Thursday, May 10, 2018

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.

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