Monday, July 17, 2017

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

PANORAMIC Photo By nthawoodz
THP 1-17-064 HUM (BL2200/2600 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 144.5 acres; 73% clearcut logging, 27% selection logging.  Pitcher Creek (HUM: T8N R1E Sec.3, 4, 11; T9N R1E Sec.27, 33, 34).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, slopes up to 50%, landslide terrain, 12 road drainage work sites, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, osprey, great blue heron, Sonoma tree vole, northern red legged frog, tailed frog, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 08/05/17. VIEW

This THP is about 4 miles NE of Trinidad, CA and Highway 101 at an elevation of 500 to 1,160 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut feller buncher, shovel and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood and Douglas fir forests.  There is an unstable area (shallow rapid landslide) in unit A along the western portion of the unit above a class II (mid sized) watercourse, and 2 unstable areas (shallow rapid landslides) in unit B along the NW and NE corners of the unit.  12 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  Potential marbled murrelet habitat exists on Harry Merlo State Park lands within .25 miles of the LP Mill Road, and within 1.5 miles of unit D.  There are 2 osprey nests within .25 miles of the BL2000 Road, an osprey nest within .25 miles of the LP Mill Road, and an osprey nest within .25 miles of the CR1500 Road.  A sharp shinned hawk was spotted 1.3 miles NW of unit C in 2007, tailed frogs are known to occur inside or immediately adjacent to unit A, and northern red legged frogs and Sonoma tree voles were reported in unit B in 1994.  There is a newly colonized great blue heron rockery .22 miles east of the BL2000 Road, and spotted owl nesting territories within .5 miles of unit E.

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