Thursday, June 13, 2013

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log near the headwaters of the Cosumnes River.

PANORAMIO Photo by BJStewart
THP 4-13-006 ELD (Oregon Scott THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 699 acres; 57% clearcut, 35% fuelbreak, 5% rehab, 3% selection, misc shelterwood logging.  Oregon Gulch (MD: T8N R13E Sec.13, 21, 22, 23, 24, 26, 27; T8N R14E Sec.18, 19, 20).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, slopes up to 65%, 9 road drainage work sites, herbicides, 11 CA spotted owls within 1.3mi, goshawk sighting within .25mi, pleasant valley mariposa lily, red hills soaproot, trees over 24" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 07/12/03.

This THP is about 7 miles NE of the town of Volcano, and a few miles north of the Sonora Pass Highway 88 in mixed conifer stands within the Scott Creek watershed.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut and fuel break tractor based logging operation at an elevation of 3400 - 4640 feet, with 33 acres of rehab logging in manzanita brush covered stands.  There are 9 road drainage work sites including rocking, dip construction, culvert work and ditch cleaning, and 1 short length of existing road is proposed for use to access a landing through a streamside area in Unit 2995.  5 occurrences of Pleasant Valley Mariposa Lily, and 1 occurrence of Red Hills Soaproot were reported within the THP area.  There are 2 CA spotted owl territories within .25 mi of the THP units, and a goshawk was sighted near the THP on USFS land. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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