Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Green Diamond Resource Company planning clearcut logging operation in upper portion of Little River watershed.

THP 1-13-032 HUM (CR3550 14 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 49 acres; 89% clearcut, 8% selection, 3% no-harvest logging.  Lower South Fork, Headwaters Little River (HUM: T7N R2E Sec.10). Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, oversized units, coho watershed, herbicides, 2 spotted owls within 1.3mi, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 05/28/13.

This THP is about 10 miles NE of Arcata, CA in the upper portion of the Little River watershed at an elevation of 290 - 3380 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a feller buncher, shovel and cable logging clearcut operation in 60 year old second growth redwood and Douglas fir forests.  There is a .25 acre steep streamside slope in Unit A which exceeds 65% grade, and some oversized units.  Green Diamond Resource Company owns over 94% of the watershed which is not open to the public and has been heavily clearcut in the past.   The THP area flows into the Little River which drains into the Pacific Ocean and is an important coho, Chinook salmon, steelhead, and coastal cutthroat trout fishery. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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