Saturday, February 3, 2018

Green Diamond Resource Company planning a pair of clearcut THPs west of the Highway 299 coast range summit.


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THP 1-18-002 HUM (Canyon Creek THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 181 acres; 68% clearcut, 30% selection, 2% no-harvest, misc roadside logging.  Canyon Creek (HUM: T7N R2E Sec.26, 27, 34, 35).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, Cooper’s hawk, southern torrent salamander, coastal tailed frog, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 02/17/18. VIEW

This THP is about a mile west of the Highway 299 coast range summit and about 8 miles NE of Arcata, CA at an elevation of 700 to 1,700 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut feller buncher, cable and shovel logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood and Douglas fir forests.  The THP area flows into the Mad River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, temperature and turbidity.  There are 8 landslide terrain sites in unit A, 3 landslide terrain sites in unit B, 2 landslide terrain sites in unit C, 2 landslide terrain sites in unit D, and 1 landslide terrain site in unit E.  In 2010, a Cooper’s hawk was spotted .86 miles SE of unit B, and coastal tailed frogs are known to occur in or immediately adjacent to units A and B.  Southern torrent salamanders are also known to occur in or immediately adjacent to units A and B, and there are spotted owl nesting territories within .25 miles of units A and B, and within .5 miles of units C and E.  This THP is just NE of Green Diamond Resource Company’s recently proposed Jackson Creek THP 1-18-003 HUM.

THP 1-18-003 HUM (Jackson Creek THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 171 acres; 72% clearcut, 17% selection, 10% no-harvest, 1% roadside logging.  Canyon Creek, Denman Creek, Pollock Creek (HUM: T6N R2E Sec.4, 9, 10, 14, 15; T7N R2E Sec.32, 33, 34).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 10 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, red tree vole, southern torrent salamander, coastal tailed frog, trees up to 72” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 02/19/18. VIEW

This THP is a few miles SW of the Highway 299 coast range summit and about 6 miles NE of Arcata, CA at an elevation of 600 to 1,500 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir, grand fir and red cedar forests.  The THP area flows into the Mad River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, temperature and turbidity.  There are shallow rapid landslides terrain sites in units B, F, and H, and adjacent to units E and I, and also along a road that has slumped for 75 to 100 feet in unit I.  Ten road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  Marbled murrelet habitat exists .5 miles SE of the THP area along Bald Mountain Creek, and in 1990, a red tree vole was spotted in unit G.  Coastal tailed frogs are known to occur within 1,000 feet of units G and H, and southern torrent salamanders are known to occur within 1,000 feet of units A, B, E, G, H and I. There are spotted owl nesting territories within .25 miles of units E, F, G, H and I. This THP is just SW of Green Diamond Resource Company’s recently proposed Canyon Creek THP 1-18-002 HUM.

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