Sunday, February 18, 2018

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log adjacent to Redwood National Park.

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THP 1-18-010 HUM (Pitcher Upper THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 98.1 acres; 82% clearcut, 13% selection, 3% no-harvest, 2% special logging. Maple Creek, Bridge Creek, Pitcher Creek (HUM: T8N R1E Sec.2; T9N R1E Sec.23, 26; T9N R2E Sec.31).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, landslide terrain, impaired watershed, wet areas, oversized units, Redwood National Park, herbicides, coho watershed, marbled murrelet, osprey, great blue heron, southern torrent salamander, tailed frog, trees up to 48” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 03/09/18. VIEW

This THP is about 6 miles NE of Trinidad, CA and Highway 101 by Redwood National Park (unit C is adjacent) at an elevation of 800 to 2,200 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in Douglas fir, redwood and western hemlock forests.  The THP area flows into Redwood Creek which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature, and there is a small rapid landslide terrain site in unit A. Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to use an existing road and landing inside a class II (mid sized) watercourse within unit B, and use temporary roads and landings during the winter period.  They also are proposing a 2.3 acre buffer known as a “Special Treatment Area” to hide the effects of clearcutting adjacent to Redwood National Park in unit C. There is potential marbled murrelet habitat within .25 miles of the LP Mill Road on Humboldt Redwoods State Park lands, within .25 miles of the BL 2000 Road, and .6 miles south of unit C.  Four osprey nest sites are located nearby including; 1 nest within .25 miles of the LP Mill Road, 2 nests within .25 miles of the BL 2000 Road, and a nest within .25 miles of the BL 1000 Road.  Southern torrent salamanders are known to occur within .25 miles of units A, B and C, tailed frogs are known to occur within .25 miles of unit A, and a great blue heron rockery is located .22 miles east of the BL 2000 Road.

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