Saturday, February 29, 2020

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut and build fuel breaks north of the Carson Pass Highway amongst trees up to 300 years old.

Google Earth Photo By Nancy Hayes
THP 4-20-017 ELD (Go For Gold THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 1,096 acres; 49% fuel break, 37% clearcut, 10% selection, 1% sanitation salvage, 1% shelterwood, 1% commercial thin, 1% roadside logging. Sopidgo Creek (MD: T8N R13E Sec 3, 4, 5, 9, 11, 12, 13; T8N R14E Sec 17, 18, 19, 20; T9N R13E Sec 32, 33).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 60%, steep roads, landslide terrain, 22 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, CA spotted owl, northern goshawk, CA red legged frog, 2 sensitive plant species, trees up to 300 years old.  Estimated public comment deadline: 03/15/20. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP, THP PLAN

This THP is about 9 miles NE of the town of Pioneer, CA between Omo Ranch and Highway 88 (Carson Pass Highway) at an elevation of 3,200 to 4,800 feet. Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a clearcut and fuel break tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Douglas fir, white fir, ponderosa pine, sugar pine and incense cedar forests. There is an unstable area (fill slope failure) between a landing and an historic water ditch near unit SS-13.  Sierra Pacific Industries is planning to use temporary crossings, roads and landings during the winter period, use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging inside units 5165 and 5831, and use ground based equipment on slopes exceeding 50% with a high erosion hazard in units 5165 and 5831. They also are planning to use an existing steep temporary road segment inside unit 5854 exceeding 28% for 150 feet within 100 feet of a class I (year round) watercourse area, and use ground based equipment immediately above and below an unstable area near unit SS-13. Ground based equipment is planned for use on existing skid trails inside class II (mid sized) watercourse areas in units 5831 and 5873, and inside class III (intermittent l) watercourse areas inside units 5174 and 5201.  22 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  In 2019, a northern goshawk was reported within .25 miles of the THP area in section 13, also within .25 miles of the THP area in section 18 (1998), and in 2002, a CA red legged frog was reported within .25 miles of the THP area in section 21.  Slender mariposa lily was found within units FB0304, FB18, FB1820, and 4868, and Sierra clarkia was found within unit 5165, and adjacent to unit 5197. There are 8 CA spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.


  1. Thank you for providing this very helpful website full of important information. I am very concerned with the impacts to water quality, increased fire danger from even aged stands that they create from mature forests, and impacts to the wildlife. I am trying to find more information related to regulations for the protection of the California Spotted Owl, Northern Goshawk and Ca Red legged frog. I am not sure what area is to be protected surrounding Ca Spotted Owl nesting territories. Also if it is appropriate for only a 15 day comment period as this THP was submitted on 3/2 and comments are due 3/17, which does not seem like an appropriate period for public comments. Any information and/or examples or links to the regulations would be extremely helpful. Thanks ~ Hannah Schembri (Bartholomew)

    1. I also am very concerned with cumulative effects, my email is Thanks~ Hannah Schembri