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Logging Update

Log deck ready to be transported to the next destination; local mills or the Port of Oakland

August 2013, Ron Hague, Operations Manager –

The company logging crews are well into the work schedule and are in a good position to meet the planned  harvest volume of approximately 21 million board feet.  The mainside logging crew has completed Ruff Hill, Empire Ridge and the Bradley and are presently logging the Pinkard Creek contract.

The plan is for the mainside to stay in the Pinkard Creek and Moorville Ridge areas for the balance of the season.  The small crews have completed the Soper Ranch , the Arnold and the  Aldacosia and are presently salvage logging the west side tree farm.

The mainside received the  new man wagon a Ford F250 crew cab for transporting the logging crew, chainsaws, rigging and fuel to the job site. This vehicle seems to be working out well for the crew.

To date, our crew has worked well together and is having a safe, productive and regulatory compliant logging season.

Main side logging crew finishing up: this stand had reached its rotation age and will be replanted with multiple conifer species next winter to insure biodiversity.

The shop has worked very hard to support the logging crew this season. Many of the repairs this season have been associated with the fellerbuncher and the hotsaw attachment.  The hotsaw is showing its age and will be a high priority for replacement after this season.

To help with the maintenance and repairs this season, our shop has replaced one of its service vehicles with a Ford F550.  This service truck will be much more efficient than the old service truck because we upgraded it to a heavier truck with a diesel engine and four wheel drive.  This vehicle is equipped with the tools needed to do oil changes on heavy equipment and it is also mounted with a boom hoist with outriggers.

In addition to all the service and repairs the shop does, they are also involved in many road projects.  Jim Hays has participated in the repair of the Old Scales Road with the US Forest Service (USFS).  The widening project on the Old Scales Road on both sides of the steel bridge has progressed to the point where fire suppression personnel can now access the Scales region without having to drive all the way up to LaPorte.

In the fall of 2012, an intense rain storm went through the Strawberry Valley area and resulted in excessive runoff and soil movement.  Many of the culverts and water bars in the Lost Creek Basin and the LaPorte area required more maintenance than usual.  This work is progressing and repairs are presently being made before this winter.

“The Burrito” – a French drain; drain rock wrapped in Geo-fabric and placed in the area of the seep, native fill material was placed over the burrito, compacted and base rock spread on the running surface of the road.

One of the road projects this year was the installation of a French drain in a seep that caused a section of existing road to fail.  Drain rock was wrapped in Geo-fabric and placed in the area of the seep (resembling a large burrito).  Native fill material was placed over the burrito, compacted and base rock spread on the running surface of the road.

The idea here is the seep water passes through the Geo-fabric to the layer of drain rock and runs out the bottom side of the fill keeping the road fill from becoming saturated and slumping again.  We have had good success with this on other road projects.

We will be participating in our fire agreements with the Forest Service (USFS) and Cal-Fire again this year and the fire shelter refresher training was accomplished in March.  Every year we prepare for an active fire season and we are thankful for low fire activity in our area, so far.

Our priority will be to fill our contract volume, but we are prepared to respond to a fire threatening company lands in the Feather River ownership if necessary.

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