Archive for April, 2010

Eye on Green Diamond-Week 6

Thursday, April 29th, 2010
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Redwood tree within McKay Tract. Photo courtesty Humboldt Earth First.

This week in EPIC’s Eye on Green Diamond dispatch, Amber Jamieson and Rob Diperna have combined efforts to look at both the proposed development Green Diamond has put on the table in Humboldt County, but also approved Timber Harvest Plans just east of Eureka, in the McKay Tract.

One could point to the president of Green Diamond, William R. Brown, former Chief Financial Officer for Plum Creek timber, for the direction in speculative development schemes that may have originated from his experience on the east coast. Last fall, conservation activists from Maine contacted EPIC and asked of Brown’s direction of the company. They specifically asked the question whether the company would be transforming their forests into residential developments, based on those that changed Maine’s forests forever, under Brown’s leadership at Plum Creek. Of course we at EPIC are unsure of the inner workings or strategic plans of Green Diamond’s corporate leadership. One could draw some parallels, however, based on the proposals on the table in Humboldt County.

It is also interesting to note that in a recent flight over the McKay Tract, I noticed the blue tarps sheltering a tree village! After the flight, I looked up the Humboldt Earth First! website and found that they had information about the McKay 09 THP, a threatened mature forest within the McKay Tract, in the Ryan Creek watershed and adjacent to Cutten (Eureka). These dedicated activists are likely the only reason why this grove of forest has not been liquidated into quick profits for Green Diamond. I hope to spread the word of the stand that they are taking, to illustrate how dedicated people will sacrifice so much, to stand up for what they believe in.

While EPIC doesn’t do our advocacy from atop redwood trees, we want to bring to you, our readers, the sixth Eye on Green Diamond, to provide information about this important area. Next week we will focus on what people can do to get involved in this campaign and outline our goals and objectives, as we launch the next phase of our Green Diamond Stop Clearcutting Campaign.

Thanks for reading!

Kerul Dyer, Green Diamond Stop Clearcutting Campaign coordinator

Development within the McKay Tract?

by Amber Jamieson

Green Diamond has numerous large pieces of land that are being considered for rezoning from Timber to Residential. But earlier this year they and two other timber companies sent a letter to the County proposing a voluntary program to keep “the bulk” of their lands in timber production in exchange for weakening Timber zoning regulations. The letter never made it to the Board of Supervisors agenda, but it remains a concern to the environmental and regulatory agencies because it involves the County’s three biggest timber companies working together in an attempt to modify the General Plan outside the of public process.

On February 18th Green Diamond, Humboldt Redwood Company, and Sierra Pacific Industries collectively presented the County with a Declaration of Intent to “maintain the bulk of [their] acreage as commercial forestland” in exchange for:

  • removing any consideration of Industrial Timberland ‘IT’ zoning designation;
  • removing Article II of the New Merger Ordinance [which would merge contiguous parcels];
  • maintain ministerial permit for a residence on all legal parcels zoned TPZ; and
  • for the “County to actively support increased regulatory efficiency to facilitate cost reduction for permits associated with timber harvesting.”

If the timber companies really wanted to “maintain the bulk of their acreage as commercial forest land” then they would not be opposed to “IT” zoning designations for lands that have high quality timber production possibilities. “IT” zoning would keep industrial timber land from being used for other non-timber related uses such as residential developments.

The “voluntary program” would replace definitive enforceable policies with a toothless promise from the timber companies. Overall, this proposal is a bad idea for timberland within Humboldt County as it would facilitate subdivision and residential construction on some of the County’s most productive timberlands.

One of the areas Green Diamond is considering for Residential zoning is in the McKay Tract, on the west side of the Ryan Creek Watershed. The County has been petitioned numerous times to rezone portions of the McKay Tract from Timber Production (T) to Residential Low Density (RL). The proposed rezone would facilitate residential development in forested areas that exist outside of district and city boundaries. Although the County has not approved any General Plan Amendment to rezone the large tracts of timberland, large portions of them are proposed to be changed from T to RL under General Plan Alternatives B and C. This area is of particular importance because it is adjacent to the Ryan Creek Watershed, which is habitat to the Northern Spotted Owl and Coho Salmon. The image below shows some of the parcels that are proposed to be rolled out of T and into RM, most of which are owned by Green Diamond.

McKay General Plan Alternative C

What’s at Stake in Ryan Creek Watershed

by Rob Diperna

In addition to proposed rezoning from Timber to Residential, the McKay tact on Green Diamond ownership holds two timber harvest plans that threaten large, mature second growth forests that are currently providing habitat for Nothern Spotted Owls, Steelhead, and Cutthroat trout, and Coho and Chinook in the downstream area. Ryan Creek has been heavily and intensively logged in both the past and recent past. According to THP 1-08-102, 50% of Ryan Creek watershed was logged by clearcut or shelterwood removal between 1975 and 1989. The plan states that logging has been reduced in recent years. However, a look at past projects shows that a whopping 2,145 acres have been logged over last 10 yrs.

The two THP’s in question, 1-08-102 and 1-08-155, both propose clearcutting that will total 82 acres. Selection logging is proposed in riparian management zones. However selection is also proposed for unstable areas. THP 1-08-102 contains a Channel migration zone class I, slope management zones, and Steep streamside slopes. Salvage is allowed within outer zone of RMZ. Steelhead and Cutthroat trout are known to inhabit Ryan Creek adjacent to the logging area.

The forests in question in 1-08-102 range in age from 85-100 yrs, and have an average DBH of 40″. The THP contains NSO, and no HRA’s are proposed to protect them. For THP 1-08-155, forests age from 65-80 yrs, and have an average of 24″DBH and these stands currently have 85% overstory canopy closer. Here too, the THP contains an NSO site, and a few acres of HRA will result in a very small amount of trees that will be retained. Cutthroat trout exist within this reach of Ryan Creek. Steelhead, Coho, and Chinook exist downstream.

Both THP’s propose logging on unstable areas. THP 1-08-155 will clearcut a vegetated scarp adjacent to an active failing scarp (small unstable area). These logging practices threaten to result in considerable sediment generation and delivery to Ryan Creek, which is covered under the Freshwater Creek TMDL, and is considered a 303(d) listed watershed due to sediment.

In all, Green Diamond logging on these plans will result in the loss of vital dense, old, mature second growth that provides vital habitat for NSO, and trout and salmonid species in and downstream of the plan.


EPIC Employee Appointed to Resource Advisory Committee

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010
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Kimberly BakerKimberly Baker, employee of the Environmental Protection Information Center has been appointed to a four-year term on the Humboldt County Resource Advisory Committee (RAC).  The committee is responsible for allocating funds to projects that are located on (or affecting resources on) federal lands.  

Baker’s appointment is a great opportunity for the voice of a public land advocate to be represented in one of the decision-making processes that affect public lands and resources within Humboldt County.  When asked to comment on her appointment, Kimberly said “as a member of the Humboldt County RAC, I will do my best to encourage projects that incorporate native traditional ecological knowledge and hope to see some real progressive steps towards stimulating  local workforces and the well being of our watersheds.”

Each RAC consists of 15 members appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture.  Committee members represent the community interests in three broad categories: resource based industry groups;  environmental organizations; and elected officials.

The Humboldt RAC carries out the requirements of the Secure Rural Schools (SRS) and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000, which enables the Secretary of Agriculture to restore eligible resource advisory committees for the Forest Service.  According to the RAC overview: “the SRS Act authorizes the use of RACs as a mechanism for local community collaboration with federal land managers in recommending Title II projects on federal lands or that will benefit resources on federal lands.”

Title II funds may be used for projects that improve the maintenance of existing infrastructure, implementing stewardship objectives that enhance forest ecosystems, and restoring and improving land health and water quality, with at least 50 percent of all Title II funds must be used for projects that are primarily dedicated to road maintenance, decommissioning, or obliteration or restoration of streams and watersheds.


Take Action for our Humboldt County Forests

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010
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This map is available at Humboldt County General Plan website.

This map is available at Humboldt County General Plan GIS maps website.

Take action to protect our forests! Attend the Planning Commission Hearings throughout May and June. The Commission intends to continue the ongoing discussion of the Forest Resources section of the Humboldt County General Plan. Currently, future hearing dates identified include: May 20th and 27th and June 10th , 17th & 24th.

It is important that we participate in the long range planning of our forests by ensuring that the General Plan preserves undeveloped timberlands and ensures long-term sustainability of timber resources.

The health of our forests is at stake. Some of the areas slated to be rezoned from Timber to Residential under the proposed General Plan alternatives include: at least 20 areas north of Highway 299 that are owned by Green Diamond Resource Company; land in and near the McKay Tract, Fieldbrook, Jacoby Creek, and Westhaven; and other places we may not yet know about.

The Commission will determine additional meeting dates depending on the volume of testimony and time necessary for deliberation. We need the community’s help to provide checks and balances in our own backyards. To view your neighborhood on the County’s interactive map that includes zoning under the General Plan Alternatives visit the County’s GIS Map website.

An example of one of the areas of concern is the McKay Tract. Developers have petitioned the County numerous times to rezone a portion of the North McKay Tract in Cutten from Timber Production (T) to Residential Low Density (RL). The proposed rezone would facilitate a sprawling 320 unit mixed use development in a forested area that exists outside of district and city boundaries. Although the County never approved the General Plan Amendment to rezone the property, it is proposed to be changed from T to RL under all of the General Plan alternatives (except the “D” the No Project Alternative). This area is of particular importance because it is adjacent to the Ryan Creek Watershed, which is habitat to the Northern Spotted Owl and Coho Salmon. (more…)


Diggin’ In: The Gienger Report

Monday, April 26th, 2010
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biocohocougar01inhancedRichard Gienger, veteran forest advocate from southern Humboldt county, has been working with EPIC for over 30 years to improve logging practices and fish habitat. Each season, Richard brings readers up to speed with Diggin’ In, the Gienger Report in his contribution to the Trees Foundation quarterly, Forest and River News. This spring, Richard’s report explores the history of an elemental concept in comprehensive forest managment, and EPIC’s history, cumulative impacts.

Diggin’ In:  The Gienger Report

In this issue I’ll be “recapping” some of the continuing sagas, like the bond funding freeze and watershed/fisheries restoration work. But first I’m going to try to summarize some of the elements of the so-called “timber wars” over the last three-plus decades and then focus on crucial current conflicts and opportunities. I’ll have to skim over years of fundamental detail in order to get to the here-and-now. For those who want to dig in deep, there are multiple sources to search out—you might be able to earn a PhD, or two, for your efforts. For a one-stop summary of a central aspect you might read and/or acquire Sharon Duggan and Tara Mueller’s Guide to the California Forest Practice Act and Related Laws. For a millennial overview I’d recommend A Forest Journey: The Role of Wood in the Development of Civilization by John Perlin. And while you’re thinking millennial, read King of Fish: The Thousand-Year Run of Salmon by David R. Montgomery.

My first experience of forestry in California came in the fall of 1971 in the Mattole Valley as I walked through battered landscapes ravaged by tractor logging after World War II and up through the 1960s—streams buried and skid trails disrupting hillsides with incredibly dense and damaging networks. I soon learned of the ad valorem tax brought to bear by the California legislature to make sure that the materials for the post WWII building boom were available. Landowners were taxed ON THEIR STANDING TIMBER until they cut 70% of it. This tax, which spawned the crazed gypo cat-logging frenzy, lasted into 1976. …
To read the full story download a PDF of Diggin’ In: The Gienger Report here.


Thanks to Chautauqua Natural Foods

Monday, April 26th, 2010
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chautauqua1The Environmental Protection Information Center would like to thank Peggy Anderson and all of our supporters at Chautauqua Natural Foods for helping us sustain EPIC by providing us with generous contributions. In celebration of Earth day, the owners of Chautauqua Natural Foods have donated 10% of the their Earth day profits to EPIC!

Donor gifts to EPIC make a difference for the environment and in the lives of the people within our unique community and beyond. Recent funds have been helping support many projects aimed at protecting our environment, including efforts to Save Richardson’s Grove and many other ongoing projects that protect our irreplaceable natural resources. It’s contributions like this that make our work possible.

Again, thank you for your gift; we appreciate it immensely!
Sincerely,
EPIC Staff


Eye on Green Diamond: Week 5

Monday, April 26th, 2010
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babyNSOThis week in our Eye on Green Diamond dispatch, Rob Diperna reports that Green Diamond applied for a new “Habitat Conservation Plan” in an effort to obtain a new 50 year Incidental Take Permit for Northern Spotted Owls that live in the forestlands on the Northcoast. Don’t be fooled! The Orwellian language used in this process can be confusing, if not misleading.

An Incidental Take Permit is like a hunting permit for endangered species. If granted, this new permit will offer Green Diamond the opportunity to “take” more owls, without fear of violating laws protecting threatened and endangered wildlife.  In addition to owls, the plan may attempt to get the green light on other wildlife species, like the Pacific fisher.

The documents can be daunting, and the process exhausting, for everyone involved.

Although Green Diamond uses antiquated logging practices like clearcutting, they work with credible, skilled biologists and other scientists in their planning processes. EPIC and our allies acknowledge that most of Green Diamond’s staff and contractors do cutting edge work in an attempt at understanding redwood forest ecology and to minimize impacts of logging operations.

Unfortunately, much of the conservation effort from within Green Diamond’s labyrinth of fish and wildlife research is overshadowed by the company’s continued dependence on liquidation logging practices, heavy use of herbicides and short rotation cycles. We at EPIC must hold the Washington state-based decision-makers (and profit-takers) at Green Diamond/California Redwood Company/Simpson Timber accountable for their irresponsible and destructive priorities,  but want to commend local workers, scientists and contractors for their ongoing efforts to perform responsible forestry.

Thanks for everyone’s comments on the Eye on Green Diamond dispatches. With diligence, communication and open-eyes, we can find common ground and solve the problems that plague our environment and our economy on the Northcoast.

Thanks for reading!

Kerul Dyer

Green Diamond Campaign Coordinator

Eye on Green Diamond: Week 5

by Rob Diperna

Green Diamond has applied to the Fish and Wildlife Service for a new Habitat Conservation Plan. According to the Federal Register notice dated April 16, 2010, the new HCP will cover Northern Spotted Owl and potentially Pacific Fisher. To read the documentation, click here.

The proposed HCP would cover Green Diamond lands in both Humboldt and Del Norte counties.  The purpose appears to be to obtain a new 50-year Incidental Take Permit (ITP) for the Northern Spotted Owl.  Just three years ago, Green Diamond received an extension on its existing NSO HCP, and was given authorization to take eight more owl pairs.

The proposed new HCP could open up areas set-aside for the Northern Spotted Owl in the original HCP.  Green Diamond is contending that some of these set-asides do not support active NSO sites, and that the development of suitable habitat in RMZ’s through it’s AHCP would help off-set logging in previously set-aside areas.

Green Diamond has been contending that the provisions of the existing NSO HCP along with its’ voluntary deadwood management plan would provide sufficient habitat and habitat structure for Pacific Fisher.  Now however, with the prospects of listing for Pacific Fisher growing, Green Diamond may also seek an ITP for Fisher as part of the new HCP.

There is no denying that the existing NSO HCP, which was issued in 1992, is inadequate, and scientifically and regulatory antiquated.  However many of these issues could have been addressed with the extension of the existing permits and HCP.  Instead, FWS and Green Diamond intend to start from scratch based on data that Green Diamond has been collecting throughout the life of the existing HCP.

The new Green Diamond HCP proposal is in the scoping stage.  Public scoping meetings will not be held, but public comment is being accepted by the FWS until May 17th.  To find out more about the project, call  Ray Bosch, Fish and Wildlife Biologist, at the Arcata Fish and Wildlife Office  at (707) 822-7201 or  e-mail at ray_bosch@fws.gov.

 

Public comment on the scoping documents may be submitted to the FWS at fw8_greendiamondeis@fws.gov.  A draft EIS is not expected to be available until at least November.


Richardson Grove: The Effort to Protect our State Park

Monday, April 19th, 2010
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EPIC's Public Forum on Richardson Grove, February 24.

Who could have thought it so controversial for a non-profit, environmental advocacy organization to work to protect an old growth redwood grove from the machines of progress, within a State park?

Over the last several years, EPIC staff and volunteers have pored over documents and kept a watchful eye on the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) in an effort to protect Richardson Grove State Park from a proposal to construct a larger highway through the famed gateway into Humboldt County from the south. The project’s stated purpose is to provide access for federally standardized commercial trucks (STAA) into the region (This is a truncated purpose. To find out more, please download the Caltrans draft EIR).

Did you know that if EPIC and our allies had not forced Caltrans to follow the law and analyze the impacts of their proposed construction, the project would likely have already been built, without environmental analysis or public input? (more…)


Eye on Green Diamond: Week 4

Friday, April 16th, 2010
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GDRClittleriverEvery week, I receive what CalFire calls Start-up Notifications, through email. While I have  become accustomed to the ups and downs of environmental advocacy work, these “notifications” provoke a particularly unsettled feeling for me. Do people in the community understand that this timber company is continuing to liquidate the redwoods, at an increasingly unsustainable rate?

This week in our Eye on Green Diamond,  Rob Diperna has outdone himself again. He has identified patterns in their planning and listed out the vital statistics for the five Green Diamond plans announced through the Startup Notification I received Monday, April 12.   Now, as I publish this carefully edited (for accuracy) dispatch, I just received yet another Startup Notification from CalFire.  Green Diamond has announced that they plan to begin logging operations on two additional THPs. That’s seven,  just this week.

We will update the information in our post when time allows. To get involved in the Green Diamond Stop Clearcutting campaign, please contact us!

For the wilds,

Kerul Dyer

Green Diamond Stop Clearcutting Campaign (more…)


The Humboldt Marten: Extinction Pending

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010
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Humboldt Marten at a bait station for observation in Six Rivers NF.

Humboldt Marten at a bait station for observation in Six Rivers NF.

The Humboldt marten, a sub-species of American pine marten, was historically known to range through out the coastal counties of Northern California, and museum specimens exist from the redwoods. The sub-species was thought to be extinct for around fifty years until 1995, when researchers found a small population of martens in Northern California living within the historic range of the sub-species in Humboldt and Del Norte Counties.

Recent genetics tests indicate martens in this relictual Northern California population are similar genetically to the museum specimens, as well as coastal marten in Oregon. Both coastal marten subspecies (M. a. humboldtensis and M. a. caurina) are genetically different from the Sierra population (M. a. sierrae) in Eastern California.

Survey results over the last 15 years demonstrate that the American pine marten is absent from large portions of its historical range, with the most severe loss within the range of the Humboldt marten. Most recent surveys (Summer 2008) for the Humboldt marten in Northern California show further reason for concern. While some sites that were previously occupied in 2000-2001 could not be re-visited due to wildfire and back burns, many previously occupied sites did not get detections in 2008. Survey data suggests a decline in marten occupancy at re-visited sites. Most of these sites had the poorest quality habitat. Survey data also suggests that there are currently less than 100 Humboldt marten left in Northern California, but that there could also be less than 50 individuals in this small isolated population. Martens are also absent from many areas of the historical range of M. a. caurina in Oregon.

There is serious reason for concern about the viability of small coastal populations of martens. Extinction in the very near foreseeable future is a very real possibility without protecting this sub-species. Multiple authorities voice concern about the status of marten populations in the Pacific states. The marten is designated as a species of special concern by the California Department of Fish and Game, a vulnerable species by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, a sensitive species by the U.S. Forest Service.

Populations of coastal martens in California and Oregon are small and isolated due to distribution of suitable habitat, effects of timber harvesting, and the historical effects of fur trapping. Fur harvests caused local and regional extirpations and declines and decades of protection from trapping have not resulted in the recovery of martens in coastal northwestern California. Martens can still be legally trapped in western Oregon. (more…)


Joint Lawsuit Filed to Protect Pacific Fisher

Monday, April 12th, 2010
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Late last week Pacific FisherEPIC and our allies filed a lawsuit asserting that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has illegally delayed Endangered Species Act protection for the Pacific fisher, a relative of the mink. Read the full press release here.

This little critter has been decimated by historic fur trappers and their habitat destroyed by widespread old-growth logging. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service acknowledged in 2004 that the fisher warranted protection under the Endangered Species Act but claimed such protection was precluded by listing of other species considered a higher priority. Hundreds of species have been caught in the purgatory of this “warranted but precluded” designation.


Eye on Green Diamond: Week 3

Friday, April 9th, 2010
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Aerial photo above Maple Creek by Kerul Dyer

Aerial photo above Maple Creek for EPIC by Kerul Dyer

Green Diamond Resource Company recently applied for a Master Agreement for Timber Operations and programmatic Road Management Waste Discharge Requirements from the Department of Fish and Game and the Regional Water Quality Control Board.  At present, the Department of Fish and Game has prepared a draft Mitigated Negative Declaration regarding this project. The Department of Fish and Game is acting as the lead agency with the Regional Water Board playing the role of a responsible agency. The MATO is designed to create a programmatic basin-level approach to road maintenance, construction, and decommissioning. The project primarily will provide programmatic coverage under Section 1600 of the California Fish and Game Code pertaining to streambed alteration.

However, the MATO has further reaching implications than simply construction, decommissioning, and maintaining roads and stream crossings. The MATO also provides ‘coverage’ along with programmatic mutually agreed mitigations for biological resources.  For example, the MATO contains a programmatic consultation for Osprey that may be impacted via operations on roads and associated with road facilities.  Furthermore, the MATO also contains a programmatic agreement for the treatment of threatened and endangered or at risk species that may be encountered or impacted in the course of road or road facilities maintenance, construction, and mitigation.

The RMWDR’s would provide programmatic WDR’s for operations associated with roads and road facilities in order to protect the quality and beneficial uses of water.  As part of this process, GDR and the RWQCB will agree on programmatic mitigations, covered activities and prohibitions. The preparation of a Mitigated Negative Declaration by DFG signals that the Department does not believe that significant impacts will occur provided that the restrictions and mitigations are followed.  This virtually precludes the possibility of preparing an Environmental Impact Document under CEQA.

For the moment, it appears that the MATO and RMWDR will allow GDR to streamline both its road and road facilities construction, decommissioning, maintenance, and mitigation.  However there is a danger here that public review on a THP basis could be hindered.

The general purpose of these agreements is two-fold.  First, it will allow GDR to perform under its AHCP obligations and the obligations of the Road Maintenance and Inspection Program while providing established standards and mitigations. Secondly, it will allow GDR to perform road and road facilities maintenance on a programmatic, basin-wide level as opposed to filing for individual Section 1600 permits and WDR’s through the individual THP process.  Unfortunately, there do not appear to be any provision to include the specifics of each programmatic operations in THP’s.


EPIC needs a bigger office!

Thursday, April 8th, 2010
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butterfly1EPIC is on the hunt for a larger but affordable office in Arcata.  Our organization is growing and we need an office with four or more workspaces, a meeting room, and secure bike parking. Dog-friendly and a kitchen would be great too.

If you know of a space that would fit our needs, or someone who would be willing to provide discounted rent to an environmentally responsible non-profit, please contact us at 822-7711 or epic@wildcalifornia.org.


Eye on Green Diamond: Week 2

Friday, April 2nd, 2010
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GDclearcut2Among the trends being borne out in Green Diamond’s 2010 Timber Harvest Plans so far, the use of the over sized clearcuts proves most glaring.  So far in 2010, Green Diamond has filed five THP’s containing seven oversized clearcut units.  The Forest Practice Rules restrict the size of clearcuts to 20 acres for ground-based yarding, and 30 acres for cable or other yarding system.  Green Diamond may however propose over-sized units if justified in the plan and approved by Cal Fire during  THP Review.

THP 1-10-001 in Maple Creek proposes Unit B as an oversized clearcut of 23 acres ground-based yarding.  This plan was approved on 3/26/2010 by CalFire with the oversized unit included as proposed.

THP 1-10-011 in the Headwaters of Little River proposes two oversized clearcut units.  Unit A proposes 22 acres of ground-based clearcut, while Unit D proposes 21 acres of ground-based clearcut.  Green Diamond justifies these oversized units by potentially utilizing the option of shovel yarding.  However, shovel yarding is still classified as a ground-based yarding operation in the rules, thus these units are oversized.  This plan is currently open for public comment.

THP 1-10-014 in the Headwaters of Little River proposes Unit B as a 33-acre ground-based yarding clearcut.  This giant ground-based clearcut unit constitutes over a third of the 88 total clearcut acres proposed in this plan.  This plan is still open to public comment.

THP 1-10-016 sits on Berry Ridge above the Mad River.  This plan contains two oversized clearcut units.  Unit A is a 22.5 acre tractor yarded clearcut.  Unit C is a 28 acre tractor yarded clearcut.  These units comprise 50 of the 59 total clearcut acres under this plan.  This plan is still open to public comment.

THP 1-10-017 in Maple Creek proposes Unit  C as  a 31.5 acre oversized clearcut to be yarded either by cable or shovel.  In either case, the unit is oversized.  This unit comprises more than a third of the total 77.7 acres of clearcutting proposed in this plan.  This plan is still open to public comment.  (more…)


Celebrate Earth Day in Richardson Grove State Park!

Thursday, April 1st, 2010
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Save the Date– April 17 at Richardson Grove ricahrdson grove 2

On Saturday April 17, from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. the Save Richardson Grove Coalition will be sponsoring a free event that is open to the public.  Activities will include a Park clean-up, potluck lunch, music and guest speakers.  The Clean-up will entail picking up trash at campsites and along trails.  Garbage bags will be provided. Signs will guide participants to the picnic area where the clean-up will start.   Attendees are encouraged to carpool and bring work gloves and a dish to share along with their own plate, knife, fork, spoon and mug.

Music and speakers will focus on environmental issues, particularly on the CALTRANS project to widen Highway 101 through Richardson Grove State Park.  Speakers will include members of the InterTribal Sinkyone Wilderness Council, members of the Save Richardson Grove Coalition and others.  Musicians providing acoustic instruments are welcome.  Come show your support for the campaign, reccelebrate springtime by attending this Earth Day event!
Schedule of Event:

10:00 – 1:00 Clean-up
1:00 – 3:00 Potluck Lunch
3:00 – 5:00 Music and Guest Speakers