Monday, July 18, 2016

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log east of Trinidad, CA.

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THP 1-16-067 HUM (Maple Wood THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 196.5 acres; 68% clearcut, 29% selection, 3% no-harvest logging.  Maple Creek (HUM: T8N R1E Sec.10, 11, 14, 15, 23; T8N R2E Sec.17, 18).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, herbicides, oversized units, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, osprey, southern torrent salamanders, trees up to 40" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 08/07/16. VIEW

This THP is about 6 miles east of Trinidad, CA and Highway 101 at an elevation of 560 to 1,720 feet.  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.  There are 2 unstable areas in unit E along the SW boundary of Maple Creek, and 4 unstable areas in unit F along the northern portion of the unit, and near the 2800 road.  Ground based equipment is proposed for use inside watercourse areas to long line logs and deck logs in unit C.  One historic osprey nest occurs within .25 mi of the LP Mill haul road, 2 historic osprey nests are located within .25 mi of the BL2000 haul road, and southern torrent salamanders are known to occur immediately adjacent to unit F.  There is potential marbled murrelet habitat on Harry Merlo State Recreation Area lands within .25 mi of the LP Mill haul road.  Spotted owl nesting territories are located within .25 mi of units B and D, and within .5 mi of units A, C and E.

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