Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log trees up to 72” dbh SE of Eureka, CA.

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THP 1-18-144 HUM (Browns Ridge THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 233 acres; 69% clearcut, 12% special, 10% selection, 9% no-harvest, 1% roadside logging.  Goodman Prairie Creek, Barry Ridge, Boulder Creek (HUM: T4N R3E Sec 5, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23). Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, steep roads, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 16 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, golden eagle, Cooper’s hawk, sharp shinned hawk, foothill yellow legged frog, southern torrent salamander, trees up to 72” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/21/18. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 16 miles SE of Eureka, CA and about 8 miles SE of Kneeland, CA at an elevation of 1,200 to 2,600 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable soils in Douglas fir and grand fir forests. The THP area flows into the Mad River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, temperature and turbidity. There are 2 deep seated landslide terrain sites along the SE and eastern portions of unit A, a deep seated landslide terrain site along the SW portion of unit B, 1 shallow rapid landslide and 2 deep seated landslides in unit D, and a deep seated landslide terrain site along the NW corner of unit G.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to construct 700 feet of seasonal road across an unstable area in unit A, re-construct 150 feet of existing haul road with fill failures inside unit D, re-construct 350 feet of the BLDR 1500 road across an unstable area in unit F, and construct 150 feet of seasonal road with steep pitches exceeding 15% to 20% grade.  They also are planning to use of an existing skid trail inside a class II (mid sized) watercourse area in unit H. 16 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  In 2011, a Cooper’s hawk was spotted .9 miles SE of unit H, in 2014, a sharp shinned hawk was spotted .7 miles SE of unit B, and golden eagles have been spotted within .5 miles of the THP area.  Southern torrent salamanders are known to occur 1,000 feet north of unit A, and foothill yellow legged frogs are known to occur 4,700 feet NW of unit H.  There are spotted owl nesting territories within .25 miles of units A and F, and within .5 miles of units B, C, E and G.

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