Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut north of Highway 299.


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THP 1-14-022 HUM (NF 1000 Bridge THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 102 acres; 72% clearcut, 24% selection, 5% no-harvest logging.  Denman Creek (HUM: T7N R2E Sec.33, 34).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, landslide terrain, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, 6 spotted owls within 1.3mi, steelhead and cutthroat trout adjacent to units B and C, southern torrent salamander sightings in unit B, northern red legged frog sighting in unit A, trees up to 60" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 04/15/14. VIEW

This THP is about 6 miles NE of Arcata, CA and a few miles west of the Highway 299 Coast Range summit.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut feller buncher, shovel and cable logging operation in Douglas fir and redwood forests.  There are 3 shallow landslide areas located within a class I watercourse area in unit C.  The THP area flows into the North Fork of the Mad River and Mad River which is listed as impaired for sediment, siltation and temperature.  Steelhead and coastal cutthroat trout are known to occupy the class I streams adjacent to units B and C, although there are no coho salmon because of a barrier downstream of the THP area.  Southern torrent salamanders were reported in unit B, northern red legged frogs were spotted in unit A, and there is del Norte salamander habitat throughout the THP area. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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