Thursday, February 14, 2019

Sierra Pacific Industries planning a huge fuel break and clearcut logging operation adjacent to Dorrington, Camp Connell, Big Trees Village Subdivision and Calaveras Big Trees State Park.


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THP 4-19-007 CAL (Village THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 740 acres; 59% fuel break, 33% clearcut, 5% selection, 4% special, misc roadside logging.  Mill Creek (MD: T5N R15E Sec 12, 13, 14, 23, 24; T5N R16E Sec 5, 6, 7, 8; T6N R16E Sec 31, 32).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, 30 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, CA spotted owl, northern goshawk, Sierra Nevada yellow legged frog, Stebbins desert parsley, trees up to 150 years old. Estimated public comment deadline: 02/29/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

The THP area is approximately one mile east and SE of Dorrington, Camp Connell, Big Trees Village Subdivision and the eastern boundary of Calaveras Big Trees State Park.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a fuel break and clear cut tractor and cable logging operation in ponderosa pine, sugar pine, white fir, and incense cedar forests at an elevation of 3,875 to 5,650 feet. 443 acres of fuel break prescription (up to 300 feet) centered along the perimeter of Big Trees Village Subdivision, and 26 acres of Special Treatment Area (fuel break prescription) is proposed adjacent to the eastern boundary of Calaveras Big Trees State Park.  Three unstable areas are located in the THP area including; a .5 acre rotational landslide terrain site in unit 659, a 1.6 acre area of rotational slips and slumps adjacent to unit 659, and 3 acres of rotational slumps adjacent to and within unit FB 9. SPI is planning to use ground based equipment on steep slopes over 65%, and on slopes over 50% with a high erosion hazard in unit 664, and use ground based equipment on slopes over 50% grade that does not flatten before reaching a watercourse area in unit 623.  They also are planning to use a 425 foot segment of existing skid trail inside a class II (mid sized) watercourse area adjacent to unit 623, and use a 100 foot segment of skid trail inside a class II (mid sized) watercourse area adjacent to unit 663.  In 1998, a northern goshawk nest site was reported .5 miles from the nearest THP unit in section 32, and an historic (1953) report describes a Sierra Nevada yellow legged frog within 1 mile of the THP area in section 12.  30 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  Stebbins desert parsley was found adjacent to unit 629, and there are 10 CA spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

1 comment:

  1. What is the report by State park wildlife and soil scientists? I am against it as proposed due to severe environmental impacts. Please publish this plan and graphics in the Amador and Calaveras and Sacramento Bee and SF Chronicle, and Marin IJ newspapers as well as report on bay area, valley and Nevada Network news TV stations

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