Friday, October 20, 2017

Green Diamond Resource Company to log near Patrick’s Point State Park and Highway 101.

PANORAMIC Photo By Greg Nyquist
THP 1-17-095 HUM (Gray Creek Thin THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 311 acres; 70% commercial thin, 30% no-harvest logging.  Pitcher Creek (HUM: T9N R1E Sec.19, 30, 31; T9N R1W Sec.25, 26).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 60%, landslide terrain, 6 road drainage work sites, herbicides, patrick’s point state park, coho watershed, spotted owl, osprey, bald eagle, marbled murrelet, marten, great blue heron, sharp shinned hawk, trees up to 36” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 11/03/17. VIEW

This THP is about 6 miles north of Trinidad, CA, and just east of Highway 101 and Patrick’s Point State Park.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a commercial thinning tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Douglas fir, redwood and Sitka spruce forests.  There are 5 landslide terrain sites (1 fill slope failure and 4 rapid shallow landslides) in units A and B, and 4 steep head wall swales (debris slides/debris slopes) in unit B.  Six road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  Five osprey nest sites are located within the THP area including; an osprey nest within .25 miles of the LP Mill Road, 2 osprey nests within .25 miles of the BL2000 Road, an osprey nest 400 feet NW of unit B, and an osprey nest 100 feet west of unit B.  A bald eagle nest is located 1.5 miles north of the THP area, and marbled murrelet habitat exists on Humboldt Redwoods State Park lands within .25 miles of the LP Mill Road.  In 2007, a sharp shinned hawk was reported to be located 1.1 miles east of the THP area, marten have been detected 1.1 miles east of the THP area, and a newly colonized great blue heron rockery is located .22 miles east of the BL2000 Road.  There are 5 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area, including spotted owl nesting territories within .5 miles of units A and B.

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