Thursday, December 26, 2013

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut near Highway 299 Coast Range summit.

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THP 1-13-124 HUM (Upper Basin 14 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 122 acres; 80% clearcut, 16% selection, 3% roadside, 2% no-harvest logging.  Lower South Fork, Canyon Creek (HUM: T7N R2E Sec.9, 16, 21). Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 17 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, 6 spotted owls within 1.3mi, trees up to 60" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/16/14. VIEW

This THP is about 7 miles NE of McKinleyville, CA and about 4 miles NW of the Highway 299 summit on the coast range.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut feller buncher, shovel and cable logging operation in Douglas fir, redwood, grand fir and western hemlock forests.  The THP area flows into the North Fork of the Mad River which is listed as impaired for sediment, siltation and temperature, and contains steelhead and coastal cutthroat trout.  There are several misc road failures including fill failures and cut bank failures.  17 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair/replacement, ditch cleaning and road bed re-construction.  Spotted owls were reported to be within .5 mi of units A and D. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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