Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log near Ice House and Union Valley Reservoirs NE of Pollock Pines, CA.

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THP 4-17-009 ELD (Pips THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 531 acres; 66% clearcut, 25% fuel break, 6% selection, 1% roadside, 1% no-harvest logging.  Maud Lake (MD: T11N R15E Sec.5, 6; T12N R14E Sec.23, 24, 26, 35, 36; T12N R15E Sec.19, 29, 30, 31).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, 23 road drainage work sites, herbicides, wet areas, 3 campgrounds, CA spotted owl, bald eagle, osprey, northern goshawk, sharp shinned hawk, 7 sensitive plant species, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/05/17. VIEW

This THP is about 11 miles NE of Pollock Pines, CA and about 6 miles north of Highway 50 near  Ice House Reservoir and Union Valley Reservoir (which are popular picnicking, swimming, fishing, hunting, hiking, boating and OHV use areas) at an elevation of 4,920 to 6,360 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a tractor based logging operation in white fir, ponderosa pine, sugar pine, incense cedar and Jeffrey pine forests. The THP area is close to 3 campgrounds including the Northwind and Strawberry Point Campgrounds near Ice House Reservoir (.45 and .17 miles), and the Jones Fork Campground near Union Valley Reservoir (1,000 feet).  SPI wants to use and construct roads, landings and crossings during the winter period, and construct 5 segments of short roads into watercourse areas for water drafting purposes.  23 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, and culvert repair/replacement.  There are osprey nests within 435 feet, 860 feet, and .41 miles of the THP area, and bald eagle nests are located within .9 miles, .65 miles and .89 miles from the THP area.  A sharp shinned hawk was reported within .02 miles of the THP area in section 35, and northern goshawk nests were reported within .23 miles, .38 miles, .40 miles, and 1.8 miles of the THP area.  Wooly violet was found in units 190, 290, 302, 311, FB1, FB2, FB3, FB4 and FB5, Coleman’s piperia was found in units 190, 290, 291, 293, 302, 303 and 500, Upswept moonwort was found in unit 310, Scalloped moonwort was found in unit 311, Mingan’s moonwort was found in units 310 and FB6, Mountain moonwort was found outside of harvest units, and Jonesville Springbeauty was found in unit FB7.  There are 7 CA spotted owl nesting territories ranging from .17 miles to 2.3 miles from the THP area in sections 1, 13, 21, 24, 28, 32, 34, 35 and 36.

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