Thursday, November 21, 2019

Green Diamond Resource Company to log NE of McKinleyville, CA.

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THP 1-19-167 HUM (Liitle Bull Thin) Green Diamond Resource Company, 452 acres; 77% commercial thin, 23% no-harvest logging.  Bulwinkle Creek, Lower South Fork (HUM: T7N R1E Sec 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11; T8N R1E Sec 35, 36).  Wet weather operations, low erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, landslide terrain, 17 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, pacific fisher, bald eagle, peregrine falcon, Cooper’s hawk, western pond turtle, foothill yellow legged frog, coastal tailed frog, southern torrent salamander, trees up to 26” dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 12/10/19. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 2 miles NE of McKinleyville, CA and about 3 miles SE of Trinidad, CA at an elevation of 80 to 480 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a commercial thin tractor based logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir, western hemlock and Sitka spruce forests.  The THP area flows into the Little River which is listed as an impaired watershed for indicator bacteria.  There are 3 landslide terrain sites in the THP area including; 1 unstable area adjacent to unit A, 1 unstable area within unit E, and 1 unstable area inside unit F. 17 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning, culvert repair/replacement and restoration of washed out crossings.  There is a bald eagle nest .31 miles from unit A, and a bald eagle nest .5 miles from several haul roads, and in 2010, a fisher was observed inside unit E.  In 2012, a cooper’s hawk was observed 1.6 miles south of unit C, and in 2008, a cooper’s hawk was observed 1.2 miles SE of unit G.  Southern torrent salamanders and coastal tailed frogs are known to occur immediately adjacent to unit F.  An historic peregrine falcon eyrie exists 1.4 miles SE of unit G, a western pond turtle was observed .07 miles NW of unit D, foothill yellow legged frogs are known to occur in the Little River near units C and D, and a bank swallow nesting colony is located .42 miles west of the THP area near Moonstone Beach.  There are spotted owl nesting territories within .5 miles of units C and D.

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