Sunday, October 7, 2018

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log SE of Placerville, CA near Jenkinson Lake.

Google Earth Photo By Wayne Calhoon
THP 4-18-014 ELD (Super Fun THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 420 acres; 65% clearcut, 21% fuel break, 5% sanitation salvage, 5% commercial thin, 4% no-harvest, 1% roadside logging.  Upper Alder Creek, Snow Creek, Headwaters Camp Creek, North Sly Park Creek, Lower Sly Park Creek, Van Horn Creek, Middle Butte (MD: T10N R13E Sec.13, 15, 16, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27; T10N R14E Sec.20, 22, 23, 27; T10N R15E Sec.19, 29).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, unstable area, 9 road drainage work sites, Jenkinson Lake, herbicides, CA spotted owl, northern goshawk, bald eagle, golden eagle, foothill yellow legged frog, Sierra Nevada yellow legged frog, 3 sensitive plant species, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 10/15/18. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP  

This THP is about 17 miles SE of Placerville, CA and about 4 miles south of Highway 50 near Jenkinson Lake, a popular fishing, boating, swimming, camping and hiking destination. Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor based logging operation in incense cedar, ponderosa pine, white fir, sugar pine, and Douglas fir forests at an elevation of 3,520 to 6,200 feet.  There is a small unstable area (outside edge of a landing that has failed/eroded) in unit 230 within section 23.  SPI is planning to use ground based equipment on slopes up to 50% grade for tractor pilling, use ground based equipment at a fill failure site within unit 230 for restoration work, and use an existing landing inside a class III (intermittent) watercourse area within unit FB6.  Nine road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  There are 8 northern goshawk territories (.4 mi to 1.5 mi from THP units), a bald eagle territory at Jenkinson Lake within .6 miles of THP units in section 9, and in 1996, a golden eagle was reported within 1.6 mi of THP units in section 36. Sierra Nevada yellow legged frogs were spotted in section 29 (.55 mi from THP units), section 11 (1 mi from THP units), and section 27 (1.4 mi from THP units), and Foothill yellow legged frogs were reported (1992 to 1999) at Camp Creek (.6 mi and .9 mi from THP units), and at Snow Creek (1.5 mi from THP units).  Coleman’s piperia was found in units FB5, 200, 201, 220, 272 and 273, Sierra clarkia was found in units SE1, FB2, FB6, 190, 200, 201, 272, and 273, and Kellogg’s lewisia was found outside of THP units.  There are 27 California spotted owl territories (.13 mi to 1.7 mi from THP units).

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