New Clearcut Logging Plan Near Arnold, CA

Sierra Pacific Industries has filed yet another horrific clearcut logging plan.  Here are the details and an aerial overview of this forest area that will be severely clearcut.

THP 4-12-030 CAL (Lookout THP) Sierra Pacific Industries, 404 acres; 61% clearcut, 25% fuel break, 8% no-harvest, 5% selection, 1% roadside logging.  Upper Licking Fork, Swamp Creek (MD: T6N R14E Sec.36; MD: T6N R15E Sec.20, 21, 28, 29, 30, 31).  Winter operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, 9 CA spotted owls within 1.3mi, 2 goshawk territories, three bracted onion, trees up to 40” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/12/13.

This THP is generally SE of Sacramento, and 6 miles North of Arnold, CA and Highway 4.  SPI will be extending clearcuts to the West in this area at an elevation of 4,280 – 6,000 feet.  They are planning 6,700 feet of new road construction, and to use track excavators on slopes less than 50% for fuels work.  SPI wants to use an existing landing and 5 road segments in streamside areas, and there are 5 road drainage work sites including dip construction, rocking and culvert repair.  SPI will also be using 33 acres of so called “operational areas” to construct tail holds and skid trails/roads that are outside, but lead into harvest units.  Three Bracted Onion habitat was found in units 2157, 2167, 2168 & 2225.  SPI reported 9 CA spotted owls within 1 mi.

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