Monday, December 29, 2014

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log north of the Highway 299 coast range summit.

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THP 1-14-133 HUM (K & K 800 Junction THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 228 acres; 51% clearcut, 21% commercial thin, 18% selection, 7% no-harvest, 3% roadside logging. Roaring Gulch, Headwaters Little River (HUM: T7N R2E Sec.2, 3, 10, 11, 13, 14).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 80%, landslide terrain, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, 3 spotted owls within 1.3 mi, steelhead and coastal cutthroat trout adjacent to unit D, southern torrent salamander adjacent to unit E, trees up to 72" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/15/15. VIEW

This THP is about 10 miles NE of Arcata, CA and about 4 miles north of the Highway 299 coast range summit at an elevation of 1,600 to 3,080 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation in Douglas fir, redwood, grand fir and western hemlock forests.  The THP area flows into the Little River and Redwood Creek which contain steelhead, chinook salmon, coho salmon and coastal cutthroat trout.  There are 3 unstable areas in units D and E.  Green Diamond Resource Company is proposing an exception to the rules to be able to use a limited amount of fill at crossings that exceed 65% grade. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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