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Old Growth Western Juniper

Pictures of illegal wood cutting on a new site just north of Modoc Recreational Estates on the Modoc National Forest, July 16, 2012.

After several years of cutting old growth juniper at a site east of Crowder Flat Road, this wood cutter has moved to a new old juniper woodland just east of Pencil Road on the Modoc National Forest north of Modoc Recreational Estates. Pictures of the new road to the site are included as well as one day’s truck load that contains only old growth with ages from 260 years to over 380 years old.

The measuring stick has six inch increments

The old growth juniper woodland that this commercial wood cutter is now using has few trees per acre. Many of the trees have several trunks and almost all are shorter than 20 feet. There are very few legal to cut young juniper trees in this old woodland. So far not one legal tree has been cut here by this wood cutter. There are still parts of this woodland worth saving. We do not expect the Modoc National Forest to begin enforcing the rules anytime soon!