Friday, December 27, 2019

Logging proposed amongst 500+ year old giant sequoia trees in Mountain Home State Forest NE of Porterville, CA.

Google Earth Photo By Bear Morales
THP 4-19-205 TUL (Tub Flat THP) Mountain Home State Forest, 630 acres; 76% selection, 21% no-harvest, 4% group selection logging. Silver Creek, Upper North Bear Creek (MD: T19S R30E Sec 24, 25, 36; T19S R31E Sec 30, 31).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 60%, 5 road drainage work sites, logging near old growth giant sequoias, shake camp campground, loop and loop cutoff trails, Moses roadless area, CA spotted owl, northern goshawk, pacific fisher, sharp shinned hawk, Cooper’s hawk, trees up to 140 years old.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/12/20. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 8 miles NE of Springville, CA and about 18 miles NE of Porterville, CA by Shake Camp Campground and the Loop Trail and Loop Cutoff Trails within Mountain Home State Forest at an elevation of 6,200 to 7,000 feet. Mountain Home State Forest is planning a mostly individual tree selection tractor based logging operation in ponderosa pine, sugar pine, incense cedar, white fir, Douglas fir and giant sequoia forests. Sections 24, 30 & 31 are adjacent to the Moses Roadless Area, and logging is proposed amongst scattered old growth giant sequoias 500+ years old. Five road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  In 1992, a pacific fisher was spotted within .5 miles of the THP area, and there is a northern goshawk territory within .75 miles of the THP area in the Upper North Bear Creek Watershed.  Cooper’s hawks and sharp shinned hawks were reported within 1 mile of the THP area, and there are 2 CA spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.