Sunday, November 17, 2019

Green Diamond Resource Company planning a pair of commercial thinning and clearcut THPs south of Highway 299 near Arcata, CA.


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THP 1-19-161 HUM (CB 1000 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 446 acres; 75% commercial thin, 12% clearcut, 12% no-harvest, 2% selection logging.  Hutchery Creek, Lower Cannon Creek (HUM: T5N R2E Sec 2, 3; T6N R2E Sec 27, 28, 33, 34, 35).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, landslide terrain, 14 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, sharp shinned hawk, northern red legged frog, foothill yellow legged frog, southern torrent salamander, coastal tailed frog, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/02/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 6 miles east of Arcata, CA and Highway 101, and about a mile south of Korbel, CA and Highway 299 at an elevation of 320 to 1,760 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a commercial thin and clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood and Douglas fir forests.  The THP area flows into the Mad River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, turbidity and temperature.  There are 9 unstable areas in the THP area including; 3 shallow rapid landslide terrain sites and 1 deep seated landslide terrain site in unit A, 1 shallow rapid landslide terrain site in unit D, and 4 shallow rapid landslide terrain sites in unit F.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to use temporary roads and landings during the winter period. 14 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  In 2000, a sharp shinned hawk was observed 1.5 miles NW of unit A, and in 2013, a red legged frog was observed within 80 meters of unit F, and in 1990, a red legged frog was observed within .2 miles of unit G. Southern torrent salamanders and coastal tailed frogs are known to occur immediately adjacent to units B and F, and foothill yellow legged frogs were reported 1,800 feet NE of unit A in the NF of the Mad River.  There are spotted owl nesting territories within unit G, within .25 miles of units B, C and F, and within .5 miles of A, D and E.  This THP is just NE of Green Diamond Resource Company’s recently submitted Mad Mountain THP 1-19-164 HUM.

THP 1-19-164 HUM (Mad Mountain THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 279 acres; 45% commercial thin, 36% clearcut, 15% selection, 3% no-harvest logging. Dry Creek, Lower Cannon Creek (HUM: T5N R2E Sec 7, 8, 16, 17, 18, 20, 21, 28, 29).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 75%, landslide terrain, 11 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, bald eagle, Cooper’s hawk, foothill yellow legged frog, southern torrent salamander, coastal tailed frog, trees up to 72” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/02/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 5 miles SE of Arcata, CA and Highway 101, and about 4 miles south of Korbel, CA and Highway 299 at an elevation of 1,100 to 2,000 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a commercial thin and clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable soils in redwood, western hemlock, grand fir and Douglas fir forests. The THP area flows into the Mad River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, temperature and turbidity. There are 6 unstable areas in the THP area including; 3 unstable areas in unit C (1 shallow rapid landslide terrain site, 1 deep seated landslide terrain site and 1 road related landslide terrain site), 2 deep seated landslide terrain sites in unit D, and 1 deep seated landslide terrain site in unit E. Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to use temporary roads and landings during the winter period, and use feller bunchers on unstable areas within unit C. 11 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  There are 2 bald eagle nests within the THP area including; a bald eagle nest .93 miles NE of unit C, and a bald eagle nest 1.13 miles NE of unit C. Potential marbled murrelet habitat exists 790 feet NW of unit A, and within .25 miles of a seasonal road.  In 1995, a Cooper’s hawk nest was found inside unit A, coastal tailed frogs are known to occur immediately adjacent to unit A. Southern torrent salamanders are known to occur immediately adjacent to units A, C and D, foothill yellow legged frogs are known to occur inside unit A and near unit B. There are spotted owl nesting territories within unit A, within .25 miles of units B, C and F, and within .5 miles of units D and E. This THP is just SW of Green Diamond Resource Company’s recently submitted CB 1000 THP 1-19-161 HUM.

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