Sunday, March 16, 2014

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log near Arnold, CA

PANORAMIO Photo By vistalinks
THP 4-14-006 CAL (Swiss Ranch THP) Sierra Pacific Industries; 361acres; 72% clearcut, 25% no-harvest, 1% shelterwood, 1% selection, 1% roadside logging.  Upper O'Neil Creek, Fine Gold Mine, Upper Jesus Maria Creek (MD: T5N R14E Sec.2, 3, 10, 11, 13, 14, 15, 24).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 60%, unstable areas in units 1770 & 1099, herbicides, 7 CA spotted owls within 1.3mi, goshawk territory within .25 mi, trees up to 42” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 04/25/14.VIEW

This THP is about 3 miles NW of Arnold, CA and Highway 4 near the South Fork of the Mokelumne River.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in ponderosa pine, sugar pine, white fir, Douglas fir and incense cedar forests at an elevation of 3,000 to 4,700 feet. Several prominent swales are located inside units 1770 and 1099.  SPI is planning to use excavators for fuels work on slopes greater than 30% that lead without flattening into a class II watercourse.  There are also 2 oversized units, and 89 acres of so-called operational buffers outside of units to be used for skid trails, landings and for fire line construction.  The Irish Creek goshawk territory is located within 1,600 feet of THP units. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

1 comment:

  1. Some of the proposed harvest areas are poorly stocked and overgrown with manzanita. I am thankful that SPI is going to restore the growing potential of the site while at the same time reducing the fire danger.