for cable logging, and roads and landings are proposed for construction during the winter period.  77 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  Northern Sierra daisy was observed within and east of unit 1, Clifton’s eremogone was observed east of unit 05-T, and Mt Lassen fleabane was observed adjacent to the 66OA3 Road. There is a goshawk territory within .25 miles of the D Line Road in section 33, and 7 CA spotted nesting territories within .5 miles of the THP area in sections 10, 21, 23, 30, 31, 33 and 34.

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