Friday, August 26, 2016

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log at the Highway 299 coast range summit.

PANORAMIC Photo By Greg Nyquist
THP 1-16-086 HUM (Long Range THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 371 acres; 58% commercial thin, 32% clearcut, 10% selection logging.  Long Prairie Creek (HUM: T6N R2E Sec.1, 2, 12; T7N R2E Sec.36).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, Cooper's hawk, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 10/01/16. VIEW  

This THP is about 9 miles NE of Arcata, CA near the Highway 299 coast range summit at an elevation of 880 to 2,300 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes (units F and G) in redwood, Douglas fir, 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.  214.5 acres of selection logging and thinning is planned adjacent to Highway 299 to hide the visual effects of clear cutting.  A Cooper's hawk was reported .4 mi north of unit A, and there are spotted owl nesting territories within .5 miles of units G and K.

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