Thursday, June 6, 2013

Green Diamond Resource Company clearcutting in Canon Creek Watershed


PANORAMIO Photo By Redwood Transect
THP 1-13-043 HUM (Fulton Ranch 2014 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 120 acres; 74% clearcut, 23% selection, 3% no-harvest logging.  Upper Cannon Creek (HUM: T5N R3E Sec.4, 5; T6N R3E Sec.32, 33).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, landslide terrain in Unit B, road failure sites, 17 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, 10 spotted owls within 1.3mi, scattered large trees. Estimated public comment deadline: 07/14/13.

This mostly clearcutting THP is 12 miles east of Arcata, CA at an elevation of 1200 - 2800 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a feller buncher, shovel and cable logging operation in second growth redwood, and Douglas fir forests in the Canon Creek watershed.  The Canon Creek watershed flows into the Mad River which is an important coastal cutthroat trout, steelhead, Chinook salmon and coho fishery and is listed as impaired for sediment, temperature and turbidity.  There is a small area of landslide terrain in Unit B, and 9 road failure sites including cut bank, seeps, fill failure, gullying and channeling across the road bed.  Over 8,500 feet of new temporary roads are proposed, and there are 17 road drainage work sites proposed including rocking, dip construction and culvert repair and replacement.  Northern Spotted Owl sites were reported within .25 mi of Unit D, and .5 mi of Units A and E.  Unit E is an oversized unit. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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