Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Green Diamond Resource Company to log near the Mad River Fish Hatchery.


PANORAMIO Photo By Andy Smith
THP 1-15-043 HUM (MR5100 Thin 16 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 172.5 acres; 84% commercial thin, 16% no-harvest logging.  Powers Creek (HUM: T5N R1E Sec.1; T5N R2E Sec.6; T6N R2E Sec.31).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, landslide terrain, 8 road failure sites, wet area in unit A, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, 12+ spotted owls within 1.3mi, red tree vole in unit B, tailed frog and southern torrent salamander sightings in unit A, cooper’s hawk nest within 520 ft, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 06/21/15. VIEW

This THP is 4 miles SE of Arcata, CA and a few miles east of the Arcata Community Forest near the Mad River Fish Hatchery at an elevation of 120 to 1,040 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a commercial thin tractor and cable logging operation in redwood and Douglas fir forests.  The THP area is adjacent to the Mad River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, temperature and turbidity and contains coho, chinook salmon, steelhead and coastal cutthroat trout.  There are 6 shallow rapid landslide terrain sites in unit A, 4 shallow rapid landslide terrain sites in unit B (including 2 steep headwall swales), and 8 road related failure sites including fill failures, overtopped culverts, and washed out crossings.  An historic (1994) Cooper’s hawk nest exists within 520 feet west of unit A.  Spotted owl nesting territories are located within .25 mi of unit A, and .50 mi of unit B. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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