Thursday, March 12, 2020

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log between the southern tip of Redwood National Park and the Highway 299 coast range summit.


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THP 1-20-026 HUM (Roar 800 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 176 acres; 77% clearcut, 16% selection, 6% no-harvest, 1% roadside logging. Panther Creek, Roaring Gulch (HUM: T07N R02E Sec 1, 2; T08N R02E Sec 36; T08N R03E Sec 30, 31).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 65%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, 12 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, foothill yellow legged frog, trees up to 36” dbh. Estimated public comment deadline: 03/26/20. SUBMIT COMMENTS, VIEW THP, THP PLAN

This THP is about 10 miles NE of McKinleyville, CA between the southern tip of Redwood National Park and the Highway 299 coast range summit. Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir and western hemlock forests at an elevation of 520 to 1,520 feet.  The THP area flows into Redwood Creek which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment and temperature. There are 7 landslide terrain sites in the THP area including; 5 shallow rapid landslide terrain sites in unit B, 2 shallow rapid landslide terrain sites in unit D, and a road failure (fill failure) site off an unstable area. Multiple adjacent landowners have sent letters to GDRC expressing concerns about possible degradation of their water sources from clearcutting and herbicide spraying. 12 road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement. Foothill yellow legged frogs are known to occur in Redwood Creek immediately adjacent to units B and C, and unit D.  There are spotted owl nesting territories within .25 miles of unit A, and within .5 miles of units B and D.

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