Mad River: Green Diamond to build new road network & pass it off as a 40 acre clearcut (THP 1-09-090)
Because Green Diamond has done such an incredible job at “planning” to eliminate an estimated 3 million cubic yards of silt from going into the North Fork of the Mad River over the next 15 years they should be allowed to build a brand new road network on Steep and unstable slopes, right? I mean with even more road it’s cheaper to clearcut and haul, more profitable right? Or so the logic goes…
Read the timber harvest plan here: ftp://thp.fire.ca.gov/THPLibrary/North_Coast_Region/THPs2009/1-09-090HUM/
Some interesting points about this “Timber Harvest Plan” is that it’s not. There are no cutting units. Only 50 year-old stands of forest that will be permanently converted into road infrastructure. There is also plans to dig up a major stream channel and radirect it in a way that makes the road easier to build.
And don’t worry they promise to not reforest any of the cutover areas because required stocking standards don’t count. And the more roads the better right?
If anyone out their can educate us on the latest in road density analysis as related to state forest practice rules / hydrologic recovery / Clean Water Act please post a comment below!