Sunday, November 24, 2019

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log by Round Valley Reservoir north of Quincy, CA.


Google Earth Photo by Michele Smith
THP 2-19-172 PLU (Bellas THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 190 acres; 69% clearcut, 27% fuel break, 2% selection, 1% roadside logging. Lower Wolf Creek (MD: T26N R09E Sec 20, 21, 22, 27).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, 20 road drainage work sites, herbicides, CA spotted owl, bald eagle, willow flycatcher, 1 sensitive plant species, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/14/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 3 miles south of Greenville, CA and about 10 miles north of Quincy, CA by Round Valley Reservoir at an elevation of 3,480 to 7,480 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor based logging operation in Douglas fir, white fir, ponderosa pine sugar pine, incense cedar and red fir forests.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning to construct roads, landings and crossings during the winter period, and use ground based equipment on steep slopes between 50% and 60% with a moderate erosion hazard using existing skid trails within unit 106.  There are 20 road drainage work sites including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  In 2018, a bald eagle nest was occupied within 125 feet of the nearest THP unit in section 22, and in 1990, a willow flycatcher was reported in section 16 within .5 miles of the nearest THP unit.  Closethroat beardtongue was found along the western portion of the THP area (within units 101, 102, 103 and 104).  There is a CA spotted owl nesting territory within .5 miles of the THP area in section 16.

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