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Old Growth Western Juniper

May 2012

In September of 2007, we stumbled onto a Bureau of Land Management juniper removal project on Likely Mountain, a few miles southwest of Likely in northeastern California. We did not arrive soon enough to save these two very old junipers, pictured below, (nor many more like them), but with the active cooperation and assistance of the Alturas Field Office of the BLM, we were able to preserve nearly 500 old growth juniper from being turned into bio-mass material. We have been documenting and reporting impacts to old growth western juniper communities on public lands ever since.

The Modoc National Forest was recently responsible for extremely severe damage to a large old growth juniper community during a hand cut juniper thinning project on MNF lands (Big Sage Allotment, 2012). We were told that the Forest Service “partnered” with the Natural Resources Conservation Service on this project.  Apparently the NRCS has contracts with livestock permittees for juniper thinning projects on both public and private lands.

Meanwhile, illegal old growth wood cutting  on the MNF also continues. There are NO conservation groups in the area where we live, hence this website.