Monday, June 3, 2019

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log north of the Highway 299 coast range summit.

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THP 1-19-065 HUM (Wire Canyon THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 225 acres; 64% clearcut, 13% rehab, 11% selection, 11% no-harvest, 1% roadside logging.  Canyon Creek, Long Prairie Creek, Toss Up Creek (HUM: T7N R2E Sec 22, 23, 24, 25, 26).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, landslide terrain, oversized units, 6 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, red tree vole, Cooper’s hawk, southern torrent salamander, coastal tailed frog, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 06/24/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 9 miles NE of Arcata, CA and a few miles north of the Highway 299 coast range summit at an elevation of 1,520 to 3,400 feet. Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable soils in Douglas fir and redwood forests.  The THP area flows into the North Fork of the Mad River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, turbidity and temperature.  There are 2 deep seated landslide terrain sites in unit A, and 2 shallow rapid landslide terrain sites in unit G.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to use ground based equipment on unstable areas (deep seated landslide terrain) within unit A. Six road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, and culvert repair/replacement.  In 2001, a red tree vole was spotted inside unit A, and in 2010, a Cooper’s hawk was reported .24 miles south of unit F.  Coastal tailed frogs were reported 2,400 feet downstream of unit G, and southern torrent salamanders are known to occur within 1,000 feet of units B and D.  There are spotted owl nesting territories within .5 miles of unit A.

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