Monday, August 19, 2013

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log near Pitcher Creek and Redwood National Park.

PANORAMIO Photo By nthawoodz
THP 1-13-067 HUM (BL 2000 14 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 102 acres; 74% clearcut, 23% selection, 2% no-harvest, 1% roadside logging.  Pitcher Creek (HUM: T9N R1E Sec.27, 34, 35).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 60%, steep roads, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 18 road drainage work sites, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, 2 spotted owls within 1.3mi, northern red legged frog sighting in Unit B, fisher sighting near Unit B, trees up to 48” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 09/17/13.

This THP is about 6.8 miles NE of the town of Trinidad, CA and a few miles SW of Redwood National Park.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut feller buncher, shovel and cable logging operation in second growth redwood, Douglas fir, Sitka spruce, grand fir and hemlock near Pitcher Creek and the middle to upper reaches of the North Fork of Maple Creek drainage.  Green Diamond Resource Company owns over 98% of the North Fork Maple Creek watershed which contains coho, Chinook, steelhead and coastal cutthroat trout.  They are planning to use shovel yarders in and around 2 adjacent close class III watercourses to yard logs in the southern portion of Unit B, and build a steep temporary road with a grade over 15% for 350 feet in Unit B.  18 road drainage work sites are planned including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair, ditch cleaning and road bed stabilization, and 1.2 miles of temporary road, 1230 feet of seasonal road construction and 1240 feet of road re-construction are planned.  Units A & B are oversized, and there is deep seated landslide terrain in Unit B.  A fisher was reported close to a main haul road near Unit B, and Northern Red Legged Frogs were seen near watercourses in Unit B. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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