Thursday, May 16, 2013

Green Diamond Resource Company planning new THP east of Kneeland, CA

PANORAMIO Photo By faisalwrf
THP 1-13-038 HUM (Victor Lake 2013 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 116 acres; 55% clearcut, 39% selection, 4% roadside, 1% no-harvest logging.  Goodman Prairie Creek (HUM: T4N R3E Sec.15, 16, 21, 22).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, steep roads, landslide terrain in unit B, road failure sites, 22 road drainage work sites, oversized units, herbicides, impaired 303.d watershed, coho watershed, 8 spotted owls within 1.3mi, golden eagle within .5 mi, southern torrent salamander sightings, howell's montia, scattered trees up to 100" dbh. Estimated public comment deadline: 06/20/13.

This THP is about 15 miles SE of Eureka, CA and 7 miles east of Kneeland, CA at an elevation of 1,720 to 2,440 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a feller buncher, shovel and and cable logging operation in second growth Douglas fir.  The THP area flows into the Mad River which is listed as impaired for temperature and sediment, and is an important coho, steelhead and coastal cutthroat trout fishery.  There are 2 landslide terrain sites in Unit B including dormant landslide terrain and debris slides, and road construction and re-construction is planned near streams in Units B & C.  Over 10,794 feet of new road construction and re-construction is planned, and there are 22 road drainage work sites including dip construction, culvert repair and road bed stabilization.  Northern spotted owl use was reported within .5mi of Unit A, and .25 mi of Units B & C.  There are some Howell's Montia populations adjacent to appurtenant roads. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

1 comment:

  1. The new blog looks great! It should be noted that there are trees up to 100" dbh in this plan. Its unclear from the aerials if this is just a few scattered residuals or if there are actual stands of old-growth. Keep up the good work!