Sunday, October 2, 2016

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


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THP 1-16-099 HUM (Little River Hwd THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 190.5 acres; 83% clearcut, 12% no-harvest, 4% selection, 1% roadside logging.  Toss-up Creek, Headwaters Little River (HUM: T7N R2E Sec.2, 10, 11, 13, 14, 23, 24).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 60%, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, landslide terrain, 6 road drainage work sites, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, fisher, southern torrent salamander, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 10/26/16. VIEW

This THP is about 10 miles NE of Arcata, CA and about 3 miles north of the Highway 299 coast range summit at an elevation of 1,940 to 3,360 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut feller buncher, shovel and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Douglas fir and redwood forests.  The THP area flows into the Little River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and siltation.  There is a shallow rapid landslide along the southern portion of unit C, a shallow rapid landslide along the NE boundary of unit E, and an unclassified swale in unit F.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to construct 8,780 feet of temporary road, 2,600 feet of seasonal road, 2,595 feet of existing temporary road, and re-construct a road within a class II (mid sized) watercourse area in unit D.  Six road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings and sink holes.  There was a 2006 sighting of a fisher in unit B, a 2007 sighting of a fisher in unit C, and southern torrent salamanders are known to occur in and/or immediately adjacent to unit B.  There are 3 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area, including spotted owl nesting territories within .25 miles of unit C, and within .5 miles of unit D.

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