Saturday, February 3, 2018

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log north of the Highway 299 coast range summit.


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THP 1-17-149 HUM (K&K 830 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 214.5 acres; 76% clearcut, 17% selection, 6% rehab, 1% no-harvest logging.  Roaring Gulch (HUM: T7N R2E Sec.1, 2, 12; T7N R3E Sec.6; HUM: T8N R2E Sec.35).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, steep roads, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 17 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, foothill yellow legged frog, southern torrent salamander, coastal tailed frog, trees up to 25” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 02/07/18. VIEW

This THP is about 12 miles SE of Trinidad, CA and about 5 miles north of the Highway 299 coast range summit at an elevation of 570 to 2,825 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut feller buncher, shovel 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.  There are 7 shallow rapid landslide terrain sites, and 2 deep seated landslide terrain sites in unit G.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to re-construct the DV-1900 Road across shallow rapid landslide terrain in unit G, and re-construct across fill failures at 3 crossing locations along the Dolly Varden Road in unit G.  17 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  Coastal tailed frogs are known to occur immediately adjacent to unit G, southern torrent salamanders are known to occur immediately adjacent to units D and E, and foothill yellow legged frogs have been reported approximately 1.5 miles upstream from unit F.

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