Thursday, November 28, 2013

Sierra Pacific Industries to log near Pollock Pines and the South Fork of the American River


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THP 4-13-025 ELD (Totally THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 664 acres; 45% commercial thinning, 44% clearcutting, 6% selection, 4% shelterwood, 1% roadside logging.  Twentyfive Mile Canyon, Soldier Creek, Camp Seven, Sugar Pine Creek, Round Tent Canyon, Grays Canyon (MD: T11N R13E Sec.8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 22, 23, 24; T11N R14E Sec.6).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, oversized units, herbicides, 12 CA spotted owls within 1.7mi, 2 goshawk territories within 1.2 mi, 1 osprey territory within 1 mi, Yuma myotis bat within 1.3 mi, 3 foothill yellow legged frog sightings within 1 mi, yellow bur navarretia, wolly violet, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/04/14.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/12/13. VIEW

This THP is 2 miles NE of Pollock Pines and I-50 near the South Fork of the American River at an elevation of 3,400 to 5,000 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a tractor and cable logging operation in Douglas fir, sugar pine, Incense cedar, ponderosa pine and white fir forests.  Five landings and roads are proposed for skidding in streamside areas, and 11,100 feet of new seasonal and temporary road is proposed for construction.  SPI wants to be able to pile slash on slopes over 40%, and slopes over 30% that do not flatten before reaching a watercourse, and they also want to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging in units 803 and 220.  An exception is also being proposed to be able to use and construct temporary roads during the winter time.  There are 4 goshawk territories within 3 mi, with sightings from .3 to 3 miles out, and an osprey territory within 1 mi of the THP area in section 30.  Three Foothill Yellow Legged Frogs were reported to be (.5 to 1.0 mi) in sections 24, 25 and 30, and Yuma Myotis bats were reported within 1.3 mi of the THP area in section 12.  Yellow bur navarretia was reported in section 16, and wolly violet was reported in section 6. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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