Wednesday, January 30, 2019

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

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THP 1-18-194 HUM  (K&K 600 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 263 acres; 78% clearcut, 17% selection, 4% no-harvest, 1% roadside logging. Canyon Creek (HUM: T7N R2E Sec 8, 9, 16, 17, 20, 21, 28, 29).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, 6 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, Cooper’s hawk, ruffed grouse, foothill yellow legged frog, southern torrent salamander, coastal tailed frog, trees up to 60” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 02/04/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 6 miles NE of McKinleyville, CA and about 5 miles south of Redwood National Park at an elevation of 720 to 1,680 feet. Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes (3 unstable areas in units C and G) in redwood, Douglas fir, grand fir and western hemlock forests.  The THP area flows into the north fork of the Mad River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, temperature and turbidity. Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to use ground based shovel yarding equipment to operate on 3 segments of permanent rocked road within class I (year round), and class II (mid sized) watercourse areas. Six road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  In 2015, a ruffed grouse was spotted in unit B, and in 2010, a Cooper’s hawk was spotted 2.2 miles east of unit G. Coastal tailed frogs are known to occur within 1,000 feet of units D, E and F, southern torrent salamanders are known to occur within 1,000 feet of units A and G, and foothill yellow legged frogs have been reported 4,000 feet east of unit G. There are spotted owl nesting territories within .25 miles of units E and F, and within .5 miles of units D and G.

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