Saturday, December 29, 2018

Sierra Pacific Industries planning a pair of clearcut THPs NE of Chico, CA.


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THP 2-18-154 BUT (Commodore THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 212 acres; 88% clearcut, 8% rehab, 3% selection logging.  Forks of the Butte, Mosquito Creek, Timbered Crater (MD: T24N R3E Sec 13, 22, 23, 24, 26, 35).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, 52 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, BLM Forks of the Butte recreation area, Chinook watershed, herbicides, CA spotted owl, osprey, foothill yellow legged frog, 2 sensitive plant species, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/14/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 9 miles north of Magalia/Paradise, CA and about 10 miles NE of Chico, CA at an elevation of 2,100 to 3,700 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in white fir, Douglas fir, sugar pine, ponderosa pine and incense cedar forests.  The THP area is within .4 miles of the BLM Forks of the Butte Recreation Area; a popular hiking, swimming, mountain biking, horseback riding and picknicking area for locals.  52 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  A foothill yellow legged frog was reported at Forks of the Butte within 150 feet of the THP area. There is an osprey nest .25 miles from unit 14 in section 23, and an osprey sighting was reported in section 14.  White stemmed clarkia was found on a road bed cut bank in section 27, and Shield bracted monkey flower was found within unit 6, and NW and SW of unit 13.  Three CA spotted owl nesting territories are located in the THP area including; a territory within .25 miles of units 7 and 8 in section 24, and 2 territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area in sections 11, 12, 15 and 22.

THP 2-18-156 BUT (Musty Buck THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 313 acres; 52% clearcut, 32% fuel break, 10% selection, 5% no-harvest, 1% roadside logging.  Bear Lake, Rock Creek, West Branch Mud Creek (MD: T24N R3E Sec 5, 6, 7, 18; T25N R2E Sec 36).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 60%, 34 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, Chinook watershed, 5 sensitive plant species, trees up to 100 years old.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/15/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 11 miles NW of Magalia/Paradise, CA and about 14 miles NE of Chico, CA near Cohasset, CA.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut and fuel break tractor and cable logging operation in Douglas fir, incense cedar, ponderosa pine, sugar pine and white fir forests at an elevation of 2,280 to 3,720 feet. 34 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  Sanborn’s onion and Clustered Mariposa lily were found adjacent to unit 2 in section 7, Nightblooming false bindweed was found in the middle of a haul road adjacent to unit 1 in section 6, Shieldbract monkeyflower was found adjacent to unit 5 in section 6, and Hall’s rupertia was found on an old skid road at the bottom of unit 8, and in a fuelbreak unit in section 7. There are 3 CA spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

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