Monday, October 2, 2017

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

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THP 1-17-091 HUM (KK 800 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 190 acres; 79% clearcut, 21% selection logging.  Roaring Gulch (HUM: T7N R2E Sec.1, 2; T8N R2E Sec.25, 26, 35, 36).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, landslide terrain, 16 road drainage work sites,  impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, Pacific fisher, southern torrent salamander, trees up to 60” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 10/05/17. VIEW

This THP is about 12 miles SE of Trinidad, CA and Highway 101 at an elevation of 1,120 to 2,120 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood and Douglas fir forests (trees over 40” dbh in units A and B, and trees over 60” dbh in unit D).  The THP area flows into Redwood Creek which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature.  There is a small shallow rapid landslide terrain site, and associated debris slide in unit E.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to construct a temporary road inside unit E through the outer edge of a class II (mid sized) watercourse, and construct a temporary road onto a bench between 2 class II (mid sized) watercourse areas in unit E.  16 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  In 1992, a fisher was reported inside unit B and southern torrent salamanders are known to occur immediately adjacent to unit B.  There are 9 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area, including spotted owl nesting territories within .25 miles of unit A, and within .5 miles of units B, C, D and E.

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