Thursday, February 14, 2019

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut and fuel break log NE of Volcano, CA and Carson Pass Highway.


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THP 4-19-010 ELD (Schell THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 569 acres; 48% clearcut, 20% fuel break, 14% no-harvest, 11% selection, 6% rehab, 1% roadside logging.  John Schell Mine (MD: T8N R13E Sec 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 34, 35; T8N R14E Sec 19, 30).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, 39 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, CA spotted owl, 3 sensitive plant species, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 03/02/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 15 miles SE of Placerville, CA, and about 7 miles NE of Volcano, CA near Highway 88 (Carson Pass Highway) at an elevation of 3,400 to 4,400 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut and fuel break tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in ponderosa pine, incense cedar, Douglas fir, white fir and sugar pine forests. There are 4 unstable areas (debris slides and rock slides) in the THP area in and adjacent to units 2312 and 2267.  SPI is planning to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging, and use and construct roads, landings and crossings during the winter period. They also are planning to use and/or construct a landing and temporary roads across unstable areas in unit 2267, and use and/or construct roads within watercourse areas including; the construction of a seasonal road within a class III (intermittent) watercourse area on the western edge of unit 2418. 39 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  Sierra clarkia was found just west of unit 2973, and in and around units 2199, and 2510, Coleman’s rein orchid was found on the western edge of unit 2167, and Pleasant valley mariposa lily was found on a ridge above unit 2973.  There are 10 CA spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

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