Saturday, August 22, 2015

Green Diamond Resource Company planning a pair of THPs along the western boundary of Redwood National Park.


PANORAMIC Photo By inna12
THP 1-15-078 HUM (BL1380 Thin) Green Diamond Resource Company, 146.2 acres; 69% commercial thin, 30% no-harvest, 1% roadside logging. McDonald Creek (HUM: T9N R1E Sec.4, 9; T10N R1E Sec.33).  Wet weather operations, low erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, landslide terrain, impaired 303.d watershed, redwood national park, coho watershed, 4 spotted owls within 1.3 mi, fisher sighting in unit A, 3 osprey nests within .25 mi of haul roads, southern torrent salamander and tailed frog sightings nearby, marbled murrelet stand within .47 mi, bald eagle nest within 1.8 mi, scattered large trees. Estimated public comment deadline: 09/05/15. VIEW

This THP is about 9 miles north of Trinidad, CA near Big Lagoon and the western boundary of Redwood National Park.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation in redwood, Douglas fir, Sitka spruce, grand fir and western hemlock forests at an elevation of 0 to 1,900 feet.  There are 5 landslide terrain sites including 2 unstable areas in the center of unit B, 2 unstable areas in the south central portion of unit B, and an unstable area along the north side of the BL1000 Road in unit A. Three osprey nests are located within .25 mi of the LP Mill, BL1300, and BL1000 haul roads, and there is a bald eagle nest 1.8 miles SW of the THP area.  Marbled murrelet habitat is located within .47 mi of the THP area on Redwood National Park lands, and within .25 mi of the LP Mill haul road.  Southern torrent salamanders and tailed frog sightings were reported at McDonald Creek.  Spotted owl nesting territories are within .25 mi of unit A, and within .5 mi of units B, C and D.  This THP is just north of Green Diamond Resource Company’s new (BL1000/1500) THP 1-15-079 HUM.

THP 1-15-079 HUM (BL1000/1500 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 141.6 acres; 56% clearcut, 40% selection, 2% roadside, 1% no-harvest logging. McDonald Creek Pitcher Creek (HUM: T9N R1E Sec.9, 15, 16, 22, 23).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, steep road, 10 landslide terrain sites, 11 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, redwood national park, coho watershed, 3 spotted owls within 1.3 mi, southern torrent salamander and tailed frog sightings nearby, trees up to 40" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 09/06/15. VIEW

This THP is about 7 miles north of Trinidad, CA near Big Lagoon and the western boundary of Redwood National Park.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut feller buncher, cable and shovel logging operation in redwood, Douglas fir and grand fir forests at an elevation of 1000 to 2,260 feet. There is a Special Treatment Area zone within 200 feet of Redwood National Park to hide the effects of clearcutting in unit A. 10 landslide terrain sites are within the THP area including a deep seated landslide near a seep in unit B, 2 earth flows near the eastern edge of unit C, 3 landslide terrain features near watercourses in unit C, 1 landslide terrain feature just outside of unit C, 3 landslide terrain features near watercourses in unit D, and a shallow rapid landslide in unit D near the BL1000 haul road.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to use a shovel yarder on .2 acres of deep seated landslide terrain in unit B, and construct a steep road segment in unit C with a grade exceeding 15% for 260 feet.  There are 11 road drainage sites planned for work including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair/replacement and re-construction of washed out crossings. Southern torrent salamanders and tailed frogs were reported to be at Pitcher Creek, and there is marbled murrelet habitat 1 mile east of the THP area.  This THP is just south of Green Diamond Resource Company’s new (BL1380 Thin) THP 1-15-078 HUM. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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