Monday, December 17, 2018

Fruit Growers Supply Company to log trees up to 24” dbh north of Westwood, CA.

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THP 2-18-153 LAS (Martin THP) Fruit Growers Supply Company, 3,036 acres; 63% group selection, 34% sanitation salvage, 3% clearcut logging. Bridges Creek, Martin Creek (MD: T31N R9E Sec 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 20, 21, 22, 23, 26, 27, 28).  Winter operations, low erosion hazard, slopes up to 40%, 17 road drainage work sites, herbicides, CA spotted owl, northern goshawk, bald eagle, osprey, greater sandhill crane, Sierra Nevada red fox, America badger, Davy’s sedge, western catchfly, scattered trees over 24” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/01/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 15 miles north of Westwood, CA and a few miles east of Highway 44 at an elevation of 5,700 to 6,400 feet. Fruit Growers Supply Company is planning a mostly group selection tractor based logging operation in white fir, red fir, sugar pine, ponderosa pine, lodgepole pine, Jeffrey pine and incense cedar forests. 17 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  There is a northern goshawk territory .1 miles north of the THP area in section 10, and a northern goshawk territory .3 miles SE of the THP area in section 14. Greater sandhill cranes were reported at Feather Lake, 1.25 miles west of the THP area, and at Pine Creek Valley, 2.5 miles north of the THP area.  An America badger was spotted in the THP area, an osprey was spotted .5 miles south of the THP area at Bridge Creek (section 34), and a bald eagle was reported at McCoy Flat Reservoir, 2 miles south of the THP area. Western catchfly was found at Bridge Creek, just east of the THP area, and Davy’s sedge was found within the THP area in section 17. There is a CA spotted owl territory at Campbell Mountain, .5 miles NW of the THP area.

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