Wednesday, October 30, 2019

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

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THP 1-19-140 HUM (Boulder Road THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 206.5 acres; 62% clearcut, 19% selection, 19% no-harvest, misc roadside logging.  Barry Ridge, Boulder Creek (HUM: T4N R3E Sec 3, 4, 9, 10).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 60%, oversized units, landslide terrain, 16 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, red tree vole, foothill yellow legged frog, golden eagle, trees up to 72” dbh. Estimated public comment deadline: 11/03/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 15 miles east of Eureka, CA and Highway 101 at an elevation of 600 to 2,200 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes 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 unstable areas in units A and C including; 4 deep seated landslide terrain sites in unit A, and 1 deep seated landslide terrain site in unit C.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to use temporary roads and landings during the winter period, and use ground based equipment on unstable areas in units A and C for shovel yarding operations. 16 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  In 1994, a red tree vole was spotted inside unit F, a golden eagle was reported over 1 mile south of the THP area, and foothill yellow legged frogs are known to occur inside Boulder Creek adjacent to units A and C.  There are spotted owl nesting territories within .25 miles of units A, C, D, E and F, and within .5 miles of units B and G.

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