Monday, February 25, 2019

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log SW of Willow Creek, CA.

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THP 1-19-013 HUM (Smokehouse Creek THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 307 acres; 80% clearcut, 16% selection, 3% no-harvest, 1% roadside logging.  Bradford Creek, Twin Lakes Creek (HUM: T4N R4E Sec 5, 6, 8, 9, 16, 17; T5N R4E Sec 32).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, landslide terrain, road failure sites, steep slopes up to 65%, steep roads, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 15 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, Pacific fisher, Cooper’s hawk, southern torrent salamander, trees over 30” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 03/07/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 19 miles SE of Eureka, CA and about 13 miles SW of Willow Creek, CA at an elevation of 3,240 to 4,640 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in Douglas fir forests.  The THP area flows into Redwood Creek which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature. There are 4 unstable areas including; 3 shallow rapid landslide terrain sites in unit C, 1 shallow rapid landslide terrain site in unit H, and 2 road related unstable areas including; a fill slope failure off a haul road from unit B, and a small road related fill slope slump off a haul road from unit H.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to construct a temporary steep road exceeding 20% grade for over 200 feet to access unit B, and construct 2 temporary steep roads exceeding 20% grade within units A and D.  15 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking. dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement. In 1990, a Pacific fisher was spotted inside unit A, and in 1994, a Cooper’s hawk was observed .52 miles NE of unit J.  Southern torrent salamanders are known to occur in unit H, and immediately adjacent to unit I.  There are spotted owl nesting territories within .25 miles of unit A, and within .5 miles of units B and J.

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