Thursday, June 13, 2013

Sierra Pacific Industries planning clearcut THP near Pollock Pines.

PANORAMIO Photo by Nancy Hayes
THP 4-13-007 ELD (Plumtastic THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 508 acres; 66% clearcut, 30% no harvest, 5% selection logging.  Plum Creek (MD: T10N R14E, Sec 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 13, 14, 15, 23, 24).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, slide area in unit 1291, 10 road drainage work sites, herbicides, 8 CA spotted owls within 1.3mi, goshawk within .25 mi, foothill yellow legged frog within 1 mi, pleasant valley mariposa lily, trees up to 42" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 07/18/13.

This THP is about 8 air miles SE of Pollock Pines, at an elevation of 4,000 - 5,640 feet in mixed conifer stands.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in the Plum Creek watershed which flows into the South Fork of the American River.  There are 10 road drainage work sites planned including dip construction, rocking and culvert work, and 4,438 feet of new road construction planned.  SPI is requesting an exception to be able to use tractors on steep slopes within units 1535 and 110 with a high erosion hazard rating, and within several units designated for cable logging.  They also want to use tractors with brush rakes, and excavators for fuels work on slopes up to 50%.  A slide area is located in Unit 1291 which was caused by side casting from prior landing construction.  There are 4 California spotted owl territories within .50 mi of the THP, and 1 goshawk territory and sighting within .25 mi of the THP.  Sierra Nevada yellow legged frogs were reported with 2-3 miles, and foothill yellow legged frogs were reported within 1-4 miles.  Populations of Pleasant Valley Mariposa Lily were reported between Units 1545 and 1546, and near Unit 1160. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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