Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log amongst ancient redwoods up to 7 feet wide east of Trinidad, CA.

PANORAMIO Photo By nthawoodz
THP 1-16-104 HUM (Maple Creek 17 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 119 acres; 75% clearcut, 18% selection, 8% no-harvest logging.  Maple Creek (HUM: T8N R1E Sec.1, 4, 5, 9, 12, 17; T8N R2E Sec.6, 7).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 80%, landslide terrain, herbicides, oversized units, coho watershed, spotted owl, osprey, marbled murrelet, sharp shinned hawk, Townsend's big eared bat, trees up to 84" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/22/16. VIEW

This THP is about 4 miles NE of Trinidad, CA and about 15 miles NE of Arcata, CA at an elevation of 440 to 1,680 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is panning a mostly clearcut  tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir, Sitka spruce and western hemlock forests.  There are 4 shallow rapid landslides including steep streamside slopes in units B, C and E.  Seven large redwood trees ranging in size from 48" to 60" dbh with hollows will be retained in unit E as Townsend's Big Eared Bat habitat trees.  Marbled murrelet habitat exists within .25 miles of the LP Mill Road on Harry Merlo State Park lands, and in the Clear Creek marbled murrelet stand within .25 miles of the BL2000 Road.  There are 5 osprey nests including an osprey nest within .25 mi of unit A, an osprey nest within.25 mi of the LP Mill Road, an osprey nest within .25 mi of the BL2260 Road, and 2 osprey nests within .25 mi of the BL2000 Road.  A sharp shinned hawk was reported 1 mile NW of unit B, and a newly colonized great blue heron rockery is located .22 miles east of the BL2000 Road.  There are 10 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area, including nesting territories within .25 mi of unit E, and .5 mi of unit C.

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