Saturday, April 8, 2017

Green Diamond Resource Company to log adjacent to McKinleyville, CA

PANORAMIC Photo By Redwood Transect
THP 1-17-031 HUM (Essex Thin THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 368.7 acres; 64% commercial thin, 27% no-harvest, 8% clearcut, 1% selection logging.  Warren Creek, Squaw Creek, Norton Creek, Mill Creek (HUM: T6N R1E Sec.2, 3, 4, 10; T7N R1E Sec.32, 33).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, 19 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, osprey, trees up to 40" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 05/12/17. VIEW

This THP is a mile east of McKinleyville, CA and Highway 101 at an elevation of 140 to 420 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation in redwood, Sitka spruce, western hemlock, Douglas fir and Monterey pine forests (there are scattered trees over 40" dbh in unit D). The THP area flows into the Mad River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, temperature and turbidity.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to use a skid trail crossing inside a class III (intermittent) watercourse in unit C.  19 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  There are several osprey nests approximately 2 miles south of unit H, and a spotted owl nesting territory within .5 miles of unit B.

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