Friday, October 26, 2018

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log trees up to 58” dbh north of Dorrington, CA.

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THP 4-18-016 CAL (Mulligan THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 513 acres; 73% clearcut, 17% fuelbreak, 9% selection, 2% commercial thin logging.  Airola Creek (MD:T06N R15E Sec 24, 25, 26, 27, 35, 36; T06N R16E Sec 20, 29, 30, 31).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, landslide terrain, 89 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, CA spotted owl, northern goshawk, 3 sensitive plant species, trees up to 58” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/06/18. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 6 miles NE of Arnold, CA, 3 miles north of Dorrington, CA, and just north of Highway 4 at an elevation of 4,100 to 6,000 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a clearcut and fuel break tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in ponderosa pine, sugar pine, white fir and incense cedar forests.  There are 6 unstable areas including multiple rotational slumps, dormant slips and broken uneven ground.  SPI is planning to use 15 skid trails, roads and landings inside class I (year round), class II (mid sized) and class III (seasonal) watercourse areas.  89 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  In 2015, a goshawk was reported in section 19, and in 2006, a goshawk was reported in section 18.  Stebbin’s lomatium was found in unit 3551, scalloped moonwort was found near unit 3388, and Coleman’s piperia was found in unit 3559.  There are 6 CA spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area in sections 1, 6, 19, 25, 26, 27, 31, 34 and 36.

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