Thursday, February 20, 2020

Green Diamond Resource Company to log SE of Arcata, CA.


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THP 1-20-012 HUM (High Prairie Combo THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 128 acres; 71% commercial thin, 18% clearcut, 11% no-harvest logging. Cloney Gulch, Noisy Creek (HUM: T5N R3E Sec 2, 3, 10). Winter operations, low erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, oversized units, 3 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, golden eagle, foothill yellow legged frog, scattered large trees.  Estimated public comment deadline: 03/07/20. SUBMIT COMMENTS,  VIEW THP

This THP is about 12 miles SE of Arcata, CA and about 6 miles south of the Highway 299 coast range summit at an elevation of 2,600 to 3,200 feet. Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly commercial thinning tractor and cable logging operation in Douglas fir forests. The THP area flows into Redwood Creek which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature. Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to use temporary roads and landings during the winter period, and use an existing seasonal road within a class II (mid sized) watercourse area for the yarding, decking and loading of logs inside unit A.  Three road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  Foothill yellow legged frogs were reported at Redwood Creek 1.5 miles east of unit D, and golden eagles have been observed .5 miles north of unit A.  There are spotted owl nesting territories within .5 miles of unit C.

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