Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Green Diamond Resource Company to log on steep and unstable slopes SE of Korbel, CA.

PANORAMIO Photo By thebassline707
THP 1-15-044-HUM (Ward Road 2016 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 293.1 acres; 52% commercial thin, 24% clearcut, 17% no-harvest, 7% selection, misc roadside logging.  Upper Cannon Creek, Dry Creek, Lower Cannon Creek (HUM: T5N R2E Sec.2, 3, 10, 11, 12, 13; T5N R3E Sec.6, 8).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 17 road drainage sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, oversized units, coho watershed, 12+ spotted owls within 1.3mi, Sonoma tree vole in units A and D, tailed frog and southern torrent salamander sightings in unit D, purple martin nest within .77 mi, trees up to 36” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline:  06/21/15. VIEW

This THP is 4 miles SE of Korbel, CA and Highway 299 at an elevation of 560 to 2,600 feet. Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood and Douglas fir forests.  The THP area flows into 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 landslide terrain sites; including multiple deep seated landslide terrain features along the northern and northeastern portions of unit B, and displacement of existing roads.  Green Diamond Resource Company wants to use of an existing skid road inside a class II (mid sized) watercourse for skidding and timber falling operations.  There are 17 road drainage work sites including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  Spotted owl nesting territories are located within .25 mi of units A,B,C,D,and E. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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