Thursday, May 12, 2016

Green Diamond Resource Company to log east of Redwood National Park.

PANORAMIC Photo By t for texas.
THP 1-16-030 HUM (WM 700 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 174.5 acres; 52% commercial thin, 28% clearcut, 12% selection, 9% no-harvest, misc roadside logging. Lower Tully Creek (HUM: T9N R3E Sec.8, 9).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, steep roads, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 11 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, golden eagle, pacific fisher, southern torrent salamander, trees up to 32" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 05/20/16. VIEW

This THP is about 8 miles west of Weitchpec, CA  and about 15 miles NE of Trinidad, CA near the eastern boundary of Redwood National Park.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Douglas fir forests at an elevation of 1,740 to 2,880 feet.  The THP area flows into the Klamath River which is listed as an impaired watershed for nutrients, temperature, dissolved oxygen and sediment.  There are shallow rapid landslide terrain sites and bank failures inside units A and B mostly related to watercourses.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to use 3 existing skid trails on steep slopes over 65% grade, and use a skid trail for 100 feet inside the outer edge of a class II (mid sized) watercourse in unit C.  There are 4 segments of steep road that exceed 15% grade for a distance of 200 to 500 feet in units A and C, and road re-construction is planned on 60 feet of road prism that failed on an existing road in unit B.  11 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  Golden eagles have been sighted within .5 mi of the THP area, and southern torrent salamanders are known to occur approximately 200 feet downstream of unit C.  There are 5 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

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