Friday, October 26, 2018

SPI planning a large clearcut THP near a roadless area and 8 sensitive plant species NE of Chico, CA.


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THP 2-18-063 TEH (Bello THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 896 acres; 93% clearcut, 5% selection, 2% fuelbreak, misc roadside logging. Campbell Creek, Devils Kitchen, Rock Creek (MD: T24N R03E Sec 5, 6 ; T25N R02E Sec 12, 13, 14, 24, 25, 36 ; T25N R03E Sec 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 28, 29, 31, 32, 33).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, 216 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, polk springs roadless area, oversized units, herbicides, chinook watershed, goshawk, foothill yellow legged frog, 8 sensitive plant species. scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/06/18. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 18 miles NE of Chico, CA, 9 miles north of Forest Ranch, CA, and just west of Highway 32 at an elevation of 2,200 to 4,000 feet. Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor based logging operation in ponderosa pine, sugar pine, Douglas fir, white fir, and incense cedar forests.  The Polk Springs Roadless Area is adjacent to sections 5 and 6.  SPI is planning to use 3 existing roads in or around watercourse areas including; the 130G Road adjacent to a class II (mid sized) watercourse area, the 130G12 Road adjacent to a class II (mid sized) watercourse area, and the 110H Road adjacent to a class I (year round) watercourse area.  216 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  There is a goshawk occurrence within .50 miles of the THP area in section 22, and a foothill yellow legged frog was reported in section 12.  8 sensitive plant species were identified including; Clustered Mariposa lily in section 9, Shield bracted monkeflower in sections 7, 9, 19, Sanborn’s onion in sections 9, 19, 21, 28, 29, 33, Nightblooming false bindweed in sections 6, 7, 13, 18, 35, Slender Clarkia in section 25, Humboldt’s Lily in section 33, Hall’s Rupertia in sections 6, 7, 9, 13, 21, 25, 35, and Long fruit jewelflower in section 7.  There are 7 CA spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

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