Wednesday, April 10, 2013

New Green Diamond Resource Company clearcut THP SE of Trinidad, CA

THP 1-13-025-HUM (CR2230 - CR3125 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 61 acres; 67% clearcut, 25% selection, 7% no-harvest, 1% roadside logging.  Lower South Fork (HUM: T7N R1E Sec.12, 13; T7N R2E Sec.18, 19).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, landslide terrain, steep slopes up to 70%, steep roads, coho watershed, herbicides, 5 spotted owls within 1.3mi, historic peregrine falcon erie, osprey sightings, trees up to 24” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 05/12/13. 

This THP is about 9.6 miles SE of Trinidad, CA in the Lower South Fork Little River watershed, and contains Redwood, Douglas fir and a minor component of hemlock.  Green Diamond Resource Company owns over 80% of the watershed which drains into the Little River and Pacific Ocean, and is planning a mostly clearcut feller bucher, cable and shovel logging operation.  Unit A is adjacent to the Lower South Fork Little River, which is an important fishery for Coho salmon, Chinook salmon, steelhead and coastal cutthroat trout.  Units A & B contain steep streamside slopes, and there are numerous small, short landslide features mostly related to stream banks in the THP area.  Ground based equipment is proposed to be used in areas designated for cable logging to construct fire lines and tail holds, and 2 short segments of steep road are proposed on grades exceeding 20%.  The THP area also contains a historic Peregrine Falcon erie site, and some unique rock outcroppings.  There are Northern spotted owls within .25 mi of Unit A.  More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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