Sunday, April 12, 2015

Green Diamond Resource Company to log near the Korbel Mill and Blue Lake, CA.

Korbel Mill, Photo By
THP 1-15-018 HUM (Korbel Combo 16 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 305 acres; 76% commercial thin, 14% no-harvest, 10% clearcut logging.  Hutchery Creek, Powers Creek (HUM: T5N, R2E, Sec 3, T6N, R2E, Sec 21,27,28,33,34).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 80%, landslide terrain, 11 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, 12+ spotted owls within 1.3 mi, fisher sighting in unit D, coastal tailed frog and southern torrent salamander sightings, trees up to 36" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 04/26/15. VIEW

This THP is adjacent to the town of Blue Lake and the Korbel Mill near Highway 299 at an elevation of 150 to 1,100 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly commercial thin tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, grand fir and Douglas fir forests.  The THP area flows into the North Fork of the Mad River and the Mad River which is listed as impaired for sediment, temperature and turbidity and contains coho salmon, chinook salmon, steelhead and coastal cutthroat trout.  There are 16 unstable areas mostly related to unit C including steep headwall swales, over steepened banks, earthflows, debris slides, and rock slides. 11 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings. Southern torrent salamanders were seen along Sullivan Gulch and along the tributaries of the North Fork of the Mad River.  Coastal tailed frogs were reported to be near units B and E, and also along the North Fork of the Mad River.  There are spotted owl nesting territories within .5 mi of units A,B,E and F. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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