Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log on steep and unstable slopes near Fernwood.

PANORAMIO Photo By Greg Nyquist
THP 1-14-060 HUM (Fulton North 2015 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 102 acres; 71% clearcut, 22% selection, 4% no-harvest, 3% roadside logging.  Upper Cannon Creek (HUM: T6N R3E Sec.28, 32, 33).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 7 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized unit, herbicides, coho watershed, 10 spotted owls within 1.3mi, red tree vole in unit B, southern torrent salamander in unit A, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 07/18/14. VIEW

This THP is about a dozen miles east of Arcata, CA and about 10 miles SW of Willow Creek, CA near the townsite of Fernwood.  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, cable and shovel logging operation in Douglas fir and white fir forests at an elevation of 1,800 to 3,000 feet.  There is a deep seated dormant young earthflow along the southern slope of unit B, and a deep seated dormant young earthflow along the western portion of unit C.  Green Diamond Resource Company wants to construct 5,500 feet of new temporary roads, including a short spur road on a 5 acre unstable area for shovel yarder access.   Seven road drainage sites are planned for work including crossings that will be restored for operations and then abandoned, fill failure stabilization, sinkhole repair, rocking, dip construction and culvert repair and replacement. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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