Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log SE of Mt Shasta near Bieber and Lookout, CA.

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THP 2-19-149 MOD (Whitecap THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 1,724 acres; 93% clearcut, 7% fuel break, misc roadside logging.  Armentrout Flat, Frog Waterhole, Mosquito Lake (MD: T40N R4E Sec 1, 12; T40N R5E Sec 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18; T40N R6E Sec 7, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, osprey, greater sandhill crane, northern goshawk, elk, 3 sensitive plant species, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/24/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 13 miles NW of Bieber, CA, 8 miles NW of Lookout, CA and about 38 miles SE of Mt. Shasta at an elevation of 4,000 to 4,600 feet. Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor based logging operation in ponderosa pine, sugar pine, incense cedar and white fir forests.  Construction of roads and landings is proposed during the winter period. Greater sandhill cranes and elk are known to frequent nearby Whitehorse Flat and Mosquito Lake.  There are 5 historic (over 5 years) northern goshawk sightings within the THP area, and in 2018, an osprey nest was reported inside unit 8A.  Silvery false lupine and Shasta beardtongue were found in a grassland area, and long haired star tulip was found near units 19D and 20D.

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