Friday, June 6, 2014

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log near Dorrington and Highway 4

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THP 4-14-011 CAL (Alamo THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 618 acres; 64% clearcut, 17% no-harvest, 7% selection, 5% seed tree, 5% fuel break, 2% roadside logging. Upper San Antonio Creek (MD: T5N R15E Sec.1, 2, 3, 9, 10, 11, 15, 16, 17, 20, 21; T6N R15E Sec.36; T6N R16E Sec.31).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 60%, 12 road drainage work sites, near Calaveras Big Trees State Park, herbicides, 9 CA spotted owls within 1.3mi, historic Sierra Nevada yellow legged frog sighting, trees up to 60" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 07/06/14. VIEW

This THP is just north of Dorrington, CA and Highway 4 running west towards Arnold and east towards Cottage Springs.  Although not disclosed within THP documents, it is also close to the northern boundary of Calaveras Big Trees State Park. Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor based logging operation in ponderosa pine, sugar pine, white fir, Douglas fir and incense cedar forests at an elevation of 3,900 to 6,000 feet.  5,950 feet of seasonal road construction and road re-construction is planned, and 103 acres of so called "operational buffers" will be placed around units for fire line construction, skid trails, landings and tail holds. Sierra Pacific Industries also wants to use excavators for fire line construction on slopes less than 50%, and on slopes less than 30% that lead without flattening into a class II watercourse.  There are 12 road drainage sites planned for work including rocking, dip construction and culvert repair and replacement.  A historic 1952/1953 Sierra Nevada Yellow Legged Frog sighting lies within 150 feet of the THP area. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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