Thursday, December 1, 2016

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log trees up to 50” dbh near Redwood National Park.

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THP 1-16-113 HUM (BL 1700/2630 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 143.6 acres; 87% clearcut, 9% selection, 3% special, 1% no-harvest logging.  Pitcher Creek (HUM: T8N R1E Sec.1, 2, 3; T9N R1E Sec.14, 15, 22, 23, 27, 34, 35, 36).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, redwood national park, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, osprey, marbled murrelet, Sonoma tree vole, northern red legged frog, trees up to 50" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/16/16. VIEW

This THP is about 5 miles NE of Trinidad, CA and about 15 miles NE of Arcata, CA at an elevation of 760 to 2,200 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in Douglas fir, redwood, grand fir, and Sitka spruce forests.  Unit A is adjacent to Redwood National Park and will include a 5 acre special treatment area to hide the effects of clearcutting. Potential marbled murrelet habitat exists within .25 miles of the LP Mill Road on Humboldt Redwoods State Park lands, and .44 miles SE of unit F.  There are also historic osprey nest trees within .25 miles of the LP Mill Road, BL1000 and BL2000 haul roads. Northern red legged frogs and Sonoma tree voles were spotted near unit B during a 1994 survey, and a newly colonized great blue heron rockery exists .22 miles east of the BL2000 road.  There are 4 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

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