Thursday, May 12, 2016

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log south of Redwood National Park.

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THP 1-16-033 HUM (Pitcher Creek 17 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 168 acres; 81% clearcut, 18% selection, 1% no-harvest, misc roadside logging. Pitcher Creek (HUM: T9N R1E Sec.21, 25, 26, 28, 35, 36).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 60%, landslide terrain, 7 road drainage work sites, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, osprey, southern torrent salamander, tailed frog, trees up to 36" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 05/26/16. VIEW

This THP is about 6 miles NE of Trinidad, CA and about 6 miles east of Patrick's Point and Highway 101 at an elevation of 1,200 to 2,400 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut feller buncher, cable and shovel logging operation in redwood and Douglas fir forests.  There is an unstable area between 2 watercourses in unit D, and several small unstable areas along the southern boundary of unit D.  7 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction and culvert repair/replacement.  Marbled murrelet stands are located 1.02 miles south of unit D, within .25 mi of the BL2000 haul road, adjacent to highway 101 and within .25 mi of the LP Mill Road.  An historic osprey nest is located within .29 mi of Highway 101, within .25 mi of the LP Mill Road, and within .25 mi of the BL2000 haul road.  Southern torrent salamanders and tailed frogs are know to occur in watercourse areas of Pitcher Creek.  There are 6 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 mi of the THP area.

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