Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Green Diamond Resource Company to commercial thin SE of Eureka, CA.


PANORAMIC Photo By angel nava
THP 1-19-074 HUM (Bear Gulch Thin) Green Diamond Resource Company, 334 acres; 95% commercial thin, 5% no-harvest logging. Ryan Slough (HUM: T4N R1E Sec 7, 8, 17, 18; T4N R1W Sec 12, 13).  Winter operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes over 70%, landslide terrain, 10 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed. herbicides, coho watershed, osprey, peregrine falcon, trees up to 32” dbh. Estimated public comment deadline: 07/08/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 3 miles SE of Eureka, CA at an elevation of 100 to 500 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly commercial thinning tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir, Sitka spruce and western hemlock forests. The THP area flows into Freshwater Creek which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment.  There are 4 landslide terrain sites including; 2 unstable areas in unit B, 1 unstable area in unit C, and 1 unstable area in unit D.  Ten road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  In 2009, peregrine falcons were observed nesting within .25 miles of the R Line Road, and in 2019, two peregrine falcons were observed roosting on some snags adjacent to unit B. There are 2 osprey nests within .25 miles of the R Line Road, and an historic osprey nest near the boundary of unit D. Spotted owl nesting territories are located within .25 miles of unit D, and .5 miles of units A, B and C.

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