Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log in Little River drainage.


PANORAMIO Photo By backmans
THP 1-13-039 HUM (CR2420-CR2008 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 70 acres; 88% clearcut, 6% no-harvest, 4% selection, 1% roadside logging.  Lower South Fork, Maple Creek (HUM: T8N R1E Sec.22, 25, 26, 27, 35).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 70%, steep road, 4 road drainage work sites, herbicides, coho watershed, 6 spotted owls within 1.3mi, osprey sightings nearby, northwestern salamander eggs, trees up to 54" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 06/28/13.

This THP is about 12 miles north of Arcata, CA, and about 4 - 6 miles east of Trinidad and Highway 101.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut feller buncher, shovel and cable logging operation in second growth redwood and Douglas fir on steep slopes near the Little River.  Green Diamond Resource Company owns over 80% of the greater Little River drainage, an important coho, Chinook, steelhead and coastal cutthroat trout.  The THP area contains steep streamside slopes, a steep segment of temporary road is proposed in Unit C with a 15% - 20% grade, and 2 wet areas are located near Unit A.  Northwestern Salamander eggs were found near the wet areas, and a northern spotted owl was reported within .25 mi of Unit A. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website. 

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