Sunday, November 17, 2013

Fruit Growers Supply Company to log near the Thousand Lakes Wilderness Area.

PANORAMIO Photo By aliandjgohiking
THP 2-13-089 SHA (Trailhead THP) Fruit Growers Supply Company, 679 acres; 47% sanitation salvage, 27% shelterwood, 25% clearcut, 2% meadow & aspen restoration.  Thousand Lakes Valley (MD: T33N R4E Sec.14, 15, 16, 23).  Winter operations, low erosion hazard, slopes up to 30%, oversized units, seasonal wet meadows, thousand lakes wilderness area, 1 CA spotted owl within 1.3mi, goshawk sighting, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/18/13.

This THP is about 4 miles NW of Old Station, CA and Highway 89 at an elevation of 4,500 to 6,100 feet.  Fruit Growers Supply Company is planning a tractor based logging operation in ponderosa pine, sugar pine, white fir, lodgepole pine and incense cedar forests.  The THP is named “Trailhead THP” because it is adjacent to the Tamarack Trailhead for the Thousand Lakes Wilderness Area in section 16.  This area is a popular destination for backpackers and day hikers, and is also close to the Cypress roadless area.  Fruit Growers Supply Company is proposing 184 acres of an alternative prescription which allows for the removal of the largest trees within the stand, and targeted sanitation salvage of individual trees that are growing slowly or showing signs of insects or disease (such conditions are not abnormal at higher elevations).  Heavy equipment is also planned for use in seasonally wet meadows to cut encroaching conifers in 2 aspen stands, and 1 meadow area.  There is 1 CA spotted owl territory nearby, and an historic (1996) goshawk nesting territory just south of the THP area on USFS land. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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