Monday, July 15, 2019

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut and fuel break log along the northern portion of Union Valley Reservoir NE of Placerville, CA.


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THP 4-19-092 ELD (Futned THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 957 acres; 57% fuelbreak, 31% clearcut, 5% commercial thin, 4% selection, 3% no-harvest, misc roadside logging.  Big Silver Creek, Little Silver Creek, Maud Lake, Tells Creek, Union Valley Reservoir (MD: T12N R14E Sec 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 22, 23, 24, 26; T12N R15E Sec 7). Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, 42 road drainage work sites, oversized units, Pyramid Roadless Area, herbicides, CA spotted owl, bald eagle, golden eagle, osprey, northern goshawk, Cooper’s hawk, sharp shinned hawk, Coleman’s piperia, 3 sensitive plant species, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 08/09/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 21 miles NE of Placerville, CA and about 8 miles north of Highway 50 along the northern shore of Union Creek Reservoir, a popular fishing, picnicking, camping, hiking, boating, swimming, hunting and OHV recreation area. There are 9 public lands campgrounds and 1 SMUD campground near/adjacent to Union Valley Reservoir, including; a SMUD campground adjacent to unit FB28, the Wrench Creek Campground adjacent to unit 141, and the Union Valley Bike Trail adjacent to units 141, 220, FB14, FB15, FB17, FB18 and FB22.  A 250 foot selection logging buffer will be established between the Wrench Creek Campground and unit 141 to hide the visual impacts from clearcutting.  Sierra Pacific Industries is panning a fuel break and clearcut tractor based logging operation in Douglas fir, ponderosa pine, sugar pine, Jeffrey pine and white fir forests at an elevation of 4,880 to 6,280 feet.  Section 7 is adjacent to the Pyramid Roadless Area.  SPI is planning to use and construction roads, crossings and landings during the winter period, and use an existing landing inside a class I (year round) watercourse area inside unit CT2.  42 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement. There are 5 bald eagle nest sites between 175 feet to .79 miles from THP units, and 4 northern goshawk territories between .4 and 1.5 miles of THP units.  In 2007, an osprey was reported nesting inside unit 261, a Cooper’s hawk was reported within .21 miles of the THP area, and a golden eagle was spotted .85 miles from the nearest harvest unit.  Sharp shinned hawks were also reported within .49 to 1.82 miles of the THP area. Red hills soap plant was found inside unit FB11, wolly violet was found in units 261, FB26 and FB27, and Coleman’s piperia was reported inside units 141, 230, 902, FB18 and FB24.  There are 7 CA spotted owl nesting territories within 290 feet to 1.75 miles from the THP area. 

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