Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log near Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park.

PANORAMIC Photo By Redwood Transect
THP 1-15-068 HUM (Stevens Creek Central 16 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 245 acres; 70% clearcut, 28% selection, 2% no-harvest, misc roadside logging. Stevens Creek, Grizzly Creek (HUM: T1N R2E Sec.1; T2N R2E Sec.25, 26, 34, 35, 36).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, landslide terrain, 9 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, grizzly creek state park, herbicides, coho watershed, 12+ spotted owls within 1.3 mi, marbled murrelet stand within .25 mi, fisher sighting in unit D, Townsend’s big eared bat sighting within 1 mi, trees up to 52” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 08/13/15. VIEW

This THP is about 10 miles NE of Scotia, CA on the Coast Range and about 1 mi north of Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park at an elevation of 735 to 2,040 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut feller buncher, cable and shovel logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Douglas fir and redwood forests. The THP area flows into the Van Duzen River which is listed as impaired for sediment and contains coho, chinook salmon and steelhead.  There are multiple landslide terrain sites including a debris flow along the SW portion of unit D, deep seated landslide terrain along the eastern and southern edges of unit E, shallow rapid landslide terrain in unit E, an unstable area below the G-1200 road in unit F, and unstable areas along the NE corner, middle and southern edges of unit I.  Green Diamond Resource Company wants to use ground based equipment to yard, deck and load logs off a landing and temporary road partially inside a class II (mid sized) watercourse.  9 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed our crossings.  A Townsend’s big eared bat was seen at Grizzly Creek State Park (1 mi south of the THP area near Highway 36), and there is marbled murrelet habitat inside Grizzly Creek State Park within 300 feet of State Highway 36, and within 300 feet of the G1000 Road and within .25 mi of unit F.  There are spotted owl nesting territories within .25 mi of units A, D, E, F, G, H, I, and within .5 mi of units B and C. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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