Friday, January 20, 2017

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log NE of Trinidad, CA.

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THP 1-16-137 HUM (BL 2011/2682 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 211 acres; 57% clearcut, 32% selection, 11% no-harvest, misc roadside logging.  Maple Creek (HUM: T8N R1E Sec.1, 4; T8N R2E Sec.6, 7, 8, 18).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, landslide terrain, 5 road drainage work sites, herbicides, oversized units, wet area, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, osprey, great blue heron, sharp shinned hawk, tailed frog, southern torrent salamander, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 02/03/17. VIEW

This THP is about 7 miles NE of Trinidad, CA and Highway 101 and within a mile of the SW boundary of Redwood National Park at an elevation of 560 to 1,960 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut feller buncher, shovel and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir, grand fir, bishop pine, Sitka spruce and western hemlock forests.  There are 12 landslide terrain sites in the THP area including; 1 unstable area along the eastern portion of unit A, 2 unstable areas along the eastern boundary of unit B, 2 unstable areas along the southern portion of unit C, 3 unstable areas in unit D, 3 unstable areas along the western portion of unit F, and an unstable area along the SW corner of unit G.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to use temporary roads and landings during the winter period, and construct a new temporary road inside a class II (mid sized) watercourse area in unit D.  Five road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  The "Clear Creek" marbled murrelet stand is located within .25 miles of units D and F, and the mainline BL 2000 Road, and also on Humboldt Redwoods State Park lands within .25 miles of the mainline LP Mill Road.  There is an osprey nest tree within .25 miles of the LP Mill Road, within .25 miles of the BL 2660 Road, and 2 osprey nest trees within .25 miles of the BL 2000 Road.  A sharp shinned hawk was observed in 2000, 1.7 miles west of the THP area, coastal tailed frogs are known to occur in unit B, and southern torrent salamanders are known to occur immediately within and adjacent to units B and D.  A newly colonized great blue heron rockery is located .22 miles east of the BL 2000 Road.  There are 5 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area, including spotted owl nesting territories within .25 miles of units A and B, and within .5 miles of unit C.

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