A timber sale of dying ponderosa pines in a stand in Salt Creek Canyon has been postponed.
"A goshawk moved in and is nesting there," said Tom Tidwell, district ranger. "We cannot disrupt a nesting pair." The birds are considered to be a sensitive species and are protected."We decided to postpone the sale until fall," said Tidwell.
The pines are not those located in the campground, but another group of trees that have been destroyed by a pine beetle.
Ponderosa campground was sprayed last week to deter the beetles. "The spray is good for two years," said Tidwell. The spray makes the pines unattractive to the beetles.
"We could have the timber removed this winter," said Tidwell. Snow at that level would not prohibit winter harvesting of the dead ponderosa.
The winter harvest would have the advantage of occurring when there is less traffic in the canyon, he said.