Saturday, June 7, 2014

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log east of Arcata, CA.


PANORAMIO Photo By alienengine
THP 1-14-054 HUM (Fickle Hill 5200 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 66.4 acres; 59% clearcut, 24% selection, 16% no-harvest logging.  Powers Creek, Lower Jacoby Creek (HUM: T5N R1E Sec.12, 13; T5N R2E Sec.7).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, wet area in unit B, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, 12+ spotted owls within 1.3mi, 2 osprey nests within .25 mi of units A and B, tree vole sighting in unit B, running pine, trees up to 100" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 0711/14. VIEW

This THP is about 4 miles SE of Arcata, CA and Highway 101 at an elevation of 1,200 to 1,760 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut feller buncher, shovel and cable logging operation in redwood, Douglas fir, western hemlock, western cedar, Sitka spruce and grand fir forests.  The THP area flows into the Jacoby Creek Watershed and Mad River which is listed as impaired for sediment, temperature and turbidity.  Green Diamond Resource Company will create visual buffer strips to hide clear cuts along Fickle Hill Road.  Two osprey nests were reported to be within .25 mi of units A and B, and a tree vole was sighted in unit B.  There is a population of running pine within the SE corner of unit B. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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