Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Green Diamond Resource Company to log trees up to 60” dbh NE of McKinleyville, CA.

PANORAMIC Photo By Greg Nyquist
THP 1-18-145 HUM (Whitehouse THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 312.5 acres; 41% commercial thin, 35% clearcut, 17% selection, 7% no-harvest logging. Lower South Fork, Bulwinkle Creek (HUM: T7N R1E Sec 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10, T8N R1E Sec 27, 28, 33, 34).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, landslide terrain, 18 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, bald eagle, pacific fisher, Cooper’s hawk, western pond turtle, northern red legged frog, coastal tailed frog, trees up to 60” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/21/18. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 4 miles SE of Trinidad, CA and about 5 miles NE of McKinleyville, CA at an elevation of 40 to 1,200 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a commercial thinning and clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes (units F and K) in redwood, Douglas fir, grand fir and Sitka spruce forests.  18 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement. In 2007, a  pacific fisher was spotted inside unit F, and in 2010 a pacific fisher was spotted inside unit K.  There is a bald eagle nest .7 miles west of unit I, and in 2002, a Cooper’s hawk was spotted .4 miles south of unit C, and in 2008, a Cooper’s hawk was spotted 1.7 miles SE of unit K. In 2013, a northern red legged frog was spotted inside unit K, in 2000, a western pond turtle was spotted in a large pond inside unit K, and coastal tailed frogs are known to occur immediately adjacent to unit K.  There are spotted owl nesting territories within .5 miles of unit K.

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