Thursday, December 6, 2018

Sierra Pacific Industries to log near the North Fork of the American River east of Colfax, CA.


Google Earth photo by Robert Sydnor
THP 2-18-143 PLA (Westwood THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 768 acres; 57% sanitation salvage, 32% clearcut, 5% fuel break, 5% selection, 1% no-harvest logging. El Dorado Canyon, Grouse Creek, Secret Canyon (MD: T15N R12E Sec 8, 9, 16, 17, 19, 21, 31).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 80%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 26 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, North Fork American River Roadless Area, herbicides, CA spotted owl, northern goshawk, Sierra blue grass, wooly violet, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/17/18. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 15 miles east of Colfax, CA and I-80 near the North Fork of the American River at an elevation of 3,700 to 5,300 feet.  Units 21 and 31 are adjacent to the North Fork American River Roadless Area.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a sanitation salvage and clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in ponderosa pine, white fir, Douglas fir, sugar pine, and incense cedar forests.  There are 4 unstable areas in the THP area including; 2 unstable areas related to roads, and 2 unstable areas within and adjacent to THP units.  SPI is planning to use and construct roads, landings and crossings during the winter period, and use ground based equipment (tractors) in areas designated for cable logging to skid logs in units 08-0603, 08-01, and 17-810.  They also are planning to use 2 landings and a skid trail inside a watercourse area in section 17, and re-construct a road at the head of a landslide area in section 10, re-construct a road around a landslide area in section 31, and repair several road related fill failures.  26 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  A northern goshawk was reported within .7 miles of the nearest harvest unit in section 25, and an historic (1989) sighting of a Sierra Nevada Red Fox exists within .9 miles of the THP area in section 27.  Wooly violet was found in unit 8-403, and Sierra blue grass was observed in units 19-301, 17-806, 9-407, 9-808, and 17-302.  Three CA Spotted owl sightings were reported including; a CA spotted owl sighting in a sanitation salvage unit in section 9, a CA spotted owl sighting within .12 miles of the THP area in section 18, and a CA spotted owl sighting within .9 miles of the THP area in section 15.

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