Monday, March 16, 2015

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log north of Twain Harte, CA.


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THP 4-15-003 TUO (Oyster THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 218 acres; 49% clearcut, 19% no-harvest, 14% selection, 11% rehab, 4% seed tree, 2% meadow restoration, 1% roadside logging.  Lower Rose Creek, Deer Creek, Upper Rose Creek (MD: T3N R16E Sec.19, 20, 21, 22).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, 5 road drainage work sites, dry creek meadow, herbicides, 10 CA spotted owls within 1.3 mi, great gray owl within .25 mi, goshawk territory within .3 mi, trees up to 42" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 04/18/15. VIEW

This THP is about 8 miles NE of Sonora, CA and about 3 miles north of Twain Harte and Highway 108 at an elevation of 3,100 to 4,200 feet.  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. The THP includes 4 acres of conifer removal around Dry Creek Meadow within section 20.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning to use tracked excavators for site prep on slopes up to 50% grade, and on slopes over 30% grade that do not flatten before reaching a class II (medium sized) watercourse.  Five road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction and culvert repair/replacement.  There is a goshawk territory within .3 mi of the THP area in section 27, and a great gray owl was reported to be within .25 mi of THP units in section 21. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

1 comment:

  1. Clear cuts in the west should have ended years ago. Selective cutting, while keeping the surrounding habitat intact should be the rule now. But with the drought and limited precipitation in the near (and possible long term) future, clear cutting is hurting everyone in the state. Shame on Sierra Pacific Industries!

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