Sunday, December 6, 2015

Fruit Growers Supply Company to log next to Eagle Lake and Merrill Campgrounds at Eagle Lake


PANORAMIO Photo By jwkeene
THP 2-15-077 LAS (Eagle THP) Fruit Growers Supply Company, 2,972 acres; 74% commercial thin, 24% sanitation salvage, 2% clearcut, 1% rehab logging.  Papoose Creek, Merrill Creek, Fox Mtn. (MD: T31N R10E Sec.13, 14, 15, 24, 25, 36; T31N R11E Sec.18, 19, 29, 30, 31, 32).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, 20 road drainage work sites, papoose meadow, Eagle Lake and Merrill Campgrounds, herbicides, 1 CA spotted owl within 1.3 mi, goshawk within 1 mi, bald eagle nest within .75 mi, osprey nest within 200 ft, yellow rail and sandhill crane sightings at Papoose meadow, red tailed hawk nest, Susanville beardtongue, trees up to 30" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/23/15. VIEW

This THP is 9 miles NW of Susanville, CA and adjacent to Eagle Lake and Merrill Campgrounds along the southern shoreline of Eagle Lake.  Fruit Growers Supply Company is planning a tractor based logging operation in white fir, sugar pine, incense cedar and ponderosa pine forests at an elevation of 5,200 to 6,300 feet.  20 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction and culvert repair/replacement.  There is a goshawk territory 1 mi SW of the THP area in section 2, a bald eagle nest .75 mi north of the THP area in section 7, and a bald eagle nest in section 10.  An osprey nest was reported to be .5 mi east of the THP area in section 17, and another osprey nest was reported to be 200 feet north of the THP area in section 14.  Greater sandhill cranes have been spotted at nearby Papoose Meadow, and there is a red tailed hawk nest in section 18.  Susanville beardtongue was located in the west half of section 33. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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