Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log trees up to 60" dbh NE of Trinidad, CA.

PANORAMIC Photo By nthawoodz
THP 1-17-060 HUM (Shotgun Pass THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 192 acres; 78% clearcut, 11% selection, 10% no-harvest, 1% roadside logging.  Pitcher Creek (HUM: T9N R1E Sec.20, 21, 22, 23, 25, 26, 36; T9N R2E Sec.31).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 14 road drainage work sites, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, pacific fisher, marbled murrelet, osprey, bald eagle, great blue heron rockery, southern torrent salamander, trees up to 60” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 07/25/17. VIEW

This THP is about 6 miles NE of Trinidad, CA and Highway 101 near the western boundary of Redwood National Park at an elevation of 200 to 2,200 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir and Sitka spruce forests.  There is a fill failure along the BL2100 road, 2 shallow rapid landslide terrain sites along the SW portion of unit A, and 2 deep seated landslide terrain sites in unit A.  14 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  A pacific fisher was spotted inside unit B in 2006, a bald eagle nest is located 1.4 miles north of the THP area, and southern torrent salamanders are known to occur inside unit F.  Osprey nests are located within .25 miles of the LP Mill road, within .25 miles of the BL1000 road, and 2 osprey nests are located within .25 miles of the BL2000 road and unit A.  There is a newly colonized great blue heron rockery .22 miles east of the BL2000 Road, and .23 miles west of unit A.  Potential marbled murrelet habitat exists within .25 miles of the LP Mill Road, and within .25 miles of the BL2000 Road.  Six spotted owl nesting territories are located within 1.3 miles of the THP area.

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