Adam Spencer, The Triplicate

Green Diamond Resource Company, which owns and manages 393,105 acres of timberlands in Del Norte and Humboldt counties, will hold a public meeting in Bayside on Wednesday to review and discuss its current and upcoming forestry practices.

Green Diamond staff specialists will present summaries and take questions from the public regarding forest management practices and activities completed in 2012 as well as those planned for 2013.

The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Bayside Grange, 2297 Jacoby Creek Road, Bayside.

Green Diamond staff will also speak about the company's recent receipt of responsible forest management certification from the Forest Stewardship Council for its California operations. The FSC is a private, non-profit organization established in 1993 to promote the responsible management of the world's forests.

To achieve certification, Green Diamond implemented measures including protecting old-growth forests, reducing clearcutting and retaining an average of 27 percent of trees in harvest units, according to a press release.

Green Diamond's comprehensive California Timberlands Forest Management Plan completed in October 2012 addressed all areas required by FSC and was also a necessary component for certification.

"Green Diamond has exceeded transparency requirements by posting the entire plan on their website," states the press release from a third-party certifier, SCS Global Services.

Throughout 2013, Green Diamond will continue to make improvements to align with FSC requirements, including eliminating use of prohibited herbicides such as Atrazine, according to the press release.

Green Diamond's subsidiary, California Redwood Company, a lumber producer, also obtained FSC certification for its operations.

During the Wednesday meeting, Green Diamond staff will also discuss the status of the McKay tract, the Green Diamond-owned forest east of Eureka which is in the process of being purchased by a nonprofit conservation organization for possible conversion into a community forest.

Environmental activists lived in old-growth redwoods in the McKay Tract trees for long periods starting in 2009 to protest proposed residential development there.

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