Thursday, May 16, 2013

Green Diamond Resource Company planning another clearcut THP near Highway 299 summit.


PANORAMIO Photo By RedwoodTransect
THP 1-13-037 HUM (Bald Mtn 1200 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 70 acres; 86% clearcut, 11% no-harvest, 1% selection, 1% roadside logging.  Pollock Creek (HUM: T6N R3E Sec.17, 18, 19, 20, 29, 30).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 55%, 7 road drainage work sites, road failure sites, wet area in unit B, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, 12+ spotted owls within 1.3mi, trees up to 42" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 06/19/13.

This THP is about 6 miles east of Blue Lake, CA and about 3 miles south of the Coast Range Highway 299 summit at an elevation of 2480 - 2960 feet.  It is just south of the recently released Green Diamond Resource Company (Lupton North THP 1-13-034 HUM) 71 acre clearcut THP.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning another ground based mostly clearcut logging operation in second growth Douglas fir along the Bald Mountain Road ridgeline.  The Bald Creek watershed flows into the North Fork of Mad River which is listed for sediment, turbidity and temperature and is an important steelhead and coastal cutthroat trout fishery. The THP contains Habitat Retention Areas (HRAs) comprised mostly of hardwoods for wildlife, and a wet area in Unit B.  There were some misc road cutbank failure sites reported. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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