Saturday, January 23, 2016

Green Diamond Resource Company to log on steep and unstable slopes near Trinidad, CA.

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THP 1-15-134 HUM (Danielle Creek Thin) Green Diamond Resource Company, 457 acres; 77% commercial thin, 15% no-harvest, 6% clearcut, 1% selection, 1% roadside logging. Lower South Fork, Bulwinkle Creek (HUM: T7N R1E Sec.2, 3; T8N R1E Sec.25, 26, 27, 28, 33, 34, 35, 36; T8N R2E Sec.30, 31).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 21 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, 9 spotted owls within 1.3 mi, fisher sightings in units D, E, H and J, osprey nest within 160 feet of unit C, western pond turtle within 1.6 mi, trees up to 26" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/30/16. VIEW

This THP is about 4 miles east of Trinidad, CA and a dozen miles north of Arcata, CA at an elevation of 200 to 1,400 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir and Sitka spruce forests.  There are unstable areas in the northern portions of units C and J, and seven road failure sites including fill failures along the CR2300, CR2310 and CR2613 roads.  21 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair/replacement and re-construction of washed out crossings including sink holes, diverted channels and fill failures.  An osprey nest is located within 160 feet of unit C, and within .25 mi of the CR1300 Road.  A western pond turtle was observed 1.6 mi SW of unit D, and fisher sightings were reported between the years 2001 to 2010 in units D, E, H and J. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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