Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Green Diamond Resource Company to log on steep and unstable slopes south of Eureka, CA.

PANORAMIC Photo By thebassline707
THP 1-16-140 HUM (R-13 Thin THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 304 acres; 75% commercial thin, 14% no-harvest, 6% clearcut, 3% selection, 1% roadside logging.  Lower N. Fork Elk River, Ryan Slough (HUM: T4N R1E Sec.19; HUM: T4N R1W Sec.13, 14, 23, 24, 25).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 70%, landslide terrain, 18 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, osprey, peregrine falcon, trees up to 46" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 2/13/17. VIEW

This THP is about 4 miles south of Eureka, CA and Highway 101 near the community of Ridgewood at an elevation of 100 to 500 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Sitka spruce and Douglas fir forests.  The THP Area Flows into Freshwater Creek which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment.  There are shallow rapid landslides adjacent to units A, C, D and E, and 3 deep seated landslide terrain sites in units A and C.  18 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  An historic osprey nest is located 60 feet outside of unit A, 430 feet outside of unit B and within .25 miles of THP roads.  A second osprey nest is located within .25 miles of units B and C, and 3 additional osprey nests are located within .25 miles of the R Line Road.  An historic peregrine falcon nest site is also located within .25 miles of the R Line Road.  There are over a dozen spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area, including spotted owl nesting territories within .25 miles of units B, C and E, and within .5 miles of units A and D.

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