Monday, December 17, 2018

Sierra Pacific Industries to log NE of Placerville, CA by Union Valley Reservoir and South Fork Campground.


Google Earth Photo By Miracle Powell
THP 4-18-155 ELD (Oui Oui THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 565 acres; 55% fuel break, 33% clearcut, 5% no-harvest, 4% commercial thin, 2% selection, 1% roadside logging. Lower South Fork Rubicon River, Rocky Basin Creek, Stony Creek, Upper South Fork Rubicon River (MD: T12N R14E Sec 2, T13N R14E Sec 9, 13, 14, 16, 17, 21, 22, 23, 26, 27, 28, 29, 34, 35).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, landslide terrain, 33 road drainage work sites, south fork campground, herbicides, CA spotted owl, northern goshawk, Cooper’s hawk, 5 sensitive plant species, scattered large trees. Estimated public comment deadline: 01/01/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 20 miles NE of Placerville, CA, and about 12 miles north of Highway 50 near Union Valley Reservoir, a popular picnicking, swimming, fishing and boating destination (US Forest Service South Fork Campground is located within 600 feet of the THP area). Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a fuel break and clearcut tractor based logging operation on steep and unstable slopes (section 16) in white fir, ponderosa pine, Jeffrey pine, incense cedar and sugar pine forests at an elevation of 5,050 to 6,160 feet.  SPI is planning to tractor pile slash on slopes between 40% and 50% grade, and on slopes over 30% grade that lead without flattening to a class I (year round) and class II (mid sized) watercourse area.  They also are planning to use ground based equipment across an unstable area for road maintenance in section 16, and construct a short segment of road (75 ft) to access a waterhole inside a class I (year round) watercourse area.  33 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  There are northern goshawk territories within .24 mi, .26 mi, 3.1 mi, and 4.1 mi from timber harvest units in sections 15, 19 and 23. In 2004, a Cooper’s hawk nest was reported within 100 feet of the nearest THP unit, and an historic (1991) sighting exists of a red fox along the road to Loon Lake, .6 miles from the THP area. Wooly violet was found in unit 200, and Coleman’s piperia was found along the right of way for roads S14 and S17, units 210 and 161, and also at FB10 and FB12. Fresno mat was found in unit 210, Mingan’s moonwort was found in unit 292, and on proposed seasonal road S16, and scalloped moonwort was found at a spring in unit 292, and at an alder thicket in unit FB10.  There are 12 CA spotted owl territories ranging from 200 feet to 1.9 miles from the THP area.

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