Thursday, January 18, 2018

Green Diamond Resource Company planning a pair of clearcut THPs east of Redwood National Park.


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THP 1-17-137 HUM (Big Prairie THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 124.5 acres; 89% clearcut, 6% no-harvest, 5% selection logging. Middle Roach Creek, Moreck Creek, Miners Creek, Lower Tully Creek (HUM: T10N R3E Sec.22, 26, 27, 28).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 80%, oversized units, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marten, trees up to 36” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 02/01/18. VIEW

This THP is about 18 miles NE of Trinidad, CA and about 6 miles NW of Weitchpec, CA near the eastern boundary of Redwood National Park. Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in Douglas fir and western hemlock forests at an elevation of 1,830 to 3,330 feet.  The THP area flows into the Lower Klamath River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, temperature, dissolved oxygen and nutrients.  A marten was detected about 1.1 miles east of the THP area, and there are spotted owl nesting territories within .5 miles of unit E.  This THP is just north of Green Diamond Resource Company’s recently proposed Tully Creek East THP 1-17-143 HUM.

THP 1-17-143 HUM (Tully Creek East THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 212 acres; 83% clearcut, 8% no-harvest, 7% selection, 2% roadside logging. Lower Tully Creek, Upper Tully Creek (HUM: T9N R3E Sec.2, 3, 10, 11; T10N R3E Sec.35).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 80%, steep roads, landslide terrain, 27 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, oversized units, coho watershed, spotted owl, golden eagle, trees up to 48” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 02/04/18. VIEW

This THP is about 16 miles NE of Trinidad, CA and about 4 miles NW of Weitchpec, CA near the eastern boundary of Redwood National Park. Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Douglas fir forests at an elevation of 2,200 to 3,000 feet.  The THP area flows into the Lower Klamath River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, temperature, dissolved oxygen and nutrients.  There are shallow rapid landslide terrain sites in units D, E, and G, shallow rapid landslide terrain sites in between units A, B, F, G, and deep seated landslide terrain sites in unit D.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to re-construct a short segment of road with steep slopes exceeding 20% grade in unit G, and re-construct a segment of road with steep side slopes exceeding 65% in unit C.  They also are planning to re-construct a short segment of temporary road inside a class II (mid sized) watercourse in unit D, and re-construct a short segment of seasonal road inside a class II (mid sized) watercourse in unit C. There are 2 sections of haul roads proposed for re-construction in areas of unstable soils, and 27 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings. Golden eagles have been spotted 1.5 miles west of the THP area, and there are spotted owl nesting territories within .25 miles of units E, F and G, and within .5 miles of units A, B and D.  This THP is just south of Green Diamond Resource Company’s recently proposed Big Prairie THP 1-17-137 HUM.

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