Collins Pine Co. to hold public hearing on renewal of sustained yield plan
The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, along with Collins Pine Co., will hold a public hearing Tuesday, July 22, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Almanor Recreation Center, 450 Meadowbrook Loop in Chester.
The hearing is to accept comments regarding the proposed 10-year renewal of the Collins Almanor Forest Sustained Yield Plan.
Timber operations in California are required to comply with the Forest Practice Rules, including section 933.11, which states, “The goal of this section is to achieve Maximum Sustained Production of High Quality Timber Products (MSP). MSP is achieved by meeting the requirements of either (a) or (b) or (c) in a THP (Timber Harvest Plan), SYP (Sustained Yield Plan) or NTMP (Non Industrial Timber Plan) or as otherwise provided in Article 6.8, Subchapter 7.
“(b) Where a SYP is submitted for an ownership, an approved SYP achieves MSP by providing sustainable harvest yields established by the landowner which will support the production level of those high quality timber products the landowner selects while at the same time:
“(1) Meeting minimal stocking and basal area standards for the selected silvicultural methods as provided in these rules as described;
(2) Protecting the soil, air, fish and wildlife, water resources and any other public trust resources;
(3) Giving consideration to recreation, range and forage, regional economic vitality, employment and aesthetic enjoyment;
“(4)Balancing growth and harvest over time. The projected inventory resulting from harvesting over time shall be capable of sustaining the average annual yield achieved during the last decade of the planning horizon.
“The average annual projected yield over any rolling 10-year period, or over appropriately longer time periods for ownerships which project harvesting at intervals less frequently than once every ten years, shall not exceed the projected long-term sustained yield.
“A THP which relies upon and is found to be consistent with an approved SYP shall be deemed adequate to achieve MSP.”
Collins Pine Co. is part of The Collins Cos., a privately held forest products company operating continuously since 1855. It has been sustainably managing and harvesting timber from the Collins Almanor Forest for the past 74 years and was the first timber company in North America to receive certification under the rigorous Forest Stewardship Council standards over 20 years ago.
For more information about this topic, visit collinsco.com/almanor-overview or contact Jay Francis, forest manager, at 258-4401 or email at JFrancis@collinsco.com.