Friday, May 29, 2020

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log trees up to 40” dbh NE of Trinidad, CA by Big Lagoon.

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THP 1-20-075 HUM (Diamond Pitcher 21 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 129 acres; 70% clearcut, 30% selection logging. Pitcher Creek (HUM: T09N R01E Sec 17, 20, 21, 28, 29).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 55%, landslide terrain, road failure sites, oversized units, herbicides, coho watershed, spotted owl, marbled murrelet, osprey, bald eagle, great blue heron, foothill yellow legged frog, northern red legged frog, trees up to 40” dbh. Estimated public comment deadline: 06/14/20. SUBMIT COMMENTS, VIEW THP, THP PLAN

This THP is about 5 miles NE of Trinidad, CA and about 1.5 miles SE of Highway 101 and Big Lagoon at an elevation of 40 to 680 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation on steep and unstable slopes in redwood, Douglas fir, grand fir and Sitka spruce forests. There are 7 shallow rapid landslide terrain sites inside unit C including 4 unstable areas within watercourse areas, and 3 road related cut bank failures.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning to use temporary roads and landings during the winter period.  A bald eagle nest is located 1 mile NW of unit A, and 4 osprey nest sites exist in the THP area including; 1 osprey nest within .25 miles of the the LP Mill Road, 2 osprey nests within .25 miles of the Bl2000 Road, and 1 osprey nest within the boundary of unit A and the BL1000 Road.  Potential marbled murrelet habitat is located on Humboldt Redwoods State Park lands within .25 miles of the LP Mill Road.  In 2016, a great blue heron rockery was discovered .22 miles east of the BL2000 Road.  Northern red legged frogs were observed immediately adjacent to units A and C, and foothill yellow legged frogs are known to occur immediately adjacent to unit B.  There are spotted owl nesting territories within .25 miles of unit C.

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