Thursday, May 10, 2018

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log trees up to 50" dbh NE of Trinidad, CA.


PANORAMIC Photo By nthawoodz
THP 1-18-042 HUM (Gray Diamond THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 95.5 acres; 80% clearcut, 18% selection, 2% no-harvest logging. McDonald Creek, Pitcher Creek (HUM: T8N R1W Sec.1; T9N R1E Sec.8, 9, 10, 16, 17; HUM: T9N R1W Sec.36).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 4 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, osprey, great blue heron, sharp shinned hawk, southern torrent salamander, coastal tailed frog, trees up to 50” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 05/29/18. VIEW

This THP is 3.5 miles NE of Trinidad, CA, and about a mile east of Highway 101 near Big Lagoon, CA at an elevation of 600 to 1,400 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.  There are 2 shallow rapid landslide terrain sites, and several roads with minor cut bank and fill failures.  A bald eagle nest is located .7 miles west of unit A, and osprey nests are located within .25 miles of the LP Mill Road, and along the BL1000 Road. Southern torrent salamanders and coastal tailed frogs were reported within .5 miles of units A and B.  There is potential marbled murrelet habitat on Humboldt Redwoods State Park lands within .25 miles of the LP Mill Road.  In 2007, a sharp shinned hawk was reported 1.9 miles NE of unit C, and there is a great blue heron rockery 1.7 miles south of unit A.  Spotted owl nesting territories are located within .5 miles of unit B, and within .25 miles of unit A.

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log NE of Arcata, CA.


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THP 1-18-039 HUM (East Fork Mad THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 150.1 acres; 75% clearcut, 22% selection, 2% roadside, 1% no-harvest logging.  Canyon Creek (HUM: T7N R2E Sec.10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 20, 21, 22).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, landslide terrain, 4 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, coho watershed, spotted owl, Pacific fisher, trees over 36” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 05/26/18. VIEW

This THP is about 7 miles NE of Arcata, CA and about 3 miles NW of the Highway 299 coast range summit at an elevation of 840 to 2,200 feet. Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes (there are 4 deep seated landslide terrain sites in unit F) in redwood and Douglas fir forests.  The THP area flows into the Mad River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, turbidity and temperature.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to use temporary roads and landings during the winter period.  Four road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  Pacific fisher has been detected in unit A.

Green Diamond Resource Company refusing to protect marbled murrelet habitat near Big Lagoon


ACTION ALERT: Tell CAL FIRE to Deny Green Diamond Plans to Log Marbled Murrelet Habitat
By Rob DiPerna


Green Diamond Resource Company is refusing to appropriately map known-marbled murrelet habitat, and is refusing to accept recommendations from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to protect suitable nest trees and stands associated with known-occupied marbled murrelet habitat. Naturally, Green Diamond would rather clearcut the marbled murrelet habitat instead.

Astoundingly, the California Department of Forestry is siding with Green Diamond and is poised to approve THP 1-17-124HUM, located near Maple Creek and Big Lagoon, in the absence of requiring mapping and protection of the marbled murrelet habitat as required by CDFW, and over CDFW’s official Non-Concurrence with CAL FIRE’s recommendation to approve the THP and allow the logging.

Stand up for marbled murrelets, and help us stand up to Green Diamond CAL FIRE.

Take Action Now: Tell CAL FIRE it must deny Green Diamond THP 1-17-124HUM according to State Law and State Forest Practice Rules unless the mapping and protection of habitat stands and trees for the critically-endangered marbled murrelet are included in the THP, whether Green Diamond likes it or not! CLICK ON THIS LINK

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Humboldt Redwood Company to log on steep and unstable slopes SE of Eureka, CA.


PANORAMIO Photo By John Quinian
THP 1-18-038 HUM (Way Up Fresh) Humboldt Redwood Company, 178.8 acres; 52% group selection, 39% variable retention, 6% selection, 3% no-harvest, misc roadside logging. Upper Freshwater Creek (HUM: T4N R2E Sec.8, 9, 17, 18).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 43 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, coho watershed, spotted owl, trees up to 26” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 05/24/18. VIEW

This THP is about 8 miles SE of Eureka, CA and a few miles south of Kneeland, CA at an elevation of 1,500 to 2,200 feet.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning a tractor based logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir and western red cedar forests.  The THP area flows into Freshwater Creek which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and siltation. There are a series of small landslides along Freshwater Creek, a large landslide complex between units 1 and 2, and a small stream side landslide along a class II (mid sized) watercourse within unit 2.  There are also several road failure sites including a small slump along the edge of a road, a road partially buried by a dormant young landslide, and a road downstream of the toe of a large landslide between units 1 and 2.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment within an unstable area on the X65.5051 Road.  43 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  Within 1.3 miles of the THP area are 4 spotted owl nesting territories.

Humboldt Redwood Company to log trees up to 60” dbh near Scotia, CA.


PANORAMIC Photo By Redwood Transect
THP 1-18-037 HUM (Monument 18 THP) Humboldt Redwood Company, 386.2 acres; 68% group selection, 22% no-harvest, 10% selection logging. Dean Creek, Monument Creek (HUM: T1N R1E Sec.7, 18, 19, 30; T1N R1W Sec.13, 24, 25).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 65%, landslide terrain, 25 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, logging inside large tree marbled murrelet stands within unit 1, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, osprey, trees up to 60” dbh. Estimated public comment deadline: 05/24/18. VIEW

This THP is about 1.5 miles SW of Scotia, CA and Highway 101 at an elevation of 150 to 1,520 feet.  Humboldt Redwood Company is planning a tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir and grand fir forests (trees up to 38” dbh in units 1, 3, 4, and 5, and trees up to 60” dbh in units 2 and 6).  There are 3 unstable areas within unit 1, including a dormant historic earth flow, an active to dormant cut slope slump off of road J23.4604, and an active to dormant landslide complex.  The THP area flows into the Eel River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature.  Logging is proposed inside large tree marbled murrelet stands 716E and 72B within unit 1. Humboldt Redwood Company is planning to use ground based equipment in areas designated for cable logging, and use a skid trail inside a class II (mid sized) watercourse area within unit 2.  25 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/restoration.  There are 2 known osprey nests within unit 1, and 7 spotted owl nesting territories within 1.3 miles of the THP area.