Friday, June 27, 2014

Green Diamond Resource Company to log on steep and unstable slopes north of Highway 299.

PANORAMIO Photo By Greg Nyquist
THP 1-14-062 HUM (NF 1685 14 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 98 acres; 47% clearcut, 37% selection, 15% no-harvest, 2% roadside logging.  Squaw Creek, Powers Creek (HUM: T6N R2E Sec.5, 6).  Wet weather operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, steep roads, landslide terrain, 7 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, 5 spotted owls within 1.3mi, trees up to 60" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 07/20/14. VIEW

This THP is about 6 miles NE of Arcata, CA  and a few miles north of Highway 299 at an elevation of 1,090 to 1,720 feet.  The THP area flows into the Mad River which is listed as impaired for sediment, temperature and turbidity.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut feller buncher, tractor and cable logging operation in redwood, Douglas fir, grand fir, and western red cedar forests.  There are 10 landslide terrain sites within units A, B and C including dormant landslides, active landslides and rockslide areas. 3,300 feet of temporary road is proposed for construction through unstable areas in unit C, and ground based equipment is proposed for use on unstable soils within units B and C.  6,750 feet of temporary road construction is proposed, including several steep temporary roads between 15% and 20% grade within unit C.  There are 7 road drainage sites planned for work including rocking, dip construction and culvert repair and replacement. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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