Commercial high volume firewood cutters on the Modoc National Forest look for a very
specific type of Western juniper. They prefer old growth juniper that are tall, straight
and with few limbs. These junipers usually grow relatively close together.
On October 7, 2013, we came across a high volume commercial old growth juniper firewood
cutting operation located on FS Road 46N12 just north of Timbered Mountain.
The operators cut a fence to gain access to a 5.5 acre site of tall, straight old
growth juniper. Early in the spring they cut the old juniper and left it. At some
point in the summer the firewood cutters began to cut and remove the firewood. They
were still working this site in October 2013. We noted at least two and more likely
up to four truck loads of old growth juniper firewood leave this site in just one
Gallery of Individual Old Trees from the Commercial Old Growth Juniper Firewood Cutting
Site. October 7, 2013
Gallery of Images of the Commercial Site on October 7, 2013.
A High Volume Commercial Old Growth Juniper Woodcutting Site Used During the 2012
About two tenths of a mile southwest of the currently active old growth juniper woodcutting
site described above, is the remnants of an old growth juniper firewood site apparently
used by some of the same commercial operators. Based on foliage condition and garbage
left at the site, this site was probably in use during the 2012 season. As usual,
tall straight old growth juniper were the targeted trees at this commercial site.