Monday, November 12, 2018

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log SE of Colfax, CA.


Google Earth Photo By Debbie Innis
THP 2-18-115 PLA (Baker Divide THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 815 acres; 54% commercial thin, 45% clearcut, 1% no-harvest logging.  Brushy Canyon, Huges Mill (MD: T14N R10E Sec 12, 13; T14N R11E Sec 6, 7, 8, 17, 18, 19).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, CA spotted owl, foothill yellow legged frog, 2 sensitive plant species, trees up to 100 years old.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/24/18. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 8 miles SE of Colfax, CA and Highway 80, and about 2.7 miles NE of Foresthill, CA at an elevation of 2,400 to 4,100 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a commercial thinning and clearcut tractor and cable logging logging operation in ponderosa pine, sugar pine, Douglas fir, white fir and incense cedar forests.  SPI is proposing to use temporary skid roads in class III (intermittent) watercourse areas during the winter period. Two foothill yellow legged frogs were reported in the THP area including; a foothill yellow legged frog sighting within .25 miles of harvest units in section 8, and a foothill yellow legged frog sighting within 1 mile of harvest units in section 5. Van Zuik’s morning glory was observed along the road bordering unit 08-0804 and along the Finning Mill Road, and Sierra blue grass was observed inside units A and B.  There are 4 CA spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

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