Thursday, April 4, 2013

Fruit Growers Supply Company to log nice high elevation stands above Grass Lake in Siskiyou County

Grass Lake Elk Photo By Sue Kelso Haines
THP 2-13-011 SIS (Bear Rock THP) Fruit Growers Supply Company, 278 acres; 73% shelterwood, 23% clearcut, 4% aspen & wet area restoration.  Davis Gulch, Wallow Creek, Spring Creek (MD: T44N R3W Sec.7, 8, 16, 17, 19, 20).  Winter operations, low erosion hazard, slopes up to 45%, impaired 303.d watershed, coho watershed, herbicides, 1 spotted owl territory within 1.3mi, bald eagle within .5mi, 2 goshawk territories within 1.3mi, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 05/15/13.

This THP is about 23 miles NE of Mt. Shasta and about 1.5 miles west of Grass Lake and Highway 97.  Fruit Growers Supply Company is planning a tractor, skidder and feller buncher logging operation amongst some nice high elevation (5,200 - 6,900 feet) stands of White fir, Ponderosa pine, Douglas fir, Incense cedar and Red fir.  Large trees over 80 years old will be removed using the shelterwood logging prescription, and there will also be some clearcut logging and cutting of conifers around aspen groves and wet areas.  The area is rich in wildlife sightings including a bald eagle nest site within .5 mi, 2 goshawk territories within 1.3 mi, 1 spotted owl territory within 1.3 mi, American marten sightings, and Rocky Mountain Elk and Greater Sandhill Crane sightings at nearby Grass Lake.  Grass Lake is also home to the rare Grass Lake Tiger Salamander. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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