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IOA Wednesday, May 2, 2001 i:nvironmental News • ey Shay Ashma Staff Writer Following Sierra Nevada Framework regulations re- duces the proposed timber harvest and increases the fire danger on a Quincy Library Group project 12 miles west of Susanville. The public has until Friday, May 4 to comment on the En- vironmental Analysis for the thinning project on the Pegleg A-21 area of the Eagle Lake Ranger District on the Lassen National Forest. The EA said the project cov- ers 43.855 acres east of county road A-21 and north of county road 101. The proposed action was developed to implement and be consistent with the Herger Feinstein Quincy Li- brary Group Act of 1999, ac- cording to the EA. The act, known as the QLG, called for reducing surface fu- els to decrease the fire hazard and promote economic stabili- ty by sending smaller logs to sawmills. The pilot area in- cludes the Lassen and Plumas National Forests and the Sier- raville Ranger District of the Tahoe National Forest. The QLG calls for group se- lection and single tree logging "to achieve the desired condi- tion of an all-age, multi-story, fire-resilient forest" similar to those found in this area before fire suppression efforts began to clog the forest in the early 1900s. However, the proposed ac- tion was modified to comply with the framework record of decision signed by Regional Forester Brad Powell on Jan. 12. The framework is a U.S Forest Service plan to manage 11 National Forests in the Sier- ra Nevada. It took effect on Feb. 12. The original proposal envi- ioned producing 18-22 mil o board feet of sawlogs. Alterna- • .... tive 2, written to comply with the framework, calls for pro- duction of only 17.5- 20 MMBF of sawlogs. The EA also in- cludes a do nothing alterna- tive. Alternative 2 increases the fire risk, QLG Forester Frank Stewart said on Friday, April 27. Stewart said the frame- work brings in a different land classification and stocking standards. As a result, "25 percent of the stand area would not be mechanically treated 'to en- hance stand heterogeneity and to maintain intact biological processes.'" nstead of making money and paying for it. now we're going to have to pay for it." Frank Stewart County Forester we're going to burn the land- and east of Lake Almanor. It scape up," Stewart said. "This proposed creating the DFPZ's is a plea for help from the pro- by thinning smaller-diameter fessionals." trees and underburning the The percentage of untreated The proposed action includ-thinned areas. trees is much higher in the ed prescribed underburning Alternative 2 modifies the second alternative, according on 6,640 acres. Alternative 2 propose action to provide a to the EA. It is"1-1/2 times the includes underburning on 250-acre fuel reduction zone acres planned for in Alterna- 6,890 acres, near county road 101 "to re- tire 1," the EA said. The forest service originally duce the risk of an intense and The untreated areas "would proposed to harvest up to 204 destructive wild land fire on have the potential to have ac- tons of green wood chips. A1- Pegleg Mountain." tive crown fires," according to ternative 2 increases that Since 1994, a high number of the environmental analysis, number to 207 tons. trees have died on the moun- which Stewart said was very The original fuels manage- tain because of drought, insect well written. The crowning ment strategy relied on creat- infestations and windthrow, and torching from the untreat- ing a network of defensible fu- according to the EA. ed areas "could result in spot el profile zones, establishing Alternative 1 does not in- fires, which in turn could in- group selection logging units, clude the fuel reduction zone, crease the rate of spread of a restoring streams and ripari- and does not remove "ladder t'n~e.'' an areas and decommission- fuels" which take the flames In addition, Alternative 2's ing roads, into the canopy. limits thinning from below to Alternative 2 reduces the "The fire rate of spread 12-inches in old forest and owl group selection logging units (ROS) would remain at 40-80 range areas. During weather from 429 to 421 acres. Both al- chains per hour," under Alter- conditions common in the ternatives will decommission native 1, it said. "Fire spotting area, that limit incresed the 11.2 miles of roads and restore potential would remain at up risk of "surface fire (that) 18acres of riparian areas, to 4./10 of a mile and flame would likely result in heavy length would remain 5 to 11 stand mortality." The forest service planned feet making direct attack by Because conditions are like- to create nine defensible fuel hand crews unsafe and direct ly to produce heavy smoke and profile zones on 6,640 acres attack by dozer marginal at loss of the forest canopy "due along county and forest roads best." to excessive surface and lad- and Hwy. 44 in Lassen County The forest services creates der fuels" the EA recommends and a very small section ofDFPZs using a thin-from-be- considering morethinning. Plumas Counties where A-21 low standard, leaving the "What they're saying is crosses the county line north largest, healthiest trees, while Bil m removing smaller, suppressed or diseased trees which are more prone to fire and carry flames into the forest canopy. Underburning is designed to reduce surface fuels made up of slash created by logging and firewood gathering and the duff/litter layer by 50-75 per- cent. Alternative 2 limits the up- per diameter of thinned trees to 12 inches in old forest areas on 2,362 areas. The limit would be 20 inches on 1,417 acres. Tress thinned on 3,111 acres of "General Forest" would be 20 inches in diameter. The upper diameter limit for all trees will be 30 inches, ad- hering to California Spotted Owl guidelines established in 1993. There are 40 spotted owl habitat areas on the Lassen National Forest. "Cost of implementation is significantly different between the alternatives," the EA said, "Alternative 2 costs the gov- ernment $118,646 to implement construction of the proposed DFPZ network, while Alterna- tive 1 generates $802,730 dol- lars of revenues from timber sales during implementation. Twenty five percent of those revenues would go to Lassen County Schools and Roads. "Instead of making money and paying for itself, now we've got to pay for it," Stew- art said. He said the difference between the two projects is ac- tually more than $900,000, if the cost of Alternative 2 is compared to the profit gener- ated by Alternative 1. "The 12-inch-upper-diameter limit in Alternative 2 causes the deficit spending since 100 percent of the acres that are going to be mechanically treat- ed will need to be accom- plished with a (biomass) ser- vice contract." Biomass service are sive to sales. With the government to come in and do With timber sales pay the g timber and do Stewart said. "Here's a why the QLG against the said. "They're doing a proach. It reduces ty that the the local level." Stewart said the was site specific, cal foresters to in each area. The framework plying its flexibility, that's one reaso~ overturned, in his 0 "I think that'S probability that est Service Bosworth, a School graduate) views the appeals it was a rush to the Clinton without adequate QLG forester the chief is going that this and he's going to back for a new sion." Locally, Stewart new record of clude following the for five years. "It's arbitrary; cious," he said work. "They just out sound science. litical decision. turned in ure in By Chdzti ~vtap nade" and "It's Only a Paper nant theme. The chorus plans can expect a rainbow and a Chester Editor Moon," is meant to set a mood to sing "Colors of the Wind," choir of birds, so the chorus For its upcoming springcon- of romanticism invoking warm from the Disney movie Poca-will perform "The Rainbow cert series, the award winning spring nights and walks in the hontas, and "Blowin' in theConnection" from The Muppet Chester Community Chorus park. Wind," an all-time favorite by Movie, then finish off the feel- has planned a program that in- This theme will continue folk singer Bob Dylan. ing of spring with "Lullaby of cludes music featuring the ele- with three more selections:Invoking the rainy days of Birdland." ments of spring. "Moonlight in Vermont," April, thechorus will also sing Over 60 voices will lend "Moon Magic," a medley of "Stars" and "Star Dust." "Here's That Rainy Day." themselves to calling up ira- "Blue Moon," "Moonlight Sere- Wind will also be a predomi- But, after every rain, one pressions of spring. 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