Saturday, January 23, 2016

Green Diamond Resource Company to log on steep and unstable slopes near Trinidad, CA.


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THP 1-15-134 HUM (Danielle Creek Thin) Green Diamond Resource Company, 457 acres; 77% commercial thin, 15% no-harvest, 6% clearcut, 1% selection, 1% roadside logging. Lower South Fork, Bulwinkle Creek (HUM: T7N R1E Sec.2, 3; T8N R1E Sec.25, 26, 27, 28, 33, 34, 35, 36; T8N R2E Sec.30, 31).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 21 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, 9 spotted owls within 1.3 mi, fisher sightings in units D, E, H and J, osprey nest within 160 feet of unit C, western pond turtle within 1.6 mi, trees up to 26" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/30/16. VIEW

This THP is about 4 miles east of Trinidad, CA and a dozen miles north of Arcata, CA at an elevation of 200 to 1,400 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir and Sitka spruce forests.  There are unstable areas in the northern portions of units C and J, and seven road failure sites including fill failures along the CR2300, CR2310 and CR2613 roads.  21 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair/replacement and re-construction of washed out crossings including sink holes, diverted channels and fill failures.  An osprey nest is located within 160 feet of unit C, and within .25 mi of the CR1300 Road.  A western pond turtle was observed 1.6 mi SW of unit D, and fisher sightings were reported between the years 2001 to 2010 in units D, E, H and J. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log near Redwood National Park.


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THP 1-15-132 HUM (Johnson 16 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 155 acres; 46% clearcut, 30% commercial thin, 18% selection, 6% no-harvest logging. Mettah Creek (HUM: T10N R2E Sec.2, 3, 10; T11N R2E Sec.34, 35).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 85%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 18 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, redwood national park, coho watershed, 4 spotted owls within 1.3 mi, fisher sighting in unit F (1999), Del Norte salamander sighting in unit C (1994), scattered large trees. Estimated public comment deadline: 01/30/16. VIEW

This THP is 7 miles east of Orick, CA and Highway 101 near Redwood National Park (unit A is adjacent) at an elevation of 1,240 and 2,100 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a clearcut and commercial thinning tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Douglas fir, redwood, western hemlock and western red cedar forests. The THP area flows into the Klamath River which is listed as an impaired watershed for temperature, nutrients and dissolved oxygen.  There are shallow rapid landslides associated with watercourses in units B, C and D. 18 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair/replacement and re-construction of washed out crossings including sink holes, diverted channels and fill failures.  More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Friday, January 22, 2016

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


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THP 1-15-130 HUM (Two Cabins THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 151 acres; 80% clearcut, 20% selection, misc roadside logging.  Graham Creek, Goodman Prairie Creek, Wilson Creek (HUM: T4N R3E Sec.25, 26, 35, 36).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, 2 spotted owls within 1.3 mi, golden eagle sightings within .5 mi, western pond turtle within 1.68 mi, scattered large trees. Estimated public comment deadline: 01/30/16. VIEW

This THP is about 18 miles SE of Eureka, CA and Highway 101 at an elevation of 3,800 to 4,400 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Douglas fir, white fir and incense cedar forests.  The THP area flows into the Mad River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, temperature and turbidity.  There are 3 unstable areas within units C and D, and road construction is proposed on a short segment of temporary road inside a class II (mid sized) watercourse in unit B.  A golden eagle nest is located 2.47 mi south of the THP area, and a western pond turtle was reported 1.68 mi west of unit A.  There are spotted owl nesting territories within .5 mi of unit D. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

Green Diamond Resource Company to log on steep and unstable slopes near Rio Dell and Scotia.


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THP 1-15-129 HUM (Boyscout 16 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 344.3 acres; 62% commercial thin, 19% no-harvest, 15% clearcut, 3% selection, 1% roadside logging.  Wolverton Gulch (HUM: T2N R1E Sec.27, 28, 29, 30, 32, 33, 34).  Wet weather operations, high erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 60%, steep roads, landslide terrain, road failure sites, impaired 303.d watershed, 56 road drainage work sites, herbicides, oversized units, coho watershed, 9 spotted owls within 1.3 mi, osprey nest within .21 miles, bald eagle nest within 2.18 mi, northern red legged frog sightings, trees up to 36" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/30/16. VIEW

This THP is located between the Eel and Van Duzen Rivers just north of Rio Dell/Scotia and Highway 101 at an elevation of 80 to 1,500 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir and grand fir forests.  The THP area drains into the Van Duzen River which is listed as an impaired watershed for temperature and sediment.  There are 7 landslide terrain sites including 2 shallow rapid landslides near class II (mid sized) and class III (intermittent) watercourses, a headwall swale in unit A; 2 shallow rapid landslides and a deep seated landslide near class II watercourses in unit B; and a complex landslide including a debris slide near a class II watercourse in unit C.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging in unit A, and re-const 3 segments of existing road inside a class I (year round) watercourse.  Multiple sections of steep road are proposed including 800 feet of road exceeding 15% grade in unit B, 150 feet of road exceeding 20% grade is proposed in unit B, and 3 segments of road is proposed exceeding 15% for over 200 feet but less than 500 feet in length.  56 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings including fill failures and sinkholes.  There is an osprey nest .21 miles SW of unit B, and spotted owl nesting territories are located within .25 mi of unit C, and .5 mi of unit B. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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


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THP 1-15-128 HUM (King's Canyon #2 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 439 acres; 45% clearcut, 33% commercial thin, 13% selection, 8% no-harvest logging. Lower South Fork, Canyon Creek (HUM: T7N R2E Sec.10, 15, 16, 17, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29, 33, 34). Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, landslide terrain, steep slopes up to 65%, 6 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, 10 spotted owls within 1.3 mi, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 01/30/16. VIEW

This THP is about 8 miles NE of Arcata, CA and a few miles NW of the Highway 299 coast range summit at an elevation of 1,500 to 2,000 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is panning a clearcut and commercial thinning feller buncher, cable and shovel logging operation in redwood and Douglas fir forests.  The THP area flows into the Mad River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to re-construct a short segment of existing road across an unstable area, and use ground based equipment on the K&K 600 road inside unit K along a class I watercourse to sort, deck and load logs.  Six road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, culvert repair/replacement and re-construction of washed out crossings.  Over 6,500 feet of new seasonal road, and 6,500 feet of new temporary road is proposed.  There are spotted owl nesting territories within .25 mi of units C, I, J, L, and within .5 mi of units B and K. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.