Sunday, January 18, 2015

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

PANORAMIC Photo By thebassline707
THP 1-14-137 HUM (Middle Salmon 15 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 214.4 acres;  56% commercial thin, 24% clearcut, 9% selection, 9% no-harvest, 2% roadside logging.  Middle Salmon Creek, Palmer Creek (HUM: T3N R1W Sec.14, 15, 23, 24, 26).  Wet weather operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, 12 landslide terrain sites, road failure sites, 32 road drainage work sites, herbicides, coho watershed, 12 spotted owls within 1.3 mi, 5 osprey nests within .25 mi, trees up to 50" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/26/15. VIEW

This THP is 1.8 miles north of Fortuna, CA and Highway 101 at an elevation of 40 to 1,500 feet. The THP area flows into the Eel River which is listed as impaired for sediment and temperature and contains Chinook salmon, coho salmon, steelhead and coastal cutthroat trout.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir, and grand fir forests.  There are 12 landslide terrain sites including several abandoned skid roads in unit A that triggered debris slides, steep headwall swales, and earthflows and debris slides in unit B related to instability caused by Salmon Creek.  There are high pressure gas lines adjacent to units D, G, E and H, and a power line adjacent to unit G.  32 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair/replacement and road bed restoration of washed out crossings, sinkholes, fill failures and cut bank failures.  4 osprey nests are located within .25 mi of the SA 1000 haul road, 1 osprey nest is located within .25 mi of unit A, 2 osprey nests are located within .25 mi of unit B, and 2 osprey nests are located within .25 mi of unit E.  Chinook salmon, steelhead and coastal cutthroat trout are also located adjacent to units A and B.  There are spotted owl nesting territories within .25 mi of units A, B, C, D and within .5 mi of units E, F, G, H. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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