Monday, June 24, 2013

Sierra Pacific Industries to sanitation-salvage log near Truckee, CA.

PANORAMIO Photo by sdold
THP 2-13-025 PLA (Eastmart THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 3,745 acres; 63% sanitation-salvage, 26% selection, 7% commercial thinning, 3% clearcut, 1% roadside logging.  East Martis Creek (MD: T17N R17E Sec.15, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 33, 34, 35).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, 33 road drainage work sites, slopes up to 50%, wet meadows, herbicides, impaired 303.d watershed, 1 CA spotted owl within 1.3mi, goshawk nest site, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 08/05/13.  

This THP is about 5 miles SE of Truckee, CA, and adjacent to Highway 267 near Northstar Ski Area at an elevation of 6,400 to 8,400 feet.  It is in a popular recreation area centered on Martis Peak which is used by mountain bikers, cross county skiers, snowmobilers and for sight seeing visits to the nearby fire lookout.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a tractor based mostly sanitation-salvage logging operation claiming that white fir is encroaching and dying, and mistletoe is harming red fir and lodgepole pine at this high elevation.  Little or no information was presented in the THP to justify that insect or disease levels are beyond the normal range of variability.  The THP area includes the East Martis Creek drainage which flows into the Truckee River and is listed for sediment and siltation. 33 road drainage work sites are planned including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and road bed stabilization.  Although not disclosed by SPI in the THP, there is 1 CA Spotted Owl territory within 1.3mi (PLA0130).  1 goshawk nest site was reported to be in the THP area from 2000, and both Mountain Beaver and Sharp Shinned Hawk sightings were reported in an adjacent watershed.  The THP is also close to SPI’s Peak THP 2-10-073 PLA.  More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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