Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log near Fortuna.

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THP 1-15-046 HUM (Salmon Creek 16 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 178 acres; 82% clearcut, 14% selection, 4% no-harvest logging.  Middle Salmon Creek (HUM: T3N R1W Sec.2, 3, 10, 11).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, landslide terrain, 15 road drainage sites, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, 12+ spotted owls within 1.3mi, 2 osprey nests within .25 mi, bald eagle territory within .92 mi, chinook salmon, coho salmon, steelhead, and coastal cutthroat trout sightings in unit A, southern torrent salamander and tailed frog sightings nearby, trees up to 96” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 06/27/15. VIEW

This THP is about 4 miles NE of Fortuna, CA and Highway 101 at an elevation of 200 to 800 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut feller buncher, shovel and cable logging operation in Douglas fir and redwood forests.  There is shallow rapid landslide terrain in units A and G, and deep seated landslide terrain in unit G.  Over 6,000 feet of temporary road construction is planned, and 1,000 feet of road re-construction is planned.  15 road drainage sites are scheduled for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  A bald eagle territory exists .92 mi north of the THP area, and there are 2 historic osprey nests within .25 mi of unit A, and several osprey nests within .25 mi of the SA1000 haul road.  Chinook and Coho salmon, steelhead and coastal cutthroat trout are know to occur in the class I (year-round) habitat in Unit A, and southern torrent salamanders and tailed frogs are known to occur in the class II (mid-sized) habitat in the Salmon Creek watershed.  There are spotted owl nesting territories within .25 miles of units A,B,C and G, and within .5 miles of units E and F. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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