Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut and sanitation salvage log nice stands of higher elevation forest near Downieville, CA.

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THP 2-19-006 SIE (Hen House THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 843 acres; 44% clearcut, 32% sanitation salvage, 21% commercial thinning, 3% shelterwood, misc roadside logging.  Little Wolf Creek, Middle Fork Kanaka Creek (MD: T19N R10E, Sec 13, 25: T19N R11E Sec 19, 21, 29, 30, 31).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, 53 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, middle yuba roadless area, herbicides, CA spotted owl, foothill yellow legged frog, Sierra valley lewisia, 11 acres of large tree logging.  Estimated public comment deadline: 02/28/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 18 miles north of I-80 and about 4 miles SE of Downieville, CA near the Middle Fork of the Yuba River at an elevation of 4,000 to 5,700 feet.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a clearcut and sanitation salvage tractor and cable logging operation in nice high elevation stands of white fir, red fir, incense cedar, Douglas fir, sugar pine and incense cedar forests.  Section 31 is adjacent to the Middle Yuba Roadless Area, and 11 acres of logging is proposed inside late seral (large tree) stands within cable clearcut unit 30-0606.  SPI is planning to construct 2 spur roads within watercourse areas, use an existing landing partially inside a class II (mid sized) watercourse area, construct 100 feet of road across a landslide area in section 21, and use ground based equipment on existing skid trails within a landslide area in section 31.  53 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, and culvert repair/replacement.  Foothill yellow legged frogs were reported within 1 mile (section 1), 1.6 miles (section 12), and 2.35 miles (section 6) from the nearest THP unit.  Sierra valley lewisia was found in section 25 within THP units.  CA spotted owls were reported within .1 mi (section 39), .3 miles (section 21), .8 miles (section 36), and 1 mile (section 27) from the nearest THP units.

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