Sunday, October 20, 2013

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log near McKinleyville on steep and unstable soils.

PANORAMIO Photo By RedwoodTransect
THP 1-13-091 HUM (Murray Road 14 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 72 acres; 59% clearcut, 32% no-harvest, 8% selection, misc roadside logging.  Warren Creek, Norton Creek, Mill Creek (HUM: T6N R1E Sec.3, 4, 10; T7N R1E Sec.32, 33).  Wet weather operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 80%, steep roads, landslide terrain, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, 1 spotted owl within 1.3mi, trees up to 60" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/16/13.

This THP is about 2.2 miles SE of McKinleyville, CA and a few miles north of Highway 299 at elevations up to 560 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a feller buncher, shovel and cable logging operation in redwood, Douglas fir, Sitka spruce and grand fir forest.  The THP area flows into the Mad River which is listed as impaired for sediment, temperature and turbidity, and is an important Coho, Chinook, steelhead and coastal cutthroat trout fishery.  There is 1 shallow rapid landslide in unit A, and 7 head wall swalles in units A and B.  Over 5,280 feet of temporary road is proposed and a steep temporary road is proposed over 15% grade in unit A for 210 feet.  One spotted owl territory was reported to be within .5 mi of units B and C. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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