Tuesday, August 23, 2016

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

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THP 1-16-083 HUM (Cal Barrel THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 281 acres; 65% clearcut, 33% selection, 2% no-harvest, 1% roadside logging.  Pollock Creek, Hutchery Creek (HUM: T6N R2E Sec.22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 35).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 5 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, oversized units, coho watershed, spotted owl, Sonoma tree vole, sharp shinned hawk, Del Norte salamander, southern torrent salamander, tailed frogs, trees up to 36" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 09/23/16. VIEW

This THP is about 8 miles east of Arcata, CA and about 3 miles east of Blue Lake, CA and Highway 299 near the coast range summit. Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Douglas fir, redwood, Sitka spruce, western cedar, grand fir and western hemlock forests.  The THP area flows into the mad river which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, temperature and turbidity.  There are 7 landslide terrain sites and road failure sites including a landslide along the northern portion of unit B, a cut bank failure along the southern portion of unit B, a small unstable area in the cable portion of unit F, 3 small unstable areas along the eastern portion of unit F, an unstable area in unit D and an old fill slope failure along the CB-1300 road in unit E.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to use ground based equipment on the CB-1100 road within a class II (mid sized) watercourse in unit A.  Five road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  A sharp shinned hawk was sighted 1.6 miles west of the THP area, Del Norte salamanders were reported to be in unit E, and there are historical (1990) reports of Sonoma tree voles in units E and F.  Tailed frogs and southern torrent salamanders are known to occur in most of the streams in the watershed.  There are spotted owl nesting territories within .25 mi of units B, D, F and I, and within .5 mi of units A, C, E, G and H.

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