Monday, December 17, 2018

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log SW of Burney, CA.

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THP 2-18-149 SHA (Green Whit THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 357 acres; 99% clearcut, 1% roadside logging. Dry Burney Creek, Green Burney Creek, Whittington Butte (MD: T33N R2E Sec 2, 3; T34N R2E Sec 26, 27, 34, 35).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, landslide terrain, 5 road drainage work sites, herbicides, CA spotted owl, northern goshawk, osprey, western catchfly, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/30/18. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 7 miles SW of Burney, CA and Highway 299, and about 18 miles NE of Shingletown, CA at an elevation of 4,300 to 5,540 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a clearcut tractor based logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in white fir, sugar pine, ponderosa pine, Douglas fir, lodgepole pine, and incense cedar forests.  There are 2 unstable areas in section 27 including; a steep inner gorge above Green Burney Creek, and a shallow rapid landslide terrain site at the upper end of a class III (intermittent) watercourse area.  SPI is planning to use a portion of an existing landing at the bottom of unit 27D inside a class I (year round) watercourse area, and re-construct an existing class I (year round) watercourse crossing at Green Burney Creek in section 14. Five road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  There is a CA spotted owl territory within 2.25 miles of the THP area, and a northern goshawk territory 1.75 miles south of the THP area in section 14.  Three osprey territories are located in the THP area including; an osprey nest 3,000 feet SW of the nearest unit in section 27, an osprey nest 250 feet NW of the nearest unit in section 27, and an osprey nest 1.2 miles from the nearest harvest unit in section 15. Western catchfly was found south of unit 2C.

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