Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log trees up to 84” dbh just south of Redwood National Park.


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THP 1-16-125 HUM (East Coyote THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 182 acres; 44% clearcut, 39% commercial thin, 11% no-harvest, 3% special, 2% selection, 1% roadside logging.  Coyote Creek (HUM: T8N R2E Sec.1; T8N R3E Sec.6; T9N R2E Sec.36; T9N R3E Sec.31).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 80%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 23 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, redwood national park, Lyons ranch trailhead, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, southern torrent salamander, running pine, trees up to 84" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/13/17. VIEW

This THP is about 12 miles NE of Trinidad, CA and Highway 101 and just south of Redwood National Park (unit E is adjacent).  Units B, C, D and E are directly across Coyote Creek and visible from the Lyons Ranch Trail parking lot on Redwood National Park lands.  The THP area flows into Redwood Creek which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Douglas fir, redwood and western hemlock forests at an elevation of 1,240 to 2,400 feet.  There are multiple road failure sites including fill failures, cut bank failures, road bed slumping and 10 unstable areas including 5 shallow rapid landslides, 4 dormant landslides and 1 large erosional feature in unit A.  Units A and B have trees up to 60" dbh, and unit E has trees up to 84" dbh.  A special treatment area will be created to hide the effects of clearcutting between unit E and the boundary of Redwood National Park.  23 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  There is marbled murrelet habitat on Redwood National Park lands over 1 mile west and NW of the THP area, and southern torrent salamanders are known to occur in or around class II (mid sized) watercourses in unit E.  Spotted owl nesting territories are located within .25 miles of units C and E, and within .5 mile of unit D.

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