Saturday, September 24, 2016

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log NE of Eureka, CA.

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THP 1-16-093 HUM (Jacoby Creek THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 160.5 acres; 44% clearcut, 28% selection, 17% group selection, 9% shelterwood, 1% roadside logging.  Fay Slough, Lower Jacoby Creek (HUM: T5N R1E Sec.14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23).  Wet weather operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, landslide terrain, 12 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, osprey, peregrine falcon, bald eagle, 2 old growth bat trees, trees up to 40" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 10/19/16. VIEW  

This THP is about 3 miles NE of Eureka, CA and Highway 101 at an elevation of 110 to 1,120 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir, western hemlock and grand fir forests.  The THP area drains down the Jacoby Creek watershed which is listed as an impaired watershed for sedimentation.  There are 5 landslide terrain sites within unit D including 2 shallow rapid landslides, and 3 steep headwall swales.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to use 2 landings and short segments of road inside a watercourse within unit E.  12 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings and sinkholes.  There are 24 osprey nests within .25 miles of seasonal and permanent roads including an osprey nest within .25 mi of unit A, an osprey nest 240 feet from unit B, 2 osprey nests within .25 mi of unit B, 6 osprey nests within .25 mi of unit D, and 2 osprey nests in and around unit C.  A bald eagle nest is located .8 miles north of the THP area, 3 peregrine falcon nest trees are located within .25 mi of the plan area, and there are 2 old growth bat trees including a 12 foot diameter redwood snag and a 7 foot diameter redwood snag within unit D.  Four spotted owl nesting territories are located within 1.3 miles of the THP area, and there are spotted owl nesting territories within .25 miles of unit F, and within .5 miles of units B, C and D.

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