From: ENN
Published October 17, 2005 12:00 AM

San Jose Water Company Files Plan to Harvest Timber in Santa Cruz Mountains Watershed

SAN JOSE, California — San Jose Water Company (SJWC), a wholly owned subsidiary of SJW Corp. (AMEX:SJW), announced on Friday that it has submitted a Non-Industrial Timber Management Plan (NTMP) to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CDF). According to a press release, the plan proposes to harvest, in stages, timber from approximately 1,000 acres of SJWC's watershed properties in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Big Creek Lumber Company of Davenport, California has been contracted to harvest the timber.

"Actively managing our forestlands is an appropriate long-term strategy that serves to protect and preserve our watershed," Senior Vice President of Operations George Belhumeur explained. "The NTMP is just one component of a comprehensive land management strategy that addresses the protection of water quality, the prevention and response to fires, and the overall health of our forests." According to San Jose Water, the 1,000 acres are divided into nine separate units ranging from 80 to 100 acres with eight contiguous to the Los Gatos Creek Watershed upstream of Lexington Reservoir. The remaining unit is located in the Briggs Creek drainage. The NTMP, which requires sustainability, proposes to selectively log one unit every two years with active harvesting taking place for approximately six weeks in each unit. It is expected to take 16 years to complete the initial harvest of this forest and re-entry is dependent upon the rate of forest growth. Selective harvesting is proposed and results in the forest stands being thinned and not clearcut.

San Jose Water said that CDF will lead the review process and is the lead agency responsible for enforcing compliance with California's Forest Practice Act. Other agencies involved in the review process will include the California Department of Fish and Game, the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board, the California Geological Survey, and the Santa Clara County Planning Department. The public also has the opportunity to provide comment during the public comment period, which begins once CDF accepts the NTMP for filing.SJW Corp. is a publicly traded holding company headquartered in San Jose, California. SJW Corp., through its subsidiary San Jose Water Company, provides water service to a population of approximately one million people in San Jose and nearby communities.

Source: Business Wire, SJW Corp.

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