Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log NW of Pollock Pines, CA.

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THP 4-17-012 ELD (Grande Losa THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 1,328 acres; 43% clearcut, 41% commercial thin, 13% fuel break, 3% selection, misc roadside logging.  Gaddis Creek, Slab Creek (MD: T12N R12E Sec 15,16,20,21,22,27,28,29,30,31,32,33; T11N R12E Sec 4,5,8,9).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, landslide terrain, 14 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, CA spotted owl, bald eagle, osprey, northern goshawk, Sierra Clarkia, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/05/17. VIEW

This THP is about 6 miles NW of Pollock Pines, CA and Highway 50 at an elevation of 3,000 to 4,200 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in white fir, ponderosa pine, sugar pine, incense cedar and Douglas fir forests.  There are 4 erosional gorges in section 32 downslope of a breached ditch, multiple shallow and deep seated landslide terrain sites in section 33, and 2 adjacent landslides in section 34.  SPI is planning to use and construct roads, landings and crossings during the winter period, and use ground based equipment on steep slopes designated for cable logging in units 4301H and 404M.  They also are planning to use tractors to pile slash on slopes between 40% and 50% grade, and use tractors on slopes over 30% grade that do not flatten before reaching a watercourse.  14 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, and culvert repair/replacement.  There are northern goshawk nests within 900 feet and 1.6 miles of the THP area, a bald eagle nest within 2.1 miles of the THP area, and an osprey nest within 1.35 miles of the THP area.  Sierra Clarkia was reported in units 481, 550, 553 and near units 462, 481 and unit 544.  Three CA spotted owl nesting territories are located in the THP area ranging from within the THP area (section 16), 2000 feet from the THP area (section 33), and 2300 feet from the THP area (section 30).

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