SPI plans to clear cut 400 acres

By Alex MacLean, The Union Democrat

Sierra Pacific Industries has proposed a new plan to clear-cut nearly 400 acres of land it owns north of Dorrington, adding to another timber harvest plan in Calaveras County that has raised concerns for some nearby landowners.

The new plan, called the "Alamo timber harvest plan," would bring the total acreage of SPI-owned land in Calaveras County proposed for clearcutting to more than 650 acres. A separate proposal to cut nearly 260 acres northeast of Arnold is still awaiting approval from Cal Fire.

According to the THP Tracking Center, an Oregon-based watchdog organization that tracks timber harvest plans, SPI has clear-cut about 4,650 acres in the Mokelumne River Watershed since 2010, including about 1,250 in the Dorrington area.

"There are other ways to manage forests that don't involve cutting down all the trees to make a quick buck," said THP Tracking Center member Kyle Haines, of Hood River, Ore., in a written statement regarding SPI's "Alamo" plan.

Gary Whitson, a Cal Fire forest practice inspector for Calaveras County, said the agency is waiting for SPI to resubmit the "Alamo" plan because the original documents didn't list the Girl Scouts of Northern California as partial owners of the land.

For the full story, see the June 19, 2014, edition of The Union Democrat.

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