Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log NW of Susanville, CA.

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THP 2-19-223 LAS (Cutter THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 689 acres; 94% clearcut, 4% rehab, 2% roadside logging. Cheney Creek, Papoose Creek, Upper Piute Creek (MD: T30N R10E Sec 12, 13, 24; T30N R11E Sec 5, 6, 7, 8, 17, 18, 19, 20). Winter operations, low erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, 33 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, CA spotted owl, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 02/05/20. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 6 miles NW of Susanville, CA, 5 miles south of Eagle Lake and about 12 miles NE of Westwood, CA at an elevation of 4,640 to 7,640 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor based logging operation in white fir, ponderosa pine, Douglas fir, sugar pine and incense cedar forests.  Roads and landings are proposed for construction and use during the winter period.  33 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  Susanville beardtongue was found in sections 17, 18 and 20.  There is 1 CA spotted owl territory within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

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