Sunday, May 29, 2016

Green Diamond Resource Company planning a pair of clearcut THPs east of Redwood National Park.


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THP 1-16-041 HUM (Robber's Gulch THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 409 acres; 53% clearcut, 22% commercial thin, 17% selection, 7% no-harvest, 2% roadside Logging.  Upper Tully Creek (HUM: T9N R3E Sec.16, 17, 18, 19, 20).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, steep roads, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 65 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, golden eagle, tailed frog, trees up to 36" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 06/13/16. VIEW

This THP is about 15 miles NE of Trinidad, CA and about 6 miles SW of Weitchpec, CA along the eastern boundary of Redwood National Park.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Douglas fir forests at an elevation of 1,710 to 2,890 feet.  The THP area flows into the Klamath River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, temperature, nutrients and dissolved oxygen.  There are 22 landslide terrain/road failure sites within the THP area related to watercourses and roads including cut bank, fill slope, debris slides, earth flows, rock slides and disrupted ground.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to re-construct 3 segments of existing roads across unstable areas, and re-construct 2 segments of existing roads on slopes over 20% grade within units I and J.  They also want to re-construct an existing short segment of road inside unit G that exceeds 35% grade within 90 feet of a class II (mid-sized) watercourse.  65 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings (sink holes, bank sloughing, road bed channeling, bank sloughing, etc).  Golden eagles have been sighted within .5 mi of the THP area, and tailed frogs are known to occur immediately adjacent to unit A.  There are spotted owl nesting territories within .5 mi of units E and G.  This THP is just north of Green Diamond Resource Company’s recently proposed “Tully Green” THP 1-16-042 HUM.

THP 1-16-042 HUM (Tully Creek THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 332 acres; 80% clearcut, 14% selection, 4% no-harvest, 2% roadside logging.  Lower Little Pine Creek, Upper Little Pine Creek, Upper Tully Creek, Snow Camp Creek (HUM: T9N R3E Sec.15, 16, 19, 20, 21, 28).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 41 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, adjacent to Redwood National Park, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, Sonoma tree vole, golden eagle, tailed frog, trees up to 36" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 06/13/16. VIEW

This THP is about 14 miles NE of Trinidad, CA and about 6 miles SW of Weitchpec, CA along the eastern boundary of Redwood National Park (Unit A is adjacent).  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood and Douglas fir forests at an elevation of 1,700 to 3,200 feet.  The THP area flows into the Klamath River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, temperature, nutrients and dissolved oxygen.  There are 6 landslide terrain sites including 4 unstable areas in unit C, 1 unstable area in unit D, 1 large unstable area with smaller unstable areas in unit G, and 5 road failure sites including cut bank failures, fill failures, road bed slumping and road bed channeling.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to re-construct a section of existing seasonal road across an unstable area in unit G.  41 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings (sink holes, bank sloughing, road bed channeling, bank sloughing, etc).  A Sonoma tree vole was reported to be in unit G during a 2001 survey, golden eagles have been sighted 1.3 miles NW of the THP area, and tailed frogs are known to occur immediately adjacent to unit A.  There are spotted owl nesting territories within .5 mi of unit I.  This THP is just south of Green Diamond Resource Company’s recently proposed “Robber's Gulch” THP 1-16-041 HUM.

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