Saturday, November 30, 2013

Fruit Growers Supply Company to log near Lassen National Park.

PANORAMIO Photo By jwkeene
THP 2-13-098 LAS (The Guzzler THP) Fruit Growers Supply Company, 3580 acres; 73% group selection, 12% clearcut, 10% sanitation salvage, 3% commercial thin, 3% no-harvest, misc roadside logging.  Poison Lake, Middle Butte Creek, Lower Butte Creek, Grays Valley (MD: T32N R7E Sec.8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26; T32N R8E Sec.19, 30).  Winter operations, low erosion hazard, slopes up to 40%, oversized units, herbicides, seasonal wet meadow, 3 CA spotted owls within 1.3mi, goshawk within .25 mi, sandhill crane sightings, Sucksdorf's milk vetch, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/05/14. VIEW

This THP is about 6 miles NE of Lassen National Park just off Highway 44 at an elevation of 5580 to 6300 feet.  Fruit Growers Supply Company is planning a tractor based logging operation in Jeffrey pine, ponderosa pine, sugar pine, white fir, incense cedar, lodgepole pine and red fir forests.  Over 12,200 feet of new seasonal road construction is proposed.  Fruit Growers is claiming that white fir are dead and dying due to fir engraver beetle, and also some limited infestation of mistletoe in Jeffrey pine and ponderosa pine stands (such conditions are not necessarily abnormal at higher elevations). CA spotted owls have been spotted within .25 mi to .5 mi of the THP area in sections 14, 30 and 32. There were multiple Greater sandhill crane sightings reported near Poison Lake and Grays Valley, and multiple American badger sightings reported in sections 6,9,11,17 and 22.  A goshawk nest exists within .25 mi of the THP area on USFS land in section 30, and also at Bogard Butte in section 4.  There are 4 historic Sierra Nevada red fox sightings including a sighting adjacent to the THP area in section 9, and additional sightings from .75 mi to 4.5 mi away.  Sucksdorf's milk vetch was found in 3 locations near a seasonal meadow complex in section 16. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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