Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Sierra Pacific Industries to clearcut log trees up to 140 years old SW of Downieville, CA.


Google Earth Photo By David Alexander
THP 2-20-048 SIE (Mountain House THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 218 acres; 68% clearcut, 15% commercial thin, 10% fuel break, 7% sanitation salvage, misc roadside logging. Goodyears Creek, Kanaka Creek, Luck Dog Creek, Rock Creek, St Catherine Creek (MD: T19N R10E Sec 7, 9, 31).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, oversized units, 49 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, CA spotted owl, northern goshawk, Sierra marten, foothill yellow legged frog, 2 sensitive plant species, trees up to 140 years old. Estimated public comment deadline: 05/03/20. SUBMIT COMMENTS, VIEW THP, THP PLAN

This THP is about 16 miles NE of Nevada City, CA and about 3 miles SW of Downieville, CA at an elevation of 3,000 to 4,900 feet. Sierra Pacific Industries is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Douglas fir, white fir, ponderosa pine, sugar pine and incense cedar forests.  There are 2 landslide terrain sites in the THP area including; a cut bank failure above a seasonal road in section 31, and an unstable area in clearcut unit 31-1006 in section 31.  Ground based equipment is proposed for use on slopes exceeding 50% with a high erosion hazard in unit 09-0405, and construction of a landing is proposed inside a class III (intermittent) watercourse area off a wide area of an existing seasonal road inside unit 09-405.  49 road drainage sites are planned for use including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  A Sierra marten was reported from a past sighting (unspecified), and there is a northern goshawk territory 1.77 miles from the nearest THP unit in section 7. Foothill yellow legged frogs were found at 2 locations within .13 and within .8 miles of the nearest THP unit in sections 7 and 8. Cantelow’s lewisia was found on a rock just outside of the northern boundary of unit 09-106 in section 9, and wooly violet was found along the edge of an open lava cap in unit 31-1005 in section 31.  There are 5 CA spotted owl territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

13 comments:

  1. Why can't they leave the forrest the hell alone. Everything you make from wood can be made from hemp or bamboo. #StopClearCuttingTheForrest.

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    1. You do know that it's forest not Forrest, right? The forest is a renewable resource just like hemp or bamboo but native to that region and thus serves the natural ecology systems. Instead of converting lands to commercial hemp or bamboo production in order to meet demand. Ultimately, it's their land and they are allowed to sustainably harvest timber from it.

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    2. It takes much longer to grow trees than hemp or bamboo, so trees are not equally renewable as hemp and bamboo.

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    3. What you all don't understand, is it's a Salvage Timber Harvesting! Most of the Trees are Dead and Dying From Bettle Infestation! And a Major Fire Hazard!! So should we let Burn and Barbque? The Spotted Owl's and �� Frog's! You City Folks are so Clueless �� Stick with Picking up Dog Poop!So it doesn't get Washed into the Bay!!

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  2. So sick of this BS. This is why we have fake wood and sustainable wood now. Here is their contact info, please write to them and let them know your thoughts! https://www.spi-ind.com/ and email address: sierra@spi-ind.com

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  3. 140 year old timber, must be second growth. Log it and get some good out of the timber before it rots or burns.

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  4. Quit buying woodproducts instead of whining.

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  5. If its Sierra Pacific its private land so stop telling people what they can and cannot do on there own property all you fools have killed California and the timber industry and that is the reason why our national forests are all dead or burnt and really unsafe to walk or hike in. Most of the big timber you all want to save is dead and hollow on the inside just because its green don't mean its healthy

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    1. If they only removed dead trees that would be good, but they take everything including mostly live trees. We need oxygen more than we need wood.

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  6. I bet your house is made from 2x4's and the foundations are made from form plywood and I bet you wipe your ass with toilet paper . logging built this country and everything in it.get over it ....go save a whale

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    1. Maybe it's time to reclaim wood from all those McMansions no one wants to buy anymore.

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  7. A really horrible idea. We need more trees,not less. Leave something for future generations.

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  8. As a homeowner that owns a piece of land in this area and enjoy a lot of my spare time in this area. Clearing fire hazards from within the area is a must but logging the steeper areas without proper air support is asking for huge problems for erosion in the near future.

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