Friday, April 24, 2020

Sierra Pacific Industries planning a large commercial thinning, clearcut and fuel break timber sale adjacent to the town of Burney, CA.

Google Earth Photo by John Putt
THP 2-20-052 SHA (Jackrabbit THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 2,717 acres; 50% no-harvest, 21% commercial thin, 15% clearcut, 14% fuel break, misc roadside logging.  Goose Creek, Jackrabbit Flat, Terry Lake, Washburn Bue Park (MD: T35N R2E Sec 13, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 35; T35N R3E Sec 18, 19, 20, 21, 28, 29, 30, 32, 33).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, CA spotted owl, bald eagle, osprey, willow flycatcher, 4 sensitive plant species, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 05/08/20. SUBMIT COMMENTS, VIEW THP, THP PLAN

This THP wraps around the southern and western portions of the town of Burney, CA at an elevation 3,160 to 3,840 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a commercial thinning, clearcut and fuel break tractor based logging operation in ponderosa pine, white fir, Douglas fir, sugar pine and incense cedar forests.  Roads, landings and crossings are proposed for use during the winter period, and ground based equipment is proposed for use in watercourse areas (when water is not present) to allow for fuel reduction treatments and to utilize crossings.  In 2019, 2 osprey nests were reported adjacent to the THP area along power lines in section 18. Osprey nests are also located beyond .5 miles of the THP area upstream along Burney Creek within sections 2, 11 and 35.  Bald eagles were reported at nearby Goose Valley Reservoir, and there is potential willow flycatcher habitat at Ivan Marks Meadow in sections 23 and 24.  Jepson’s doddler was reported to be in section 29, Castlegar Hawthorne was found in a seasonally wet meadow in the THP area, Lassen paintbrush was reported in close proximity to the THP area and Long haired star tulip was found in a seasonally wet meadow in section 26.  There are 2 CA spotted owl territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

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