The proposed Hare Creek
Timber Harvest Plan (THP) is located at the east end of Simpson Lane,
south of Fort Bragg.
A collection of THP
summary, maps, photos, and graphs of stocking in the THP area
pre-harvest and theoretical projections of the post-harvest stocking.
Cost Analysis of
Alternative Harvesting Prescriptions. Controversy arose during a
review by the JAG of the Hare Creek THP. Some Jackson staff and JAG
members felt that there was a significant penalty to profitability from
the requirement in the initial period harvesting guidelines not to
reduce the average diameter or remaining trees. Because there were many
small trees in the stand, this guideline required many small trees to be
harvested for every large one cut, and the small trees would be
expensive to harvest. Some felt it would be desirable, given the poor
market conditions, to change the THP to eliminate cutting of marked
trees under 18" in diameter (DBH).
To provide better information, Mike Anderson, JAG member and timber
operator, offered to prepare an analysis of the cost savings from
modifying the THP to exclude cutting of marked trees under 18" DBH. The
analysis showed almost no difference in net revenue.
Because Hare Creek is used by the
public for recreation, including hiking, biking, and horseback riding, a
public meeting and tour was held to obtain public input on protecting
recreation resources in the area.