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.