Monday, August 19, 2013

Green Diamond Resource Company planning clearcut THP north of Highway 299 Coast Range summit.


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THP 1-13-066 HUM (K&K 840 14 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 104 acres;  79% clearcut, 18% selection, 3% no-harvest logging.  Roaring Gulch (HUM: T7N R2E Sec.1, 2; T8N R2E Sec.35, 36).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, steep roads, landslide terrain in Unit C, road failure sites, 6 road drainage work sites, herbicides, impaired 303.d watershed, coho watershed, 6 spotted owls within 1.3mi, trees up to 30" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 09/15/13.

This THP is about 6 miles north of the Highway 299 summit on the coast range at an elevation of 1,300 to 2,160 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut feller buncher, shovel and cable logging operation in second growth Douglas fir, redwood, and hemlock.  The THP area drains into Redwood Creek which is listed as impaired for sediment and temperature, and is an important steelhead and coho fishery.  There is a landslide area and 2 steep headwall swales in Unit C.  6 road drainage work sites are planned including dip construction, culvert repair and road bed stabilization.  4,465 feet of temporary road, and 2,145 feet of road re-construction are also planned.  A Northern Spotted Owl was observed within .5 mi of Unit A. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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