Tuesday, March 19, 2013

New Fruit Growers Supply Company THP threatens Sierra Nevada Red Fox

THP 2-13-010 LAS (Campbell Mountain THP) Fruit Growers Supply Company, 1530 acres; 39% sanitation salvage, 25% shelterwood, 19% selection, 17% clearcut, misc roadside logging.  Bridges Creek, Pine Creek Valley, Pine Creek Valley (MD: T31N R9E Sec.5, 6, 7, 8, 17, 18, 19).  Winter operations, low erosion hazard, slopes up to 45%, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, 1 CA spotted owl within 1.3mi, red fox camera sightings, goshawk sightings within .25 mi, greater sandhill crane sightings within .25 mi, osprey and badger sightings, scattered large trees. Estimated public comment deadline: 05/02/13.

This THP is about 13 miles north of the town of Westwood, CA in the Lassen area near Highway 44.  Fruit Growers Supply Company is planning a large 100% tractor logging operation at an elevation of 5,640 to 6,440 feet that contains some nice high elevation Lodgepole pine and red fir stands. The THP area is close to one of the few areas in California that contains the elusive Sierra Nevada Red Fox.  There were bated camera sightings reported of red foxes in the THP area, and near county road 105.  OR 7, California’s only grey wolf was also reported to have traveled through the area.  Since most of the THP is sanitation - salvage and shelterwood removal, large trees will be removed destroying habitat used by the California Spotted Owl, Northern goshawk, Sierra Nevada Red Fox and Pine marten which have all been seen in the area.  The THP area also contains some beautiful seasonal meadows and lakes used by Greater sandhill cranes, osprey and American badgers. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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