Monday, April 24, 2017

Green Diamond Resource Company to log adjacent to Trinidad, CA and Strawberry Rock Trail.

Photo By Earth First Humboldt
THP 1-17-039 HUM (Grassy Creek Thin) Green Diamond Resource Company, 153 acres; 82% commercial thin, 18% no-harvest, misc roadside logging.  McDonald Creek (HUM: T8N R1E Sec.20, 21, 29; T8N R1W Sec.13).  Wet weather operations, low erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, 10 road drainage work sites, strawberry rock trail, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, osprey, northern red legged frog, trees up to 30" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 06/02/17. VIEW

This THP is within a mile east of Trinidad, CA and Highway 101 at an elevation of 400 to 960 feet.  Unit A is adjacent to the lower portion of the Strawberry Rock Trail, a popular hiking destination with great views of the Pacific Ocean.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly thinning tractor and cable logging operation in redwood, Douglas fir, Sitka spruce and grand fir forests.  There is a cut bank failure above an old skid road in the eastern portion of unit A.  Ten road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  There is potential marbled murrelet habitat on Humboldt Redwoods State Park property lands within .25 miles of the LP Mill haul road.  In 1993, a northern red legged frog was found in unit A, and an osprey nest is located within .25 miles of the LP Mill haul road, and a 2nd osprey nest is located within .25 miles of unit A and several seasonal haul roads.  There are 2 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area, including a spotted owl nesting territory within .25 miles of unit C.

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