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Forest thinning planned by SMUD

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From page B1 | July 08, 2013 | 11 Comments

A forest thinning project on Iowa Hill is being planned by SMUD (Sacramento Metropolitan Utility District) for later this year.

Scott Flake, who is manager of power generation with SMUD, said the agency would file for a permit this week to undertake the project which is on 80 acres owned by the utility on Iowa Hill above Slap Creek Reservoir.

He said once filed, residents would have a 60-day period to comment on the application for the thinning. Letters to affected property owners will be going out soon.

“A lot of property up there is overgrown,” he said, noting that the project will reduce the fire danger and improve forest health.

The impact of the operation is expected to be limited to the sound of machinery and increased traffic on Cable and Badger Hill roads. Sale of the removed wood is expected to pay for the operation.

Flake said they plan to start in late September or October and will complete the project in five to six weeks.

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Discussion | 11 comments

  • MikeJuly 06, 2013 - 9:36 am

    Can we start doing this everywhere, instead of making the National Forests off limits to humans, and then watching them all burn out every few years? Management is the key, not letting things become overgrown so they get burned out of existence. I'm not a fan of cutting old growth Redwoods at all.

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  • FranJuly 06, 2013 - 9:59 am

    There are also many out of work loggers who could help--just give them the wood in exchange for work --various parts of the forest...are too thick. But this is a start. I know of a fire--where this idea of loggers going in a creating a cleared circle to help...in exchange for the wood. It was turned down--shame--loggers are trained for the quick and safe removal of trees.

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  • FranJuly 06, 2013 - 10:06 am

    Recently, someone told me they went to an Ipad to "go green"--I have heard this a lot lately...sorry folks...electronics are not sustainable as of yet...and one cant get greener than a tree...but hats off to the marketing of that. Just ask a library--paper books out--e-readers in...and the new thing "WiFi" gardens--oh wait...maybe thats still a secret...shhhhhhhhhhhhhhh Advertising--gotta love it.

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  • SusanJuly 07, 2013 - 9:56 am

    There is a growing amount of evidence that thinning forests does not stop or reduce wildfires and in facts deteriorates forest health. Thinning is about profits for timber companies, not about forest health. Here are a few articles I read recently: http://www.counterpunch.org/2007/11/29/forest-fires-lies-and-chainsaws/ http://yeoldeconsciousnessshoppe.com/art6.html If you are on facebook, you can follow the "Stop Thinning Forests" for more information. https://www.facebook.com/StopThinningForests?fref=ts

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  • jimJuly 08, 2013 - 6:45 am

    where is slap creek reservoir?

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  • Phil VeerkampJuly 08, 2013 - 6:53 am

    Jim, misprint - should be Slab Creek Reservoir - 2.5 mi N of Camino

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  • cookie65July 08, 2013 - 10:28 am

    The enormous amount of fuel in the forest is due to man's interference with the natural process. Not a better example of TOO MUCH government anywhere. For decades we have rushed code 3 to stop nature from doing what nature does. Now instead of having germinating fires which are beneficial to the forest we have sterilizing fires. We have spent hundreds of billions preventing nature from running its course and now we have a timebomb. That fire in Arizona was lightening caused and 19 souls were lost trying to save some trees. The forest needs fire, the same way an obama voter needs government.

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  • FranJuly 08, 2013 - 10:58 am

    Cookie--you are so right...California has always been slash and burn--some of the plants can even ignite all by themselves. Indians understood this...farmers understood this...loggers understood this....someone has stopped it--and it is dangerous here in Pollock...which the insurance companies now understand.

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  • Foaming at the MouthJuly 08, 2013 - 9:20 pm

    No, 19 souls were lost trying to save houses, which is even stupider.

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  • FranJuly 09, 2013 - 8:31 am

    Kyburz Fire Update as of July 8 at 10:00 p.m. http://www.edcgov.us/Goverment.aspx?id=6442451526 "Under the direction of the forest service engine and El Dorado County Sheriff, 100 individuals comprising of 70 children and 30 adults were successfully evacuated out of the music camp." "The extent of the fire is still being determined; however, early estimates put the range between 160 and 400 acres."

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  • Fran DuchampOctober 23, 2013 - 6:14 pm

    This was talked about today --it is ready to start. Logs will come out and go off the hill for milling...undergrowth will go to a biomass co. off the hill. Workers will eat in town--so money will come into Pollock...yay. (Would have liked to see the mill open for logging--but told it will never happen--someone has big plans for the area instead--giving up history? not sure--it is a surprise.)

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